Few Rebel alliance soldiers had it worse than the poor Hoth Troopers. They had to stare down AT-ATs, blast away knowing even their turrets weren’t going to have much effect all in the name of providing a distraction to help the fleet escape the Empire’s clutches once again. Hoth is one of my absolute favorite locales in all of Star Wars so the opportunity to army build Star Wars The Black Series Hoth Troopers had me pretty excited especially given all the work Hasbro put into this soldier.
Packaging: The blue accent color for the Empire Strikes Back figures works well for Luke’s lightsaber and the blue hue of the icy Hoth planet. Whoever is writing these bios deserves a raise as this one teases what’s to come when the Rebellion settles on Hoth.
Likeness: There’s no actor likeness to be concerned with here so it’s just a matter of getting the outfit right. The head sculpt does feature a stern, focused expression and a sense of determination to hold the Empire back no matter the odds.
The outfit has a surprising amount of detail with the various folds and creases in the outfit, the layered look to convey the protection from the elements. Hasbro included the smaller details like the communicator and pods on the right side.
This attire also has some nice texturing along the legs and I definitely get the traipsing through the snow vibe from the boots. Not that I think Hasbro would shortcut on army builders, but this is a very well done sculpt.
Paint: I kinda dig that his face is slightly red as if he’s been getting battered by the frosty temperatures. That’s a cool touch. His outfit has some nice subtle dirty white to the vest and skirt. There’s no slop with paint sprays and the metallic elements of the attire have a nice pop as well.
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Scale: The Hoth Troopers don’t really need to match up properly with anyone since they’re just grunts and rarely interact with The Big Three. Of course, I wouldn’t mind a Cliff Clavin trooper though.
Articulation: The Hoth Trooper has a great range of movement thanks to the deeper shoulder socket cavity and the skirt piece being soft enough that it doesn’t restrict movement.
The joints are tight enough that holding poses or losing the center of balance is a problem. I’m a fan of these newer SWB figures having the rocker style torso articulation, which allows for more natural and realistic looking pivoting poses.
Hoth Trooper has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (with swivel)
- wrist hinge
Accessories: To aid in the army building process, Hasbro made sure to offer as many options as I’ve seen in this scale. The goggles come down to offer one different look. The scarf can be positioned below the mouth or in front for two others and then the backpack has a compartment with another beared face plate.
That’s a lot of options before you even have to break out the paintbrush. That’s awesome and I definitely see myself building up a pretty decent size Hoth Trooper army.
But that’s not all in terms of his display options. There’s the larger rifle style blaster and a smaller blaster.
The smaller blaster is reused from the SWB Lando Calrissian figure with a shorter silver painted barrel roll. The smaller blaster fits smoothly into the holster on the right leg.
Worth it? Here’s an army builder for just under $20 with a ton of options. This is more than the usual Hasbro Pulse exclusive army builder so I’m not going to complain over it not being $15. Given the extras and the various display options, this is a fitting price point.
Rating: 10 out of 10
Now this is how you do an army builder. I think at final count there’s 18 different display options allowing for a sizable army of Hoth troopers. Hoth is one of my favorite Star Wars battlegrounds and these guys ensure I will be ready whenever my area gets a remotely decent snowstorm.
Where to get it? GameStop has become the only consistent retailer stocking these figures in stores. I’ve seen all of the Hoth and Endor wave over my last few visits. Amazon has him in and out of stock as well. Entertainment Earth has him up for pre-order with a November(?) release.