CollectionDX Network
CollectionDX - Toy Reviews, Toy News, Japanese Toys and Action Figures

SHF First Order Storm Trooper


7 comments posted
great review

wow that was great. Especially the posing.
Not everyone poses a figure well. And I thought you did a exceptional job.

I hope you don't mind me asking.
What kind of background are you shooting on?

kidchuckle's picture
Posted by kidchuckle on 27 January, 2016 - 12:08
Thanks. the background is

Thanks. the background is just a large roll of black seamless paper. The actual deep blacks is a result of using off camera flashes so that the light falls off before hitting background (true black is a absence of light). That gets you about 70-80% of the way, and then post processing.

siningy's picture
Posted by siningy on 27 January, 2016 - 12:29
oh thanks for the info. I'm

oh thanks for the info. I'm not much of a photographer. I'm still kind of learning how to shoot things.

kidchuckle's picture
Posted by kidchuckle on 29 January, 2016 - 11:53
This is the second review

This is the second review I've read that says this one is better than the SW Black version. Yes, it has ninja articulation, but the armor is wrong. I said it before, the chest armor looks like the figure is wearing a sports bra. I'm no Hasbro fanboy, and I gladly ditched my Black Stormtroopers in favor of the Bandai model kits, but the SWB First Order trooper is the closest to what you see on screen. No, it can't do the "Iron Man punching the ground" pose, but it's a Stormtrooper. The purpose of a Stormtrooper is NOT to flip out and kill people. I'll sacrifice some articulation if it means it's more screen accurate. If I'm going to pay a premium price for a premium action figure, it needs to at least look like what I see in the movie.

Heavyarms's picture
Posted by Heavyarms on 27 January, 2016 - 13:06
Fair enough but,

All the Black series troopers I've seen have had terrible paint apps and warped guns. I assume that's not what your looking for in screen accuracy ;) As far as screen accuracy goes, the Hot Toys is probably your best bet, and really looks fantastic in my opinion.

I agree that the model kit is top notch though. I love the helmet sculpt and super glossy armor. I'm really looking for to the Phasma model it.

Ender10000's picture
Posted by Ender10000 on 27 January, 2016 - 13:46
For me, articulation is

For me, articulation is everything and that's something the Black Series version does not have. I don't need a figure to do an Iron Man ground pound if its not an Iron Man figure, but what I do need is for the figure to be dynamic and hold a weapon in both hands. The BS can barely hold the gun at waist level with both hands. I understand where you are coming from, especially with the premium price, but on the other hand, I'm also not going to pay 20 dollars for a BS figure that has slightly better articulation than the 5POA ones. Is my hatred for the BS one irrational? Probably, but for me, the price and accuracy trade off is well worth it for a figure that can really only do neutral pose naturally.

siningy's picture
Posted by siningy on 27 January, 2016 - 13:48
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - rules!

Excellent review with some super fun poses. Even though the overall proportions have been altered to allow for posing - this is a killer figure for sure, but I guess hyper articulation is what most customers of the S.H.Figuarts line are looking for? I've gone the Bandai model kit route, it allowed me to buy several Troopers for the price of one Figuarts; the value and quantity of Troopers for the price of one Figuarts, was impossible to resist.

The crispness of the model sculpts, the range of gear, fuller proportions, and real world posing abilities is perfect. Can't say I'm a fan of the Hasbro product though, sloppy paint and soft sculpts kill the Stormtrooper design, their Snowtrooper looks alright though.

Anyway, cool review of an excellent figure.

north-exit's picture
Posted by north-exit on 1 February, 2016 - 22:34