Review – Nendoroid Stormtrooper (#501)

The Imperial Army is taking over! Hide your droids & hide your princess because they’re blasting everybody out here!! Today we’re taking a look at Good Smile Company’s Nendoroid Stormtrooper from Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope.

Ever since they announced these a little over a year ago at Wonder Festival (Winter) 2015 I have been almost counting down the days to release! Pretty much everything from the Star Wars series is iconic & the Galactic Empire’s Stormtroopers are definitely no exception.

 

★ Box ★

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Front of the box.

The box itself stands out from other Nendoroid boxes as black is quite a rarity. Unfortunately, there are no stickers to validate authenticity so spotting bootlegs are a little trickier. On eBay, I’ve only come across one seller of a known bootleg version .

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A detailed comparison between the bootleg & authentic box.

Weirdly enough, aside from the lack of Good Smile Company & Disney logo, one of the first things I noticed about the bootleg box was the CE marking on the back. The marking is used for certain products sold & manufactured within the European Economic Area. As far as I know, GSC does not manufacture in Europe. Taking a look at several of my other Nendoroid boxes, this logo is not present. So if you see the CE marking it’s probably a safe bet that it’s a bootleg!

If you’d like to keep an eye out for bootlegs you can view MyFigureCollection’s post here.

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Close up of the box.

Did you know that the 501st Legion was led by Anakin (eventually Darth Vader?) I think it’s no coincidence that the Stormtrooper is the 501st Nendoroid!

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Sides of the box.

I thought I would try to make a miniature version of the box so I scanned it.. Instead I made nightmare fuel! ( ゚Д゚)<!! It kind of resembles what a bootleg Stormtrooper would look like. There should be a survival horror game where you have to escape from bootleg figures!! (Get on it game developers. ლ(́◉◞౪◟◉‵ლ))  I learned that you just need to take photos of them.

 

★ Contents ★

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The blister pack straight out of the box.

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A closer look at all of the individual pieces.

Since Stormtroopers are soldiers, they don’t really come with much.

  • Main figure (with two fists)
  • Right hand to hold the blaster rifle
  • Left hand (rested poistion)
  • Blaster rifle
  • Figure base
  • Figure stand arm

Unlike most Nendoroids, the Stormtrooper does not come with a spare neck joint (which is black to mimic the body suit.) I’m not sure why they decided to omit the extra one, but it was hard for me to remove the two that I have from the body. If you happen to break the joint you could easily use a spare from another figure since you can’t really see the joint the way the helmet is made.

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Special background packaging.

Even if you don’t have Nendoroid Darth Vader, you can still display your Stormtrooper with him using the special background provided in the box!

 

★ Posing ★

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The detail of this little guy is great! He looks like a Stormtrooper kid. (人´∀`*) The troopers upper back plate, thermal detonator, abdominal ammo belt, & even the ammo drop boxes are all present!

Above are the three standard poses that Good Smile Company advertises with. As simple as they are, the cuteness is not lost on this petite soldier. Since this is full body armor, there are more joints than the standard Nendoroid. There’s articulation on the shoulders, pelvic joints, elbows, & knees. This type of articulation is strongly similar to the Iron Man Nendoroids.

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“‘A little short for a Stormtrooper?!’ Put ’em up!!”

Even without the blaster rifle, this guy isn’t afraid to put up a fight!

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“Hey! You over there!”

The hand used to hold the rifle can also be used as a pointed finger. The running position is really cute, too. (๑´ㅂ`๑)

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“Over here! I saved you a seat.”

He can also sit! Well.. almost. I think if you placed him on the edge of something it would look more believable. The left hand used to steady the blaster can also be used as a waving hand!

 

★ Dress Up ★

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“Where are you?! I thought we were going to get matching blaster rifles?” (#142 Kousaka Kirino)

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“The Empire will pop, step, getchu~! ♥” (Minami Mirei – Magical Clown Co-de)

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“E-M-P-I-R-E! Go~ooo Empire! Wooo~!!” (Nendoroid More: Kisekae Cheer Girl)

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“Welcome back, Mayor Vader!” (Shizue – Winter Clothes ver. #386 & Shizue #327)

 

★ Conclusion ★

In the aftermarket, this figure is going for around $35-$40 USD. I pre-ordered from AmiAmi at the price of about $24 USD. Of course.. since these are soldiers I couldn’t just have one! (I was strongly tempted to get a third one but I resisted the Dark Side!)

The figure is bare bones in comparison to the rest in the Nendoroid line, but it can’t be helped since there isn’t much they do aside from looking for droids & dying in battle trying to destroy the Rebel Alliance. I think they’re definitely a must have for a Star Wars fan! I believe they really shine when you swap heads with other Nendoroids.

The First Order Stormtrooper Nendoroid from Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released in July 2016!

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Captain Phasma is now a nanny for these little Stormtroopers. 

I’ll be doing a story combining Hasbro’s Black Series 6″ figures & GSC’s Nendoroids! Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Flickr to follow it.

Here are some photos taken by others in the figure community:

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Photo by billbasaur.

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Photo by elZephon.

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Photo by Garivel.

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Photo by Makochan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

See you next time~! ヾ(๑╹ヮ╹๑)ノ”

If you would like your photo removed, please contact me at novavistaphotography@live.com

 

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