STORMTROOPER /
IMPERIAL STORMTROOPER

Carded images courtesy CloudCity.com

Source:
  (Star Wars)


Date Stamp: 1977

Release Date: 1978

Carded Availability:
  Star Wars
  The Empire Strikes Back
  Return Of The Jedi
  The Power Of The Force
  Tri-logo

Assortment No. : 38240

Retail: $1.99

Weapons and Accessories: 

  • Stormtrooper Blaster


  • Point of Interest: 
      Though the image on every Stormtrooper card back is from the same photo, the Tri-logo version has been touched up to remove the second Stormtrooper in the background. The figure was renamed Imperial Stormtrooper on The Power Of The Force card back.

    This figure first appeared on the Star Wars 12 back card.

    Comments: The vintage Stormtrooper is the exact polar opposite of the modern figure. Whereas this figure is quite accurate to the film version, it is completely void of any form of action posing. On a positive note, with his moulded head, he had no choice but to stay on target? as long as he was facing it directly.

    Major Variations: Though all vintage figures have minor variations, the only major variation is the hard to come by Japanese Takara version, which, though in a similar stance, is an entirely different sculpt. It is easiest to spot by looking at the head. Also of interest with the Takara version, is the bolt on the figure's back, not unlike any See-Threepio (C-3PO) or Death Star Droid figures.

    Though similar at a glance, the figure on the left in the photos below is the Luke Skywalker (Imperial Stormtrooper outfit) from 1984.



    Text & Photography by D. Martin Myatt.


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