The Force Awakens' Cool New Stormtrooper Has a Cool New Action Figure, Too

Illustration for article titled iThe Force Awakens/i Cool New Stormtrooper Has a Cool New Action Figure, Too

Last night we got to see a totally badass (and perhaps more than a little foolhardy) Stormtrooper go toe-to-toe with Finn in The Force Awakens’ latest TV spot. Suitably impressed by his slick baton moves? You’ll soon be able to own one as part of Bandai’s fantastic Star Wars figuarts range.

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It’s not the first time we’ve seen this stick-and-shield variant in the toys—the Black Series line came out with a two-pack featuring this “Riot Control” Stormtrooper and an alternate Poe Dameron. But in true Figuarts style, the dynamism of this ridiculously articulated figure just makes it scream coolness.

Illustration for article titled iThe Force Awakens/i Cool New Stormtrooper Has a Cool New Action Figure, Too
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The roughly 6” tall trooper doesn’t come with a blaster like the other Figuarts trooper—just the stun baton (that also appears to be lightsaber-resistant) and plain shield (which you’d hope is also lightsaber resistant, otherwise it might be a touch useless). The baton has sliding parts to replicate the action of it extending and electrifying whenever the First Order Stormtrooper goes into battle, but aside from that, this is just an extremely nifty-looking, and highly poseable, little figure.

Illustration for article titled iThe Force Awakens/i Cool New Stormtrooper Has a Cool New Action Figure, Too

The Figuarts Riot Control trooper will be available to preorder from Bandai’s Japanese webstore tomorrow, November 20th, and will set you back 5,616 Yen (around $45 USD). He just needs a Finn figuarts to square off with!


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blockedpunch
Blockedpunch

Can I point out that the inclusion of a weapon like that, one which can stand up to a lightsaber, could be an implication that there are actually a bunch of folks running around with them? Not necessarily Jedi, but I mean if Luke is the only enemy of the First Order who is weilding a lightsaber and is in hiding, then why would they give seemingly random troops the ability to defend against a weapon they’d never encounter?