Standing by the hill-side gazing over the Cool Culture of Otakuism!

TRAITOOOOOR!!!

Ever since my viewing of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens last Christmas, I’ve been eager to get my hands on wave 2 of the LEGO buildable figure sets, which I predict will be from the movie itself.

True to my speculation, wave 2 indeed is all about Episode VII, featuring the likes of Kylo Ren, Rey, Finn, Captain Phasma, Poe Dameron and the First Order Stormtrooper…

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While wave 1 focus more on the first six movies and lack of any classic Stormtrooper aside from Commander Cody (A Clone Trooper), the First Order Stormtrooper set from wave 2 really caught my eyes.  

The First Order Stormtrooper and the Captain Phasma set are identical aside from base colour and a pauldron to denote rank for the latter. Due to my preference of grunt units, I chose the former instead.

A couple sachets of LEGO parts, a base frame and the instruction manual are all there are within the box.

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Similar to Luke, the Stormtrooper is a simple build, just snap-on armour pieces onto the buildable base frame, that’s all.

Instead of the darker flavour in the other two buildable figures (Vader, Luke) in my possession, the stark white armour of the Stormtrooper stands out immediately when placed side by side with them.

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Here’s a closer look at the generic soldier of the Empire First Order. Upon inspection, you’ll find that the white armour is actually sandy at best, not truly stark white as described. w

Just like Luke’s, the Stormtrooper’s pelvic region is exposed, but partly covered up with a couple of tubes on the rear end. There’s a change to the lower calves rear design that uses smaller pieces to make the leg shape flows better, unlike Luke’s larger slap-on armour piece…

Fine details can be observed on the kit itself, especially the prints on the chest armour (Which is inaccurate since First Order Stormtrooper have no emphasis on the chest shape unlike the Empire’s; The former is just a flat breast-plate…) and the signature helmet design.  

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The Stormtrooper is equipped with a standard issued Blaster Rifle, complete with built-in spring-loaded gimmick as seen in previous LEGO sets such as the 75038 Jedi Interceptor. You can easily fire the clear red bolt by turning the L-shaped piece just under the barrel.

An extra clear red laser bolt is given (Which you can store by attaching it to a slot on the left side of the rifle…) in case you some how misplaced the primary one usually sit on the spring loader itself.

The grip at the front end of the rifle can be hinged out to allow the Stormtrooper more precise handling of the weapon, although in LEGO form there’s no real way for the Stormtrooper to hold it with his bulky, single-pieced hand.

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Aside from the rifle, each Stormtroopers is assigned a Blaster Pistol as a side arm for emergency use.

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When not in use, both weapons can be attached to the side of the thighs.

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「TRAITOOOOOR!!!」

While the set doesn’t come with the Riot Baton as seen in the infamous scene of the movie, you could easily recreate the same moment by using the Blaster Rifle as a substitute, making TR-8R FN-2199 proud. www

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「Aren’t you a little short for a Stormtrooper?」

Compared with Luke, the Stormtrooper indeed looks a but shorter than the Jedi.

Luke in Stormtrooper armour armed with a lightsaber is a nice sight too. w

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「There has been an awakening…」

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「Have you felt it?」

3 responses

  1. My son has these and loves to swap the heads around amongst them ha

    19th February, 2016 at 15:50

    • LEGO is wonderful in this aspect. Able to switch around parts to create interesting combinations. w

      20th February, 2016 at 09:05

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