SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (HASBRO)
“The Imperial expansion requires the settlement of vital operations on remote outpost worlds. These frontier Stormtroopers form a backbone of stubborn defense against would-be thieves and pirates.”
Ah, Hasbro and Stormtrooper variants. They go together like…well, like a successful toy company and a successful franchise’s totally reasonable way to keep producing new toys of with hardcore fans are almost guaranteed to buy multiples. One of the classic pairs, really. Though I am perhaps not as committed to building an army as some fans are, I will admit to being drawn in by just about every new trooper that Hasbro puts out, today’s focus, the Range Trooper, included.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Range Trooper is part of the first series of basic Solo figures. He’s one of two trooper based army builders in the set, and so far he’s been the easier of the two to find at retail. This new trooper design is meant for more extreme environments, and from the looks of this figure, he specializes in cold areas. Why do we get the Range Trooper instead of just seeing the Snowtrooper again? Well, the best answer in-universe is that this movie’s set more than a decade before the Snowtroopers appear in Empire, and it’s probably fair to assume the Imperials have changed up their gear at least a little bit. The best answer out-of-universe is that this way they can sell more toys. Works for me. Anyway, the figure stands just shy of 4 inches tall and he has 5 points of articulation. The Range Trooper’s sporting an all-new sculpt, which seems unlikely to see any re-use going forward. It’s pretty well crafted, depicting him a reasonably bulked up from the additional padding, and handling the actual details of his clothes and armor quite nicely. He’s definitely on-par with Qi’ra in that regard. I like that there are some common design elements from other films, with the chestplate being quite similar to the Snowtrooper piece, and the helmet having a few similarities to the Shoretrooper helmets we saw in Rogue One. It definitely lends some credence to them being an earlier iteration of the Snowtrooper, and also helps solidify that the Shoretrooper helmets were an older environment-based design that was just slowly worked out. He’s also got those big honking boots, which we learned from the trailers are some sort of magnetic/gravity boots. They’re a neat design. The paintwork on this guy is pretty solid work as well. It’s a lot of off-white, of course, but there’s some pretty decent accent work on the boots. I just wish it extended to the fur collar, but alas, he’ll just have to be a little cleaner looking than I wanted. The Range Trooper is packed with a blaster. At first glance, I thought it was just the standard E-11, but it’s actually slightly tweaked to have a longer barrel and a further forwards scope. I guess that helps with the range? That would make sense.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Like Lando, this guy proved a little more difficult to acquire, at least at first. I was fortunate enough to find him the following weekend, at a Target near my brother’s college. I wasn’t 100% sure about this design when I first saw it, but I find myself really liking it in figure form. Perhaps I’ll have to track down the Black Series figure at some point down the line.