STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
“The ice planet Hoth was the site of the terrible conflict between Rebel and Imperial forces called the Battle of Hoth. Though the alliance resisted the Imperial assault for a short period, they were eventually forced to abandon the Echo Base headquarters as it became overrun with fearsome snowtroopers, the Empire’s elite frozen-weather corps.”
Since its very first entry, the Star Wars universe has dabbled in environment-specific variants of its various troopers. When Empire Strikes Back brought our heroes and villains to the icy planet of Hoth, it brought with it a whole set of cold-weather gear variants. That included today’s figure, the Snowtrooper!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Snowtrooper was added to the Power of the Force line in 1997. This was the Snowtrooper’s second time as an action figure, following his original vintage release. The figure stands 4 inches tall and he has 5 points of articulation. The Snowtrooper is a far more restricted figure than others in the line in terms of articulation. The nature of the design means that he doesn’t have a neck joint, and the skirt piece means that the hip joints have reduced mobility as well. The sculpt itself is a reasonable effort. By this point, pre-posing and wonky proportions were mostly worked out of the line, and the Snowtrooper is reflective of that. That said, the actual detailing on the sculpt is a little more on the soft side, so a lot of the details get a little lost. The line was a bit up and down with the sharpness, so it’s too bad that the Snowtrooper falls more into the down, especially given the quality of the vintage sculpt. The paintwork on the Snowtrooper is actually more complex than you might expect at first glance, with a good deal of weathering mixed in, in order to prevent it from just being an all-white design with nothing to break it up. It honestly looks pretty good. The Snowtrooper included a standard Stormtrooper blaster rifle and his supply pack, making for a pretty nice, fairly film-accurate package.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The Snowtrooper was added to my collection during one of my PotF buying sprees, in the fall of 2018. He was actually added to my collection by Max, so it’s technically his fault, I suppose. The Snowtrooper isn’t one of the line’s most technically impressive figures by any means, but he’s respectable enough in his own right, I suppose.