Jakks Pacific releasing 18 inch tall R2D2

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mugatu

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It's about freaking time! Nice on the head swiveling. Wish it came
with R2's middle leg/wheels, but it looks nice.
 

mugatu

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It's out. There is a Rebels version with the cartoonish helmet and there's one with the regular stormtrooper helmet.

They also have Han and Luke in Stormtrooper disguise.
 

jkno

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When are they bringing out a large stormtrooper???
It is out for some time, and as Mugatu said there are 2 versions: regular and animated. Though with the animated version it only has animated helmet and the armor is from the regular trooper, so it is looking quite weird.

My review of the regular TK:

I'm a huge Stormie fan so I had to have this JAKKS Pacific's Giant Size Star Wars 31" Stormtrooper figure. The helmet is a bit too small, but so is in 90% of other collectibles, including high end Stormtrooper figures, mini-busts or statues. You barely notice that when you have it in hand(s) IMO. My issue when I got it was related to the helmet, which was made from a different material (PVC most likely) than the body (ABS), and thus not as shiny as the body armor. So I knew I had to do something about it: I decided to add a few layers of clear lacquer to it, and what an excellent idea that was!

It is easy to do it. Just need a cloth or an old t-shirt to cover the rest of the body and tighten it at the neck, clean up the helmet a bit (not to have dust on it), then simply spray some clear/transparent lacquer over the helmet 2-3 times - I used clear car lacquer in spray can. After each spraying you need to let the lacquer cure for about 30 minutes, then spray it again until the helmet shines. The helmet itself is somewhat porous, so the lacquer adheres to it without any problem, and becomes shiny.

I accurized the helmet a bit more by adding the black ear stripe/bar (wish I could redo the blue tubing stripes too - that could prove too complicated needing full helmet repaint), and repainted 3 of the ab buttons blue like in the movies, but for the regular fan these are not a must, the figure looks just fine.

This figure is big, about 80 cm in height, and it really looks awesome, especially if you modded the helmet as said above. There are a few more minor issues like the visible screws in the back, or the blaster which is not too accurate (it has some very accurate parts but others are not), but I realize why the collectors who got the clones and Vader so far are so enthusiastic about them.

This might be a toy, but it is VERY impressive in person, and for around $40 NOTHING beats it! If I knew how cool this was I would have paid double price easy. It has the presence of a statue and not of a simple figure.

In the end the Jakks Stormtrooper is FANTASTIC!


Pros:

- excellent price
- huge size
- reasonable accuracy for its price and size
- very impressive in person, looks more like a statue than a simple figure
- pretty sturdy and stable on its own
- helmet sculpt better than high end statues or figures

Cons:

- helmet is made of porous flat PVC, while the armor is shiny ABS - though this can be easily fixed as already said above, by spraying clear lacquer on the helmet - helmet being porous helps the lacquer adhere well, and this makes the helmet very shiny in the end
- visible screws in the back of the figure
- lack of complex articulation
- helmet a tad too small - but this unfortunate feature is present on high end figures or statues too
- helmet blue stripes placed too low
- blaster could have been a bit more accurate, but not a big deal IMO







 

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mugatu

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Great review. I have three Phase II Clone troopers (501st, Shock Trooper, and Utapau) as well as the "talking" Vader. I love them. Everything you just said about the helmets too. Spot on. But they do have a great presence. Especially Vader.
 

TazMan2000

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Nice conversion jkno. I agree it's a nice toy. I only wish the blaster wasn't so friggen large. I will follow your advice on making mine look better.

TazMan2000
 

jkno

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I like it too. For this money you can't get better. I've seen further improvements on it, like new lens added or tad longer neck, but didn't feel those were really necessary
 

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ABE

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looks great! Any updates on this?

I picked up Luke in ST gear on amazon super cheap and I'm going to chop it apart and make the pose a little more dynamic. I know I'll have to sculpt a few areas at the joints.

What is the yellow stuff you are using and is it working well?

 

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