Updated: Nov 24, 2018
The Sandtrooper from 2013's first wave of Black Series was arguably the best figure in that first batch and little has surpassed it ever since. It was therefore inevitable that the orange pauldron be updated to a black one (or white) and Sandie would find his way into a future wave.
It is almost poetic that a Sandtooper is part of the relaunched blue box wave 1 and although not the biggest draw in these set of 4 figures he is easily still up there as one of the best figures this range has produced.
I talked about the new box in my Chewie & Luke review, so wont dwell much on it here - other than it is growing on me. I admit to have been impatient with this wave as it seems to have taken an age to land in the UK, this has resulted in importing these from the Far East and therefore the boxes are less than mint - so please excuse the pictures below
Sandie comes with the same level of accessories as the Orange release, a hand blaster and two rifles (sorry I do not know the technical names for these weapons). The trademark backpack is also there and this probably makes Sandie the most accessoried Black Series figure - or at least in top spot with Maul.
The Sandtrooper is hugely posable with plenty of points of articulation. The first downside however is that the plastic used on this release vs the original feels a lot softer and therefore it does make the figure either really stiff in places (hot water to free up the joints) or really loose. This also translates to the weapons that bend far too easily and spoil the look of Sandie holding the weapons in two hands.
Paint job is a little different vs the original release, and is a little rougher on mine with bleeding at the armour joints. But overall he looks like a true Tatooine veteran. I give this figure a solid 4 out of 5 and will still argue my case that to date Hasbro has not surpassed the Sandtrooper in terms of a combination of sculpt and accessories. All we need now is a white pauldron and a Dewback.
(This is my first review with my new camera setup - am still learning settings, but hope the pictures are an improvement)