JAKKS Pacific's Giant Size Star Wars 31" Stormtrooper figure

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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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Thanks for the review. Can you tell me where you found yours? The ones I picked up (and returned) at Walmart in MI had the same armor as yours BUT with Rebels animation styled helmets.
 
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Thanks for the review. Can you tell me where you found yours? The ones I picked up (and returned) at Walmart in MI had the same armor as yours BUT with Rebels animation styled helmets.
I got it from an EU online shop. Are these already released in US? Or just the Rebels helmets for now?
 
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I really want this, especially after reading your excellent review and upgrade, but I too have only found the version with Rebels helmet which is vastly inferior in my opinion.
 
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I really want this, especially after reading your excellent review and upgrade, but I too have only found the version with Rebels helmet which is vastly inferior in my opinion.
I'm not sure why they did the Rebels helmet version in the first place. If they made it with Rebels animated armor, then yes, ok, but with movie armor and animated helmet, looks weird. Good luck in getting one, I'm sure you'll be able to find a regular version.
 
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They do seem to be in short supply here in oz..
Was lucky enough to find and snag one from TRU for Christmas. Unsure as to whether or not they are exclusive to TRU here, as all other Jakks figures have been released via BigW or Target. I have not seen a stormie release at either of the aforementioned stores. They were priced slightly higher than the standard releases, but that's probably TRU pricing.
I know they are all gone from the local market here.
So happy with the find. I would be happy to let my 3 clones go for one stormie.. Looks great next to the Vader.

Serg has hit the nail on the head re. pros and cons.. but I love it as it is..
 
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Sergiu, did you use a gloss clear coat or a satin clear coat? I didn't buy one because of the helmet difference, but if you think a clear coat evens it out, I may go ahead and get one.
 
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Sergiu, did you use a gloss clear coat or a satin clear coat? I didn't buy one because of the helmet difference, but if you think a clear coat evens it out, I may go ahead and get one.
I used gloss clear coat, wanting to make it closer to the gloss armor. And there is a huge difference.
 
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