Saturday, November 3, 2018

Action Figure Review: Stormtrooper (Mimban) from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

    While we're still smack dab in the middle of Re-Halloween I'm jumping back in to reviewing some action figures I've acquired over the past few weeks. Lots of cool new stuff has come out lately and today I'm checking out a new figure from Star Wars: The Black Series: The Mimban Stormtrooper! Officially known as the Wet-weather gear Stormtrooper, these troops wear modified basic Stormtrooper outfits in order to fight off the wet and swampy terrain of the planet Mimban. Man, how cool is it that Solo used Mimban? Mimban first appeared in Splinter of the Mind's Eye (which I believe was the second Expanded Universe novel I ever read!) and has shown up a number of times over the years. Man, Solo was filled with great references to the Star Wars universe, wasn't it? Anyways, the Mimban Stormtrooper is a Wal-Mart exclusive and, fortunately, it seems like he's quite readily available. I've seen these guys in their distinctive black and grey packaging at nearly every Wal-Mart I've been too so hopefully that's a good sign. Let's check out the Mimban Stormtrooper after the break...


 The Facts:

Height: 6 1/8ths inches

Articulation: Swivel/hinge, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, ball jointed hips, a ball jointed abdomen, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel biceps, double hinged elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, a hinged neck, and a ball jointed head.

Accessories:  BlasTech E-11 blaster rifle.

Non-Scalper Price: $20 dollars

* While the Mimban Stormtrooper features a new head and a new cloak, he still shares the standard body with the basic Stormtrooper we've seen since 2014. That's OK, though, as it's still a solid sculpt. The articulation feels more solid and less rubbery here, too, so that's an improvement.
 The Positives:

* Again, we're using the same body that we've seen for Stormtroopers many times but this time Hasbro has cast the plastic in an off-white color and given it lots of paint applications to recreate the look of armor covered in mud and muck. It's a pretty solid look and, coupled with the presence of the cloak and new helmet, definitely makes for a unique looking figure.

* The boots are really muddy. Again, the paintwork is quite impressive and definitely makes this guy feel very unique. I believe the boots are supposed to be brown on these guys, which was handled correctly here, too.

 * The Mimban Stormtrooper/ Wet-weather Gear Stormtrooper has a helmet that is slightly different than the standard Stormtrooper. It has a more armored forehead which is supposed to house some extra targeting computers to help the troops fight in battlefields with intense weather. It's a solid looking helmet with a great design and a nice mixture of clean detailed paint applications and messy "mud" applications.

 * The Mimban Stormtroopers come with weatherproofed cloaks and Hasbro has added a pretty nice cloak on the back of this figure. Not only does it look great but it has a really cool "feel" to it. It feels like a weatherproofed material of sorts. It also has some weathering to it that gives it a worn look. It's pretty cool!

* While the Mimban Stormtrooper has the same articulation as most other Stormtrooper figures that have come before, the elbows and knees feel much more solid and far less rubbery than previous efforts. He's a fun figure and while the articulation may need an upgrade at some point, it's still pretty good for a mass market toyline.

 * The Mimban Stormtrooper comes with one of the modified E-11 blasters that we saw included with many of the Rogue One figures. It doesn't have any paint applications but it looks nice and is still a cool accessory. Other Mimban Stormtroopers (the S.H. Figuarts version and Hasbro's 1/18th scale versions) come with different weapons, including an E-10 and a long blaster rifle of sorts, which sadly were not included.
 The Negatives:

* Some of the Mimban Stormtroopers in the film have bandoliers. It's a real shame that Hasbro didn't give the figure a removable bandolier so that collectors could army build these guys more effectively.

* Since this figure reuses the body from the original Stormtrooper, the Mimban Stormtrooper has the same holster as that figure. Unfortunately, since the Mimban trooper has the modified E-11, the blaster won't fit inside of the holster. Oops! That's a big no-no in my book. He should have had a new belt molded for this figure, as the accessory just cannot fully function with this figure.
   While he has a lot of reuse, there is also quite a bit of newness to the Mimban Stormtrooper that makes him feel like a worthwhile pickup. I love the overall look and feel of the figure, particularly the weathered paintjob. I do wish we had gotten an extra blaster or two, however (las well as a functional holster!) as well as the bandolier that many of the troops use. The Mimban Stormtrooper is still a Good and a 1/2 figure, but he could have been a bit better, especially considering how much reuse is present.

  I've reviewed quite a few Stormtroopers! Besides the basic Black Series Stormtrooper I've also reviewed the Stormtrooper (with blast accessories), the battle damaged Stormtrooper from the Amazon 4-pack, and the Crimson Stormtrooper from the Entertainment Earth 4-pack. I've also reviewed the Hero Mashers Stormtrooper, the Vintage Collection's TK-421, three of the Rebels sets with Stormtroopers (Garazeb "Zeb" Orrelios and Stormtrooper, Sabine Wren and Stormtrooper, and  Stormtrooper Commander and Hera Syndulla), the Micro Machines Ice Planet Hoth playset with a Stormtrooper microfigure, and the Stormtrooper Mini Head.

For more Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III figures, check out the following:

442nd Siege Battalion Clone Trooper, 212th Attack Battalion Utapau Trooper, Coruscant Guard ---(Phase II), and 501st Legion Clone Trooper 4 pack
Admiral Ackbar and First Order Officer
Ahsoka Tano 
AT-AT Pilot 
Baze Malbus
C-3PO (Resistance Base) 
Captain Cassian Andor (Eadu) 
Captain Phasma
Captain Phasma (Quicksilver Baton)
Captain Poe Dameron
Chewbacca (Target Exclusive)
Chewbacca (The Force Awakens)
Chirrut Imwe 
Clone Captain Rex (HasCon Exclusive)
Clone Commander Gree
Clone Commander Wolffe 
Constable Zuvio
Darth Revan 
Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath)
Death Star Trooper
Dewback/ Sandtrooper
Director Krennic 
DJ (Canto Bight)
Elite Praetorian Guard
Elite Praetorian Guard (with Heavy Blade)
Enfys Nest's Swoop Bike/ Enfys Nest
Finn (First Order Disguise)
Finn (FN-2187)
Finn (Jakku)
First Order Flametrooper
First Order General Hux
First Order Snowtrooper
First Order Snowtrooper Officer
First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter
First Order Stormtrooper
First Order Stormtrooper Executioner 
First Order Stormtrooper (with Gear)
First Order TIE Fighter Pilot
Gamorrean Guard
General Leia Organa
General Veers
Grand Admiral Thrawn (SDCC Exclusive)
Grand Moff Tarkin 
Guardians of Evil 4-Pack
Guavian Enforcer
Han Solo (Exogorth Escape)
Han Solo (Solo)
Han Solo (The Force Awakens)
Hera Syndulla
Imperial AT-ACT Driver
Imperial Death Trooper
Imperial Death Trooper, Captain Cassian Andor, and Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha) 3 pack
Imperial Hovertank Pilot 
Imperial Shock Trooper 
Imperial Royal Guard 
Inferno Squad Agent
Jaina Solo (Legends)
Jango Fett
Kanan Jarrus
Kylo Ren 
Kylo Ren (SDCC 2016)
Kylo Ren (The Last Jedi) 
Kylo Ren (Starkiller Base)
Kylo Ren (Throne Room) 
Lando Calrissian (Solo)
Lando Calrissian (The Empire Strikes Back)
Luke Skywalker 
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master) 
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master)- Ahch-To Island
Maz Kanata 
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Force Spirit)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (SDCC 2016)
Phase 1 Clone Trooper Commander, Phase II Clone Trooper, Imperial Stormtrooper, and First Order ---Stormtrooper Officer four pack
Poe Dameron
Poe Dameron and First Order Riot Control Stormtrooper
Princess Leia (Bespin Escape)
Princess Leia Organa 
Qi'ra (Corellia)
Qui-Gon Jinn
R2-A3, R5-K6, and R2-F2
Range Trooper
Rebel Trooper
Red Squadron (R2-D2, R5-D8, and R2-X2)
Resistance Tech Rose
Resistance Trooper
Rey (Island Journey)
Rey (Jakku) & BB-8 
Rey (Jedi Training)
Rey (Jedi Training)- Crait
Rey (Starkiller Base) 
Rey's Speeder (Jakku)
Sabine Wren
Sandtrooper Sergeant, Crimson Stormtrooper, Lieutenant OXIXO, and R2-Q5
Scarif Stormtrooper
Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader 
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Eadu)
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha)
Stormtrooper (With Blast Accessories)
Supreme Leader Snoke (Throne Room)
Tobias Beckett
Tusken Raider 
X-34 Landspeeder & Luke Skywalker (SDCC Exclusive) 
X-Wing Pilot Asty 

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