Stormtrooper - SW - Basic

Added: May 22nd 2018
Category: Star Wars
Reviewer: Paul Harrison


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General Analysis

Who didn’t have a bunch of Stormtrooper action figures growing up in the late seventies and eighties? I don’t recall any specific purchases, but I do remember just having them in my toy box and utilized them whenever necessary. Each one looked a bit unique to me from the last one. My brother had a set of them, and so did I. I am sure throughout the years growing up, the original figures we received got mixed up, and we ultimately played with each other’s figures. I never thought the Kenner Stormtrooper resembled the onscreen character all that much. And what a disappointment that you couldn’t turn his head when you wanted. What I did find interesting is how the AT-AT Driver and the Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear) figures looked like the Stormtrooper. And they all shared that significant setback of no articulated head. Throughout the years, most of my original Stormtrooper action figures have yellowed, sadly. That’s alright because they still bring me joy. Kenner gave this figure a name change from Stormtrooper to Imperial Stormtrooper with the 79-Back packaging. Those extra letters feel a little redundant, but Kenner was going for a more organized and specific approach in the basic figure line by this time. Stormtrooper is a great figure. I just think there are many more interesting ones.

Hasbro's Most Definitive Modern Counterpart: Stormtrooper (VC171) from 2020's THE VINTAGE COLLECTION Carbon-Freezing Chamber playset.

Collector Notes

Name: Stormtrooper

Alternate Name: Imperial Stormtrooper

Collection: Star Wars

Source: A New Hope

Release: 1978

Status: Stormtrooper is an all-new figure.

Assortment: No. 38240


Retail: $1.99 USD

Alternate Card Art Details:

• Stormtrooper (Garde Imperial)

• Trilogo

• Revised artwork created for Kenner's 1978 Toy Fair catalog and features "black blotches" for placement of action figure behind backdrop of reference image

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Figure Release Information

Major Figure Variations (loose): None

U.S. Card Back Release Information (confirmed to exist)

  1. SW-12A
  2. SW-12B
  3. SW-12C
  4. SW-20A
  5. SW-20B
  6. SW-20C
  7. SW-20E
  8. SW-20J
  9. SW-20K
  10. ESB-21A
  1. ESB-31A
  2. ESB-31B
  3. ESB-32A
  4. ESB-41A
  5. ESB-41B
  6. ESB-41D
  7. ESB-45A
  8. ESB-47
  9. ESB-48A
  10. ESB-48B
  1. ESB-48C
  2. ROTJ-48
  3. ROTJ-65A
  4. ROTJ-65B
  5. ROTJ-65C
  6. ROTJ-77A
  7. ROTJ-77B
  8. ROTJ-79A
  9. POTF-92

U.S. Card Back information derived from the Kellerman Book Matrices and confirmed samples

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