Star Wars: McQuarrie Signature Series - Concept Darth Vader and Stormtrooper

I don't know why I bought these. I'm so over Star Wars figures. Yeah, I'm still buying Stormtrooper/Sandtrooper/Biker Scouts. One can never have too many of those. I'd even be pumped if they finally announced a TIE Fighter Pilot or Snowtrooper in the new 30th Anniversary aesthetic. But other than that, Star Wars figures are just "meh" to me. Weird.

Star Wars McQuarrie Signature Series

The Stormtrooper is a decent enough representation of the original McQuarrie painting, but just like the Darktrooper it's just only a step above a 3 3/4 inch statue. It has articulation at the hips, shoulders, neck, one wrist, and the elbows rotate left/right. The head isn't even on a ball joint. The shoulders have the same full articulation that is standard for current Star Wars figures, but since the elbows and wrists are so limited, it's really kind of wasted.

Star Wars McQuarrie Signature Series Stormtrooper

Darth Vader is by far superior in terms of articulation. It has all full articulation at the ankles, knees, wrists, shoulders, and a ball jointed head. They elbows are of the "45 degree" type, but I don't mind these because you don't have to worry about an ugly ball joint in the middle of the arm. He comes with a blue light saber and a laser pistol that fits in a hip holster (not seen because...well, dammit, Darth Vader doesn't use blasters.)

Star Wars McQuarrie Signature Series Darth Vader

A nice bonus is that Darth Vader comes with two different heads.

Star Wars McQuarrie Signature Series Darth VaderStar Wars McQuarrie Signature Series Darth Vader

However, I don't really have the inclination to try and figure out which head comes from what source. It's not that I can't...I probably have more books on McQuarrie's concept art than most fans (or more than is healthy for a normal human being to have)...it's that I just don't care.


Evil King Macrocranios said...

Okay I'm laughing now because you were all telling me "the McQuarrie concept figures are awesome!" at my blog and then you get them and you're "meh" at best on yours.

Heavyarms said...

keyword: facetious

I keep forgetting that sarcasm doesn't carry over in the typed word.

Actually, I like the Darth Vader okay. I'm just not crazy about the Stormtrooper. The rest that I've seen are just fugly.

Bubbashelby said...

I'm surprised to see how much of a difference some nice paint apps. can make - I have the original release of the concept 'trooper (just blogged about it too) and he's pretty bland compared to your newer released version.

I still love him though!