Healey Made Trooper (THX) Action Figure As Expected, in Stormtrooper White
Raider Action Figure
Item No.: No. n/a Manufacturer:Healey Made Includes:Alternate head, blaster, alternate hand Action Feature:Swap heads, left hand can be replaced by blaster Retail:$25.00 Availability:July 19, 2023 Other:Pretty Spiffy
While not limited to 1138 pieces, the Trooper (THX) hit during Comic-Con in San Diego and was a highlight... of things not at the show. When this figure first appeared, you could pick out a lot of Stormtrooper elements so it seemed a given that it would be sold as a white Stormtrooper some day. And I was close - this is a black plastic figure with a nice layer of non-glossy white paint on it. I was expecting a white plastic figure with black painted bodysuit elements. Who knew?
Since it's painted white, it looks a lot less like an old Kenner figure. White paint is rare - usually we got white plastic, and it would yellow. This shouldn't yellow. That's good, but it doesn't quite mesh with the Kenner figures and remakes in its precise hue. Having said that, it looks like someone ripped a sketch out of a Joe Johntston sketchbook and made it into an action figure that should have existed in 1986 to menace a post-Empire galaxy.
The helmet looks like a Clone concept in these colors, with the Firefly-ish head appearing like a great mishmash of the Cobra saboteur, a Stormtrooper, and other elements. In short, it looks like a toy. It was sculpted by a toy guy. I belongs with your toys.
The engineering is great as always, and you can swap parts with other figures - especially the various Raider figures they put out. They all stand nicely and look great. The details on the face are nicely painted, and the sculpting output is finer, sharper, and more vibrant than other recent retro figures from bigger manufacturers. Unfortunately, the white paint does a good job of highlighting some problems - like any mold flash, any small gash, any error is brought to life. It might look better in white plastic - I honestly don't know, I didn't see any test shots. As always you can swap the blaster fist out for a fisty fist, for punching. It's a great figure with enough options to make you wish it was cheaper so you bought three or four of them.
It truly feels like the colors this mold was always meant to have, so I hope you got one. Or two. It looks like it would fit right in during the Disney+ era of streaming Star Wars or as some off-camera unseen Imperial trooper that should have been in a later season of Droids. If you can get it at a fair price, you should - it looks like some old Kenner prototype you never knew you wanted, and it fits in well with the other old action figures I assume you bought by now.
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