A Guide to Every Hot Toys Star Wars Stormtrooper Sixth Scale Figure, Part IJose Lopez
Star Wars is one of those pop culture staples that everyone is familiar with, whether or not they are fans of it. It has given us so many visual cues that are instantly associated with the franchise, be it lightsabers or Darth Vader or the Millennium Falcon. One of those instantly recognizable pieces of Star Wars has been and continues to be the Stormtrooper.
Even people that hate science fiction, in general, can recognize a Stormtrooper with their iconic beady-eyed helmet and stark white-and-black armor. As a result, there have been a rather large amount of variations of the Stormtrooper in the years since their first appearance, and Hong Kong-based Sixth Scale toy manufacturer Hot Toys has been there to make them all. Since the very first 12” Movie Masterpiece Series Stormtrooper, they have been setting the bar for what a Star Wars action figure should be.
This list will go over every Stormtrooper that Hot Toys has released with a caveat. While we will eventually get to the First Order versions from the new trilogy and the more unique variations like Death Troopers in a sequel article, this list will be all about the different Troopers that are obviously based off of that original iconic Stormtrooper design from A New Hope. Please feel free to mention any corrections or pertinent information I may have missed out and I’ll revise as needed.
Let’s get to it.
The most iconic of all Stormtroopers are, obviously, the original design. All other trooper variations can be traced back to this archetypical helmet and armor as seen in the very first Star Wars film. Unsurprisingly, this was the very first Stormtrooper released by Hot Toys and they have gone on to release plenty of these with slight variations, which we’ll cover first.
HOT TOYS MMS 267 STAR WARS IV – STORMTROOPER
Based on Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, this figure looks as if it stepped directly off of the screen. This is the baseline Stormtrooper in all its glory, complete with a blaster rifle, blaster pistol, some interchangeable hands and a figure stand reminiscent of the Death Star floor. A classic that has stood the test of time.
HOT TOYS MMS 268 STAR WARS IV – STORMTROOPERS
Do you know what’s better than one Stormtrooper? That’s right, you silly nerf herder. Two Stormtroopers! While this set seemed to just throw two of the previous figures together, there are some slight differences and extras that make this pretty cool. Each Stormtrooper in this set is a different height from the other, giving things a little variety. Additionally, a bonus heavy blaster rifle and Mouse Droid were included for collectors who sprung for this deluxe set.
HOT TOYS MMS 393 STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE – STORMTROOPER
With this newly engineered release, Hot Toys took the opportunity to refine the design of the outfit and helmet of their original Stormtrooper figure to better improve articulation, sculpt, durability and paint application. It included a new “Space Station” figure stand and came with only the blaster rifle, forgoing the blaster pistol.
HOT TOYS MMS 514, 515 STAR WARS STORMTROOPER STANDARD & DX
That’s right, a third release of the base Stormtrooper design, once again with new engineering that offered up some different sculpting and paint apps on the outfit and the blaster rifle, all, technically based on Return of the Jedi. While the appearance is basically the same as the MMS 267 and MMS 393 barring some weathering on the newer release, this is an all-around improved and superior figure. Other differences are the inclusion of only the blaster rifle again (also re-sculpted and repainted) as well as the new “space station” stand. The Deluxe Version, MMS 515, saw a special figure stand that included a backdrop with LED light-up function. If you’re looking for the best standard Stormtrooper figure to date, this is likely to be your best bet.
HOT TOYS TMS 11 THE MANDALORIAN – REMNANT STORMTROOPER
Let’s be honest. This is a dirty version of the MMS 393. Don’t get me wrong, the weathered paint job looks amazing and it’s very accurate to the appearance in the series, but there’s little else different to be found here. I will say, it’s nice to see the blaster pistol make its comeback after all of this time.
HOT TOYS MMS 330 STAR WARS – STORMTROOPER COPPER CHROME VERSION
Available only in selected markets as an Asia Exclusive, this was merely a repainted variant of the base MMS 267 Stormtrooper figure in a new metallic color. While the blaster pistol was not included, a blaster rifle, interchangeable hands, and a new hexagonal figure stand with an Imperial emblem were.
HOT TOYS MMS 364 STAR WARS – STORMTROOPER GOLD CHROME VERSION
As a way to celebrate the opening of their flagship store in Shanghai in 2016, this second repainted metallic variant was released as an exclusive, once again on the MMS 267 body. This time in gold, the Stormtrooper was pretty much identical to the Copper version in regards to accessories.
HOT TOYS MMS 401 STAR WARS STORMTROOPER (PORCELAIN PATTERN VERSION)
Yet another Hot Toys Exclusive paint variation of the original MMS 267, but a rather unique one. Beautifully done in a “unique blue-and-white porcelain and traditional Chinese floral pattern (with an amazing “Star Wars” twist on the back of the helmet), this Trooper looks gorgeous. Unlike the two previous palette swaps, this one does come with original blaster pistol as well as the blaster rifle. Also new is a circular figure stand with a stylized porcelain-inspired Imperial emblem that can be removed to reveal a felt surface underneath.
This next group is basically the classic Stormtrooper design, but with added accessories such as pouches, shoulder pauldrons, or new weapons.
HOT TOYS MMS 295 STAR WARS IV – SANDTROOPER
The MMS 267 gets some new gear and some weathering on his armor in order to represent the Tatooine Squad Leader from A New Hope. An orange shoulder pauldron, pouches, survival backpack, and binoculars complete the look. Also newly included IS a Patrol Droid with stand, a heavy blaster, a blaster rifle and a light repeating blaster, as well as a newly designed figure stand that is reminiscent of a desert floor.
HOT TOYS MMS 386, 392 (TK-14057) STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE – STORMTROOPER JEDHA PATROL
The MMS 386 is basically the same redesigned Trooper as MMS 393 (though this came first) with some weathered paint, a white shoulder pauldron, a new backpack, a heavy blaster rifle, a flashlight and a figure stand with a large Rogue One backdrop. The MMS 392 is the same figure, but with more similarities to the Sandtrooper design like a different backpack, orange shoulder pauldron, and the same desert floor figure stand included with that figure. While the 392 was a regular release, the 386 was a Hot Toys Exclusive.
HOT TOYS MMS 291 STAR WARS IV – SPACETROOPER
Designed to operate in Zero-G environments, the Spacetrooper comes with a cool rebreather pack that has detachable parts, a blaster rifle, a brand new specialized heavy blaster and a thermal detonator. In every other way, this is just the original MMS 267 with a repainted stand. It would have been neat to be able to remove the pack so as to make him a standard Trooper if you wanted to, but alas, it wasn’t to be. This figure was released as a Star Wars Celebration 2015 Exclusive.
HOT TOYS VGM 23 STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT – JUMPTROOPER
Based on the hit Star Wars video game, this Jump Trooper was released as a Toy Fair 2016 Exclusive figure. Another weathered MMS 267 clone with added accessories like the Spacetrooper, this version improves on that variant by making the jetpack attach to the back of the figure via magnets, making it easy to remove. The more options to army build the better I say. Thruster flame accessories add to the presentation here, along with two heavy blasters (one a new design) and a “scout pistol”. The desert floor figure stand makes another appearance, but this time with a dynamic stand for aerial poses.
HOT TOYS TMS 12 THE MANDALORIAN – INCINERATOR STORMTROOPER
One of the coolest paint jobs to ever be given to a Stormtrooper has to be this Incinerator Stormtrooper. Built off of the MMS 393 Trooper design, the red trim makes this guy pop really powerfully. He comes with a red shoulder pauldron and a flamethrower and backpack. The flame effect accessory that you can plug into the flamethrower is beautifully done. They’ve also thrown in some weathering on his armor. Just a badass-looking take on the Trooper.
HOT TOYS VGM 20 STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT – SHOCK TROOPER
A repaint of the MMS 267, the Video Game-inspired Shock Trooper shares some stylistic similarities with the later-released Incinerator Stormtrooper. The red and white color scheme, the weathered paint apps and the backpack (this time for equipment as opposed to fuel) give it a similar feel. The blaster rifle and heavy blaster we saw before are included, as is the desert floor figure stand we saw introduced with the Sandtrooper (albeit with a red-colored bottom section). The Incinerator Trooper and this one would look great on the shelf together.
HOT TOYS MMS 271 STAR WARS – SHADOW TROOPER
Having saved the coolest variant of the Original Trilogy Stormtrooper for last, we have the all-black Shadow Trooper. The simplicity in taking that original MMS 267 Stormtrooper design and inverting it so that the signature white armor is now jet black is knocked out of the park by Hot Toys. It’s a simple idea pushed even further later in the line with the Death Troopers. Besides the palette swap for the figure, blaster rifle, and the figure stand, we get an added shoulder pauldron and some pouches to give the Trooper a slightly different silhouette.
While character-wise, these figures weren’t technically Stormtroopers, the figures they were built on definitely were in all but head sculpts.
HOT TOYS MMS 304 STAR WARS IV – LUKE SKYWALKER (STORMTROOPER DISGUISE)
A 2015 Toy Fair Exclusive, this Luke Skywalker is nearly an identical release to MMS 267. While you can indeed swap out the Luke head with the basic Stormtrooper helmet that’s included, that helmet has added mechanical detail inside of it, allowing for a very cool un-helmeted display. Whether or not you want to army build more Troopers is up to you. Along with the Luke head sculpt, you get a grappling hook and communicator that attaches to the figure’s belt, along with a repainted figure stand and the standard blaster rifle. A very cool alternative to the same old Stormtrooper release.
HOT TOYS MMS 418 STAR WARS IV – HAN SOLO (STORMTROOPER DISGUISE)
It worked so well the first time, why not do it again?! Based off of the same scene from A New Hope where Luke disguises himself as a Stormtrooper, we get this Han Solo in disguise release. This one was a Hot Toys Exclusive and upped the ante by not only adding the same swappable helmet with added interior mechanical detail, blaster rifle, thermal detonator, and figure stand but throwing in a LED Light-Up Death Star backdrop (that would also end up included MMS 515).
Phew, that was A LOT of Stormtroopers for one writer to get through. Check back for a future piece about the Sequel Trilogy’s own Troopers and more.