A Guide to Every Hot Toys Star Wars Stormtrooper Sixth Scale Figure, Part IIIJose Lopez
We find ourselves at the third installment in our very own Guide To Every Hot Toys Stormtrooper Figure Ever Made . The first part saw us cover the Original Trilogy’s Stormtroopers and the direct spinoffs of their design and the second part concentrated on the redesigned Troopers from sequel Trilogy. In this third chapter, we’ll get to, well, everything else. The more unique models, like the Death Troopers and the Clone Troopers, will get some spotlight. The Sixth Scale Star Wars market waits for no collector, and Hot Toys is always poised to solicit new Stormtroopers, so we’ll try to keep up.
The usual disclaimer: Please feel free to head down to the comments and mention any corrections or pertinent information I may have missed. I am merely one insane writer who thought listing every Hot Toys Stormtrooper was a good idea, so I’ll likely screw up somewhere.
Let’s get to it.
IMPERIAL DEATH TROOPERS
HOT TOYS MMS 385 STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE – DEATH TROOPER (SPECIALIST)
Star Wars: Rogue One introduced us to this elite squad of Stormtroopers clad in all black, which predictably brings to mind the similarly-colored Shadow Troopers. While the Shadows were just the standard OT Trooper design with a palette swap, these Death Troopers are a fairly unique take on the design. The sharper edges of the armor give off a deadlier vibe, which is the point, I’m sure. This Specialist version comes with a few items that differ from the standard one, like a shoulder pauldron and pouches and a tactical vest storing grenades and ammo clip. A blaster rifle and pistol are included, but just like the rest of the figure, they’re identical to the other Death Trooper releases.
HOT TOYS MMS 398 STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE – DEATH TROOPER
Here we have the streamlined Death Trooper, complete with all that came with the Specialist version but minus the aforementioned extras. This standard Trooper does come with an exclusive item of their own: a Special Forces DLT-19 long-range blaster rifle. This seems like the kind of thing a Specialist would carry, but I guess this guy needed something special to come with.
HOT TOYS MMS 399 STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE – DEATH TROOPER SPECIALIST
Wait, didn’t we already get a Specialist version of the Death Trooper back at the beginning of this section? Well, yes, we did. This guy, however, is the Especially Special Specialist, you see. Not only does this release include the added shoulder pauldrons, pouches and tactical vest of the MMS 385, but he also has that long-range blaster rifle I’ve always felt belonged to him in the first place. That’s not all, though! This Deluxe Version came packaged with a super cute Stormtrooper doll and a figure base that doubles as a diorama piece, both nodding to the opening scene of Rogue One. It should be noted, though, the standard blaster rifle is missing here.
HOT TOYS TMS 13 THE MANDALORIAN – DEATH TROOPER
With the success of the Disney+ streaming series, The Mandalorian, we were also given the return of the Death Troopers, this time set in a post-Rebellion universe. As a result, we get the same old figure stand, but this time the Death Troopers are no longer “Imperial”, reflecting their unofficial capacity. I enjoy that little touch. Otherwise, this is just a re-release of the MMS 398 without the long-range blaster rifle.
HOT TOYS MMS 397 STAR WARS V – SNOWTROOPER
Based on their appearance in The Empire Strikes Back, these Snowtroopers are one of my favorite variations of the Trooper aesthetic. It’s obviously unique enough that I don’t consider it just another Stormtrooper, but has several things that tie it all together. The long white coat and the white hooded mask give this guy a freaky vibe that just works for me. A snow-covered figure stand base is included here, giving us a little extra for our dollar, and he also includes a removable backpack and a blaster pistol. One of the all-time best takes on the Trooper motif.
HOT TOYS VGM 24 STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT – SNOWTROOPER (DELUXE VERSION)
Effectively just another release of the MMS 397, but with added goodies to tie it in better to the Battlefront Video Game in which he appears. All of the items included with that previous release are present here, but this time around collectors also get an excellent magnetic jetpack with effects, an extended figure stand for flight poses and a rocket launcher.
HOT TOYS VGM 25 STAR WARS: BATTLEFRONT – SNOWTROOPERS
Two Snowtroopers for the price of one, though you don’t necessarily get twice the accessories from the VGM 24. Only one jetpack with effects and extended stand are included , but you do get a bonus DTL-20A blaster rifle exclusive to this set. So, that’s cool, I suppose. (I’d rather have had two jetpacks, just saying.)
FIRST ORDER SNOWTROOPERS
HOT TOYS MMS 321 STAR WARS: TFA – FO SNOWTROOPER
The First Order iteration of the Snowtrooper is a nice nod to the Imperial version seen in the Battlefront video game. There are design elements such as the long white coats and backpacks that tie them together but the First Order has given these an even colder, pun intended, countenance. The helmets on these Troopers are pretty inhuman and frightening, which adds to their appeal on the shelf. They come with a blaster rifle and hexagonal FO figure stand, which will be standard for the next two Snowtrooper releases as well.
HOT TOYS MMS 322 STAR WARS: TFA – FO SNOWTROOPER OFFICER
What if I told you that this was literally the same figure as the MMS 321, but with a red shoulder pauldron and some binoculars? Well, if you have been reading these guides, then you would believe me, because that’s how Hot Toys rolls, baby.
HOT TOYS MMS 323 STAR WARS: TFA – FO SNOWTROOPER SET
So, if you found yourself wanting two Snowtroopers, this set was for you. Not only did you get a standard Snowtrooper, but an Officer as well. And on top of all of the accessories included with each, you also found yourself with two extra extended stock Blaster Rifles, just incase you wanted this duo to go guns akimbo. Not a bad army builder set, I have to say.
FIRST ORDER JET TROOPERS
HOT TOYS MMS 561 STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER – JET TROOPER
Hardly the first Trooper we’ve gotten that came equipped with a jetpack, though this IS the first one that has Jet in their name. Maybe enough Troopers signed a Change.org petition to get a Jet Trooper classification going? We’ll never know, I suppose. The Jet Troopers have an interesting helmet which looks almost insect-like in design while also calling the First Order Stormtroopers to mind. The jetpack this time around is much more detailed and sleek than previous iterations, which I like. Finally, a blaster is included because what’s a Trooper without one?
HOT TOYS MMS 562 STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER – SITH JET TROOPER
That Change.org petition must’ve gotten the Troopers really fired up, because not only did we get a standard Jet Trooper, but this snazzy crimson Sith version too! Besides the fact that this Sith option is a red, it does also come with an additional, different blaster. A cool, if unnecessary, variant.
HOT TOYS MMS 524 STAR WARS III: ROTS – COMMANDER CODY
Based on his appearance in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Commander Cody is the first Clone Trooper Hot Toys has produced, though clearly not the last with the many Clone Wars announcements we’ve been getting recently. The Clone Troopers are, in case you don’t know, the retroactive forebears of the Imperial Stormtroopers, so I’m counting them in this list. Cody has a very cool and unique design to his armor, particularly the helmet. He’s also packed with plenty of accessories, like the unmasked Clone Jango head sculpt, a jetpack, plenty of blaster weapons, and an LED light-up hologram projector and 4 different holograms figurines. One of the best Trooper releases out there.
HOT TOYS STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS – CAPTAIN REX
Representing a different Clone Trooper and squadron, Rex has some design aesthetics that tie him together with Commander Cody, but just enough that he feels like a separate character as well. There’s the obvious differences, like the color palette and the haircut on the unmasked portrait. Rex also comes with his own set of pistols, though they do share the jetpack. A very cool add-in is the alternate Trooper helmet that belongs to Ashoka.
HOT TOYS TMS 16 THE MANDALORIAN – SCOUT TROOPER
Based on their appearances in season 1 finale of The Mandalorian series, while also nodding to their original appearances in the Return of the Jedi, this release of the Scout Trooper is a late addition to this list due to recently being announced. I’ve always been a fan of this look, and now that I see the similarities to the Shoretroopers (or vice versa), I guess I just enjoy the more balanced breakdown between white and black. The weathered paint apps, presents in most Mandalorian-era Troopers, look great, as does the desert floor figure stand base.
HOT TOYS TMS 17 THE MANDALORIAN – SCOUT TROOPER & SPEEDER BIKE
Take everything I said about the previous entry and add a Speeder Bike, a satchel and a Baby Yoda. Obviously, of the two, this is the one to get. The Child is the cutest ever and I love that, besides having a standard Scout Trooper with bike, you can also recreate the actual scene from the Mandalorian if you want. Speaking of the Speeder Bike, it’s glorious. I am an easy mark for in-scale vehicles, so this added piece makes me very happy and it looks excellent.
HOT TOYS MMS 494 SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY – PATROL TROOPER
I somehow missed this guy in Part I, because he is definitely a direct descendant of the Original Trilogy Imperial Stormtrooper. There’s much more black breaking up the white armor, particularly on the arms and legs, but this is clearly an Empire guy. That said, this is a nice minimally-different redesign that effectively conveys the patrol aspect by having less armor and more police-type weapons, such as the baton and pistol. A fun little variant of the traditional Stormtrooper.
HOT TOYS MMS 389 STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE – SHORETROOPER
One of the best, most fun Trooper variations comes in the form of this Shoretrooper, as they appeared in Rogue One. The slightly altered color palette of the armor, similar to Scout Troopers, going from black and white to off-white and brown, along with the “tropical” colors painted on top in places. The helmets are a new yet familiar design and the double-sided backdrop is a lot of fun. This is how I like to see new Stormtroopers, familiar yet not.
HOT TOYS MMS 326 STAR WARS: TFA – FO FLAMETROOPER
Okay, the head outfit designer at the First Order clearly has a thing for razor-thin visors, am I right? I mean, between this guy, the Jet Trooper and the Snow Trooper, how are these guys not constantly walking into each other? They have no peripheral vision! Sigh, anyhow… Not the first Trooper with a flamethrower, but definitely the creepiest looking. The Flametrooper is a big boy, for sure, possibly need to be bulkier to be able to lug that pack around all day. Overall, not that much different than your regular FO Stormtrooper, but still interesting.
HOT TOYS MMS 493 SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY – HANS SOLO (MUDTROOPER)
Sort of an honorable mention, but so were the Clone Troopers, so I’m just including them all! Ignoring that this is actually a recast Han Solo in disguise, the Mudtrooper design is a clever take on the classic Imperial Stormtrooper look. Making the goggles look exactly like the lenses of the classic Trooper helmet, combined with the shape of the armor and helmet itself, is just genius. Adding in the muddy green color and the cape just serve to seal the deal, giving this Trooper such an interesting look.
HOT TOYS MMS 324 STAR WARS: TFA – FO TIE PILOT
I’ve always considered the Tie Pilots a subdivision of the Stormtroopers, and the similarities in uniforms supports that. This First Order version is extremely sleek. The contrast of the glossy armor and the matte fabric jumpsuit looks great, while there’s enough different, like the breathing tube, that make this stand out on the shelf from the other Trooper designs. Packaged with a hexagonal FO figure stand and a Blaster, he doesn’t come with much but more than makes up for it style.
In The End
That’s it for my penultimate Hot Toys Stormtrooper Guide, folks! Join us back here very soon for the fourth and final (for now) entry in the series. Until then, may the Force be with you!