A Guide to Every Hot Toys Star Wars Stormtrooper Sixth Scale Figure, Part IVJose Lopez
Updated Star Wars Trooper Checklist PART IV
Just in time for Star Wars Celebration 2022, we’ve caught up to Hot Toys’ current pre-order slate of Stormtroopers and Stormtrooper-inspired figures for our final (for now) Guide to Every Hot Toys Star Wars Stormtrooper Figure! Part I covered the Original Trilogy’s Stormtroopers, Part II concentrated on the Sequel Trilogy’s Stormtroopers, and Part III shone the spotlight on a variety of Trooper types. This fourth entry continues the third’s trend, offering up a hodgepodge of what remains.
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 Toy Stormtrooper was a good idea, so I’ll likely screw up somewhere.
Let’s get to it.
HOT TOYS TMS 41 THE MANDALORIAN – STORMTROOPER COMMANDER
We’re starting this Checklist off with a terribly familiar-looking Trooper design. This Commander looks close to identical to our previously-featured MMS 295 Sandtrooper, as well as the TK-14057 Jedha Patrol Stormtrooper, minus their fancy backpacks. They’re even wearing the same red shoulder pauldron and displayed on the same desert floor base! This version does come rocking a new weathered paint job, as well as a new blaster rifle. The smaller blaster, however, is identical to those earlier releases. This figure was a Hot Toys Exclusive, as was that earlier TK-14057. So if you like the looks of this guy, there’s always the MMS 295 Sandtrooper out there.
HOT TOYS TMS 47 THE MANDALORIAN – ARTILLERY STORMTROOPER
When in doubt, give that tried and true Stormtrooper design a fancy paint job and a designated specialty and call it a day! While we’ve gotten a surprising amount of Troopers with red-colored accents and designs, this Artillery Stormtrooper goes yellow and I’m a fan. He even has a yellow shoulder pauldron, just to kick up the flair a notch. True to his name, he comes with some heavy duty artillery in the form of a mortar and a backpack full of removable detonators. There’s also that desert floor base again, in case you missed it.
IMPERIAL TROOPERS MISCELLANEOUS
HOT TOYS MMS 587 ASSAULT TANK COMMANDER
This Assault Tank Commander made it’s debut in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and has a very unique, attractive take on the Trooper design. The monochromatic color scheme is present, but with subtle variations. The same goes for the helmet, which incorporates a similar “frown” look, but manages to look quite different. The weathering on the armor is done very well. The Tank Commander also includes a standard blaster rifle and rectangular base.
HOT TOYS MMS 592 SHORETROOPER SQUAD LEADER
So let’s say you missed out on the previously released MMS 389 Shoretrooper from Rogue One and you’re kicking yourself for it. Well, Hot Toys had you covered with this Shoretrooper Squad Leader, which is basically the same exact figure but with two specific differences. First, the Squad Leader gets a back skirt that makes for a distinctive silhouette and will look very cool when he stands defiantly against the wind. Secondly, the baby blue stripe across his chest armor is much thinner than the regular Shoretrooper’s. I was a fan of the regular release and I’m just as big a fan of this variation.
HOT TOYS STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI – MMS 611 SCOUT TROOPER
We’ve already seen the TMS 16 “Remnant” version of this Scout Trooper earlier in our Checklists, but while that was based on The Mandalorian, this iteration is directly inspired by this Trooper’s first appearance in Episode VI. As a result, this is the Scout Trooper in his prime with no “yellowing” armor and complete with not just his blaster pistol, but his sniper blaster rifle. The two figures are very similar, though this original Scout wears his lower torso pouches much higher and comes with an Endor jungle-themed base stand.
HOT TOYS STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI – MMS 612 SCOUT TROOPER & SPEEDER BIKE
Take everything I said about the Scout Trooper above and add a Sixth Scale Speeder Bike, a satchel and a beautiful jungle diorama base for said Bike. (I know that I made this same joke about the Mandalorian version last time, but in my defense, I’m just not that creative.) This original Speeder Bike looks excellent, coming in the weathered and rusty brown of our childhood memories. Sure, you could just grab the single Scout Trooper without this Speeder Bike, but why would you?
HOT TOYS THE MANDALORIAN – TMS 30 TRANSPORT TROOPER
Who could have guessed that the Empire had a separate design aesthetic for their drivers? Not only does this Transport Trooper share the frown-faced helmet design with the MMS 587 Assault Tank Commander, but they also have identical boots. The back of their torso armor is also the same, though the fronts are completely different. Otherwise, this Transport Trooper is obviously leaning heavily into the drab military green, though the shock of red thanks to the right-side bicep armor livens things up a bit. There’s not much else to this release except the standard blaster rifle and rectangular Imperial base.
HOT TOYS THE MANDALORIAN – TMS 32 DARK TROOPER
Now this is a departure from your standard Stormtrooper. The Mandalorian saw the Stormtroopers go full-Terminator with these Dark Troopers, though the concept first appeared in other Star Wars media, specifically mobile games. This take on the Dark Trooper idea took the iconic Stormtrooper design elements and grafted them onto huge, imposing robots. Painting them jet black and giving them ominous red eyes was the icing on the cake. LED light-up features will add a nice look to this figure when it is released. The ubiquitous blaster rifle and rectangular Imperial base are included.
HOT TOYS STAR WARS: ATTACK OF THE CLONES – MMS 647 CLONE TROOPER
Like I mentioned in the last Checklist, the Clone Troopers are obviously the retroactive forebears of the Stormtroopers, so I’m including them. While we’ve covered a few individual Clone Troopers before, such as Commander Cody and Captain Rex, this figure is the quintessential Clone Trooper grunt introduced in Episode II. Doubling down on that fact, Hot Toys has even included a second helmet, allowing this figure to be displayed as either a Phase I or Phase II iteration. With that second option, this is the most similar to the Imperial Stormtroopers that the Clone Troopers have ever looked. Sweetening the pot is the standard rectangular base, a blaster rifle, blaster pistol, backpack and rocket launcher. As if that weren’t enough, this release comes in a special, retro-inspired packaging celebrating the 20th anniversary of the theatrical release of Attack of the Clones.
HOT TOYS STAR WARS: ATTACK OF THE CLONES – MMS 648 CLONE PILOT
This Clone Pilot is a very good-looking variant of the MMS 647 Clone Trooper above, but it’s just that, a variant. The entire outfit and body are reused, albeit with some different weathering added. The only difference lies with the added chest box, which is connected to the helmet via breathing tubes. Speaking of the helmet, this is also a reuse of the Phase I Clone Trooper helmet, but with a different top half emblazoned with Republic insignias. That new top half, along with the aforementioned tubes and chest box, are nods to the original Tie Fighter Pilot design from The Original Trilogy. Again, like the Trooper, this figure includes an alternate helmet design, this time based on the Clone Pilots seen in The Clone Wars series. A new pair of binoculars gets thrown in with a blaster rifle, pistol and rectangular base. This guy also comes in a special, retro-inspired packaging celebrating the 20th anniversary of the theatrical release of Attack of the Clones.
HOT TOYS STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS – TMS 22 501ST BATTALION CLONE TROOPER
You can’t have a TMS 19 Captain Rex figure without a battalion to lead, so cue these 501st Battalion Clone Troopers. A variation of the MMS 647 above (which was announced after this), this Phase II-helmeted 501st Trooper comes with a nifty, blue-accented paint job on the standard Clone body. A couple of thermal detonators, two blaster rifles and a rocket launcher are included. Much like Rex, this Trooper comes with a magnetically-attached jet pack, complete with blast effects.
HOT TOYS STAR WARS: THE CLONE WAYS – TMS 23 501ST BATTALION CLONE TROOPER DELUXE VERSION
So you really loved the TMS 22 up there, but just felt like it could have included even more? Maybe a rotary machine gun and a standard Clone Trooper backpack? How about a Phase I Clone helmet sporting the blue and white paint job? Not enough? Okay how about another Phase II helmet, but this time sporting orange paint applications that pay homage to Ashoka Tano’s Togruta markings, just like the Rex figure came with? Does that do it for you? Well then, this TMS 23 Deluxe Version is going to be right up your alley.
HOT TOYS STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS – TMS 25 CORUSCANT GUARD
These Clone Troopers were specifically tasked with keeping the peace on Coruscant, but were still Troopers in the end. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that this is just another repaint of the MMS 647 body wearing the Phase II helmet. You can never go wrong with some red accents and designs atop a black and white Trooper base armor, so this guy looks visually appealing, at least. A couple of blaster rifles, a thermal detonator and rectangular Imperial base are no surprise, but the electrostaff is a welcome one.
CLONE TROOPER (NAMED)
HOT TOYS STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS – TMS 65 CAPTAIN VAUGHN
While Vaughn is certainly a Trooper, he’s no nameless grunt. While being another Clone based off of the same base armor design as MMS 647, Vaughn comes with his own unique helmet style, in both sculpt and paint application. The mix of blue and orange on his otherwise white armor pops nicely. The figure includes a blaster rifle, pistol, and rectangle base. What seems to be a trend for Clone Troopers of import, Vaughn also gets two miniature hologram figures, this time of Ashoka Tano and Captain Rex.
HOT TOYS STAR WARS: THE CLONE WAYS – TMS 64 CLONE TROOPER JESSE
Like Captain Vaughn above, Trooper Jesse is yet another Clone written as an individual in the Clone Wars animated series. Again using the standard Clone Trooper outfit and body as a springboard, Jesse adds two shoulder pauldrons, a utility backpack and a back-skirt to the look. A Phase II helmet with blue trim and a large Republic insignia painted on the forehead is given as an option, but Jesse also comes with an unmasked portrait. This head sculpt is of course of actor Temuera Morrison, who played Jango Fett, the original template of the clone troopers.
HOT TOYS STAR WARS: THE BAD BATCH – TMS 42 ECHO
Originally created as a Special Forces within the Clone Army, Clone Force 99 is comprised of several mutated Clone Troopers. This obviously allows for plenty of unique and different variations on the Trooper design, which we can see here with Echo. While there are obviously plenty of classic Clone Trooper elements, Echo’s rife with differences as well. The command skirt, new boots, a black and red color scheme and a completely new helmet that mixes the Phase I and II styles together are some of the more noticeable additions to the look. Echo comes with plenty of fun arm accessories due to the cybernetic enhancements of the character, which is a nice change of pace from just another standard blaster pistol. An unmasked portrait is also packed in.
HOT TOYS STAR WARS: THE BAD BATCH – TMS 50 HUNTER
Much like the TMS 42 Echo, Hunter is another great-looking Clone Trooper riff. The familiar armor is here sporting the black and red colors of the Bad Batch, which is a nice twist on the white and black of the regular Clone Army. Hunter has an altered helmet reminiscent of the Phase II versions, but also similar in places to the classic Imperial Stormtrooper design. A chunky military backpack gives the figure added weight, while an unmasked portrait showcases the Batch’s individuality via their somewhat unique facial sculpts. Thermal detonators, a knife, and two blasters round this one out.
In The End
Well, we’ve done it, folks. This concludes our final (for now) entry in our Stormtrooper Guide Series, but keep an eye out for more articles like this soon! Thanks for going down the Imperial rabbit hole with me.