I'm a bit of Stormtrooper junkie. I'm not an army builder,
but, if I find something other than a repaint variation, I'll
normally pick it up. That's why I have a Crowd Control
Stormtrooper in my collection.
The upcoming "Force Unleashed" video game and
tie-in figures have given us two such trooper variations. I
recently looked at the Imperial
Jumptrooper. This time I'm going to take a look at his
cousin, the EVO Trooper. Not to confused with the Rachel Ray
exclusive EVOO Trooper.
The card back paints this type of trooper as a
sort of hostile environment soldier.
points out the EVO trooper is also referred to as a Heavy
Stormtrooper. Their design may have been inspired by concept
art for the New Hope Sandtroopers.
Since this guy is from a game that's not released yet, I can't
tell how true to his appearance he's going to be. He looks
close enough to the artwork on the card to make a good impression.
Even before reading the wiki, I had a vague Sandtrooper feeling
from this figure. The large rifle and oversized pack
probably greatly contributed to that. His styling is more
strongly related to the New Hope era Stormies than the prequel
clones. Overall, he seems a bit more heavily armored than
the standard troop or Jumptrooper.
His breathing apparatus is definitely heavy duty and draws
strongly upon the TIE Pilot and AT-AT driver for inspiriation.
The double tubes coming down to a chest plate unit are the same.
The unit has an additional piece at the bottom, as well as another
tube tying into the armor. The odd thing about the chest
unit is that it seems unfinished. Most of the Star Wars
chest units have lights, switches, knobs, etc. This one is
smooth on the front. It almost looks like some paint aps
were left off, or there was suppose to be a decal on it. The
raised lip on the front panel gives me that impression at least.
All of the little extra add-ons on the armor remind me of Boba
Fett. Especially the unit that is on his left forearm.
There is a neat little slice out of the middle that makes it
visually interesting. I'm guessing the little piece on his
right leg is ammo for his rifle. It's nicely done as a
The shoulder and knee pads closely match the Jumptroopers.
I'm not sure why they need the little holes, but, they add some
pack is removable. It's sculpted to match up to the armor
piece that is on his back. The back pack hole appears to be
the same diameter as the new GI Joe figures have. However,
it's not as deep. So, you can't pop Torpedo's pack on him.
There's two nifty sculpting details on this guy I really like.
One is his fingers. They have some little ribs on them.
They also appear to have a bit of grey or metallic wash over they
to make them stand out. The second thing that I thought was
cool was his neck. It appears to have some texture all the
way up to the ball.
There are a couple of things about his head I don't like.
One, the lower part of the mask seems a tad bit wider than it
should be. Maybe this is intentional, I just think it would
have been better if it was closer to the TIE Pilot. Second,
similar to the Jumptrooper, I really don't cared for the dark
black lines on the helmet. This is Star Wars figure not a
McFarlane Simpson's figure. And what's with red line on his
last bit of criticism is also shared with the Jumptrooper.
Why does the dirt stop at the knees? With the Jumptrooper,
the weathering faded out as it went up his legs. On this guy
it just abruptly stops at the knee. There is nothing natural
For the kids, and kids at heart, this guy gives quite a bit of
bang for the buck. He's got a number of accessories, good
articulation, is a cool looking character.
He's got most of the modern articulation points. However,
instead of a ball jointed chest, he's got a cut waist. I
think for this heavily armored troop, that's just fine.
abound with this guy. He's packed with a stand, pack,
Flechette rifle, and two pistols. That's better than some GI
The rifle is noted on the card to be a flechette rifle.
That would make it a weaon that fires tiny metal pieces. The
strap is painted and sculpted to look like canvas. My only
small issue with it is that I wish they had made the barrel hollow
at the end. The flat end looks a bit silly.
The pack is well done with some paint details. The little
antenna at the top is a nice touch. When it's on his back,
it matches perfectly to the armor.
The EVO trooper also comes with two biker scout style guns.
They look slightly metallic and have some nice details, as well.
There are two small issues with these pistols. One, he
doesn't have any where to put them. I guess he just has to
throw them down when he's firing his rifle. Second, while he
comes with two pistols, he can only hold one of them. The
right hand is sculpted to hold the rifle, and this makes it too
big to hold a pistol.
Being a "Force Unleashed" figure, he also comes with a small
insert with a code for the game.
If you find the EVO Trooper and Jumptrooper on a
peg, and you only have cash for one, buy the EVO trooper.
The concept seems a bit more fleshed out. The detailing is
better on the EVO and he just flat out comes with better
accessories. While the Jumptrooper sounds like he'd be the
figure, the EVO really outshines him.
If it weren't for the paint issues on the legs
and head, I'd have given this trooper an A-. And that's not
bad for an EU figure.
Engineernerd Score: 87/100
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