Everything is looking rather Imperial-y on my workbench, as I just recently finished Bandai’s First Order stormtrooper and have started on the First Order TIE.
The First Order trooper looks great, as I expected. I did very little painting on the figure itself, just a couple coats of gloss and one dull so that he had a little shine but not too much. The troopers in the movies all have good looking armor, at least until they are blown up.
Most of the paint work came on the accessories. All the hands needed white on the palms, which I never noticed while watching the movie. The weapon accessories all came molded in black, and the new blaster design is black, white, and silver. I found it easier to paint the whole thing white and then add in the black and silver highlights. The melee weapon was a similar story.
I chose the now iconic TRAITOR!! look for my trooper for now since it is so different from any trooper look we have seen before. He looks great, with the only minor complaint the blobby looking fist hand.
Up next, the First Order TIE. Here is a little preview.
Typically, I will start thinking about my next project as I finish up the current one. I have a couple cubbies full of kits on my to-build list, and I always debate about what to do next. As I finished up the Republic Cruiser, I concocted a plan to start working on the remaining FineMolds Star Wars kits in numerical production order. With this plan in mind, my next project would be the FineMolds TIE Interceptor, definitely one of my favorite Imperial ships from the movies.
Then something happened: The combination of birthday gift money and Bandai Star Wars kits.
Through many of the various Twitter and Facebook accounts I follow I learned of the new Star Wars license at Bandai and the new model kits they would be producing. At first, I wasn’t entirely sold. They are all snap fit kits, and the current offerings included an X-wing and Vader’s TIE in 1/72 scale and Vader and stormtrooper figures in 1/12 scale. I already have Finemolds kits of the ships, and I didn’t know what to expect with the figures.
With my new influx of money, however, I started checking out a few websites that sold the figure kits. There were two major selling points: The scale is the same as the Hasbro Black Series and the price was about the same as buying the already produced Hasbro figure. As a modeller, the allure of building my own made the purchase a no-brainer.
I was only really interested in the Stormtrooper because I already have Hasbro’s 6-inch Vader figure. He needed some military backup. So, I ordered the kit and impatiently waited for the shipment to arrive from Japan. As soon as I opened the box, I was already impressed. Lots of little detail parts, the option of sticker or waterslide decals, and very detailed visual instructions all made for a great first impression.
It was not long before I was snapping parts together and witnessing the birth of my own mini-stormtrooper. I can sum up my feelings about this kit in a very few words: Impressive, most impressive. The final figure looks great, everything fit together extremely well, and the only painting I did was a gloss clear coat to help seal the decals. I could have done some weathering on this kit, but I wanted to keep him shiny and save the weathering for the inevitable sandtrooper kit.
I was so impressed with this kit that I already preordered some upcoming sets, a droid 2-pack with R2 and R5 and a C-3P0. I loved this kit and it was a great, easy little diversion before jumping back into the more difficult FineMolds kits. I am very excited for this line to continue!