Beast Kingdom had an amazing 2016 with some incredible new entries into their EggAttack figure lines which followed on from the release of The Force Awakens at the tail end of 2015.
The stylised figure range covers a variety of mainstream licences such as Marvel and Star Wars, and have begun growing in popularity. This is especially in the western hemisphere where they still remain an uncommon sight, particularly here in the UK with the range largely only available via online retailers. One of the most striking figures to enter their 2016 line-up was the the 501st Trooper and the exclusive variant Shock Trooper which had a brief stint of screen time in Episode III.
As the two figures are paint variants, they will be considered the same base figure for this review. To start things off, the most striking thing about this figure is the crystal clean paint job across both variants. From the sharp red of the Shock Trooper, through to the cool blue that adorns the members of Vader’ Fist. The paint is often one of the first indicators of overall finish quality and really makes the difference between a high quality figure and a bog standard one, and this definitely sits in the top bracket for finish. The quality extends onto the accessories included in the box consisting of various hand poses, a blaster rifle and a compact blaster pistol with the real stand out part being the holographic Emperor Palpatine passing on Order 66 to his Clone Army.
The majority of the armour plating is attached directly to the body for the figure with the few exceptions being the elbow and knee plates that remain loose around the joint to aid the overall articulation of the figure. If these were fixed in place like the chest plate, then the pose-ability of the figure would drop significantly.
The weight of the figure is situated in the enlarged stylised Phase II helmet that saw widespread deployment throughout the Clone Army in the closing phases of the war. This way, the weight is grounded centrally throughout the figure enabling the figure to stand on its own without any aid from the base which is perfect for those using it as a photography subject within a location where the base would detract from the realisation of the scene. The pose-ability exists in all the places that you’d expect from a premium range figure and allows for a huge variety of poses to be recreated, and those who do use the base when displaying the figure will find that it overall aids the high presentation value. The swapping out of hands can be stubborn at first, as the joint is used for the first time but the benefit of this is that all joints are fixed firmly so there’s no loose wobbling of hands or weapons that would detract from the quality.
One of our favourite features of the EggAttack line is this attention to the display quality of the figure as it walks the narrow line between a premium display figure but also a very practical action figure that’s great for photography purposes. This is characterised so well throughout the line right down to the smallest details such as the feet which includes a folding joint on the sole to allow for that extra point of posing to be executed. Overall both troopers cut a striking figure in any Clone Collection and are a credit to the craftsmanship of the guys over at Beast Kingdom, and I cannot wait to see what they have lined up for us this year – hopefully we’ll see more of them over here in the UK and US too.
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