GubernatorFan wrote:Thanks, Paul! Yep, I did eventually get a Praji and a Piett, and a couple of rebel soldiers for my stormtroopers to slay or (more realistically) arrest. But overall I missed out on the earlier stuff and whenever I made inroads into it, I often paid higher prices (though some still lower than what it would be now).
If there is one type of figure I do not have a problem justifying getting multiples of, it is stormtroopers, though my nitpicking is not completely satisfied by any version before the Hot Toys Rogue One ones. And I do prefer them on the cleaner side, so I have forgone the sandtroopers and focused on the regular kind (curious fact: the minor differences between sandtroopers and stormtroopers might be a type of wardrobe oversight, with the finalized stormtrooper outfit not yet available when they shot the sandtrooper scenes). Now I have more than I care to admit, although most of them were kitbashed or reconstituted to one degree or another -- and a large proportion of those are the Bandai 1/6 articulated stormtrooper models with the Hasbro 1/6 stormtrooper helmet. Now that was a good deal, about $60+$12 per unit. If Bandai makes a 1/6 sandtrooper, you might be able to go the same way.
It would be nice if Bandai did do a Sand trooper. I have one of the stormtroopers they do, and I like it a lot. I have done the addition of foam discs to the shoulders to fill out that area, but other than that he is pretty much stock, and stands up well to the SideShow offering I also have.
I have heard several stories about the differences in the stormtrooper and Sand Trooper costumes over the years.
The one that makes most sense is that the Sand Trooper uniforms were the first ones finished. It was a bit of a rush job to get them ready for shipping to be filmed in Tunisia, and a number of details were still really yet to be finalised but they had to be ready to go.
While those costumes were being used in Tunisia the Costume dept in the UK at Elstree continued to receive components for the uniforms from Shepperton Design Studios who made all the white plastic parts and continued to refine the costume whilst the films crew were filming in Tunisia. And so when the crew returned and filming began at Elstree the uniforms had "evolved' from those thrown together for the shoot in Tunisia.
This is the view that is taken in the recently released book "Stormtroopers: Beyond the Armour" by Ryder Windham and Adam Bray. Its an excellent book and a great reference material for most things Stormtrooper. It not only covers the films but also toys, cosplayers and the influence the Stormtrooper has had on popular culture. A must for any stormtrooper fan like me