The Crimson Storm Trooper is undoubtedly one of the coolest updates done to the lackeys in the employ of the galactic empire.
In fact, this Stormtrooper Star Wars’ favorite foot soldier has been so anticipated that it’s only a matter of time before it becomes an icon.
So, today we will be reviewing the crimson storm trooper from Hasbro’s Star Wars the Black Series line.
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Star Wars The Black Series Imperial Forces 6-Inch Action Figures – Entertainment Earth Exclusive by Hasbro
“Amazing but Overpriced Stormtrooper Figure”
Our Rating: 4.5
And boy, is it one hell of an addition to your toy shelves!
Not Similar to Rise of Skywalker’s Sith Troopers
To begin with, don’t get it twisted: the crimson storm trooper may look similar to the Rise of Skywalker’s Sith troopers.
But they’re an entirely different unit altogether.
For one, you could get a Star Wars imperial Sith trooper as a single figure from Hasbro’s Star Wars the Black Series line.
Much like how an average clone trooper is sold.
The crimson storm trooper, on the other hand, comes from an entertainment earth exclusive pack that features four (that’s right!) 6-inch action figures.
This entertainment earth exclusive features the Star Wars Black Series sandtrooper sergeant, crimson stormtrooper, lieutenant Oxixo, and R2-Q5.
However, we’re going to focus on the crimson storm trooper in this toy review, since those other Star Wars imperial action figures deserve their own articles.
Whether it’s Obiwan Kenobi, an astromech droid like R2-D2, or a stormtrooper, Star Wars the Black Series kills it with their 6-inch action figure releases.
And the crimson storm trooper from this entertainment earth exclusive is no exception to that.
It’s a wonderful addition to Hasbro’s Star Wars the Black Series line.
The Imperial Package
Since this is a 4-pack containing Star Wars black series sandtrooper sergeant, crimson stormtrooper, lieutenant oxixo, and R2-Q5, you’re getting a huge package!
It’s a humongous 2”x20”x9” box with this Star Wars the Black Series logo right at the top center of the package, highlighted in glossy print.
The crimson storm trooper—along with all the other characters and astromech droid— have their respective box art on the lower right of each window.
And then, there’s the entertainment earth exclusive sticker on the upper right of the box.
You don’t get that form your run of the mill vintage collection or Mace Windufigure.
Lastly, each 6-inch action figure comes with a short biography on the back of this box with this Star Wars the Black Series release.
The Crimson Stormtrooper
Like we said, we’ll be focusing on the crimson storm trooper in this review, since it deserves all the attention that we could give it.
It’s THAT great: the crimson storm trooper measures 6inches tall, features awesome weapons and amazing sculpt.
Perhaps our only gripe here is that it’s not as accessible as something like a Mace Windu, Count Dooku, or incinerator stormtrooper from the Black Series.
Other than that, the crimson storm trooper is another win for Hasbro’s Star Wars the Black Series line that you should have in your toy shelves.
So, without further ado, let’s start by looking at its articulation.
Imperial Quality Goodness
Thecrimson storm trooper measures 6inches tall and has pretty much the same articulation as all the other stormtooper releases that came before it.
Starting with the head, it’s mounted on a ball joint, which means you get a free range of motion that covers all of 360 degrees.
On paper, Hasbro’s Star Wars the Black Series allows a maximum amount of rotation, linear, and lateral movements for their 6-inch action figure line.
However, much like other Star Wars imperial soldier action figures, you’re bound to encounter some hindrances caused by the stormtrooper’s helmet design.
It’s not Hasbro’s fault, though.
The bulky and bulbous helmet on any given incinerator stormtrooper or clone trooper has this issue where you can’t completely turn their heads downwards.
Not all Bad
Don’t get it twisted, though: that’s the only problem that the crimson storm trooper figure has when it comes to articulation.
If you’re going with left, right, or upward tilts, you’ll absolutely have no problem with the head sculpt.
Moving on with the shoulders, you still get those amazing ball joints the Black Series is known for.
Moving them in every which way should prove to be smooth as Obiwan Kenobi’s voice.
As for the elbows, it’s single-jointed.
Folding them at nearly 180 degrees forward—toward the biceps— is a feature that you’re not going to find here or most Black Series figures.
The hands are pretty much standard as well, featuring both a ball joint and swivel.
That means rotating them for 360 degrees and tilting them up, down, left, or right is a breeze.
There’s nothing like a good joint made for torso articulation, and the crimson stormtrooper shares the same ball joints other trooper figures out there.
You get smooth forward and backward articulation in this part, giving you about 30 degrees of pivot, which is more than enough for dynamic posing.
Additionally, side to side movements of this part allows us collectors to come up with more posing ideas perfect for our toy shelves.
And that’s it: you’re getting everything you’ve always gotten in a stormtrooper figure when you get this entertainment Earth exclusive.
It’s not necessarily a bad thing, though: after all, if it ain’t broke, there’s no need to fix it!
Trooper Leg Articulation
The legs on these crimson stormtrooper figures are done fairly well in spite of using the same setup as other stormtrooper figures out there.
The hips feature a ball joint attached to both legs.
You could move them fairly wide, whether it’s front to back or side to side movements you’re going for.
Thighs and Feet
There’s thigh swivel for more dynamic standing poses.
Both knees have double joints that allow you to bend them all the way back toward the back of the figure.
And as for the feet, it’s on a swivel.
You could rotate it from one side to another and tilt them back and forth depending on how you want to display the figure.
All in all, the articulation on the crimson storm trooper is fairly good.
It’s not something to write home about, but it’s definitely fun to tinker and play with.
The Paint Apps
That’s the thing, though: this is one figure that you don’t buy for the articulation.
This is the kind of toy that you get for its amazing sculpt and paint details: two features that the crimson stormtrooper has in spades.
Starting with the paint job on it, the glossy red on the whole bodyof the action figure simply screams “SITH” and we love it.
Moreover, the hints of black found in the joints, helmet, neck, and blaster holster of the crimson stormtrooper add a welcome variation to the whole deal.
And speaking of paint hints, what’s really impressive here are the black dots on their bellies.
Hasbro did a really good job of it considering how tiny these paint details are.
A Good Job
You have shiny crimson red paint ; sections of black; tiny hints of white on the helmet mouthpiece; and black dot details on the belly.
This figure gets an A+ for paint job.
It’s one thing to add these minute hits and hints on a Star Wars the Black Series figure.
But to do it tightly—with almost no flaws at all— deserves all the praise we could give.
If only Hasbro had this same amount of attention to detail to other figures from the line, such as their old Mace Windu and Count Dooku releases.
Those figures didn’t have the proper amount of likeness that we as fans want from a Star Wars toy.
But hey, maybe being in the employ of the galactic empire naturally contains these perks!
Sculpt Job: 100%
These imperial soldiers—regardless of type— are so iconic that we fans wish mens fashion veered toward the helmet-and-blaster variety.
The stormtrooper, Star Wars’ most common type of imperial unit, has seen many variations throughout the decades, and this crimson-clad soldier is just one of them.
From the clone trooper to the incinerator stormtrooper, these Star Wars imperial figures more or less come with the same base design.
However, what’s impressive is the fact that it doesn’t get old: they always look fresh, and the crimson storm trooper is no exception.
It’s surprising how a design featuring bulky shapes could look so smooth when put together.
That’s what this and any other stormtrooper—Star Wars Black Series figure or not—gives you.
Oh, The Accessories
The crimson storm trooper features awesome weapons and, amazingly enough, a finely moulded holster for one of them.
Now, if we look at the whole Star Wars black series sandtrooper sergeant, crimson stormtrooper, lieutenant oxixo, and R2-Q5 pack, you’re pretty much getting about 8 accessories.
Exclusively looking at the crimson stormtrooper, though, its primary accessory count stands at a couple (three if you count the non-removable holster, which we don’t).
Sure, it’s pretty standard for this particular type of character in the employ of the galactic empire.
But it’s nothing to gripe about: after all, jedi figures like Obiwan Kenobi or Mace Windu only come with a single lightsaber.
The same could be said for all those Vintage Collection figures from Hasbro’s Star Wars the Black Series line.
Are we Mad?
Of course, we’re not mad, considering that in spite of the limited number of accessories that comes with this particular toy, they’re still properly executed.
By that, we mean the sculpt detail on both the crimson storm trooper’s accessoriesare top notch.
I’m talking about a standard E11 blaster and the other larger, longer blaster rifle
Still, it would’ve been nice to have had another accessory added into the mix, or even an added feature like a removable helmet.
After all, this is an entertainment earth exclusive pack.
So maybe it’s not too absurd to ask for more accessories given the higher price point and relatively limited release of these toys?
Regardless of a fairly limited number of accessories found in the crimson storm trooper, it’s still a great figure all in all.
The crimson stormtroopers are not the same as those sith troopers we saw on the Rise of Skywalker.
They’re both red, but that’s where the similarities end.
The thing is, you have to look at the subtle details between the two in order to differentiate them.
For one, Sith troopers have helmets that resemble their first order counterparts than they do the imperial ones.
On the other hand, crimson stormtroopers are basically your run of the mill imperial stormtrooper, but in red armor.
More differences between the two could be discovered if you dip your toes into Star Wars lore.
You see, sith troopers have already appeared in the main canon of the Star Wars universe, particularly in the Rise of Skywalker movie.
They served as nice-looking cannon fodder for the Emperor’s army, now known as the Final Order.
Crimson stormtroopers, on the other hand, have yet to make any appearances in Star Wars canon.
They are exclusive to the Star Wars the Black Series line as of now.
However, Star Wars has a track record of with coming up with new characters and properties for their franchise.
Sowe’re pretty sure it’s only a matter of time before we see this crimson trooper onscreen.
Hasbro is the leading toy manufacturer in the world right now, and we’re not exaggerating on that claim.
From licenses such as G.I. Joe, My Little Pony, and Star Wars the Black Series line, it’s nearly impossible to not have heard of the company.
They’ve been doing this whole toy manufacturing thing for decades now, so it’s no wonder that they come up with some of the best figures out there.
If you ask us, Hasbro has cornered the 6-inch action figure market, and we’re not just talking about Star Wars!
They even offer toys based on Marvel characters like Iron Man, Spider-Man, and even the most obscure ones like Hydro Man or Kalibak.
Crimson Storm Trooper: We Say “Yes!”
We will say this: sure, this crimson stormtrooper release is more or less a rehash of a standard star wars imperial stormtrooper figure.
Sure, it could have benefited greatly from the addition of even just one more accessory into the whole package.
And sure, you’re bound to spend more on this, given that it comes as part of a 4-figure pack.
Not to mention it’s an entertainment Earth exclusive to boot.
Why Buy it?
But there is just something about having a variant to the usual clone trooper or incinerator stormtrooper that just works.
And since we’ve made it our mission to give our home an entire army of stormtroopers, this one definitely has a place on our toy shelves.
For all our praises, be honest, with the price you’re paying for the crimson storm trooper, you’re probably better off buying a Diamond Select statue.