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Re: Bandai 1/12 Stormtrooper

Mark » Feb 11 '15
So, I`ve been very busy with work since Christmas with little or no time to sit down and do some proper modelling. However, I was browsing through the Web recently and the Bandai 1/12 Stormtrooper kit caught my eye.


So I hunted through other forums to see if anyone had built one and found a couple on the US boards (and of course, they had done some mods) but the thing that really got me thinking was the fact that they were snap fit and didn`t need any painting (just some decals).


So, I splurged my birthday cash and placed an order with HLJ. They were ¥1,920 each (having been reduced), so I decided I would get a couple while they were in stock. After shipping and Customs adding VAT (and handling), they finally arrived so I decided to crack on!


I know they have some issues (ugly articulation joints, short necks, etc), but for the first one I just wanted to build it OOTB to see what it was like. I won`t bother with sprue shots or anything, you can find these all over the Web. But here are the WIP shots - to be honest it was so quick to put together (about an hour and a half) there really isn`t much to show!




still have the decals to put on, but couldn`t resist having a play once he was done!

The kit comes with a variety of hands and weapons as well:




And I just had to see how he scaled with some other NECA figures I have:


"Look Sir, droids!"



"Now you are thinking with portals ..."


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Re: Bandai 1/12 Stormtrooper

Mark » Feb 11 '15
Have put on the decals, mainly the ones around the helmet and the thermal detonator (although that one is a bit dodgy. Couldn`t do the tiny button ones, so have painted those one (thankfully the buttons are part of a larger piece that sits behind the belly armour, so it self-masks itself!


For the others, I will probably decal and paint prior to assembly to make life a bit easier.


No photos of this yet - I want the decal softener to take hold and the light is a bit crap in my office.

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Re: Bandai 1/12 Stormtrooper

Alun » Feb 12 '15
They really pretty good.  At a cheap enough price it`d be possible to make up a nice little squadron. Of course if customs catch it then it`s not that cheap...


Maybe it`s just me but the lighting in the top pictures makes it look like he has boobs!  


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Re: Bandai 1/12 Stormtrooper

Mark » Feb 12 '15
I only had VAT and an £8 handling charge, so was pretty lucky. They seem to be going for around £25 each on eBay, which is only slightly more than what mine turned out to be after shipping, etc.


He has Stormboobs! In fact that`s going to be his name now.


Took a few more shots in a variety of situations. Feel free to add your own captions :)







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Re: Bandai 1/12 Stormtrooper

Mark » Jun 3 '15
Riding high on the joy of completing the Storm Commando, I couldn`t resist putting together the third Bandai Stormtrooper I got. Again, this one is straight out the box, snap fit with no modifications. I also used the `stickers` that came with the kit rather than the decals and was surprisingly really happy with them - they fit well, have a little bit of movement if you put them on wrong (which I did) and don`t sit above the kit`s surface as much as I thought they would. I did paint the chest buttons and vocoder grills before assembly though, but that took about a minute to do.


As this was my third assembly, this took around an hour and three-quarters. Really impressed with the Bandai figure kits, might try and get the Scout Trooper, Droids and Vader next!



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Re: Bandai 1/12 Stormtrooper

Alun » Jun 3 '15
Nice stuff.  Look forward to seeing them next week!
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