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Re: Bandai Sandtrooper

Alun » Sep 3 '15
Got this through in the post yesterday.  The newly released Bandai Sandtrooper which will become part of Star Wars scene for the big displays next June.  Will do a quick review in the next few days before I start working on it.


Need to get a couple more at least for the display...




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Re: Bandai Sandtrooper

Alun » Sep 3 '15
This arrived on the same day (ordered separately about 2 weeks earlier...go figure).  



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Re: Bandai Sandtrooper

Toby Page » Sep 4 '15
Hi Alun,


Re the sand trooper, do you get the orange shoulder pad in the kit?


Cheers.


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Re: Bandai Sandtrooper

Alun » Sep 5 '15
You get the pauldron and then there are 3 options on the colour, orange, white and black.

I`ll get some photos of the parts and instructions over the weekend. But there appear to be plenty of options to represent the screen seen Troopers.
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Re: Bandai Sandtrooper

Brian Wilkinson » Sep 6 '15
Been reading on the web that Bandai are putting the block on the kit range outside Japan. No idea why!
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Re: Bandai Sandtrooper

Alun » Sep 6 '15
Probably licensing restrictions.
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Re: Bandai Sandtrooper

Alun » Sep 7 '15

OK, here we go with a quick review of the Sandtrooper.

 

Box is the same size/shape as the others in the range, with nice artwork which more or less shows the scene I`m going to be working on.

 

Sprue A is mainly the skeleton parts which form the articulation for the figure, together with hands and some of the weapon options.  Haven`t compared it but suspect this is the same as the standard Stormtrooper kit.

 

 

Sprue B is the majority of the armour parts. Again these look much the same as the parts of the standard Trooper.

 

 

Close up of the helmet parts.

 

 

Sprue C. These look to be the unique parts which includes the backpack parts and what I think is a T21 blaster.  The shoulder pauldron is top left.

 

 

Final sprue is the base part (with sand texture) and the vinyl caps for the articulation points.

 

 

You get 2 options for the detailing, which is a sheet of stickers (left) or water slide decals (right).  There are the 2 colour options for the pauldron (orange and white) or obviously leaving it black.

 

 

Instructions look to be pretty comprehensive.  Need to be followed carefully as there are multiple options in some areas.

 

 

Instructions give the various permutations for the backpack, which varied from Sandtrooper to Sandtrooper I understand.  In the instructions 3 variants are described in detail.  If recreating a scene it will certainly take some research to work out which variants to use with which Trooper.

 

 

So, looking forward to starting this one once the standard Stormtroopers are finished off.

 

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Re: Bandai Sandtrooper

Marten Richens » Sep 8 '15
Hi Alun


That looks like it`s going to be great to build. It looks very similar to the Kotobukiya Armored Core Mechs with loads of points of articulation. Are these also so well engineered that they really don`t need glue? That is, of course, if you don`t mind seam lines! I have been looking at these with a view to getting a few, so I`ll be watching with interest. If you`re not yet a convert, may I suggest AK Interactive`s True Metal range for `3P0? Their gold would work a treat on him.

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Re: Bandai Sandtrooper

Alun » Sep 8 '15
Yes, the Stormtrooper I`ve done so far have zero glue in them and to be honest the only seam line that really notices is the back of the helmet.




No glue in any of them.


C3PO is also fully finished like the Troopers in a nice shiny gold.  Image below is off the interweb but will get some of my own.




Have to see how it works with the sprue attachment points and whether this is going to create problems and gaps in the plating.  The Iron Man Midas kit turned into a bit of a nightmare to be honest but hoping to be able to use the provided plating rather than striping and repainting.

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Re: Bandai Sandtrooper

Marten Richens » Sep 8 '15
It`s good to see that some companies like to put seam lines where they won`t get noticed, it`s one of the things I like about Fine Molds kits.


Hopefully that image of the C3PO parts aren`t a true representation of the actual colour, they aren`t yellow enough (almost look too green). It could well be the lighting used when the photo was snapped...

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