Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 at 9:06pm by Benjamin, BZPower Reporter
Straight from BZPower's livestream about Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and into a set review comes the Scarif Stormtrooper, affectionately called the Shoretrooper for their role of protecting some beach terrain. He looks ready for battle, loaded with a rifle and a grenade. But will his fancy new armor protect him from going to the scrap pile, or will he persist to see another day? Read, and watch, on to find out.
A great thanks goes to LEGO for providing this set so I can share my opinions about it. The Scarif Stormtrooper comes with 89 pieces and retails for $25 USD, and comes as this season's Star Wars constraction sets based on the Rogue One movie.
From the design of the box to the instruction manual, these are the first things you see before building the set.
The front of the box boasts the Shoretrooper running into battle (as evident by some laser blasts narrowly missing him), his rifle at the ready. All the necessary details are there, from the logos, piece count, and age “suggestion.” The back shows him off a little more, with two different projectiles from his rifle as well as a cool stance of him at the ready. It says he stands 9.4 inches tall, which is basically the same height for all of these figures. The Baze and Chirrut sets are also advertised.
Half the fun is had building the set. How fun is it to build and how easy or challenging is it?
The build is basic, but has some interesting bits. In particular is the plastic skirt covering his thighs, detailing extra armor and pouches as part of the uniform. The extra armor on the shoulders fills in the build, and it is always good to see the grenade on the back built in as it is such a small detail. The gun is impressive as usual for having some clever designs builds too. It has a sturdy butt, sight, and flaslight loaded onto it.
Now that the set is complete, we can critique how it looks from every angle. New or interesting pieces can also be examined here.
There are lots of tan parts here and I love it! There are also some sand blue pieces that I hope can be used despite the printing. My set came with two of the plastic skirt cutout, and that seems to be the trend.
Overall, he looks really cool. I said the same thing about the Jango Fett set, as they are both examples of figures that pretty much just stand there and look imposing. The helmet is well detailed, the gun looks great, and I love the colors.
The other half of the fun is in playing with the set. How well does the set function and is it enjoyable to play with.
For as cool as he looks, playability has to come from your own imagination as the only play feature included are the two firing mechanics on the gun: An enhanced stud shooter and the spring loaded missile. You can also pose him in a sniper position, but it gets tricky putting the butt of the gun in his shoulder. He can still look imposing though.
Once it's all said and done, how does the set stack up? Should I get it?
What's to like?
Rounds out the Rogue One assortment.
Strike a pose.
What's not to like?
Limited play features.
Kind of pricey for the simplicity.
While lacking in huge play features, nobody is expecting a gear function with movable arms and hips. The set is what is pictured on the box: a Shoretrooper that will look cool and is built with tan costraction parts. If that excites you, then this is the set for you! He looks cool, can pack a punch with his blaster, and is overall a the standard Star Wars buildable figure.