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This Sandtrooper action figure was released during the Legacy Collection together with a Dewback as a Walmart exclusive in November 2009. Sandtroopers can be seen in the original Star Wars movie in various scenes on Tatooine.
The figure has 14 joints - including ball-joints in the legs (yes - he could do a split) which makes it easier to sit the trooper on top of the Dewback. With so many ball-joints you can pose the figure in nearly any position you'd like. The Sandtrooper stands very securely on its own without any balancing issues - even with the backpack attached to its back. However - Hasbro included the typical peg holes in the feet if you'd like to use a stand. Both of the Sandtrooper's weapons - the vibro lance and the blaster rifle - are a good fit for either hand. The blaster rifle deserves extra mention - because it's molded very nicely with lots of details on it.
The paint application is cleanly applied - but you won't find any kind of "Tatooine dirt" on the boots or anywhere on the armor. All in all - it's a great - super articulated Sandtrooper figure. The inclusion of ball-joints in the legs and the fantastic looking blaster rifle make this figure stand out from any previously released Sandtroopers. The included dewback itself is a treat - which rounds out this Walmart exclusive nicely.
Dewbacks are large - domesticated lizards that are used for transportation on Tatooine. Sandtroopers stationed on the desert planet ride dewbacks - and Tatooine natives use the reptiles to haul goods. Dewbacks easily withstand intense daytime temperatures that cause mechanical equipment to malfunction. Sandtroopers used dewbacks to search for R2-D2 and C-3PO after the droids escaped Imperial forces on the Tantive IV.