Today’s polybag, 40176 Scarif Stormtrooper, is the last Star Wars minifigure with stand and it is the second best one. The best one being R3-M2. The Scarif Stormtrooper and that R3 come from the same Star Wars movie, the best Star Wars movie in my opinion, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
I looked up “Scarif Stormtrooper” on Bricklink, and this particular one has an additional designation of “Squad Leader”. It’s unique to this set and is honestly a great army builder. You don’t need a ton of squad leaders, so you don’t necessarily need to load up on these guys. I just wish regular, vanilla Shoretroopers were easier to get.
But that is neither here nor there. Out of three different versions of the Scarif Stormtrooper, this is the best one. All three have unique prints on the torso and legs, but this one has the additional kama cloth to cover the legs.
The cardboard backdrop looks like a battle scene from the shores of Scarif. The copyright line is visible and not hidden behind brick at the mounting point like the one on Han Solo.
One last point I’d like to make. I’ve lamented time and time again how much I hate those binocular elements. The clutch on the stud hole sucks. Attaching the binoculars to a bar sucks. But this time, it totally works. The geometry allows the wide part of the binoculars to mount on both ends of the two-barrel gun, and the connection is SOLID. It doesn’t feel like they’re going to misalign nor dislodge with the slightest touch. It extends the length of the gun and actually looks pretty great, even with the stud hole on the bottom side. This is the only good use of the binoculars and I will continue to hate them if they are not used like this in the future.
Does It Suck or Does It Rock?
This set rocks! I may be biased here. I’ve proclaimed Rogue One to be the best Star Wars movie, but honestly, this Scarif Stormtrooper is leagues better than Han Solo Mudtrooper, DJ, and the Kessel Mine Worker. The R3-M2 is just slightly better because droid reasons.
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