POP O’ THE WEEK (wk 33) - I had someone else slotted in to be Pop O’ The Week this week, but then the Mudtrooper showed up in the mail. Here’s the thing you need to know about me: everything stops for the Mudtrooper.
Why am I so into Mudtroopers? I mean, as far as Imperials go, these guys are pretty low. They’re not even a Stormtrooper variation - they’re gradually being phased out by Stormtroopers. If the Empire doesn’t even want them, why should I?
The answer is simple: Everything about them is awesome! First and foremost, they look supercool. They’re almost like steampunk Stormtroopers. They’re trench fighters that get down and dirty in the muck, which I guess appeals to me, because I like a bit of muck m’self.
There’s also a fair amount of variation in the costumes too. Some wear the full mask and goggle combo, some wear one or the other. Some have caps instead of helmets, some have trench coats, and the packs they carry vary as well. Standard troopers have red armbands, medics have white. As squads go, they’re interesting to look at. Not like boring ol’ Stormtroopers who all look the same.
They’re also cool because Han Solo was one of them (not that I knew that when I first saw them). It’s just another interesting bit of Mudtrooper history. Like the Clone Wars? The Mudtroopers were around then too, as part of the Grand Army of the Republic.
But really, I just like them for the look. I was all about the Snowtroopers for years (again, just for the looks), but I guess I was growing bored of them. I like the individuality of Mudtroopers, which Snowtroopers just don’t have.
It looks like Hasbro finally has a Mudtrooper figure on the way, and hopefully they get to some of the other variations eventually. I’d like to make a squad to go get muddy with!
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