Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Nerdversity Reviews: Stormtrooper Mood Light

As we mentioned in the last review, Star Wars is a marketing juggernaut. So, lets continue where we left off with the mood lights and take a look at the Stormtrooper one.

The Stormtrooper Mood Light was released by Groovy UK in 2015, to coincide with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The box uses the same black and red design with the white Star Wars Logo and Kylo Ren in the top corner. Underneath we have a picture of the Stormtrooper Light lit up with it's soft white glow. Underneath that, we have the red bar telling us what the product is.

The back of the box recycles a lot of stuff from the front, including a shrunken down graphic of the mood light. In the main box, there's a short bio of the stormtroopers as well as telling us that it's made of PVC and it's soft white light will bring character to any dark or partially lit room.

The instructions are largely the same as the Darth Vader one, only real difference this time round is that it has a Stormtrooper on the front page. Same instructions on operation and battery installation. It does require 3x AAA batteries and a small Phillips head screwdriver to open the battery compartment. One from a glasses repair kit should suffice.

The Stormtrooper stands at the same 12 inches or so in height as the Darth Vader one. It's made out PVC and is sculpted as accurately as you can get with these types of things. It even has accurate paint apps all over. The PVC is a little thinner in certain places and you'll see why

The light is in the middle of the helmet this time round and shines through the nose piece and back of the helmet. The light is much softer this time around and is a little harder to see. Like the Vader one, it is designed to be a desk item and not be used as an actual proper light source.

Yes, this is a repackaged Mood Light from the 30th anniversary collection, so if you already own the 2007/2008 version, then you already own this light.

As collector pieces, many people would like these. They're nicely sculpted and look great on any shelf. As actual items, the lights aren't that bright and don't really work as intended. they can't be used as actual lights and reviews have said that the batteries burn out in a day or so. The other thing is, it all depends on if you are willing to pay the £15 EACH for them