Here are some quick pictures of my 1/6 Sandtrooper Squad Leader (a.k.a.Commander or Orange Pauldron Sandtrooper) from Sideshow Collectibles. I bought this figure direct from Sideshow's website months ago when it first went up for pre-order.
Even though the USD has appreciated over my local currency since then, this slight increase in cost of the figure itself is more than off-setted by the relatively lower international shipping rates that SSC has since negotiated with the international carrier. In addition, I used my Sideshow Rewards Points to further reduce the cost of this item. So, the total cost of this figure for me ends up to be relatively easy on my credit card.
Price aside, this figure turns out great. I would rate it slightly higher than the Sandtrooper Sergeant which SSC rolled out a few months ago. The Light Repeating Blaster is literally a blast and the armored body is no longer as floppy as it once was as seen in the SSC Stormtroopers. Overall, a good improvement although it will be fair to say it can be improved further.
This figure is listed as sold out on SSC's website but I believe it probably is still available with some retailers. And considering that it has only start to ship from SSC this month, those who missed out on the pre-order may want to try their luck on SSC's Second Chance Waitlist. I don't think there will be a lot of Waitlist conversions for this Sandtrooper but at least there is no harm trying! ;-)