I posted this on Flickr after my wife made me buy this set (wonders will never cease – not sure I have ever been forced to buy a set before)… she like me reacted to similarity with the Brikviet Shocktrooper. Granted the pieces are all pre-existing Lego elements (don’t get me started on the vest) but the combination and removal of the antenna sparked the notion that maybe, just maybe… the designers had the shocktrooper in mind when they put this together.
Now my ego is not big enough (yet) to suggest that it is more likely than just coincidence… but it did make me think.
Should it actually be the case I would be flattered and in support of my previous post it would suggest that the design teams are taking more of an effort to stay in tune with the fan base. Personally I think this fig looks amazing and the customisation potential is huge.