It's the first-ever 3.75" scale Imperial blaster with a folding stock and the first brand new Imperial blaster mold in, I believe, over ten years. The one you commonly see included with Imperial characters and troopers first came out during the Power of the Jedi
line at the start of the last decade and has just been recast with sturdier plastic as the years passed. The new Sandtrooper blaster is probably the best Imperial weapon I've ever seen included with a Star Wars
action figure unless you count the lightsabers of the various Darths, but those are technically Sith weapons and not Imperial.