Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Figure of the Day: Day 809: Galactic Marine

GALACTIC MARINE Clone Trooper
30th Anniversary Collection Basic Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 87500 No. 87234
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #3002
Includes: Blaster rifle, backpack, helmet, coin
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $6.99
Availability: Early 2007
Appearances: Revenge of the Sith

Image: Adam Pawlus' TV tray.

Bio: Clad in armor and uniforms designed to maximize combat efficiency in hostile environments, the Galactic Marines are the Republic’s front line forces and often take on the most formidable opponents. After the issuance of Order 66, a squad of these troopers betrays and shoots down Jedi Master Ki-Adi-Mundi on Mygeeto. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Commentary: One of the more requested figures from the third prequel, the Galactic Marine first gained fame by appearing under a different name, with slightly different coloring, in the super-popular Battlefront games. This version is specifically based on the movie, and it seems pretty accurate. (Nevermind the fact there are at least 3 different deco jobs on this mold based on this particular suite of colors.) This maroon Mygeeto trooper is essentially super-articulated, but as usual, there's a bit of a barrier in his waistcoat. That thing isn't going to let the figure sit, so it's a bit clunky. Due to the figure's feet, the Galactic Marine may have difficulty standing without additional support from a stand or a wall. (The soles are slightly rounded, you see.) His armor is nicely painted, with loads of scrapes and filthy details, and he's got a removable helmet. Hasbro basically went out of their way to achieve near-perfection on the first try, but would a cloth piece around his waist be too much to ask so that he can sit? Aside from this, it's a strong release with 14 points of articulation.

Collector's Notes: Made in big numbers, fans should be able to get lots of these easily. The same figure was slightly repainted for the Mygeeto Battle Pack and the Battlefront sets, plus was totally repainted for a Wal-Mart exclusive comic pack and a Target exclusive Order 66 pack. It's been busy!

--Adam Pawlus


Day 809: July 23, 2008

1 comment:

Soja Rinn said...

i was hoping you'd mention the fact that he doesn't stand well at all! i don't know how crazy i am about the headsculpt here, but out of the different colorways, i think this one is my favorite (the comic pack one WOULD be, except he's too off-white/cream).

ps--love the blogger format!