Monday, October 20, 2008

Figure of the Day: Day 874: Kashyyyk Trooper (Comic Book)

KASHYYYK TROOPER & Wookiee Warrior
30th Anniversary Collection Wal-Mart Comic Packs
Item No.:
Asst. 87504 No. 87794
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Blaster, Wookiee, droid arms, comic
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $11.88
Availability: June 2008
Appearances: Revenge of the Sith

Image: Adam Pawlus' toy room floor.

Bio: Wookiee warriors and clone troopers fight desperately to hold back the waves of battle droids pouring onto Kaskyyyk near the end of the Clone Wars. The lush forests of this once-peaceful planet are burning, and the air is filled with the harsh sounds of battle. Wookiees tear apart battle droids with their bare hands as clone troopers first their blasters at the attacking droids. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Commentary: Repainting a Clone Trooper is a sure thing. If Hasbro decides they want a Kashyyyk Trooper, there are dozens of different ways to do it. There's comic art, movie art, concept art, and original concepts that can be applied to the same figure mold, giving fans a good reason to buy the same mold one, two, three, or forty-seven times. This particular mold has seen a lot of use-- the body started life as the 2003 super-articulated Clone Trooper, and has been repainted, retooled, and tweaked to make nearly a dozen unique Clones over the years. This particular one is a redeco of the Saleucami trooper, initially a Wal-Mart exclusive, which has since been subsequently repainted, rereleased, repackaged, and so forth. This particular one is unique because he has a purple deco not unlike that of the various Mace Windu themed Clone Troopers, but that's really the big selling point. At first glance it may not look significantly different than your other clones, which is a bit of a problem, but if you're buying armies anyway "a little different" is likely different enough to warrant a purchase. As such, I'd say clone fans should love this-- but the rest of the class might be bored at this point.

Collector's Notes: A Wal-Mart exclusive, this set was a little tough to get and some stores held it back for the 7/27/08 launch of the Clone Wars and Legacy product.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 874: October 20, 2008


Sinkchicken said...

I like this repaint fine enough but my only issue is that it doesn't really fit with the rest of the Kashyyyk "look", from what I can see there are no other purple troopers that have come out claiming to be Kashyyyk-o-centric. If he'd sported some khaki green, well then...He does look fine with the Windu troopers as you noted!

Anonymous said...

i would've preferred black to purple and thoroughly examined several to be sure...a buddy of mine cliams his had black, but i sincerely doubt it.

Victoria said...

I never found these at my local Wal-Marts. Same goes for the Droid Factory 2-packs. Ebay.

In any case, it's a nice looking trooper but I agree that it's a far cry from the look of the traditional Kashyyyk clone troopers. To me it looks like it might fit better with the Clones from the Target ARC-170 Battle Pack.