Monday, April 6, 2009

Figure of the Day: Day 994: Clone Trooper (Heavy Gunner)

The Legacy Collection Basic Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 87535 No. 87637
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #BD16
Includes: Removable helmet, quad gun, droid part
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $7.99
Availability: July 2008
Appearances: Clone Wars (earlier series)

Bio: When armed with a Cip-Quad, a clone trooper becomes a mobile piece of anti-personnel and anti-armor blaster artillery. Troopers wear special gear to operate this experimental weapon’s twin-barreled cannons that can take out AATs and tanks. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam's floor.

Commentary: Hasbro loves the Evolution Clone Trooper body. That's why they used it for this Clone Trooper with some modifications. You get a fancy skirt, a new helmet, and a huge freaking gun. The figure is essentially super-articulated, modeled after the crazy heavy gunner in Fordo's squad. What's funny is that this is the second attempt at the figure, and the first one, well, it kinda sucked. (The gun did, at least.) Hasbro made good by making a figure with the correct helmet, with more articulation, and with a big honking gun that comes apart in a few pieces. It connects to his back, and can be held in his hands with a little bit of work. It isn't a perfect fit, but it works quite nicely. Now that we have one of the more interesting clones from the original series, the question is when will Hasbro make a really good Fordo with the right name and the right deco? Not to complain, this is a great figure, but c'mon. Fordo.

Collector's Notes: This figure is new, and still shipping. Because of this, it could come with any of several different build-a-droid pieces. Be sure to keep an eye open if you wanted a specific part.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 994: April 6, 2009

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