Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Figure of the Day: Day 1,231: AT-TE Squad Clone Trooper

The Clone Wars AT-TE Assault Squad Battle Pack
Item No.:
Asst. 87752 No. 87881
Number: n/a
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Includes: Blaster, rifle, rocket, launcher, 3 more clones and accessories
Action Feature: Firing rocket
Retail: $23.99
Availability: Early 2009
Appearances: The Clone Wars Movie

Bio: Clone troopers storm the mesa, fighting battle droids on the ground or climbing up the cliff in AT-TE walkers to reach the monastery. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' yard.

Commentary: This particular Clone Trooper is distinctive because of its clean white body with grey stripes, plus a pair of dots on the chest to designate rank. It's the basic body that was used in 2008, with the original helmet sculpt which was phased out in early 2009. It can stand and sit well, and the figure was designed to work with most vehicles quite nicely-- a plus, given he's part of a set meant to interact with the AT-TE vehicle. If you get an AT-TE, this set is a pretty good one to get because, well, it's like they were made for each other.

Collector's Notes: Out of production, the set is a little tricky to find these days. If you want one, go online, or you can wait to see if Hasbro decides to apply this deco on the new body style. (Unlikely.)

Addendum: This figure is fundamentally identical to the 2008 Barc Speeder Recon Battle Pack figure. The key difference is that on the left wrist, the AT-TE Squad figures have an unpainted patch of buttons, while the biker figure has it painted grey.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,231: March 3, 2010

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