Thursday, April 15, 2010

Figure of the Day: Day 1,262: Clone Trooper (Routine Valor)

CLONE TROOPER and Clone Trooper Lieutenant
The Legacy Collection Comic Packs Wave 7
Item No.:
Asst. 87504 No. 91772
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #10
Includes: Antenna, blaster, warhead, extra figure
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $14.99
Availability: March 2010
Appearances: Star Wars: Routine Valor Comic Book

Bio: Clone Troopers display more than "Routine Valor" during a battle on Sarrish. When their Republic gunship crashes near a dangerous gun emplacement, the clones launch an attack to capture the promontory on which the gun is anchored. Although the odds are against them, the troopers dont hesitate to take on the deadly challenge. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam's neighbor's yard.

Commentary: If you love clones and are anything like me you probably got your fill of the orange Clone Trooper figures from the 212th Battalion back in 2006. This figure is basically the same mold and very similar deco, but is different in a few meaningful ways. There are no black "damage" markings here, and the positioning of the orange markings are slightly different. Were Hasbro to integrate this slight deco variation on the basic figure, that'd be pretty swell for those looking to build an army. For a comic pack, it's still a nice idea because it does set this figure apart from the basic carded release, even if only slightly.

The most signifiant addition to this release is his gun. The larger rifle has a hollow barrel, and you can cram stuff into it like this bazooka-esque warhead thing. It fits right in, or can be removed, giving your gun two distinct looks. It's a nice feature, one I was not expecting to ever see. Who knew Hasbro had new surprising gun features waiting for us? While not significantly new, the figure is certainly different enough to be worth a good look, although those of you who are over clone troopers may be better served being happy with what you already have.

Collector's Notes: While not a significantly different figure from the 212 Battalion Utapau troops, army builders will want this one just to mix up their ranks a bit. It's great to see similar-but-different troopers for those who are interested in such things, although your average fan may not want to pay a premium for a slightly different shade of orange and a new gun.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,262: April 15, 2010

1 comment:

Michael said...

I thought it was for a grappling hook not a missile?