Revenge of the Sith Evolutions
Item No.: Asst. 85553 No. 85726
Includes: Grenade launcher
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: Summer 2005
Appearances: Star Wars
Bio: The evolution of the galaxy's most powerful army is captured in these figures! The clone troopers fight for the Republic, to try and save the galaxy from chaos. But secret plans change their loyalties, and they help the evil forces of the Sith to take control! No longer known as clone troopers, they are now stormtroopers, the loyal soldiers of the Emperor, enforcing his harsh will throughout the galaxy! (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's yard.
Commentary: This figure was unique because Hasbro generally doesn't make significantly new Sandtrooper sculpts. From the ground on up, this was released in 1995 not as a modified Stormtrooper, but as something new and different. The most obvious change from previous figures is a lack of a waist joint, but a bizarre addition of a fully-removable belt. It looks good, but it's not perfect-- there are all sorts of little differences between Stormtroopers and Sandtroopers which it seems not everybody knows about just yet. The figure has a good range of movement with 13 joints, and has little problem posing with his gun-- although his hands are quite stiff, so getting it in there could be tricky. He looks excellent in either version, so I'd definitely suggest picking up one or both. It's fun, and I'd say better than the ones that came with the prod later.
Collector's Notes: This figure has been on the market for a while, on and off from 2005 to 2008. The lighter brown version came first, by the way. The Evolutions pack came first, and later samples shipped in the Saga Legends assortment, creating quite possibly the most variants ever on a single SKU-- but I could be wrong. This mold would be repainted with a grey pauldron as a super-dirty release, and a few years later would be released sans sand gear as a plain white Stormtrooper.
Day 1,278: May 7, 2010