Thursday, June 24, 2010

Figure of the Day: Day 1,312: Clone Sharpshooter

CLONE SHARPSHOOTER Battlefront II Clone Pack
30th Anniversary Collection Diamond/Previews Exclusive
Item No.:
Asst. 87561 No. 87466
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Blaster, helmet, pouch with blaster pistol, 5 more figures
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $39.99
Availability: November 2007
Appearances: Star Wars: Battlefront II

Bio: Clone sharpshooters are highly trained marksmen whose primary purpose in battle is to target infantry forces with devastating long-range fire. (Taken from the figure's box.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' place.

Commentary: How many times can you repaint a mold inside a year? Many, many times. The Clone Sharpshooter started life as a Clone Commander in Mace Windu's Attack Battalion, then had an orange repaint as an Airbone Trooper, and also became a member of the 501st with yet another repaint-- and all of these figures were based on an existing Clone mold with a few more modifications. This release has a large clone rifle and all the articulation you're used to, 14 points. The removable helmet may fall off somewhat easily, but that seems to be an issue with the part on all releases of this figure. He can generally stand without too much assistance, and fits right in with the look of the 5th Fleet Security Clone Troopers from late 2006 and early 2007... and technically 2005 if you count the then-unnamed blue troopers from the Revenge of the Sith Clone 3-packs.

Collector's Notes: You probably won't need to spend a lot to get this one, and since it's an unusual non-movie design it doesn't seem to be commanding a huge premium. Individual figures are less than six bucks usually, so if you want it, that isn't at all bad.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,312: June 24, 2010

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