Saga Deluxe Figures
Item No.: Asst. 84859 No. 84903
Includes: Blaster, grenade, armor, helmet, bike
Action Feature: Removable armor, arm throwing action
Availability: Summer 2002
Appearances: Clone Wars/Concept Art
Bio: Formidable fighters engineered for battle, a number of the Clone Troopers are deployed on speeders, then race into battle against the enemy forces. Daringly flying alongside the AT-TEs, they lob electro grenades into the vehicles to disable them in crippling explosions. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam Pawlus' place.
Commentary: For a brief period, this Clone Trooper was arguably Hasbro's finest in terms of what it could do. He had knee joints. He had a throwing action. You could even pull off his armor and see what was inside! Heck, this was the first-ever removable helmet Clone Trooper, too. He can fit on the bike, and assume a few action poses. If you don't go out of your way to pose him, though, the sculpt does look a little goofy just standing around. The sculpting was great for the time and is even pretty good for today's standards, it's rare that any toymaker-- particularly Hasbro and Kenner-- crank out a figure with removable armor that isn't obscenely bulky.
Because of the vehicle, unique grenade accessory, and removable armor bits, I'd put this figure on your list of Essential Clone Trooper Action Figures. There's also a 2003 repaint, but I prefer this version just slightly because of the bike color and lack of a firing rocket on the bike.
Collector's Notes: This one was pretty popular, but not impossible to find. You should be able to get one for about original retail. Another reason to buy this? The Republic Gunship was designed with carrying his bike in mind-- there's an area inside in the back to mount a bike. So if you have a Gunship, you simply must get this bike.
Day 1,315: June 29, 2010