The Clone Wars Target Exclusive Gift Set
Item No.: Asst. 19540 No. 19542
Includes: Stand, blaster, helmet, droid finger necklace
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: October 2010
Appearances: The Clone Wars
Bio: The clone troopers are stunned when they discover that one of them is a traitor to the Republic. When a droid battalion avoids an ambush, Captain Rex and the Jedi start looking for answers and uncover a breach in security. Sergeant Slick and troopers Gus and Chopper all fall under suspicion and are questioned about their actions, as Rex helps the Jedi and Clone Commander Cody search for the traitor. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam Pawlus' desk.
Commentary: Every now and again on The Clone Wars you get to see a trooper that's a little more interesting than his brothers, like Chopper here. Sure, he looks just like any other clone at first, but the dude cuts fingers off droids and puts them on a rope. That's hardcore. This figure is, essentially, the same 2008 Clone Trooper body with a newly decorated bald head. He has all the articulation you love, a removable 2009-style helmet, and a bunch of droid fingers which he keeps as trophies. Totally cool. He has a pistol and looks just a little crazy, which is how I like my potentially traitorous clone troopers.
Collector's Notes: This is the only version of Chopper to date and odds are the only one you're going to see. It wouldn't stun me to see it reissued down the line but, so far, Hasbro has been pretty good about keeping exclusive clones from the cartoon outside the main line. Because this set has three unique and new characters, it's probably worth snagging-- even though my sampling of stores shows that it's the "Hostage Crisis" episode that's selling out first so far. The set comes with Rex in addition to Gus and Sgt. Slick.
Day 1,397: October 21, 2010