Friday, October 28, 2011

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,663: Clone Trooper Redeye

CLONE TROOPER REDEYE Droid Attack on the Coronet
The Clone Wars Toys R Us Exclusive Set
Item No.:
No. 32795
Number: n/a
Includes: Another clone, a big spider droid, three mini spider droids, two blasters, three stands, cards
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $24.99
Availability: September 2011
Appearances: The Clone Wars

Bio: A spider assassin droid attacks clone troopers in the cargo hold of the Coronet. Duchess Satine is on board the ship, heading to Coruscant to meet with the Senate. The Mandalorian splinter group Death Watch, which wants the duchess out of the way, has sent a spider assassin droid to attack her. The deadly droid strikes two clones as assassin droid spawn slip away to carry out the treacherous mission. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' basement.

Commentary: If you can't get enough of the clones, here's Clone Trooper Redeye. He was introduced and killed within minutes, and the figure is lacking the helmet lights seen on the episode. (Figures with lights will be appearing any day now.) The figure itself is kind of strange-- my sample had oddly-bent legs which couldn't be easily fixed by boiling water, plus his belt assembly was upside-down. I didn't notice this until I opened it, so I checked the store and sure enough, all of them were built this way. Redeye's construction is based on the newer "Stone" body, which has no ankles, plus his wrists only swivel and do not bend.

The deco is similar to 501st figures, with dark blue stripes on his arms. A circle with various lines on it decorates the helmet along with a small triangle, but other than that it's another nifty troop figure. Other than the deformed legs and flipped belt, I'd say it's a perfectly fine Clone figure. Mixer doesn't have these problems, which is odd seeing how one figure from the set is fine and the other has some serious problems. As a single figure I don't find this one incredibly exciting, but it's a neat gift set. It'd be even better if he had the flashlights on his head, but it's still "good enough."

A nifty bonus on this set is a trio of Assassin Droid Spawn, tiny little spider robots which can't stand on their own and cannot easily be stuck to a figure. So they're like garnish, I guess, throw some around and hope it looks OK.

Collector's Notes: At $25 it's a reasonable value. If you love clones you should have one by now, it's a nice addition to the animated line but I wish it was just a little better in terms of quality control. If by some miracle you get two of these sets on clearance, you might want to do some head-swapping with the Clones to ensure you get one of each as a "good" figure.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,663: October 28, 2011

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