The Black Series 6-Inch Basic Figures
Item No.: Asst. A4301 No. B1065
Number: #07 (Blue Box)
Includes: Blaster pistol, blaster rifle
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: November 2014
Appearances: Attack of the Clones
Bio: Clone Trooper sergeants are genetically engineered and trained to command Clone Trooper squads in the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
Availability: Click here to buy it at Entertainment Earth now!
Commentary: While Yoda is something of an obligation and the TIE Pilot is good overall, the Clone Trooper Sergeant is somewhere in the middle. In order to make army builders and bean counters happy, repaints - or any use of existing tooling - are a great way to reuse an existing figure while giving fans something new. Or new-ish.
Anyway, so what's new here? Paint. The armor has shoulder stripes and rank pips on his chest. His helmet has a few stripes on it. The guns each have some grey on them, while the previous all-white version was unpainted. The longer rifle - a DC-15a for those wondering - is closer to the movie reference than before, but could probably use a few more details to get it right. The smaller blaster - the DC-15S - looks a bit different depending on which reference you examine. I would say that the ammo clip has more grey paint than necessary, but given the level of customization or damage any trooper could have it certainly doesn't bother me. I'm at a point where I'd rather have something that's balls-out incorrect or fabricated than the same old thing for the dozenth time.
This figure has 24 or so joints, depending on how you feel like counting today. It stands fairly well, although after a few days gravity can tip it over. I would suggest using the rifle as an added support (tripod) unless you are using a small-scale doll stand. This is a perfectly good figure and I'm quite happy that the oft-avoided olive/brown-green deco was the first ranked 6-inch Clone out of Hasbro, mostly because I'm hardly sick of seeing it yet. Here's hoping we get the other ones, and if they ever do a tripped-out exclusive boxed set with "wrong" color figures based on popular error action figures of the past, a grassy green redeco could be on deck. I'd buy one!
Collector's Notes: This figure is in major online and brick-and-mortar stores in the USA now.
Day 2,117: December 31, 2014