Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,431: 7th Legion Clone Trooper

CLONE TROOPER 7th Legion Trooper
30th Anniversary Collection Basic Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 87500 No. 87646
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #3049
Includes: Helmet, blaster, coin
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $6.99
Availability: November 2007
Appearances: n/a

Bio: Clone troopers are the bulk of the Republic’s military might during the Clone Wars. They’re the perfect soldiers: focused and efficient, even when they are ordered to instantly change from allies to enemies upon receiving a single command. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' desk.

Commentary: Around the time of this Clone Trooper Hasbro seems to have decreed that all movie-based Clones have removable helmets. Personally, I'm over it-- I prefer the non-removable helmet heads since they look better and hold their shape. This particular figure reuses the 2005 Evolutions mold, with a few minor modifications. His belt isn't removable, and he's missing the kama and some of the gear. Despite having dozens of clones at this point, I will say this figure stands out because his body-- not his helmet-- has some great dirty deco. There's a little bit of dirt, some scuffing, and big reddish circles which, so far as I can tell, serve no real purpose. Good on Lucas for keeping the design off the big screen. The figure is super-articulated, and it is one of the better deco jobs that Hasbro did in one of their many trademark repaint waves. Now all waves seem to have repaints in them. Such is life.

Collector's Notes: Only two toy Clones have the 7th Legion markings-- this one, and a 2005 release from a 3-pack of barely-poseable figures. More may come some day, but for now these are your only picks and this release from 2007 is the better of the two. It's worth picking up, and is also basically worthless. Buy a bunch!

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,431: December 8, 2010

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