Friday, March 23, 2012

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,768: Clone Trooper

CLONE TROOPER Orange, Unadorned
The Clone Wars Clone Troopers & Droids Battle Pack
Item No.:
Asst. 94743 No. 19677
Number: n/a
Includes: Blaster, grappling hook, display stand, game card, 3 more figures
Action Feature: Firing rocket launcher
Retail: $24.99
Availability: June 2010
Appearances: The Clone Wars

Bio: Clone troopers apply all their military training, warrior skills and weaponry to battle the endless army of "Clankers" during the Clone Wars. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' former kitchen.

Commentary: It's kind of amazing that we got to a point when writing about another Clone Trooper is something of a chore. This one is similar to the 2009 release, except the color is a smidgen different and he has an added grappling hook accessory. The entire set is quite good-- you get an orange 212th Battalion figure with a jetpack and two great droids, plus this guy. His range of movement is great-- you get articulated ankles, bend-and-swivel wrists, the works-- but it's still Just Another Clone Trooper, and his value is dependent entirely on your need for an army or how many clones you already have. The range of movement is good, the accessories are fun, and the complete set is, again, worth it. It's just that as a single unit, this figure may not be doing much for you. As filler goes, this figure is about as good as they come, but I wouldn't suggest tracking down the set just for it. (Now the Retail Droid? Absolutely.)

Collector's Notes: As Hasbro withdrew support of Battle Packs, the early wave sets (like this one) sat around for a while and may still be in a retail store near you. At a discounted price, this is a must-buy set. Even at full price it's pretty good-- four figures for $25 or so is, sadly, now quite the deal especially when one of them is an exclusive sculpt to this set.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,767: March 22, 2012

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