The Force Awakens The Black Series 6-Inch Figure Entertainment Earth Exclusive Set
Item No.: No. C0495
Includes: Pistol, rifle
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: November 2016
Bio: Equipped with AT-RT walkers and ISP speeders with green markings, and skilled in besieging enemy fortifications, the 442nd Siege Battalion was a unit of clone troopers within the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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Despite being trimmed from the film or merely a concept for Revenge of the Sith, the green clone is no slouch. It shares a basic design template with Utapau's orange clones, but shockingly isn't just a color swap of the 212th Attack Battalion clone in this very set. The battle damage and scrapings are totally different! I'm stunned! I've also gone on the record as saying that the prototypes for these figures had some of Hasbro's best paint jobs ever - and I'm thrilled to say the final figures are just as good. If you look really close, you'll notice that the green squad markings are actually scratched up. The little white specks in the green fields aren't white paint bits, they're actual exposed bits of white plastic. This sort of thing is kind of uncommon, so you best believe I'm in luv l-u-v. Each green marking is scraped and scratched, but I should note that the left shoulder and the top of the helmet are pretty clean. That doesn't mean you can't mess 'em up with a rock or something.
Expensive exclusive sets are probably about to become a thing of the past - Hasbro's 2015 bit TIE Fighter and Millennium Falcon got marked down pretty severely. 2016's higher-end Transformers have shown up in the markdown channels pretty quickly. The sad reality here is that if you don't support sets like this, there won't be more. Maybe you care, maybe you don't, but there's certainly decreasing incentive for these sorts of items to be produced in the current marketplace and retail climate. I hope we see more - there are certainly more Clones I'd love to see from The Clone Wars and beyond - but it's starting to feel like this might be the last/only hurrah for Revenge of the Sith in the 6-inch size. Hopefully before Hasbro calls it a day, we'll at least get Count Dooku and maybe a swell General Grievous. I like this clone a lot, and I think if you saw it up close you'd love it too. I should also note that the box is not unlike a VHS tape boxed set - and as a bonus, it's not taped shut, so you can slip the figures back in if you're so inclined.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth. Where I ram-rodded its creation. There's an interesting creation story behind this set I hope to someday share with you.
Day 2,321 December 23, 2016