Name: Shock Trooper
Collection: Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D] (Movie Heroes)
Source: Revenge Of The Sith
Availability: January 2012
Shock troopers are members of the Coruscant Guard. They keep order on Coruscant, patrolling public places, government buildings and landing platforms on the planet. Coruscant is the political center of the galaxy, where business of every kind is always being conducted, requiring the shock troopers to be constantly vigilant and swiftly reestablish order whenever peace and stability is threatened.
The Movie Heroes line is definitely perplexing to many collectors. In a now almost infinite catalogue of great sculpts under Hasbro’s belt after years and years of new collections of action figures after another, Hasbro decides in 2012 to rerelease some from what we would call the “bottom of the barrel”. Who doesn’t love an awesome Shock Trooper? But why in the world would Hasbro choose the dig out the running change 2005 ROTS Clone Trooper (III 6) figure with an awful action feature and inaccurate removable shoulder armor piece with the Imperial symbol on it? (Shock Troopers in Episode III never had the Galactic Empire’s symbol on their armor.) Again, it’s all very perplexing. Hasbro has explained that the Movie Heroes line was designed to replace the Saga Legends line. We suppose it did just that, but it replaced it with garbage... at least the first wave is proving this to be true. No longer a collectors’ line that allows us to army-build at light speed, or bring us those short run figures for a second time in greater supply. No, the focus is completely different today and we are at a loss to pinpoint Hasbro’s aim of this line.
If you’re new to collecting, this Shock Trooper is a finely tuned version of 2005's ROTS Clone Trooper [Shock Trooper] (III 6) figure (the running change). Near the end of the line, Hasbro repainted three of the most popular clones from the Revenge Of The Sith line to give us three more. The all-white Clone Trooper (III 6) was repainted to become a Shock Trooper, and that’s what Hasbro brought forth into the Movie Heroes line. Believe it or not, the 2012 Shock Trooper is actually a repaint of the original version from 2005. There are definitely differences in the line and colors and the details are much sharper for this release. We think it’s worthy to be considered a new enough update, but that’s if and only if you’re a one-of-everything collector. Likely most of you out there aren’t going to want a figure of this inferior status in your modern collections at this point, but we did want to let you know that it definitely differs from the original release. It was rumored that the right shoulder armor was glued down this time, but this isn’t the case at all. It’s removable just like it was in 2005. We understand the need for kid-focused products, but kids are more “modern” today. We don’t think they’ll fall for the gimmicky action features today.
Status: Shock Trooper is a repaint of 2005's ROTS Clone Trooper [Shock Trooper] (III 6) figure. The paint operations are much tighter and cleaner. The updates are noteworthy.
Articulation Count: 13 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel hips (with action feature), 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 3
Accessory Details: DC-15 blaster, DC-15 blaster rifle, removable right shoulder armor
Date Stamp: 2004
Assortment Number: 37284/36563
Retail: $8.99 USD
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Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D] (Movie Heroes) Wave 1
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