Name: 442nd Siege Battalion Clone Trooper
Collection: Militaries Of Star Wars
Number: Item #100023
Edition Size: 2600
Scale: 1:6 Scale Figures
Source: Expanded Universe (Revenge Of The Sith Concept Art/Revenge Of The Sith: The Visual Dictionary)
Availability: January 2012
License: Sideshow Collectibles
At the time of their introduction, the Republic clone trooper represented the future of galactic warfare. Far superior to the battle droid armies of the era, the clone troopers formed the backbone of the Republic's new military initiative that battled against the forces of the Confederacy of Independent Systems.
Identical in form, physical prowess, stamina and mental capacity, each of the first generations of clone troopers were fully encased in hard white armor, each identical face concealed behind a t-shaped visor. Color-coded flashes on the armor denoted rank and eventually came to signify individual units, who often became more customized with mission specific gear and armor modifications. Units such as the Galactic Marines, the Shock Troopers, the Siege Battalion and the Star Corps had distinct armor variations that made them stand out.
True to their namesake, the 442nd Siege Battalion specialized in besieging enemy fortifications. Equipped with All Terrain Recon Transports and Infantry Support Platform speeders, the 442nd distinguished themselves during their participation and aid in the capture of Cato Neimoidia, a key Trade Federation stronghold.
If there was one group of clone troopers that we desperately wanted to see get some screen time in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith, it would have to be the 442nd Siege Battalion. And if time permitted in the film, maybe George Lucas would have seen it fit to include various scenes of Plo Koon fighting in some battles alongside this battalion on Cato Neimoidia. (Actually, we think it was quite a shame we didn’t see any battles on the planet where the the Separatist movement began.) Many clone trooper designs were created for the final Star Wars film and some of them made the final cut. Sadly, many other cool concepts didn’t. Obviously George Lucas found something interesting about the color flash pattern on the 442nd Siege Battalion armor because he had it changed to orange and developed Clone Commander Cody’s 212th Attack Battalion. And technically that’s exactly what the 442nd Siege Battalion looks like, a green version of the 212th Attack Battalion. (It’s also the basis of the Utapau Shadow Trooper as well.) Despite only having appearances in concept art for Revenge Of The Sith and the Revenge Of The Sith: The Visual Dictionary book, Hasbro developed a few action figures based on them so it was only a matter of time before Sideshow Collectibles took part in the fun.
First available as a statuesque figure in 2005’s Revenge Of The Sith Deluxe three-packs, Hasbro in 2006’s The Saga Collection developed the Clone Trooper 442nd Siege Battalion (SAGA 057) action figure and it was warmly welcomed by all collectors for the most part. But perhaps even more tremendous than Hasbro’s figures is Sideshow’s 1:6 Scale Figure rendering of this now classically awesome clone trooper. To say that this character was even on Sideshow Collectibles’ radar would be an understatement. Being that this 1:6 Scale Figure came out almost seven (7) years after the release of Revenge Of The Sith, it’s been clear for years now which clones are concepts and which ones became actual characters in Episode III. But we’re assuming that due to the popularity that the 2006 TSC Clone Trooper 442nd Siege Battalion (SAGA 057) figure created, it’s caused enough of a buzz for Sideshow to feel it should be realized in their line as well. Sideshow’s version of the 442nd Siege Battalion Clone Trooper is excellent, and it actually makes us feel bittersweet because we wish their incredible Republic Clone Trooper (212th Attack Battalion: Utapau) 1:6 Scale Figure would have developed with the enhancements that this figure has.
Announcement Date: November 17, 2011
Pre-order Date: December 8, 2011
Status: 442nd Siege Battalion Clone Trooper utilizes the Armored body type. This 1:6 Scale Figure utilizes the same updated fabric body glove that was first seen on 2010's 501st Legion Clone Trooper. The joints and the attachments have been upgraded and this armored body type maintains poses better than ever.
Articulation Count: 31 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, ball-jointed neck, double ball-jointed shoulders, double ball-jointed elbows, double ball-jointed wrists, double ball-jointed torso, ball-jointed waist, ball-jointed hips, swivel upper thighs, double ball-jointed knees, 2 swivel shins, 2 ball-jointed ankles, 2 swivel feet
Accessory Count: 17
Accessory Details: 5 left hand attachments, 6 right hand attachments, 2 pairs of switch-out feet (action and standing), Blas-Tech DC-15A blaster rifle, Blas-Tech DC-15S blaster
Retail: $89.99 USD
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