Name: Shock Trooper
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Source: Revenge Of The Sith
Availability: August 2012
It’s often true that when something good comes around, something bad isn’t too far behind. In the case of the 2012 TVC Shock Trooper, good and bad comes hand in hand. Hasbro seems to have an unofficial goal to update all of the movie based clones in the new 2011 TVC Clone Trooper (VC45) format. When it comes to the Episode II (or phase I) clones, it’s a wonderful thing. But for Episode III (or phase II) clones, it’s not nearly as exciting. You see, although Hasbro designed an all-new helmet for the Clone Trooper (VC45) figure, they haven’t done so for the phase II helmet. Instead, they’ve recycled the inordinately large helmet from 2005’s ROTS Clone Trooper To Stormtrooper Evolutions sets (from the Episode III figure in that set), repainted it and thrown it on carelessly here to make the figure Episode III specific. It’s a shame because the collecting community is really warming up to the new body type. First thought to be too thin, the Clone Trooper (VC45) sculpt is indeed very screen accurate when compared to reference materials. If you’ve never taken the time to compare you should. You may be very surprised what you’ll find.
The 2012 version of the Shock Trooper actually turned out very nicely. Obviously his bucket is too large, but interestingly it doesn’t look as oversized at the Clone Trooper that comes with 2012’s SW [TPM 3D] BARC Speeder With Clone Trooper Deluxe figure or 2012’s TVC Clone Trooper (501st Legion) (VC60) for that matter. A lot of this illusion has to do with the paint job inherent to a Shock Trooper. The vertical hash marks running across the top of the helmet and the solid red color flashes seem to shrink down the overall girth of the helmet leaving a fairly positive result. The problem is that illusion doesn’t fix actuality. And the actuality is the helmet is too big and is too loose for the size of the figure’s head. This of course is a deal breaker for many collectors. But we have to admit that this figure comes together quite well when fully assembled. And we do like the fact that he has a removable helmet, a first for the basic figure line and technically the first plain Shock Trooper if you don’t count Commander Thire from 2007’s TAC Order 66 sets as part of this comparison. For some reason the red color flashes suit this sculpt very well.
Status: Shock Trooper is a rework of the Clone Trooper figure from 2012's SW [TPM 3D] BARC Speeder With Clone Trooper Deluxe set. This time the figure has been painted in the color flashes of a Shock Trooper. This figure is originally based on 2011's TVC Clone Trooper (VC45) figure.
Articulation Count: 14
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 ball-jointed wrists, ball-jointed torso, 2 ball-jointed hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 3
Accessory Details: removable helmet, DC-15 blaster rifle, DC-15 blaster
Date Stamp: 2011
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