Name: Republic Attack Dropship With Clone Pilot
Collection: Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D]
Number: N/A (Deluxe)
Source: Expanded Universe (Hasbro Concept)
Availability: September 2012
Republic attack dropships swoop into battle to deploy troopers. These compact fighters are armed with cannons and chin guns to drill deep into battle zones. The pilot briefly lands with the ship's cockpit rotated into deploy position to drop up to two troopers onto the field before flying back into the air and providing close ground support.
Oh what a year 2012 has been! It brought us some of the greatest products yet from Hasbro, and also made them nearly impossible to find. But the reason they were hard to find however had a lot to do with the garbage that Hasbro recycled before getting out all-new product. As a result, gems like the Republic Attack Dropship With Clone Pilot are all but a myth as far as collectors are concerned. Luck has rounded the corner and by the end of 2012 more and more product that should have been out much earlier in the year found its way out finally. A Class I set like the Republic Attack Dropship With Clone Pilot should have been released in multiple units per case assortment. This is the type of thing both kids and collectors want to see produced for The Clone Wars line. True. Itâ€™s a Hasbro concept and nothing more, but the sculpt of the vehicle is all new and the figure is almost all-new. This in and of itself is of great value to collectors when we live in an era of collecting where the bulk of the line consists of straight repacks. We certainly donâ€™t want to harbor the ill will we felt all year, but we canâ€™t help but comment what a shame that this Class I set did not reach the masses like it should have. Hasbro has expressed that positive changes are planned so debacles like this wonâ€™t happen in the future, but only time will tell.
Itâ€™s obvious that the Republic Attack Dropship is inspired by both the Republic Gunship as perhaps moreover, the Low Altitude Assault Transport/carrier (LAAT/c) that were both seen in Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones. Obviously the proportions and scale for the Republic Attack Dropship are completely reinvented here for this release, but the spirit of those two larger vehicles is felt strongly nonetheless. The vehicle has multiple distinct configurations, but two major ones. One is â€śfighterâ€ť mode while the other is â€śtrooper deployâ€ť mode. Both positions look pretty darn cool and both are needed to make the most out of your play interaction with this toy. Features include an opening cockpit (which fits the Clone Pilot perfectly), â€śtroop deploymentâ€ť, â€śmissile-firingâ€ť launchers, adjustable chin guns and a few others. Hasbro packed a great deal of play value here and itâ€™s clear that kids came to their minds first, while still cleverly finding ways to engage the loyal adult collectors like us. The paint job is fairly gorgeous for a Class 1 vehicle. Youâ€™ll â€śfeelâ€ť the Republic Gunship vibe with the paint job alone and Hasbro was sure to keep the Republic themes alive and well in this set. Itâ€™s a sharp (and very believable) miniature vehicle for your collection. Youâ€™ll definitely want to secure one for your collection.
Assortment Number: 37747/36576
Retail: $16.99 USD
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Status: Republic Attack Dropship is an all new vehicle.
Articulation Count: 5
Articulation Details: opening cockpit, 2 spring-loaded top cannons (trooper deployment action feature), 2 firing projectile buttons, 2 rotating front chin guns, hinge-jointed landing gear post, hinge-jointed vehicle "body" joint
Accessory Count: 4
Accessory Details: 2 projectiles, 2 adjoining trooper deployment "firing station seats"
Date Stamp: 2011
Status: Clone Pilot is a kit-bashed figure that is essentially all-new but utilizes the arms and legs from 2012's SW [TPM 3D] Clone Trooper (Phase II Armor) (CW2) figure.
Articulation Count: 12
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: removable oxygen mask/chest box combination, DC-15 blaster
Date Stamp: 2011
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