Name: 501st Legion Attack Dropship With Clone Pilot & Battle Droid
Collection: Star Wars [Yoda/Attack Of The Clones]
Number: N/A (Class I)
Source: Expanded Universe (Hasbro Concept)
Availability: January 2013
A 501st Legion attack dropship flown by a 501st Legion Clone Pilot deploys troopers into combat against Battle Droids. Bearing the iconic markings of the elite 501st Legion, the dropship has 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 to provide ground support.
What the heck is going on anymore? It’s 2013 and many collectors haven’t even seen 2012’s SW [TPM 3D] Republic Attack Dropship With Clone Pilot Class I set and a new one with an all-new paint job has already been released for the 2013 lineup. The only change for the 2013 Class I sets versus the 2012 sets is 2013 comes with an extra figure and an inflated price tag. This will likely be something that doesn’t faze you or will completely anger you. In an era of kids’ focused toys where articulation has taken a backseat in the line, Hasbro sort of breaks that rule by bringing a well-articulated Clone Pilot from the Revenge Of The Sith Evolutions line and pairs it with a very simply articulated Episode II specific Battle Droid. The packaging looks attractive. The figures are set up in front of a “Battle of Geonosis” backdrop. And Hasbro has worked in some 501st Legion Attack Dropship vehicles right into the scenery to make this Class I set feel like it’s actually from Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones. We’re quite perplexed on why Hasbro decided to make this part of the 501st Legion, but they did. But you’ll find that this may cause more confusion than necessary.
No matter how you slice it, the 501st Legion Attack Dropship is from the Expanded Universe, specifically a brainchild of Hasbro. It’s intended to be the Mini Rig version of the Republic Gunship first seen in Episode II. We are actually quite fond of this vehicle’s design. But we don’t understand why Hasbro took it so far to the left in this instance. Clone companies and battalions weren’t set up at this point in the Star Wars saga. The clones came right off of the boat on Kamino and dropped into the opening of the Clone Wars at the Battle of Geonosis. So Hasbro is erroneously creating a very non-canon part of Star Wars history with this release. In other words, it’s so far fetched that it’s impossible for this to even be just “off screen” enough to miss it. Can you tell we’re cranky about this particular release? And we don’t know if we should be thankful for the Episode II screen-accurate Clone Pilot that’s been included here. If it’s already fictional (for the Star Wars saga), why not give this clone a few blue color flashes and make it completely ridiculous? But no, it’s a clean repaint of the Clone Trooper (The Clone Wars) figure from the 2005 ROTS Clone Trooper To Stormtrooper [Version 2] Evolutions release.
Assortment Number: A0921/A0918
Retail: $23.99 USD
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Status: 501st Legion Attack Dropship is a repaint of vehicle from 2012's SW [TPM 3D] Republic Attack Dropship With Clone Pilot Deluxe (Class I) set.
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" (arm guns rotate)
Date Stamp: 2011
Articulation Count: 13 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: removable helmet/chest box combination, DC-15 blaster
Date Stamp: 2005
Status: Battle Droid is a repaint of the "articulated" Battle Droid figure from 2012's SW [TPM 3D] Trade Federation MTT (Multi Troop Transport) vehicle.
Articulation Count: 5 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-socket shoulders, 2 ball-socket hips
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: droid blaster
Date Stamp: 2011
Star Wars [Yoda/Attack Of The Clones] Class I
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