Name: 212th Battalion Clone Trooper
Collection: Legacy Collection 
Source: Revenge Of The Sith
Availability: October 2013
Clone Troopers in the 212th Attack Battalion fight in the Battle of Utapau. Distinguished by their orange-marked armor, 212th Clone Troopers are under the command of Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi and Clone Commander Cody. They accompany Kenobi to Utapau on a mission to eliminate General Grievous.
The circle is now complete. Hasbro has finally released every Episode III phase II that appeared onscreen in the revised TVC Clone Trooper (VC45) body sculpt. If you think about it, it didn’t take them that long to knock them all out. Some are better than others, but they all share one universal flaw. And that is Hasbro is unwilling to revise the oversized bucket on their heads. Hasbro has been alerted to this problem for literally years now. They appear to note the issue when it’s brought up, but nothing has been remedied in practice and the figures continue to get produced with the oversized helmet. So now it’s time for the 212th Battalion Clone Trooper to experience the same treatment. We are a bit more forgiving when it comes to the extra large helmets than may other collectors, but we have to admit that it’s frustrating that Hasbro still has yet to design a smaller scaled accessory for this figure to make it perfect. Being moments away from perfection is often more frustrating than being much further away. That being said, 212th Battalion Clone Trooper is a figure always intended to be part of the Legacy Collection  line and now he has been made available in Amazon.com exclusive Droid Factory set. It lacks when compared to the other troopers released utilizing this body sculpt. There are some nice deco enhancements, but the left hand is fused shut and it appears that Hasbro used a different flesh toned plastic to cast the figure. He looks too pale.
As mentioned earlier, 212th Battalion Clone Trooper completes the cast of phase II clone troopers that appear in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith that have been upgraded with the new body sculpt. The all-white Clone Trooper was released in 2012’s Star Wars [TPM 3D] BARC Speeder With Clone Trooper Deluxe set, the Clone Trooper (501st Legion) (VC60) and Shock Trooper (VC110) were two key figures in The Vintage Collection and the 41st Elite Corps Clone Trooper (#12) was released in The Black Series line, albeit with major deco issues that have yet to be corrected. So how does the 212th Battalion Clone Trooper from the salvaged Legacy Collection  line look fair in comparison? Aside the from the acknowledged large helmet, he just doesn't meet our personaly standards for what makes a good action figure. His joints are frozen (as in unwilling to move) and his limbs are curved for reasons unknown. He is misshapen is more ways than one. Other than that we assume he actually looks pretty good, but that's because our tolerance has been beaten down. Hasbro in good form gave him unique battle-damage and carbon-scoring. They went a little light on these paint operations, but we have become so immune to Hasbro not going above and beyond when it comes to paint operations that we find it rather acceptable at this point. The lines look as relatively clean as possible, and aside from one or two issues, it looks pretty good overall.
Status: 212th Battalion Clone Trooper is a repaint of the figure included with 2012's SW [TPM 3D] BARC Speeder With Clone Trooper Deluxe set.
Articulation Count: 14 points
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, DC-15 blaster rifle
Original Droid Factory/Build A Droid Part: TC-70 right arm
Date Stamp: 2011
Assortment Number: A6729
Retail: $59.99 USD (multipack)
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