Name: Clone Trooper
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: '02 #17
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: April 2002
Ten years after the fight to save Naboo from invasion, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war. Under the leadership of a renegade Jedi, thousands of solar systems threaten to secede from the Galactic Republic. A courageous Jedi Knight, his impulsive and headstrong apprentice, and a queen-turned-senator are drawn into the heart of the conflict... and the beginning of war.
Trained specifically for military combat, Clone Troopers are virtually indistinguishable from one another. Part of a cloning army, they are grown in the cloning facilities of Tipoca City, a luminescent city of industry emerging from the raging seas of Kamino.
If there is an action figure that can prove why more articulation is useless, it would probably have to be the Clone Trooper from the Star Wars “Saga” line. Is it just us, or did Hasbro seem ill-prepared for the arrival of clone action figures for this line, especially since the film is called Attack Of The Clones? Anyway, Hasbro did appear to make a concerted effort to bring the first official basic figure Clone Trooper action figure in the Star Wars “Saga” to collectors in a way that it would be appreciated. In many ways it is appreciated, but in others we have to question why things were done the way they were. The figure sees some pretty good features. The ball-jointed knees are especially helpful when posing him with the cannon, and perhaps we would be dishonest if we said we weren’t impressed with how the arms can not only hold a DC-15 blaster rifle quite well, but also “man” the cannon equally well. Clearly for those reasons the figure is a success. But the rest of the sculpt is wonky. It doesn’t have a perfectly accurate silhouette, and Hasbro opted to give us a clone officer (a captain to be specific) instead of a much needed infantry clone, since those are the ones that appear in the film at a significantly higher ratio.
Clone Trooper is not a total failure by any means, but Hasbro hasn’t mastered the body and the armor accurately enough yet. It was a huge seller and people probably bought more of this figure than any others in April of 2002. The figure comes with a nice amount of accessories. A separate sculpted tripod has an attachment to place the cannon on it. And then a projectile goes into the cannon so the clone can help the Grand Army of the Republic defeat the Droid Army. Sadly, the tripod is cast from a very unstable plastic and can barely maintain its shape. It’s a sad state of affairs there. The Clone Trooper comes with a DC-15 blaster rifle. The smaller DC-15 blaster is nowhere to be found, but you do a Geonosian “rock” which befuddles us still. Interestingly, the card back of the figure reveals how to use this “accessory”, but the foot peg on the production piece was designed “backwards” (for lack of a better term) and you’re unable to situate the clone as shown in the “help diagram” on the packaging. We’re quite unclear why Hasbro would have wasted their time designing this piece as it serves no real purpose for the Clone Trooper and while you can get it to interact with the figure, it just isn’t the same way it was intended.
Status: Clone Trooper is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 12 points
Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees
Accessory Count: 5
Accessory Details: tripod, firing canon, projectile, DC-15 blaster rifle, Geonosis action figure stand
Date Stamp: 2001
Assortment Number: 84635/84851
Retail: $4.99 USD
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