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Clone Trooper - SW [S - P1] - Basic (’02 #17)

Name: Clone Trooper
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: '02 #17
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: April 2002
License: Hasbro

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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.

Clone Trooper comes with 12 points of articulation. There aren’t any ankle joints, and the only ball-jointed articulation can be found in the knees. The rest of the points are swivel articulation. As you know, swivel articulation limits the range of motion to only one 180 degree plane. This simply means that you’re not going to get a whole heck of a lot of movement out of the action figure. In fact, you’ll probably find that he is much more limiting than articulated. The very first basic Clone Trooper should have been released with ball-jointed articulation from head to toe. It would have been a massive seller for Hasbro and collectors would have bought more than they could count of them. For those that love trivia, there was supposed to be an all-white running change of the Clone Trooper at some point during the Star Wars “Saga” 2002 run. (Editor’s Note: Plans changed and by the time 2003 came around, Hasbro was already working on the wonderful Clone Wars phase I clone action figure.) Packaged samples of this appeared at Toy Fair, but ultimately this variation was never released. Clone Trooper is a good figure for Hasbro to get their feet wet, but it’s time to bring us something really impressive. Forgo the gimmicks and bulky accessories in the film, and just give us a great action figure instead.

Collector Notes

Clone Trooper

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

Collection: 1

Assortment Number: 84635/84851

UPC: 076930846353

Retail: $4.99 USD

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Star Wars [Saga - Phase I] Wave 3
Clone Trooper (’02 #17)
Zam Wesell (Bounty Hunter) (’02 #18)

Anakin Skywalker (Hangar Duel) (’02 #22)
Yoda (Jedi Master) (’02 #23)
Count Dooku (Dark Lord) (’02 #27)

Added: January 15, 2014
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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