Name: Imperial Shock Trooper
Collection: Militaries Of Star Wars
Number: Item #2160
Edition Size: 750 (Exclusive) 2500 (Regular)
Scale: 1:6 Scale Figures
Source: Revenge Of The Sith
Availability: December 2009
License: Sideshow Collectibles
Once collectors received Sideshow's Republic Clone Trooper (212th Attack Battalion: Utapau), most of us didn't think that Sideshow would be able to outdo or top themselves with another clone trooper. This is only because of how awesome the Republic Clone Trooper (212th Attack Battalion: Utapau) was when it came out. Breaking every apparent barrier in previous (non-Sideshow) 12" clone trooper releases, Sideshow made the definitive template for the 12" Episode III clone trooper body. Even Medicom's 12" clone troopers don't come remotely close to the quality Sideshow delivered. We never saw such detail in a clone trooper 12" figure before and it captured every essence of the character beautifully. Sideshow didn't waiver at all with the second clone trooper release and provided us with an incredibly finished product that nearly renders us speechless. In fact, it looks like they were intent on bringing the accuracy to a whole new level. Sideshow has evidently proven any naysayers or critics wrong (that it couldn't be improved) with the release of the Imperial Shock Trooper. Probably the most popular of the clone troopers, the 12" Imperial Shock Trooper is right now Sideshow Collectibles' crowning achievement in that scale (until they outdo themselves with a future release). The figure is undoubtedly a quality product and will be one that stands out in your own personal collection. It is perfect in almost every way and we believe that even if you aren't a 12" collector, this figure will at least tempt you to consider starting. Their 12" line has grown by leaps and bounds and the characters chosen to see this scale are varied and numerous and obviously great choices. But in 2009, a clear focus on soldiers in the Militaries Of Star Wars line has been prominent in the collection. The Shock Trooper gets its day in Sideshow's sun and it is a magnificent collectible!
Clearly the Imperial Shock Trooper is an "easy" repaint of the Republic Clone Trooper (212th Attack Battalion: Utapau). But the level of detail in the paint application proves that it is so much more than a repaint, let alone an "easy" one. Sideshow obviously approaches each clone trooper as a blank slate and develops a coloring process from the ground up. Cautious not to reinvent the "decorating" wheel, Sideshow treats each 12" figure as unrelated from another and is undeniably successful with a trailblazing direction that is set on making them all look individual (and we are not talking about the obvious differences in armor color here). Because even the most casual collector will be able to appreciate how each clone trooper has been approached from completely different angles, it further drives home the point of that Sideshow is committed in their efforts to keep the figure set apart from each other even though the same sculpt have been utilized. The 12" Imperial Shock Trooper has his signature red color flashes and they have been weathered stunningly. Seriously, look at the photos in this review, have you even seen better battle-damage on a 12" figure? The red details have also been beautifully displayed on his helmet as well as his shoulder pads, belt and boots. There are also red lines on his thighs (just like the 3.75" action figure and they have been perfectly placed and evenly painted and are effective in leading your eye up and down the sleek form of the silhouette and of this Imperial soldier. It would be a dream come true to get our 3.75" action figures with this level of detail, but it will likely not happen. While we would be thrilled to see this amazing feat of artwork applied to Hasbro's basic figures, it probably wouldn't make us appreciate the arduous efforts of Sideshow with their very fine 12" figures as much. In other words, the 12" line is indeed the place to address all of these exacting standards of fine details. New battle-damage and new scrapes can be found on the Imperial Shock Trooper that are completely different in many ways from what has been applied to the Republic Clone Trooper (212th Attack Battalion: Utapau). And Sideshow was very clever with the choice of armor color they used (we are talking about the "white" portions here). The Republic Clone Trooper (212th Attack Battalion: Utapau) has a very "yellowed" look to the armor and this was a great choice for this characters since the Utapau system has an earthy and dusty terrain. But the Imperial Shock Trooper has a brighter off-white (bone) color. This is easily seen when compared side by side. It works very well for the purpose of realism and accuracy to what we all saw in Episode III. It is simply an amazing 12" figure, you're going to love it.
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