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Clone Trooper - TCW [F/S1] - Basic (No. 5)

Name: Clone Trooper
Collection: The Clone Wars
Number: No. 5
Source: The Clone Wars (Film)
Availability: July 2008
License: Hasbro

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Clone troopers put up an unrelenting defense against the hordes of battle that are pouring into the B'omarr monk monastery. The intrepid troopers are keeping the enemy at bay so that Anakin and Ahsoka can rescue Jabba's kidnapped son. The clone troopers use their blasters and thermal detonators with skill, focusing exclusively on ensuring that the mission is a success.

After thoroughly checking through our Research Droids Reviews after more than 250 entries, we were very surprised to notice that we haven't taken a look at the standard plain white Clone Trooper from The Clone Wars line yet. So here we are. When Hasbro announced that the new The Clone Wars line was going to be done in animated style, fans initially wanted to rebel. But the final figures looked so good (for the most part) and the new clone trooper opened up the door for a plethora of new clone styles. The figure has been utilized an unprecedented amount of times already for use in many other basic and exclusive figures. And this is a pretty good thing because it is an awesome sculpt for a clone trooper. Since the television show is providing us with a nearly limitless amount of clone troopers, we expect to see this sculpt’s continued use over and over again. And while there are some small inconsistencies with the figure, it is overall a figure that pleases us. We doubt that everyone will be entirely happy with every clone trooper figure that comes our way, but this particular figure should satiate most whining. This style of clone, a phase I clone trooper, this action figure not only favors its look from the TV show, but it looks pretty close to the clone trooper seen in Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones. The animated version is quite lean in comparison and the fin on its helmet is very pronounced and dramatic. But this is the look of almost all the characters in the animated show. Passing in almost every way in our books, the Clone Trooper is a success in every sense of the word. It sold through very well on opening day (July 26, 2008) and continued to be a strong seller in all the case assortments her appeared. Clearly the epitome of an army builder, you will likely never have too many of them in your collections.

Hasbro utilized a brand new weathering application for this figure. Looking almost as if the figure was dipped in a black wash, it creates a unique pattern on every clone trooper. No two clone troopers are the same. Since every figure is a variant of the next, this figure proves the theory that it is technically and physically impossible to get one of every figure. But this isn’t a complaint. The dirt patterns are some of the most spectacular accents we have every seen on an action figure ever. And it goes without saying that is something we would love to see standard on most of our trooper and army-building action figures. But as with most things Hasbro is involved with, tooling and paint operation costs outweighed this beautiful finishing wash and starting with wave 2, the application was dropped and all the clones starting coming to us very clean. While it worked for the plain white clone troopers, it worked against many of the clone captains and commanders. We feel it was a very disappointing move on Hasbro’s part, but we suppose getting our figures without the final wash is better than not getting them at all. But regardless, this figure looks so good it makes us want to be a clone ourselves. The points of articulation work in favor of the figure’s agile frame and the enhanced ball-jointed wrists are a spectacular bonus for which we extremely thankful to Hasbro. (Editor’s Note: Ironically, the Clone Trooper was not reissued in the Season 2 (red) line look or the Shadow Of The Dark Side line look.)

Clone Trooper is an essential action figure. Loaded with 14 points of articulation, we think the figure should have benefitted by the inclusion of ball-joint hips. Since Hasbro could have amortized the tooling costs over a figure that both kids and collectors bought multiples of, it wasn’t the wisest choice to go with swivel hips. (And we believe even more figures would have sold if Hasbro decided to incorporate ball-jointed hips. And we hope that if Hasbro decides to make another basic white clone trooper template that they make is more articulated and not less. Clone Trooper comes with a big missile launcher, projectile and DC-15 blaster pistol. The accessories also have beautiful weathering (this too was dropped on carry forward figures) and are very well designed. Unfortunately, the grip of the gun has been forced into his hand and when you remove it, it is terribly misshapen. Even time doesn’t bring the stock back to its original shape. The form of the hand is too small to fit the gun well and this makes for too tight of a fit. The Clone Trooper action figure has a few hiccups but overall it scores high marks from us. It would be nice to see this mold be used to create clone trooper officers from Episode II so that we can have animated versions of them at some point. But for the time being, it looks like we are going to get TV show-specific clones. And this is fine with us. Both the dirty and clean Clone Trooper figures are wonderful additions to the line and we suggest getting them both for your collections. Send in the clones!

Collector Notes

Clone Trooper

Status: Clone Trooper is an all-new figure.

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 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: DC-15 blaster, rocket launcher, projectile

Date Stamp: 2008

Assortment Number: 87660/87638

UPC: 653569325826

Retail: $7.99 USD

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Clone Trooper

The Clone Wars [Film/Season 1] Wave 1
Anakin Skywalker (No. 1)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (No. 2)
Yoda (No. 3)
Captain Rex (No. 4)
Clone Trooper (No. 5)
General Grievous (No. 6)
Battle Droid (No. 7)
R2-D2 (No. 8)

Added: February 11, 2010
Category: Clone Wars, The [Film/Season 1]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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