Legion Trooper [Version 2]
Collection: 30 (77-07)
Number: N/A (Saga Legends)
Source: Revenge Of The Sith
Availability: February 2008
These clone troopers accompany Darth Vader on a mission to destroy the Jedi. Vader and his highly trained tactical ops troopers storm the Jedi Temple and show no mercy to whomever may cross their path.
The 30 (77-07) Saga Legends line was so much more than a "greatest hits" assortment of figures. It actually gave us quite a few "new" figures and updates to ones we received previously a long time ago in a Star Wars collection far, far away. It also reissued some of the hardest to find figures as well. One of the most eagerly anticipated figures was the super-articulated 501st Legion Trooper. But he didn't get into the line easily. Actually, he was first shown during Comic Con 2005 utilizing the hyper popular 2005 ROTS Clone Trooper (III 41) mold with a beautiful and very accurate paint job. (Click HERE to see this original image.) While most collectors were drooling over this figure anticipating its release, our excitement quickly waned when we discovered that Hasbro utilized the 2005 ROTS AT-TE Tank Gunner (III 38) body sculpt instead and have given the 501st Legion Trooper a very crazy name. Even despite this setback, most of us remained steadfast and clamored for the eventual release of the super-articulated version to Hasbro. We definitely all wanted the figure as originally shown. We thought our waiting had ended with the announcement of the Saga Legends line in 2007. Hasbro set they would revisit the 501st Legion Trooper as a super-articulated figure. But we were once again disappointed when Hasbro rereleased the 2005 ROTS Tactical Ops Trooper (III 65) (Vader's Legion) again! But Hasbro heard our frustration and made good on their original promise and released the best version of the 501st Legion Trooper to date. But the figure is not without flaws.
all of you know how awesome the ROTS Clone Trooper
(III 41) figure is, the same awesomeness applies
to this figure. That isn't where the figure has issues.
Hasbro has done a pretty good job, but there are
two glaring errors with the current paint operations.
One, the blue stripe that goes up the nose to the
top of the helmet doesn't fan out as seen in the
movie stills. And the double blue striped going up
and down both legs in is a lighter blue that just
doesn't match the rest of the blue on the armor.
These distractions definitely detract from the figure's
authenticity and we hope that it will one day be
corrected. (Editor's Note: Hasbro has released
this figure twice since its debut in the TAC line
and still have not corrected these errors.) But
the figure score high marks everywhere else. There
are flecks of carbon-scoring throughout the figure's
armor and the color flashes elsewhere on the frame
are brilliantly painted. It may be hard to believe,
but we didn't get a super-articulated 501st Legion
Trooper until this TAC Saga Legends release
(which came out in 2008). Did we really wait three
years to get this essential clone trooper action
figure? It's not like we were without any 501st Legion
Troopers action figures though. Hasbro issued a few
over the years. The very first
one was three
were released in the 2005 ROTS Jedi Temple Assault Battle Packs set which was a Kmart
exclusive. The figures were great
for the time but since they utilized the 2005 ROTS
Clone Trooper (III 6) figure, they all had terrible
Status: 501st Legion Trooper [Version 2] is a rework of 2005's ROTS Clone Trooper (III 41) figure.
Articulation Count: 14 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, ball-jointed torso, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: DC-15 blaster
Date Stamp: 2005
Assortment Number: 87429/85770
Retail: $6.99 USD
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