Name: Republic Clone Lieutenant (Phase I Armor)
Collection: Militaries Of Star Wars
Number: Item #100017
Edition Size: 1000 (2010 San Diego Comic Con Exclusive)
Scale: 1:6 Scale Figures
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: July 2010
License: Sideshow Collectibles
The blue color flashes on a phase I clone trooper denotes rank of lieutenant. And probably no other clone trooper screams “exclusive” more than the clone trooper lieutenant. It first received its exclusive status as one of the most controversial exclusives of all time, the Gentle Giant Ltd.. Clone Trooper lieutenant mini bust. Gentle Giant again used this clone trooper in another exclusive and different format as the classics bust Premier Guild Member exclusive of 2008. It is in that same spirit (almost) that Sideshow Collectibles proudly releases their 12” Republic Clone Lieutenant San Diego Comic Con exclusive figure. While collectors can certainly expect pretty much every flavor of clone trooper to come out from Sideshow so that they maximize their tooling costs in the Militaries Of Star Wars line, this SDCC exclusive brings quite a bit new to the table and it may just introduce the new take Hasbro is going to take with their clone trooper figures. The Republic Clone Lieutenant is quite a few steps above the previously released generic Republic Clone Trooper (Phase I Armor) so there more to be impressed with the exclusive lieutenant. But Sideshow Collectibles have clearly shown a new and improved commitment to their 12” figures and we can’t help but become more excited with what the line will bring us. The quality of the line is reaching all new levels and while the possibility exists that you may be a little bit bored with all the clone troopers at this point, you can expect to see something updated with each release.
If you own the generic white Episode II clone trooper from Sideshow, you know that he is pretty clean. Sideshow Collectibles went the completely opposite way for the lieutenant and dirtied him up from head to toe. The dirt collects in all the right places and the overall presentation of the figure leaves the viewer with the confirmation that this character has seen some action in the various battles of the Clone Wars. Full of streaks, scratches and splatters of earthy Geonosian terrain, the Republic Clone Lieutenant is one of the best decorated 12” action figures Sideshow has ever produced. And this is saying a lot because up to this point we thought that both the Republic Clone Trooper (212th Attack Battalion: Utapau) and Imperial Shock Trooper were Sideshow’s finest work to date. It is our unadulterated opinion that this Episode II clone trooper steals the show. The blue color flashes may be the slightest too dark, there are expertly painted on the figure and the lines are straight and even and clean, almost too perfect for human hands. The final results are extremely impressive! This precision continues down the figures arms and the paint job is free from any bleeding or uneven lines. We are quite curious how Sideshow has upped their quality control here but it has certainly paid off in this situation.
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