Name: 41st Elite Corps Clone Trooper (Coruscant)
Collection: Militaries Of Star Wars
Number: Item #21611
Edition Size: 650 (Exclusive) 2500 (Regular)
Scale: 1:6 Scale Figures
Source: Revenge Of The Sith
Availability: August 2010
License: Sideshow Collectibles
Sideshow has done it again. They have made the next 12" clone trooper better than the last. And it is better because of the fine attention to detail they've paid to the CG images of the clones seen in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith. While it is easy to claim that one clone is basically identical to the next except for some color differences in an egregiously incorrect claim. And as the 41st Elite Corps Clone Trooper (Coruscant) character shows us in the film, this clone is certainly different in appearance than both the Imperial Shock Trooper and Republic Clone Trooper (212th Attack Battalion: Utapau) that we are all a little bit more familiar with in the film. Sideshow not only paid attention to the new details of this clone, but they have also improved technique on some of the deco common to all of the phase II clone troopers. All of the Episode III clone troopers released to date from Sideshow Collectibles have dull visors on the helmet. They have give the 41st Elite Corps Clone Trooper (Coruscant) a shiny gloss on his visor and it is a detail that is significantly improved. Not only has this paint job been upgraded, the armored body has clearly gone through a few more revisions itself as the joints are the tightest yet on this clone trooper. This is extremely important for a 12" figure because trying to pose them unassisted with loose joints is maddening. There are no worries of this here because this clone trooper may just be the perfected specimen we have all been hoping for since the Militaries Of Star Wars line was announced. One detail we would have wished to seen applied was the inclusion of the new fabric (and not vinyl) body glove that was utilized on the Republic Clone Lieutenant figure. Hasbro used the same body glove that has been used on all the other clone troopers to date, but perhaps they did this to keep them all uniform.
We don't hide our passion at all, but the 41st Elite Corps clone troopers (the Coruscant gray colored clone troopers) are our absolute favorite clone troopers in Episode III. Not flashy in the least, they have a very subtle design on their armor and they possess an elusive confidence that the other clones don't have. If you have the 2008 TLC Clone Trooper (Coruscant Landing Platform) (BD 17) from Hasbro, you are probably already very familiar with the patterns on this figure. But what we didn't realize until playing with the 12" figure is that these clones do not have even or equal-sized gray squares on their forearms and chest armor. They are actually "notches" or "stick men" symbols that must represent their success in battle or something quite similar. It gives this squadron of clones a whole new attitude as far as we're concerned. Sideshow Collectibles gave this figure a knock-it-out-of-the-park amazingly perfect paint job. From the multicolored wear and tear marks to the aged and scraped styling of the battle-damage of the gray paint, this figure's paint job is a work of art itself. The figure comes with an extra pair of hands and both the DC-15 blaster pistol and DC-15 blaster rifle (which receives its own unique paint job for the first time too with this figure). The exclusive is still the chronically boring squadron-specific figure stand that is cats in a white plastic. We are really over this exclusive "accessory" at this point and we hope that Sideshow Collectibles abandons them to give us some extraordinarily cool "real" accessories. (Editor's Note: Even the recently announced 12" Commander Cody exclusive's accessory is a "commander-specific" figure display stand.) This figure is quite an accomplishment for Sideshow Collectibles. They have clearly perfected art to new degrees and are proving to collectors that it is their intention to make the most impressive affordable figures with an exceptional level of quality. The 41st Elite Corps Clone Trooper (Coruscant) in the textbook definition of this.
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