Name: Clone Trooper 501st Legion
Collection: The Clone Wars
Number: N/A (Exclusive)
Source: The Clone Wars (Film)
Availability: August 2008
Wait a minute. Is this a 501st Legion Clone Trooper or an animated version of the Episode II clone trooper lieutenant? While The Clone Wars line is introducing some very cool new characters and awesome new clone troopers, it becomes a little confusing when an established character gets renamed into something it really isn’t. That being said, this Clone Trooper (Lieutenant) lookalike is one awesome action figure and to be technical, The Clone Wars 501st Clone Trooper is different in that it doesn’t have the blue stripe on its “forehead”. Of course neither did some of Hasbro’s versions of the clone trooper officers, but we digress. Released at a time when TARGET was being themed as the store to get all of the red colored clone troopers, Walmart focused on the blue ones. One of the best painted clone troopers in recent memory, we have never come across a clone where some many samples in the wild looked fantastic (as a group) as far as even lines and careful execution in the paint applications.
Clone Trooper 501st Legion is such a simple action figure but he already ranks high on our lists as one of our favorite action figures simply because of his incredible simplicity. And since we like to consider him an animated version of the Episode II lieutenant, well, that just makes him extra special. A brilliantly clean version of The Clone Wars Clone Trooper (No. 5) action figure, this mold has been used for quite a few other figures as well including the 2008 San Diego Comic Con exclusive Clone Trooper (Senate Security) figure. It’s a great mold thanks to super-articulation as well as nice and even proportions in the body. The joints all move extremely well and there really isn’t much to complain about at all, aside from lack of a great dirty paint job, as far as this figure is concerned. A very easy army-builder, we expect this to be a popular figure among kids and collectors alike. Inundated with ball-jointed points of articulation, this figure will absolutely help you accomplish your positioning goals in your dioramas. He has a great center of gravity which allows him to hold large and heavy guns with great ease too.
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