Name: 501st Legion Clone Trooper
Collection: Militaries Of Star Wars
Number: Item #21621
Edition Size: 750 (Exclusive) 5000 (Regular)
Scale: 1:6 Scale Figures
Source: Revenge Of The Sith
Availability: September 2010
License: Sideshow Collectibles
Is there a better symbol for Order 66 or even better yet, the newly created Galactic Empire, than the 501st Legion Trooper? We’d safely venture to say not as the group of clones that make up Vader’s Fist is pretty much the consummate representation of the newly reorganized evil dictatorship. Some may feel that the Imperial Shock Trooper may be more closely related to this symbolic status, but the actions of the 501st Legion are certainly much more etched in the minds of Star Wars fans. Let's not forget they heartlessly murdered younglings along with Darth Vader. And they do have the direct link to Darth Vader which really helps most of all. Sideshow has released to date no less than four unique clone troopers from Episode III and they include all the main ones placed in the various scenes of the film. For all intents and purposes, they all have the same armor, but we’re not taking Sideshow off of the hook until we get the others. We still need the 91st Recon Corps Clone Trooper (the Saleucami clones), the plain white Clone Trooper (Coruscant) and the 327th Star Corps Clone Trooper (the Felucia clones) before we can wrap up all of the cool clones from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith and call it a day. And yes, we personally want them all and as soon as possible. Sideshow Collectibles has stolen the show with providing collectors with affordable (“affordable” is of course in the eye of the beholder) quality figures that are expertly crafted to be faithful beyond expectations. And they know how to give the armored characters we see in the films the most incredible paint jobs we have ever seen. We know Commander Cody is the first clone commander on tap and we really can’t wait to see how they go about developing the others. Simply put, we really want Sideshow to beat out all of the clone troopers from the prequels and then if the spirit moves them, start attacking so clones from the Expanded Universe. The 501 Legion Clone Trooper is right on par. This is the level of craftsmanship we expect from Sideshow and they have carried forward some of the enhancements they gave the Republic Clone Lieutenant to this figure as well. He has a few minor issues that we noticed, but overall, this is a 12” figure you may just want to army build should you have the fluid income to do so.
The most noticeable thing about this figure is the incredible art aspect it possesses. They have also once again delivered a stellar product for our collections that has a paint job of a lifetime. If you own the Imperial Shock Trooper, 41st Elite Corps Clone Trooper (Coruscant) or the Republic Clone Trooper (212th Attack Battalion: Utapau) then you really know what to expect with this figure. However, Sideshow decided to go with the improved “soft-goods” fabric body suit with real ribbing instead of the vinyl body suit with painted-on pinstripes. The results are extremely fascinating and the only thing that bothers us is that he doesn’t “match” the other three Episode III clones thanks to his enhancements. But progress must trump uniformity at some point and it starts with the 501st Legion Trooper. The figure is covered in hash marks from the various battles he has seen and the blue color flashes on his armor look simply splendid. The insignia on the chest is perfectly matched to the onscreen look and the blue doubled parallel lines running up his legs could have been placed with better precision. It is our opinion that the blue that fans up from the center of his helmet to the top is too thin in the “nose” section. We would have preferred to see stronger or thicker line here. It has some effect on the aesthetic but not enough to make the determination as strongly as it’s not accurate. Also, the prototype of this figure had a much dirtier paint job. While we really loved its extra dirtiness, we think a slightly cleaner 501st Legion Clone Trooper was the way to go. The extra hands, blaster pistol and rifle and other details are just amazing as usual and complete the figure very nicely. It’s hard to believe that Sideshow’s first San Diego Comic Con exclusive (in 2006) was Darth Vader (Sith Apprentice) (the Anakin Skywalker version of Darth Vader) and here are over four years later and have his army to finally join him. Needless to say, they look fantastic posed next to each other. Sideshow Collectibles certainly allowed some anticipation to build up in us for this figure as they released the other clone troopers first, but it has certainly been worth the wait.
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