Trooper (41st Elite Corps)
Collection: The Clone Wars
Number: No. 26
Source: The Clone Wars (Season 1 Episode 8: Bombad Jedi)
Availability: April 2009
The clone troopers in the 41st Elite Corps are led by Clone Commander Gree and Jedi General Yoda. The troopers are equipped with specialized gear for combat on jungle worlds such as Rodia, one of the planets to which this unit is assigned during the Clone Wars.
The 41st Elite Corps Clone Trooper is honestly nothing too special. It's a figure that boldly claims "I am what I am and nothing more." And while it is very cool to troop build him, this one just isn't as exciting as some of the other clone troopers we have received in the past, perhaps due to the fact that he looks like a clone flavor style that we have seen hundreds of times since 2002. We just got an "orange" version of this mold in the previous The Clone Wars wave as the Clone Trooper (212th Attack Battalion). So Hasbro is obviously making quick and good use of this figure to make the biggest dollar the fastest. Although the 212th and 41st clone troopers are two figures from identical molds, they actually both differ from the plain white Clone Trooper that was released first. Instead of simply repainting the solid white (or dirty) Clone Trooper, this 41st flavor utilizes that first figure's body but now includes a new and unique helmet. At first glance, the 41st Clone Trooper looks nearly identical to a Clone Trooper Sergeant save for a different shade of green, and the line that goes from the fin straight down the face is broken by white space (as seen on the erred 2006 TSC Clone Trooper Sergeant SAGA 060 figure). The figure is definitely what it is, a clone trooper, and other than that, you won't find much else new about him. As one of Gree's finest, he likely will be popular with collectors, but he may have the propensity to become a peg warmer after all. (Editor’s Note: This figure looks amazing next to the now available TCW Commander Gree (CW09) action figure.)
Since The Clone Wars has been focusing on the earliest events from the onset of the war, we are getting clone troopers in the phase I armor, and correctly so. (These are also more commonly know as Attack Of The Clones style clone troopers.) To be frank, it is very nice to see what the army of Commander Gree looked like prior to their appearance in Revenge Of The Sith. Yes it is a simple clone trooper design and the color flashes are not too spectacular, but the 41st Elite Corps still ranks high in our books as some of the coolest military members of the Star Wars universe. We are also huge Gree fans, so our opinions may be jaded when we see any clone "green colored". The Clone Trooper (41st Elite Corps) figure comes with his standard DC-15 blaster and a large heavy blaster rifle which shoots a projectile that was definitely designed to make the kiddies happy. Collectors lose interest quickly in action features but the features on weapons are much more tolerable that on the figures themselves, so we count our blessings that Hasbro left the figure alone. We will just deal with the ridiculously large weapons. Hasbro has confirmed that they have eliminated the "dirty" applications on clone trooper figures going forward for cost reasons, but it is our opinion that the figures are starting to suffer. And this clone trooper is a prime example. Since he is mostly white, he looks much too clean to be fighting in battles. We personally would like an occasional dirty wash on the clone troopers instead of large blaster cannons or what have you as this would create diversity in the characters based from the very "clone-centric" television series. Not every figure needs dirt and battle damage, but not every figure should be clean either. The pristine and clean look gives the impression that the clone troopers have just barely stuck their pinky toes in the pool of war, rather than have fought many a battle (which they indeed have). We hope Hasbro can find away to add this beautiful finishing touch to the clone troopers again.
Status: Clone Trooper (41st Elite Corps) is a rework of 2009's TCW Clone Trooper (212th Attack Battalion) (No. 19).
Articulation Count: 14 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 ball-jointed wrists, ball-jointed torso, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 3
Accessory Details: DC-15 blaster, chain gun, projectile
Date Stamp: 2008
Assortment Number: 87959/87638
Retail: $7.99 USD
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