Name: Airborne Commander (Mace Windu's Attack Battalion)
Type: Mini Busts
Number: Item No. 80055
Edition Size: 1250
Source: Expanded Universe (Hasbro Concept)
Availability: February 2011
License: Gentle Giant Ltd.
Mace Windu was once a dedicated diplomat, but the nature of the Clone Wars has left him little choice but to become a true Jedi warrior. The Clone Commander leads a team of clone troopers into battle to protect the Jedi Temple. He uses a series of hand signals to direct and position his battalionas they battle the invading droid army. These clone troopers follow their commander's orders and fight to protect the Jedi Temple.
Sometimes a certain clone trooper flavor can go viral. And that’s pretty much what happened with the Hasbro derived 187th Legion clone troopers who are part of Mace Windu’s Attack Battalion. This purple-colored group of clone troopers started off life in a 2006 TARGET exclusive Battle Packs set entitled Mace Windu’s Attack Battalion and it was an instant hit with collectors. It didn’t sell through at full price, but when the markdowns started happening, collectors were gobbling up more purple clone troopers than they ever expected. Three of the clones in that set looked like purple Shock Troopers while the Clone Commander was a “pre-paint” of the Airborne trooper that would be part of the first wave of the 30 (77-07) the next March (of 2007). Then in 2008 as the line turned into The Legacy Collection, Hasbro developed and Unleashed Battle Packs set of the same battalion. It was cool, but didn’t garner enough support of the 3.75” line of course. By the time 2011 came around, maker of high-end collectibles started getting into the game.
The first company to produce a truly “collectible” version of the 187th Legion was Gentle Giant Ltd.. And there are a few surprises in the packaging as well. (The bust is stellar – we’ll get to that in a moment.) Not only do they borrow the Hasbro artwork from the Unleashed Battle Packs packaging and put it on their box, but they have also nearly copied verbatim the text that appeared on the TARGET exclusive Battle Packs packaging. There is some clearly big homage paying going on here and we love it. But what about that mini bust? Well, simply put, the mini bust is a triumph as well. Originally thought to be a simple repaint of the orange Utapau Airborne Trooper released a few years back, the Airborne Commander (Mace Windu’s Attack Battalion) mini bust is anything but that. Not only does this mini bust have a better paint job, the pose is different and he is carrying a large DC-15 blaster rifle. The bust is still smaller (thanks to unexpected shrinking) than most others, but it is still the same size of the Airborne Trooper (and they look great together).
Status: This highly detailed mini bust, based on the original Lucasfilm costumes and props, was sculpted and painted by Gentle Giant Ltd. We hope you enjoy it.
Date Stamp: 2010
Retail: $54.99 USD
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