Collection: The Clone Wars [Season 2]
Source: The Clone Wars (Season 1 Episode 5: Rookies)
Availability: July 2009
After Echo's first battle with commando droids, Captain Rex marks the trooper's armor with the blood of a vicious creature that had attacked them; the bloody handprint is Rex's way of recognizing Echo's transition from a "shiny" to a seasoned warrior.
The Clone Wars TV series will continue to initiate a plethora of new clone trooper action figures by Hasbro. And while clone troopers are a sure sell for them, we fear that this is something that is becoming very repetitious and mundane. If Hasbro can find new ways to bring life into a clone that barely differs from a standard clone trooper, then we welcome new offerings. Echo is certainly a clone trooper that is "beyond" the simple white clones and he played a very endearing role in the television show. Despite his uniqueness, unfortunately, he is another example of the dropped "dirt" application that further guaranteed the uniqueness of clones. But since Hasbro will be moving forward with the dropping this figure-specific battle-damage and dirt finishing detail, the clones are becoming nearly identical (no pun intended) to each other. (But at least Echo has his handprint.) Their variety and individuality is becoming devastatingly blurred. Clone Trooper Echo attempts to stand out from the rest, but a revised helmet and handprint on his breast just isn't enough to make him completely standout from the rest. But we will take this over another white clone. As a clone trooper that is overloaded with accessories, we still feel that less weapons and a better final paint job betters suits a figure than lots of weapons and a clean armored body. You will hear us utter these words time and again. It is such a travesty that the deco budget has been terminated. It was one of the most marvelous things Hasbro has ever done for our figures and we sorely miss it.
We are growing tired of us complaining about this ourselves, but enough is enough. We plead with you Hasbro, please do anything you can to bring back the dirt and battle-damage. Clone Trooper Echo (also known as CT-26-1409) still is a cool figure however and he played a great part in the television series. He survived a very troubling battle with droid commandos that made him a medaled hero and honorary member of the 501st Legion. Despite being a clone trooper that won't significantly stand out from the rest of the generic ones, he is no doubt unique in his own way. We know that clones are clones for a reason but it seems that he is just missing that extra detail that would make him more unique. That's not to say this is a bad thing, but he really doesn't bring anything new to the table. The worn handprint pattern on his chest is painted excellently on his chest armor. And it is actually amazing how well Hasbro replicated the weathered characteristics the handprint has. See, if they can do this so well, why not include some black slashes to replicate carbon scoring or something else? At the same time, the handprint is the only thing that shows signs of wear. And when the rest of his body is pure and undamaged, it makes for a confusing and awkward detail that was included on a relatively generic figure. We don't mean to disparage the figure, but something is just missing on him. He could have been a stand out figure. We aren't knocking the sculpt and we're not knocking the articulation. We just wanted more from the deco.
Status: Clone Trooper Echo is a retool of 2009's TCW Commander Gree (CW09) figure. This time the figure comes with an all-new head, a retooled belt and a new helmet.
Articulation Count: 25 points (14 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), ball-jointed left wrist (2), ball-jointed right wrist (2), ball-jointed torso (2), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)
Accessory Count: 5
Accessory Details: removable helmet (with removable and swivel macrobinoculars), DC-15 blaster, rocket launcher, rocket projectile
Date Stamp: 2008
Assortment Number: 91232/87638
Retail: $7.99 USD
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