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The Vintage Collection

Clone Trooper - TVC - Basic (VC45)

Name: Clone Trooper
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: VC45
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: March 2011
License: Hasbro

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The Vintage Collection Clone Trooper (VC45) is being lauded by many as the best Episode II (phase I) Clone Trooper action figure to date. We’re not so sure if we can join this parade. Never have we been pulled in both directions so viciously than with this action figure. On paper it’s excellent, but in practicality it is a figure that should have excited us instead of leaving us scratching our heads. But it is just not inspiring the same elation or joy that so many others are feeling. First and foremost, it is definitely a pretty great sculpt. But it lacks in things that are very hard to pinpoint. We all know the purpose of Hasbro revisiting figures is to make all-new versions that are the best and most compete, but the new Clone Trooper is so distinct in his appearance that he won’t fit in with the rest of your Episode II clone trooper action figures (that you likely have 100s of at this point) and seems more of a misfit than a leader in your collection. You may still however see the benefits of ball-jointed hips outweighing the negativity of lack of uniformity, but we are not so sure how well this ball-jointed hip articulation works. We don’t think it worked well on the 2010 TVC Clone Trooper (VC15) and we don’t think it works so well here. That being said, Clone Trooper (VC45) should still make a lot of people happy, so don’t take our point of view to heart. We don’t honestly don’t know if we’re just having trouble letting go of the older sculpt or just resistant to (better) change. Part of the problem is that we’re conspiracy theorists and we think Hasbro was inspired by the clone troopers in The Clone Wars television show when making this figure instead of their appearance in Attack Of The Clones. The Clone Trooper (VC45) action figure actually looks like a realistically styled version of the animated Clone Trooper. (Are we making sense?)

As we have mentioned, fans are raving about this figure. It is certainly getting more acclaim than we have ever expected, so that’s a good thing. And if we did deep soul searching, we’d have to admit that Hasbro made advancements to this version of the clone trooper that really makes it special. When the 2003 CW Clone Trooper (Army of the Republic) ('03 #50) figure was released, it shattered records. And interestingly, it was one of only a handful of figures that we never found at retail. It was so popular that Hasbro made four distinct four-figure boxed sets using this sculpt for the Entertainment Earth exclusives in 2005. Thankfully, it has since become commonplace in the basic figure line and a shoo-in for any Saga Legends collection. (It has been available as a basic figure every year since 2007.) That is now likely to change with the release of this figure and while we don’t expect top see this figure relegated to Saga Legends next week, it likely has retired the 2003 sculpt going forward. We still love the 2003 Clone Trooper. But when compared to the new The Vintage Collection version, we realize how truly chunky it looks. But this may be a direct result of how extraordinarily thin the 2011 figure looks. While the figure is thinner, the helmet is not. And the helmet is extremely reminiscent of what we see in The Clone Wars television show. This is bittersweet for us. You may be able to separate this from your own enjoyment of the figure. The armor is not as shiny as it could be and it still only has simple black paint to designate the body suit underneath the pristine white armor. The included accessories may be the biggest and most positive surprise here. Hasbro has given the DC-15 rifle and the DC-15 blaster silver details they haven’t had before until now. They look absolutely fantastic and we hope Hasbro doesn’t stop this enhancement ever. (You’ll want all your previously purchased clone troopers to have these guns now.)

The removable helmet is a nice touch. The Clone Trooper has a smaller (and very well-designed head we might add) that fits perfectly under it. And despite the slightly bizarre shape of the helmet, we are proud of Hasbro for not making the helmet look too big when he is wearing it. The 14 points of articulation should excite many and Hasbro did a great job of hiding the ball-joints in the hips which makes this gravy. But we struggled to position the hips in a natural state. Sure, they easily move and will allow your figure to attain any pose, but we just don’t think it looks flawless. Again, others disagree with us. The inclusion of ball-jointed wrists is actually a dream come true and allows for more versatility than you may expect. Conversely, we find that the new ball-jointed shoulders are an encumbered mess. Hasbro tried to improve the aesthetics of the shoulder joints by putting a solid piece of armor over the joint to hide the lines it creates. Well, as a result, the arms can really just move up, down and around, not at all out from his body. It feels like you’re about to break the arms off if you try to go outside of this motion. This is a shame and of course frustrating. For every positive forward step made, there seems to be one negative one to bring you back again. Perhaps the biggest error with this figure is the packaging. Hasbro sources the first issue of the Clone Trooper to the 2002 SW Clone Trooper ('02 #17) figure (which is actually a Clone Trooper Captain). But the interesting thing is that Hasbro used a mock-up to a proposed running change that never made it out to the public. (Thanks to Dan Curto, Adam Pawlus and Jayson Krebsbach for the clarification on this confusing image.) The actual first issue of the Episode II all-white clone trooper is 2002’s POTJ Clone Trooper (Attack Of The Clones Sneak Preview) figure. Will Hasbro ever get these sourcing issues under control? We’re at a loss for a final opinion of this figure. We’ll leave that big decision up to you.

Collector Notes

Clone Trooper

Status: Clone Trooper is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 14 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders (inhibited movement), 2 ball-jointed elbows, ball-jointed waist, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles, 2 ball-jointed wrists, 2 ball-jointed hips

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: clone trooper helmet, DC-15 blaster, DC-15 rifle

Date Stamp: 2011

Assortment Number: 28437/97568

UPC: 653569622185

Retail: $8.99 USD

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Clone Trooper

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Added: March 14, 2011
Category: Vintage Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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