Name: Coruscant Guard (The Clone Wars)
Number: Item No. 11548
Edition Size: 800 (2009 Forbidden Planet Exclusive)
Source: The Clone Wars
Availability: February 2009
License: Gentle Giant Ltd.
Clone trooper security forces on Coruscant led by Commander Fox. The Coruscant Guard was made up of the most elite clone troopers in the Republic, and it was their duty to protect the Supreme Chancellor and the members of the Galactic Senate. Among the many heroics of Commander Fox and the Guard was a thwarted kidnapping attempt on a distinguished Republic Senator by a deadly Trandoshan bounty hunter.
Throughout the course of Gentle Giant’s impressive line of mini busts and maquettes, their choices for exclusives have been quiet perplexing. We aren’t trying to imply that they are bad choices, but we wonder why they (as well as other licensees) think certain characters constitute exclusive status. Gentle Giant decided to delegate Forbidden Planet with the The Clone Wars Coruscant Guard Maquette. If you have the plain white Clone Trooper Maquette, there isn’t too much new brought to the table with this piece, but the burgundy details that accent the white armor on this piece bring something special to this character. The figure is streamlined and angular and is a perfect three dimensional rendering to the clone we see in The Clone Wars film and television series. It is a perfectly copied form from animated series and all of the proportions are intact. The angle of his rifle is in a perfect position and doesn’t block the collectors’ view so all of the defining markings which point him as an elite member of the Coruscant Guard battalion can be seen.
There is a surprising amount of imperfections on the Coruscant Guard. We believe many are intentional, but the maquette has lots of wear and streaking which give it a lived-in look. As a result, you’ll see many areas in the nooks and crannies which have a gray color over the white armor. And while this looks pretty cool, unfortunately, we have noticed in many places that the burgundy red color is uneven and sloppy. This is especially true along the rim of the helmet. It’s very distracting. We understand that these pieces are hand painted, but our sample was definitely painted by someone who appears to have been in a rush. The insignia in the center of the chest looks pretty good and it’s remarkable how much personality it adds to this clone trooper. You may think that this piece is a simple repaint of the all-white Clone Trooper maquette, but that isn’t the case. The arms are different and they are holding different weapons. (We actually applaud Gentle Giant Ltd. for making these two clones so distinct from each other!)
Status: The galaxy-spanning adventure of the epic Star Wars saga continues in THE CLONE WARS. Set between Attack Of The Clones and Revenge Of The Sith, the epic struggle between good and evil continues during the galaxy's most devastating conflict – the Clone Wars.
Join Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Jedi Master Yoda on the front lines of an action-packed struggle between the noble Jedi and the evil Sith, as the fate of the Star Wars universe rests in their hands.
Exclusivity: 2009 Forbidden Planet Exclusive
Date Stamp: 2009
Retail: $79.99 USD
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