Name: Clone Trooper
Collection: The Saga Collection
Number: SAGA 026
Source: Revenge Of The Sith
Availability: February 2006
As the droid armies decend upon Utapau, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Commander Cody lead a team of clone troopers into battle. Their mission is to protect Obi-Wan and help capture General Grievous at all costs. These troopers fight bravely for Jedi Master Kenobi until their allegiances change after the execution of Order Sixty-Six.
By the time Revenge Of The Sith was released in theaters, collectors really didn’t have much of a choice for any of the movie specific Clone Troopers that actually appeared in the film for their action figure collections. Aside from the plain white clone troopers, it took quite a while before getting some of the more exciting color-flashed clones. In fact, we all had to wait almost a full year before the widely seen Utapau Clone Trooper made it into the basic figure line. Thankfully, Hasbro totally made the long wait worth it because they developed a wonderful super-articulated version of the 212th Attack Battalion clones with a stunning paint job (even if that orange is a little too “neon” looking. Thanks to the world famous super-articulated clone trooper body, we already had a superb base figure from which this and many other clones came. Hasbro utilized the ultra popular 2005 ROTS Clone Trooper (III 41) figure to make the Clone Trooper (SAGA 026) figure. To date, there has yet to be a better made clone trooper body. But to state that this action figure is without flaws or errors would not be accurate because it does have a few minor issues. For example, the belt has been assembled upside down. It unfortunately cannot be fixed without cutting it off of the figure. We are astounded that this is a problem and don’t know why Hasbro cannot fix this longstanding issue. Keep in mind however that the [Utapau] Clone Trooper is a figure that has been developed so well in every other light that it’s easy to forgive its few mistakes. That doesn’t mean we wouldn’t have minded seeing corrections made, but this figure is so enjoyable despite this.
This action figure has been wonderfully decorated. It’s essentially deco free on the dorsal side of the figure, but the lack of battle-damage on its back is more than made up for on the front. This [Utapau] Clone Trooper is loaded with carbon scoring markings. Instead of random brush strokes, Hasbro seems to have used a new technology. If you look at these markings closely, you’ll notice a dot matrix like application or pattern. It’s quite reminiscent of how photos in newspapers look. Whatever the method, it looks amazing and we think it’s one of the best ways to translate dirt, grime and battle-damage onto an action figure. One thing that we wish Hasbro didn’t do to this figure was package it in a running or action pose. If you’re a carded collector you probably won’t care, but the figure became slightly out of shape thanks to its aggressive pose. Thankfully, those of us who removed it from the packaging have witnessed it return to its original shape slowly over time. Those darn hip joints just don’t like to be moved on this figure, do they? This is hardly a setback because this figure just looks (and feels) wonderful and we’re so happy Hasbro created it with such love. If you have an affinity for the 212th Attack Battalion, look no further than this figure. It’s the best. (Editor’s Note: Hasbro released the Clone Trooper (212th Battalion) (VC38) in The Vintage Collection with the 2010 TVC Clone Trooper (VC15) body. It just isn’t the same. The added articulation isn’t as functional as it should be and the too-large helmet and clean paint job make the TVC figure inferior.)
Status: Clone Trooper is a rework of 2005's ROTS Clone Trooper (III 41) figure. This figure is named "Utapau Clone Trooper" on the included display stand.
Articulation Count: 23 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), swivel left wrist (1), swivel right wrist (1), 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: 2
Accessory Details: DC-15 blaster, communications antenna
Date Stamp: 2005
Assortment Number: 85943/85770
Retail: $5.99 USD
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