Trooper (Senate Security)
Collection: The Clone Wars
Number: N/A (Exclusive)
Source: The Clone Wars (Season 1 Episode 1: Ambush)
Availability: July 2008
The 2008 StarWarsShop.com’s San Diego Comic Con exclusive figure is very simple but quite striking. And now that we can look back over a full year’s worth of product, we as collectors may just come to the realization that some of the earliest product was the best. You may ask ‘why’ and we will certainly tell you. Since the television series is called "The Clone Wars" and it is about clones, the focus of the toy line should be well-sculpted and well decorated clone trooper figures. And Clone Trooper (Senate Security) is one of these fine examples. He has brick red color flashes on his armor which is a distinctly different color than that seen on the Commander Fox exclusive we got from TARGET. His simplistic but awesome color pattern is a fine example of how less is more. But most importantly is his absolutely incredible dirty wash that covers him from head to toe. And it isn’t overdone like the basic clone trooper. It is much more muted and realistic. Boy! How we sorely miss the few clone troopers that had this remarkable finishing touch on them. When you look at Clone Trooper (Senate Security) next to other bright white and clean clone troopers, it really makes you wish that Hasbro would cut the figure’s cost some other way. We don’t know how much longer we can handle clean clone troopers, Hasbro! Look at the marvelous work you have done. Please bring it back!
Clone Trooper (Senate Security) is a rework of the basic 2008 TCW Clone Trooper (No. 5) figure that we received in the very beginning of the line. An excellently sculpted figure, we all expected this to be the template for most upcoming clones and it is. Hasbro tends to get the pattern right from the very start when they create their model from which all other clones originate, so we are thankful that we have such great tooling for an intensely popular character. There were certainly quite a few grumbles when this exclusive was purchased by collectors. We believe that it stems from the ridiculously high price of $14.99. As of this posting, the figure is still available for $12.99 at StarWarsShop.com. A troop builder with an awesome paint job shouldn’t hang around this long, but we have all quickly learned that exclusives today become nonexclusive tomorrow. It is so easy to find other avenues to get these figures and for lower prices if we wait long enough. As a group, our attention span tends to be very short and we quickly move on to more impressive things. As a result, high priced items (including exclusives) coupled with low value ($14.99 for one figure!?) get pushed to the backburners and then the stock sits. But with anything, Hasbro will soon learn to make less and less until exclusives truly become exclusives! Unfortunately, this is the nature of the collecting beast.
The Clone Wars [Film/Season 1]
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