Denal is part of a mission to destroy a Separatist listening post. He and the team use rocket packs to reach the post. The clone trooper battles deadly droids and, although injured, helps Captain Rex reach the reactors and plant thermal detonators.
Trooper Denal is a member of the 501st Legion's
Torrent Company. Other than noticing blue detail
on his armor, there is not much more that would
allude to the fact that he is part of this battalion.
And while his "tear" marks on his helmet
is unique and a nice design, it doesn't do that
much to make him an impressively painted action
figure. He looks a little plain and plain is
never good for a clone trooper. Denal was part
of a storyline where R3-S6 (Goldie) was a spy astromech
and also the same storyline that birthed the
release of the Ambush
On The Vulture's Claw Battle Packs set.
In The Clone Wars, Denal served under
Captain Rex and was part of a mission to conquer
Skytop Station and remove the Separatist control
from it. There he also was part of a secondary
mission to rescue Anakin Skywalker's astromech, R2-D2. Unfortunately, R2 was captured and detained
by Gha Nachkt. Nachkt has plans to give R2 to
General Grievous but those plans were thwarted
when Denal and company stepped up to the plate
to defend their mission. It was quite an exciting
episode of The Clone Wars and Denal
became a favorite clone trooper very quickly
to both kids and fans. And for good cause, he
was an immediately likeable clone.
Trooper Denal is faithfully colored and decorated
from his appearance in the television series,
but his pure white and clean armor has a significant
diminishable affect on the overall quality of
the figure. We are tired of complaining about
it just as much as you probably are reading about
it, but we don't know why this sacrifice is made
on all the militaries of Star Wars action figures.
We have noticed that Hasbro can rectify this
issue a bit if they were to include black lines
in the crevices of the armor (sort of like all
the cool lines on the 2007 TAC Concept Stormtrooper
(30 09) figure). Little outlines and enhancements
like these would surely add a whole new level
of authenticity to these clone trooper figures.
If you can get beyond his [very] simple deco,
he is not that terrible of a figure. Once Denal's
helmet is removed, he has a fairly common standard
clone trooper head. There aren't any specific
markings on his head or unique hairstyle to set
him apart from the rest of the clones. He comes
with a removable jetpack that has a spot where
a projectile missile can be inserted and fired.
A rather harmless action gimmick, we'll let all
the spring-loaded guns and backpacks go in lieu
of Hasbro not adding them to the figures themselves.
There is certainly nothing worse than a terrible
action feature on a great action figure.
Trooper Denal is a culmination of multiple parts.
For the most part he is 2008's TCW [B] Clone Trooper (No. 5) figure with a retooled torso (for the jetpack
inclusion), as well as the head of 2008's TCW [B] Clone Commander Cody (No. 10) figure. Hasbro has re-colored the parts quite well
and they look new all over again. Hasbro hasn't
brought anything new to the table with Denal,
but he is still a great figure nonetheless. To
date, we haven't received that many 501st clone
trooper figures in The Clone Wars line,
and it appears as if Hasbro intends to change
this. What we do hope for is that Clone Trooper
Denal makes a return appearance in the television
show. It seems he has a lot of character and
personality to continuing bringing to the series
and one episode just isn't enough. But since
both the show and Hasbro are capable of delivering
a new clone trooper every week, we likely will
not see secondary clone troopers that frequently.
Clones rarely get boring, and Denal has the potential
of not being that boring, but of course the finished
product that is this action figure has a way
to go before it should be considered perfect.
And Hasbro should start at the way this figure
was painted. We are really beginning to wonder
what it will take for Hasbro to give us a little
bit more art on our figures, if anything at all.
Clone Trooper Denal
Status: Clone Trooper Denal is a kit-bashed/retooled figure that utilizes the limbs and waist of 2008's TCW Clone Trooper (No. 5) figure, the head of 2008's TCW Clone Commander Cody (No. 10) figure and a new torso with a hole in the back to accept the included jetpack.
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: DC-15 blaster, removable helmet, jetpack, missile projectile, missile plug
Date Stamp: 2008
Assortment Number: 91266/87638
Retail: $7.99 USD
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