These clone troopers accompany Darth Vader on a mission to destroy the Jedi. Vader and his highly trained tactical ops troopers storm the Jedi Temple and show no mercy to whomever may cross their path.
The 30 (77-07) Saga Legends line was so much more
than a "greatest hits" assortment of figures.
It actually gave us quite a few "new" figures
and updates to ones we received previously a long
time ago in a Star Wars collection far, far away.
It also reissued some of the hardest to find figures
as well. One of the most eagerly anticipated figures
was the super-articulated 501st Legion Trooper. But
he didn't get into the line easily. Actually, he
was first shown during Comic Con 2005 utilizing the
hyper popular 2005 ROTS Clone Trooper (III 41) mold
with a beautiful and very accurate paint job. (Click HERE to
see this original image.) While most collectors were
drooling over this figure anticipating its release,
our excitement quickly waned when we discovered
that Hasbro utilized the 2005 ROTS AT-TE Tank Gunner
(III 38) body sculpt instead and have given the 501st
Legion Trooper a very crazy name. Even despite this setback,
most of us remained steadfast and clamored for the
eventual release of the super-articulated version
to Hasbro. We definitely all wanted the figure as
originally shown. We thought our
waiting had ended with the announcement of the Saga
Legends line in 2007. Hasbro set they would revisit
the 501st Legion Trooper as a super-articulated figure.
But we were once again disappointed when Hasbro rereleased
the 2005 ROTS Tactical Ops Trooper (III 65) (Vader's Legion)
again! But Hasbro heard our frustration and made
good on their original promise and released the best
version of the 501st Legion Trooper to date. But
the figure is not without flaws.
all of you know how awesome the ROTS Clone Trooper
(III 41) figure is, the same awesomeness applies
to this figure. That isn't where the figure has issues.
Hasbro has done a pretty good job, but there are
two glaring errors with the current paint operations.
One, the blue stripe that goes up the nose to the
top of the helmet doesn't fan out as seen in the
movie stills. And the double blue striped going up
and down both legs in is a lighter blue that just
doesn't match the rest of the blue on the armor.
These distractions definitely detract from the figure's
authenticity and we hope that it will one day be
corrected. (Editor's Note: Hasbro has released
this figure twice since its debut in the TAC line
and still have not corrected these errors.) But
the figure scores high marks everywhere else. There
are flecks of carbon-scoring throughout the figure's
armor and the color flashes elsewhere on the frame
are brilliantly painted. It may be hard to believe,
but we didn't get a super-articulated 501st Legion
Trooper until this TAC Saga Legends release
(which came out in 2008). Did we really wait three
years to get this essential clone trooper action
figure? It's not like we were without any 501st Legion
Troopers action figures though. Hasbro issued a few
over the years. The very first
one was three
were released in the 2005 ROTS Jedi Temple Assault Battle Packs set which was a Kmart
exclusive. The figures were great
for the time but since they utilized the 2005 ROTS
Clone Trooper (III 6) figure, they all had terrible
version of the 501st Legion Trooper is a long overdue
figure in the line but will clearly remain a key
candidate for release in whatever Saga Legends or
"greatest hits" line Hasbro chooses to continue with
to keep their gems at retail as frequently as possible.
A corrected paint application would be sublime. Note:
If you take the head from the 2006 TSC Commander
Appo (SAGA 064) figure and place it on this figure,
you will almost have a perfect 501st Legion Trooper
if you are OK with the different color leg stripes.
"Why don't you just use the Commander Appo body in
full" you ask? Well, you technically can, but Appo's
chest stripe doesn't go all the way up his chest
and there s a white space in between where the color
stops and the head begins. The flaws we have pointed
out are easy to overlook and no matter what we pick
at we will be the first ones to admit what an awesome
figure this is and that we have bought an armies
worth for our collections. Rather than just fix the
paint application, we would love to see the 501st
Legion Trooper revisited using a retooled and repainted
version of the 2008 TAC Commander
Gree (08 03) figure.
That figure has incredible ball-jointed hips and
we think that clone troopers serve collectors best
by having this type of hip articulation. While we
wait and see if this ever happens, we know that the
501st is a fan favorite flavor of clone trooper and
we will continue to pass on our comments to Hasbro
that we need an enhanced version of the action figure
before we can call it "definitive". (Special
thanks to Dan Curto for his unwaivering
efforts and prodding to Hasbro that helped ensure
that this figure saw the light of day for collectors.)
501st Legion Trooper [Version 2]
Status: 501st Legion Trooper [Version 2] is a rework of 2005's ROTS Clone Trooper (III 41) figure.
Articulation Count: 23 points (14 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-socket neck (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 elbow (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: 1
Accessory Details: DC-15 blaster
Date Stamp: 2005
Assortment Number: 87429/85770
Retail: $6.99 USD
Market Value: Click here to check the latest prices based on listings.