ARC Trooper Echo - TBS [L50] - Six Inch Figures

Added: May 24th 2021
Category: Black Series [Anniversary Collection], The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison

Name: ARC Trooper Echo
Collection: The Black Series [Lucasfilm 50]
Number: N/A (Target Exclusive)
Scale: 6"
Source: The Clone Wars (Season 3 Episode 2: ARC Troopers)
Availability: May 2021
License: Hasbro

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Commemorate the first 50 years of Lucasflm with figures inspired by Star Wars: The Clone Wars!

ARC Trooper Echo is yet another example of a character that doesn’t make sense to place in packaging that imitates the 2008 and 2009 The Clone Wars 3.75-inch action figure line. Yes, The Black Series [Lucasfilm 50] line encompasses many different lines looks under one banner because it’s all about commemorating the anniversary of Lucasfilm. But it’s also essential for Hasbro to keep the line looks authentic to the period at hand. We didn’t see any ARC Troopers in the toy line until The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side] lineup, which was the third phase of the entire The Clone Wars line. To place one in the “first phase” of The Clone Wars line makes no sense, and it another anachronism in the Hasbro Star Wars toy line. Why doesn’t the current team keep this type of stuff in better check? Yes, Clone Trooper Echo was part of Season 1 of The Clone Wars, but the ARC Trooper armor didn’t become part of the story until Season 3. That said, ARC Trooper Echo is nonetheless a beautiful addition to the 6-inch toy line. We only wish that Hasbro released it in different packaging and that they forwent the inclusion of The Clone Wars packaging for this figure. It should have been a general marketplace release.

Hasbro based most of ARC Trooper Echo on the new Clone Trooper tooling first used with 2020’s TBS [P4] Clone Trooper (Kamino) (TCW01) figure. Yes, there are many new parts here, but the core of the figure is based on that original tooling. ARC Trooper Echo comes with a new layer of chest armor that Hasbro fitted to the torso. It’s immovable and provides a distinct look for the character. The figure also has a new head sculpt/portrait with a beautifully applied Photo Real deco. ARC Trooper Echo doesn’t have any distinct tattoos on the face, so we get an excellent and cleanly applied paint job here. There is also a new pauldron, kama, and holster/belt combination piece to fully outfit the character for ultimate screen accuracy. The lower arms and lower legs are also newly tooled parts. ARC Troopers have a lot of extra detail on these armor sections, so we’re happy to see that Hasbro didn’t settle with existing tooling and decided to recreate textures and designs faithful to the character’s appearance in The Clone Wars television series. From head to toe, ARC Trooper Echo is barely recognizable as Clone Trooper (Kamino). Hasbro added an overwhelming amount of newness to make this figure feel “all-new,” too.

Hasbro didn’t go cheap on accessories for ARC Trooper Echo either. They included both the DC-15 blaster and DC-15 blaster rifle. The figure holds these guns alright, but we wish that the hands allowed for a tighter grasp because they fall out relatively easily, especially when carrying them with one hand instead of two. Hasbro also included two DC-17 blaster pistols. These much smaller guns are gorgeously tooled and fit into the holsters like a gun, and the figure also holds them well. ARC Trooper Echo comes with a removable helmet with a swivel rangefinder, and it fits exceptionally well: not too tight and not too loose. And Hasbro painted it beautifully and captured all of the detail and nuance of the on-screen character. The latest figures in The Black Series 6” line have incredible articulation systems. The same is true for ARC Trooper Echo, even despite all of the extra gear. ARC Trooper Echo attains an astonishing array of poses and positions and has a fantastic center of gravity to hold these poses without issue. The biggest problem with this figure will be its availability. Currently a Target exclusive, it sells out in moments and is already commanding ridiculous prices on the aftermarket.

Collector Notes

ARC Trooper Echo

Status: ARC Trooper Echo is a retool and repaint of 2020's TBS [P4] Clone Trooper (Kamino) (TCW01) figure. This time the figure comes with an all-new chest armor piece placed over the torso, new pauldron, new kama, new belt/holster combination piece, new lower arms, new lower legs, and an all-new head sculpt. The figure has been completely repainted too.

Articulation Count: 30 points (19 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), reverse ball-socket neck (1), swivel "butterfly left shoulder (1), swivel "butterfly right shoulder (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), ball-socket left hip (1), ball-socket right hip (1), swivel left thigh (1), swivel right thigh (1), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed/"rocker" left ankle (2), ball-jointed/"rocker" right ankle (2)

Accessory Count: 5

Accessory Details: DC-15 blaster, DC-15 blaster rifle, 2 DC-17 blaster pistols, removable helmet (with articulated rangefinder)

Date Stamp: N/A

Assortment Number: F2812

UPC: 5010993865178

Retail: $24.99 USD

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