CLONE TROOPER — KAMINO
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Clone Troopers were grown on the planet Kamino from the genetic template of bounty hunter Jango Fett and made into a highly-efficient military force.”
Ah, yes, the Clone Troopers. My gateway drug into having prequel stuff in my Black Series collection. Thanks a lot, clones. Over there bein’ all awesome and stuff. Why’d you have to be like that? Awww, you know I can’t stay mad at you, clones. You’re just too darn cool! Well, guess I better just buy a whole slew of new ones, right? Cool. Cool cool cool. No doubt, no doubt. Sure is convenient that there’s, like, a slew of new ones on the horizon, isn’t it?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Kamino Clone Trooper is part of the first assortment of the latest relaunch of Star Wars: The Black Series. As noted in the Rebels Hera review, these new figures ditch the numbering scheme of the prior lines, and each have a little mural, separated by their source material. The Kamino Trooper is based on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and is at launch the only figure from that set (though there’s the whole currently Walmart-exclusive Siege of Mandalor sub-set, as well as a Cad Bane that will be added for the next assortment). This clone is a show-exclusive design, seen on the Kamino security officers in the episodes “Conspiracy” and “Fugitive.” The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 27 points of articulation. The major selling point on this particular clone is that he’s the first to utilize the all-new Clone Trooper base body that Hasbro’s rolling out with this Black Series re-launch. Honestly, it’s overdue. The old clone body was great for its time, but The Black Series has improved its articulation schemes leaps and bounds in the past six years since that base’s introduction, and it was really starting to show its age. We’d already seen an update with Rex, but that was a more commander-oriented body. This one’s far more all-purpose. While it’s technically got less joints, the range on those joints is a lot better, allowing this clone to get far deeper poses. He actually can hold his rifle correctly (something the prior body struggled with), and he can get into a pretty solid crouch on one knee pose, which is something the other figure couldn’t do at all. Really just a head to toe improvement on posing. But, it’s not just the range of motion that’s impressive; the cohesiveness of the sculpt is also still preserved, and in fact improved over the original mold. The armor is cleanly recreated and looks really slick. The helmet is certainly the best Phase II helmet we’ve seen from the line as well, and there’s actually a full head up under it, although it’s unpainted and the helmet’s glued in place. Still, they’re clearly doing some future planning with that piece. The paint work on this guy is pretty strong. It’s very grey, of course, but that’s accurate. There’s a lot of markings on this particular design, and the application is all pretty sharp. I really love the shoulder pads in particular; they’re really clean, and it’s just a cool design. The Kamino Trooper is packed with both the DC-15A rifle and DC-15S blaster. Like the clone, they appear to be new molds, but it’s hard to say quite as definitively. They certainly work well, and it’s nice that he still gets both options.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I like clones, and as I’ve gotten more into my collecting of this line, I’ve grown to like the clones even more. It’s been a bit since we’ve gotten any troopers, and doing a rewatch of the show leading up to the finale certainly made me want to see more of them in the line. So, this guy was probably my most wanted out of the new line-up. As luck would have it, he was also the first I was able to get my hands on. He’s really awesome, and I look forward to getting a whole slew of other clones built on this body.
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