CLONE TROOPER — PHASE I
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Clone Troopers were so symbolic of the times, the galaxy-wide conflict that saw their debut took its name from their ranks: The Clone Wars.”
Oh, boy! More Clone Troopers! My favorite! Like, actually, genuinely. I’m not being sarcastic. I just want to make sure that’s clear, because, very frequently on this site, when I open a review that way, I’m not tending to be terribly genuine with my words. But I am this time. For real! …So, yeah. Let’s review this Clone Trooper figure that I’m genuinely very happy to have, and I’ll try not to be any more suspicious and weird about it, yeah?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Phase I Clone Trooper is part of the second Phase IV assortment of Star Wars: The Black Series. I know, that’s a lot of phases, huh? He’s the second figure in the Attack of the Clones sub-set, following up on the Walgreens-exclusive Clone Lieutenant. I have a sneaking suspicion it’s going to wind up having a fair number of clones for this particular sub-line. Despite the fact that he’s a direct follow-up to the Lieutenant, and logic would dictate that the two of them would be identical from a sculpting standpoint, they are, in fact, completely different figures. While the Lieutenant was a re-use of the original Clone mold (which I reviewed as the Clone Sergeant), this one is built on the all-new Clone Trooper tooling introduced in the first Phase IV assortment with the Kamino Clone. Why they didn’t just hold off and do the Lieutenant on the new body is anyone’s guess, but I’m just focusing on this guy, not dissecting the insanity that is Hasbro’s production choices. This figure stands 6 inches tall and he has 27 points of articulation. Apart from a new helmet, he’s the same sculpt as the Kamino Clone, which is fine by me. I was a big fan of that mold, with its improved range of motion, and its much sharper sculpting. I look forward to buying as many times as Hasbro sees fit to re-use it, because I’m a sucker for a decent Clone Trooper. The new helmet is what makes this guy a proper Phase I Clone, and it’s a really nice piece. I quite like it. Like the Phase II helmet, it’s been placed atop an unpainted clone head, no doubt future proofing for when they branch into the named clones from Clone Wars. In terms of paint, this guy’s a touch more basic than the Kamino release, being a standard Shiny. Those were the ones we saw the most of, especially in AotC, so it makes sense to start here. It’s a good, clean look, but keeps all of the proper accent work. He’s packed with the he DC-15A rifle and DC-15S blasters, same as the Kamino release. I do like that we actually get them both, since the Stormtroopers are down to just one weapon each.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
After thoroughly enjoying the Kamino Trooper, I’ve been clamoring to get some more figures on this mold, and was very definitely interested in seeing some Phase I guys. The Lieutenant through me for a bit of a loop, but then they showed this guy off, and I was back in. This was probably my most wanted figure out of this assortment, even though there’s not technically a lot new going on. It’s just a really strong base to start with, and I’m very excited by the prospect of getting all manner of ranks and individualized clones as we move forward. In the mean time, this guy really tides me over.
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