CLONE TROOPER LIEUTENANT
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Throughout the Clone Wars, Clone Troopers fought the Battle Droids of the Separatists across the galaxy. They were loyal to their Jedi generals and the Supreme Chancellor.”
When introduced in Attack of the Clones, the Clone Troopers originally made use of varying colored stripes in order to differentiate ranks amongst the many identical guys running around during the big battle on Geonosis. Red were captains, yellow were commanders, green were sergeants, and blue were lieutenants. Of course, then the final film came along, and pretty much everything of note was done by the all-white regular clones….but it was the thought that counted, right? When The Black Series‘ first Clone Trooper body was introduced, Hasbro got to work doing the various ranks. The basic, captain, and sergeant got main-line releases, and the commander was part of a boxed set…and then? Nothing. There was a break, and the line eventually got a new clone body. But before entirely retiring the original body, Hasbro decided to throw some of the longer-term collectors a bone, and actually finish out the original set, with one last release, adding the lieutenant to the ranks after all these years. That was awfully nice of them, wasn’t it? And I bet it was super easy to get, too. Right? Yeah….
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Clone Trooper Lieutenant is officially the first figure in the Attack of the Clones sub-set of Phase IV of Star Wars: The Black Series. He was released exclusively through Walgreens, and hit retail at the tail end of last year. I mean, in theory, at least. He wasn’t really super widespread or anything. Granted, he also wasn’t quite as in demand as other Black Series exclusives at the same time, so it was a little hard to track. It probably could have been worse. The figure stands a little over 6 inches tall and he has 29 points of articulation. He’s built on that original Clone body, which I reviewed first when I looked at the Sergeant. It’s got some troubles with the articulation layout, especially on the elbows and shoulders, but it’s far from the worst thing that Hasbro put out. On top of that, it’s still a pretty nice looking sculpt, so it’s certainly got that going for it. I very much liked it when it was new, and I still do like it quite a bit, even now, when there’s technically a better option out there. The main thing that differentiates this guy from the other clones on this body is, of course, the paint. The lieutenants were blue, which is a very nice, and also very familiar look for clones. The actual shade of blue here’s not really right; the lieutenants were a lighter shade of blue, in contrast to the darker shade of blue that became more common with the 501st troopers. So, this one’s technically not quite right. Of course, the Lieutenants are largely theoretical in the films anyway, so it’s not really the end of the world there, I suppose. Just sort of odd. I do like that they changed him up ever so slightly from the others in terms of how the paint was applied, giving him a little bit more wear on his paint. He looks like he’s actually made it through a battle or two, which is cool. Like all versions of this mold, he’s packed with the two different blaster rifles.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
When this figure was unveiled, I was excited, then not. Partially, it was the reveal that he was an exclusive, and partially it was that he was on the old body. I opted not to really go hunting for him, since I’m expecting he’ll probably get updated to the new body at some point. However, when one of them came into All Time via a trade, I did find it a lot harder to say no, and ultimately didn’t. That’s how I’m reviewing him, and all. He’s not breaking molds, or doing anything new, and honestly, he’s actually a bit inaccurate, but he’s still a clone, and clones are just usually a lot of fun. This one’s really not different, there. He’s fun. And he’s blue. And that’s pretty cool.
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