IMPERIAL CLONE SHOCK TROOPER
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Originally founded during the Clone Wars as security police and bodyguards, the group of clones known as Shock Troopers now operate as elite forces of the Empire.”
The Shock Troopers first showed up very near the end of Revenge of the Sith, as re-decoed Clones whose red coloring served as sort of a precursor to the Imperial Guards. The similarities were taken a bit further when they were further used in Clone Wars, which established as the Coruscant-based police force, far more directly loyal to Palpatine and his cronies. Their loyalty gave them more to do during Clone Wars’ direct follow-up, The Bad Batch. Though effectively replaced within the show by the Elite Squad, they’re still present as the Empire’s initial enforcers. We got a Shock Trooper on the old style Clone body, but now we’re also getting one on the new body. Whooooo! New body!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Imperial Clone Shock Trooper is figure 7 in the Bad Batch sub-line of The Black Series Phase IV. He started as a Walmart-exclusive, but he’s set to get a slightly wider release later in the year. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 27 points of articulation. This Shock Trooper is, as noted in the intro, built on the newest of the Clone base bodies. Like, actually the whole thing. No weird combo of parts, or anything. So, I guess there’s that. It’s a good sculpt, it poses well, and it just makes for a good figure. This guy in particular is based on one of the officers, meaning he’s got the shoulder pauldron. It’s a nice piece with a lot of great texture work. It’s fixed in place on the shoulders which, if I’m honest, seems a bit short-sited, since it means he can’t just be the standard Shock Trooper. But, I suppose they might have done that on purpose, since this was an exclusive release, and it’s possible they might be saving the standard trooper as a main line release. Whatever the case, it’s at least not loose and flopping about as such pieces tend to do in these figures. The paint work on this guy is pretty straight forward, but it does what it needs to and the application is all pretty clean. It’s a striking color set-up. The Shock Trooper is packed with both long and short versions of the standard clone rifle, which makes for a decent selection of options.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Much as I like a good Clone variant, I wasn’t exactly looking to rush out to Walmart for specifically this figure. Thankfully, I didn’t have to, since we got a small stack of them traded into All Time. Boom, easy way to get one. He’s fun. Not breaking ground or anything, but fun. And sometimes, that’s all you need.
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