The most prominent and notorious Clone Trooper unit gets an update in plastic in the new and improved 2011 body. He's super-articulated, nicely-decoed and you can generalize this as a repaint of the Movie Heroes Class I BARC Speeder with Clone Trooper and you would be correct. But then there's a slight issue with the helmet.
Appearance: Revenge Of The Sith
Includes: Removable Helmet, DC-15A Blaster Rifle, DC15-S Blaster
Released: April 2012
Cardback: Celebrate the legendary Star Wars saga that changed the universe forever! This collection brings to life the incredible story of good versus evil that captured our imagination and took us to a galaxy far, far away. Iconic Star Wars heroes and villains are captured with incredible detail and premium features to commemorate each epic tale in the Star Wars saga. May the Force be with you! [IMAGE BANK PHOTOS]
SCULPT/PAINT: The new 2011 sculpt is hands down the best body Hasbro needs to produce on a go forward basis for Clones. It's super-articulated with great proportionality and serves this figure well. But the helmet, like the BARC Speeder Clone, fits and looks a smidge too big. It doesn't look bad, but breaks that proportionality just a little. It's still an upgrade to any previous 501st Clone Trooper figure with the old SA body, but there's a slight missing of the mark from perfect.
The 501st blue markings are fairly accurate and feature some weathering and worn details. The head sculpt hasn't changed with the generic, clean-shaven , and let's face it, banal Clone head that Hasbro needs to try to switch up once in awhile like they have magnificently with Captain Fordo.
ARTICULATION: The new 501st Clone features 14 point points of super articulation, including ball jointed torso and hips as well as a bend and swivel wrist. There are no complaints on this body unless you're a troop builder on a budget, which most of us are on. It's highly unlikely this figure, as popular as the 501st is, will be lingering around come clearance time, so let's manage expectations and downgrade our hopes to squad building.
ACCESSORIES: The blaster and blaster rifle doesn't have the nice silver deco detailing seen with the VC45 Clone Trooper, but it meets the requirements in terms of weaponry. The slight flaw with the helmet, while it will bug some, won't dissuade most. Hopefully, Hasbro corrects this for future releases.
CARDBACK: The photo on the card features the 501st in action during the "Knight Fall". The overall vintage inspired presentation is gorgeous. Since this figure was slated for release last year, the card back features the 2011 style featuring the 501st Clone Trooper's first appearance on an ROTS card. The lineup below features the rest of Wave 4 and the recirculated Wedge Antilles.
TOPPING THINGS OFF: Despite the helmet, this figure is pretty awesome and is an upgrade to any 501st figure you may have. The 2011 body is superb, and hopefully Hasbro corrects the helmet's proportions and fit for future releases that's worthy of the rest of the sculpt. And while they're at it, they can also change up the generic head to surprise us a little. This will be tough army building with the current 1 per case ratio, and you can bet you're not the only one buying multiples, and that includes guys walking in full Stormtrooper armor at your neighborhood Walmart, but he's worth picking up if you find him.
RATING: WANTED (4 out of 5 Bounty Points)