Clone Trooper (Super Articulated)
Released May 2005
Reviewed by Adam Pawlus
Photography by Michael Sullenger
Reviewed on May 27, 2005
There was a time when "super articulated" meant something. It still does, but with 14 points of articulation, this new super-posable Clone Trooper from Revenge of the Sith doesn't offer anything in the way of joints beyond what you likely have already. The sculpt is nice and the dirt deco's a plus... but does it break any new ground? No.
Not to be confused with the Quick-Draw Clone Trooper, this figure has a removable antenna for his back and the smaller Clone Trooper blaster, and that's it.
For a figure with a new sculpt, and a trooper at that, it's hard to imagine a new release being dull-- yet here it is. It's not that it's bad, it's just that it's already been done fairly well.
If this were the only Revenge of the Sith Clone Trooper mold, I'd have no complaints-- heck, it's an improvement over the other basic Clones. The first quick-draw one had beefy shoulders and a mechanism to get in the way, and the Target one is just the Clone Wars/Entertainment Earth mold with a new head and deco. This one has the same articulation as the latter, but with a crisper sculpt and seems to be made of a higher quality plastic. The helmet is very nearly identical across the board.
There's not a lot to say about the helmet beyond the standard "it looks right" and an added "hey, dirt" comment. It's good, I expect no less from Hasbro in this scale and it's nice to see they can still churn out a quality trooper helmet.
The figure seems to be just a smidge better overall than the quick-draw Clone, mainly because his shoulders have been toned down and the removable shoulder guard is now part of the arm. There realy isn't anywhere else on the sculpt to make big changes, and on the whole, none were made. There's a new hole in the back for the accessory, but beyond that? Solid Clone Trooper goodness.
With 14 points of articulation, there aren't many places left to give this guy a joint short of doubling up on the knees or elbows like Toy Biz is so fond of doing. Deco is more or less great, with the black and grey being fairly clean-- and the dirt as well. Most of the dirt can be looked at and identified as scuffs or dirt, but there's a tiny row of dirty dots right where the rank markings were from the AOTC Clones, and damned if it isn't distracting. Hasbro has had some excellent luck replicating smudges and blast marks, so here, this is not their best work-- most of it is good, but some of these look like little brown scribbles. A clean repaint or variant dirt would be nice to see down the road.
It's a little light in this department.
The gun is the same that has been in circulation since the 2002 Clone Pilot, but the antenna gear for his back is brand new. Seeing as how other figures got stands or second guns, it's kinda crappy and more items would be nice-- honestly, the larger rifle should have been in here. Still, the figure interacts with his accessories properly, and this is the most important thing.
New for 2005: the flaming head of Darth Vader.
This is a very ornate package. Despite being somewhat generic across the line, there are numerous layers at work here-- there are two cardboard inserts in the front, a plastic tray, and stickers all over to make this really stand out. The end result is a busy, flaming design you just can't ignore. It isn't as gee-whiz or gosh-golly cool as the packaging used for the Original Trilogy Collection but it looks like the most expensive cardback Hasbro has done to date and the new egglike bubble is a huge departure from the previous two decades and change of product from Kenner and Hasbro. The bubble is much like that of the G.I. Joe figures (two- and three-packs) from 2003-2005 in that the bubble wraps the card, hugging it, where it is taped in the back. This allows you to remove a figure a little more easily, although the folks at Hasbro secured it in more places so you'll probably rip most of these getting the figures out.
These started to unfurl the week before Revenge of the Sith hit theaters and they come and go with the wind. There may be a variant in the works but Hasbro wasn't exactly sure which Clone molds would be getting the variant deco treatment at C3, so we'll wait and see!
Can Hasbro really do any wrong when they produce a new Clone Trooper? The end result is a good figure that doesn't miss the mark, but things like a holster for the gun-- or the second, larger gun-- would be nice additions. You should buy one or two, but if you can't army build this mold you'll be OK-- there's plenty of the still very good Quick Draw Clone to be had! Overall, it's good, and while I'll probably snag two or three more if I see them, I'll most likely continue to build my armies with the other mold since it's easier to get.
Our review sample was obtained from Entertainment Earth on May 18, 2005.