Clone Trooper (Clone Wars Animated Series)
Hasbro
Released January, 2004
Reviewed by Adam Pawlus
Photography by Michael Sullenger
Reviewed on March 12, 2004

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We now look at what may be the last of these toys we'll have to review with the Clone Trooper. I'm glad to say that in the case of these reviews, last is definitely not least.

This figure is packaged with a blaster rifle and a base.

Sculpt/Articulation/Gimmicks/Paint

While it doesn't look exactly like the character on the show, it does look quite striking and it's good to see Hasbro put what seems to have been a fair amount of thought into its design.


He looks like a cross between the Clone Troopers seen in the movie and a jogger. He has a decent range of motion, most notably a ball joint on the nicely sculpted helmet.



There's a lot of detail painted on the figure that not all clones have painted on, especially ini the helmet. The bold, dark strokes really stand out against the white, but at the same time the outlines on the package art weren't all translated to the action figure. The design is a good one, and it holds to the original artwork seen on the cartoon. There's also a ball joint on the neck, and this is the only animated figure to have such a point of articulation.

Like the other animated figures, the articulation of the Clone is fairly limited. He has a joint at the neck as well as the usual joints at the waist and shoulders, this time with the joint placed below the belt. There really isn't much this guy can do aside from standing and looking menacing, as he has no ability to aim his weapon. You can get a few good poses out of him, though, and it might be worth your while to buy two for your display needs.

Unlike every Clone by Hasbro thus far, this one seems like it was painted in white. The texture and feel is very different from other Clones, and it's nice to see Hasbro try something new to make it stand out from the ranks.

Accessories

This set includes a weapon and a base.

This is one of the neatest animated toy weapons I've ever seen. The sculpt is so striking and the proportions so right that it's really hard to fault it. If LEGO were to make weapons for their figures a little bit nicer, odds are this is how they might look. It's fantastic, sturdy, and doesn't seem like it will sag. Nice job, Hasbro!

The base is typical for this series with a big logo from the films and a smaller Clone Wars logo beneath it. While it would be nice to see a second color added to the base to bring out the detail, odds are it's best to leave it as is so the paint doesn't come off on the figure's feet. These bases are quite nice, and it would be nice to see Hasbro adopt movie logo bases for the regular Saga line.

I should note that on my sample, the base was crushed. The package was perfect, but there are scrapes and a break on the stand. As I never saw or heard of this happening elsewhere, it was most likely a fluke... but if you can see inside the package, check for breakage.

Packaging

Hasbro came up with something new that brings in elements of the old.


The artwork on the front of the package are both excellent and show a nice amount of detail. In a way, it's unfortunate there aren't large posters with these drawings on them, because they really are quite striking. Based on the same templates as the first assortment, these remain some of the nicest packages Hasbro has produced for Star Wars toys in the line's entire lifespan. So, once again, it's a good job.

All in all, this package is everything it needed to be, and then some.

Availability

Target exclusive. The Clone and Yoda are the favorites, so you'll probably need to do a little bit of looking.

Fin

For the money, it may seem a little thin, but it's a nice figure. The design is smooth, the lines are great, and the colors are striking. The paint on the belt, the ball joint in the head, and a number of little things come together to make this a solid action figure that's worth your $6.99 at Target. If you've passed on the cartoon guys so far, though, you can probably stand to pass this one up as well as it isn't especially special. For fans of the series, though, make this the first or second purchase you make, and run out and get one if you've been putting it off.

Our sample was obtained from a Phoenix area Target in February 2004.









 
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