Hasbro Star Wars Vintage – Episode 3 Clone Trooper Review
This week, Hasbro released the ”Revenge of the Sith” wave of their Vintage line. Today, I would like to look at the Clone Trooper. I already have hordes of Clone/Storm Troopers in my collection already, but I was interested in seeing what changes, if any, have been made besides the packaging.
Before I look at this new figure I would like to review the Clone Trooper history to see how it came about. If you don’t like/want a history lesson…as a great man once said, “I have a microphone, and you don’t, so you will listen to every damn word I have to say.” Just go with it, all will be explained in the end.
1) 2005 Revenge of the Sith #6 (with quick draw action)
This proved to be an unpopular figure because of the quick draw action, the motion made it difficult for the figure to be posed. The design was dumped for the #41 figure. The helmet was kept, along with some other parts not associated with the “action.”
2) 2005 RotS #38 AT-TE Tank Gunner
The amazing thing about this figure was that it is the first Star Wars figure with Ball-jointed hips. The down side is that they dumped #6 ball-jointed shoulders and elbows for a swivel joint. The ball jointed hips were a great addition, however the upper body was just horrendous. The other perk was that this figure had a removable helmet, so you could see the clone’s face.
3) 2005 RotS #41 Super Articulation
This figure has been a mainstay of the Star Wars line, since its release in one form or another (501 trooper, shock trooper, etc.). It has been released every year for the last five years. This figure has ball-jointed head, shoulders, elbow, torso, knees, and ankles. However, it has swivel hips and wrists. The main complaints about this figure for the last five years is that it doesn’t have ball-jointed hips, and it doesn’t have a removable helmet.
4) 2008 Star Wars 30th Anniversary Commander Gree
In an attempt to please the fans, this figure was created. Every single joint on him is ball-jointed…yes including wrist and hips. He ALSO has a removable helmet. This was the first time I had ever seen a ball-jointed wrist on a 3-3/4″ figure. The problem with this figure is that he is too easily identified as Commander Gree because of the changes in the sculpt. Hasbro never had any intentions of reusing his body as a regular Clone Trooper; they claim that he costs too much to produce to meet the price point.
5) 2010 Vintage Line Clone Trooper
This now takes us to the present day and the reason for the history lesson. So here we go, the legs off of this figure are off of the RotS #38 AT-TE Tank Gunner, the arms are off of the RotS #41 Super Articulated Clone Trooper, the upper torso is off of the Attack of the Clones Clone Trooper, and the lower torso is off of Commander Gree in order to marry the different upper body and legs. The figure also has a new head sculpt, however the helmet is the same one that was created for Commander Gree.
To wrap up this review, very little is actually new on this figure (if you are looking for new parts you are paying almost $8 for a new head that you will cover with a helmet), however this is the first time all of these particular parts have been assembled in one figure.
I do have some issues with the hips, the same issue that I have had for five years, being the sculpt of the armor gets in the way of movement. This figure is worth exactly what I paid for him, however I don’t plan on replacing all my troopers with this one.