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By Thomas Wheeler

There's been a fair number of assorted Clone and Storm Troopers available recently in the action figure world, and I would like to take a look at four of them at this time -- an EPISODE II CLONE TROOPER, an EPISODE III CLONE TROOPER, an EPISODE III SHOCK TROOPER, and an IMPERIAL STORMTROOPER. That should pretty well cover all the bases, yes?

Let's start with the EPISODE II CLONE TROOPER.

Let's consider the origin of the Clone Troopers, for those who may not know. They were created on the planet Kamino, a mysterious world known for its cloning capabilities. The genetic source for the Clone Army was a bounty hunter named Jango Fett, who used Mandalorian armor and methods in his work. The Mandalorians had a well-deserved reputation as the fiercest warriors in the galaxy.

Fett was contacted by a Jedi Master named Sifo-Dyas. To what degree Sifo-Dyas was aware of the underlying plot behind the Clone Wars, to so destabilize the galaxy and scatter the Jedi that the Sith could take over with relative ease, I am not sure. If Sifo-Dyas' identity was ever revealed in any non-movie material, I've never encountered it. I've always tended to believe it was an additional identity for Count Dooku, sometimes known as Lord Tyrannus, but I'm simply not sure.

The Clone Army was created for the Republic, ostensibly to be used against the Droid Army being used by the Separatist forces, as initially seen in Star Wars Episode I. The Clones were bred to grow quickly, fight well and follow orders. They were outfitted in white armor, and given helmets that weren't too far removed from Jango Fett's own Mandalorian helmet, and yet the bare beginnings of the Stormtrooper design could also be seen in them.

The Clones saw their first battle in Episode II, rescuing Obi-Wan, Anakin, Padme, and a whole mess of Jedi who had found themselves outmatched in a battle against a horde of Battle Droids. At this point in time there was no hint of the Clones' eventual side-switching.

It's interesting to note that not a single actual suit of Clone Trooper armor was built for the movie. All of the Clone Troopers were entirely computer animated. George Lucas was determined to show what CGI was capable of, and frankly, he did a heck of a job. About the only thing the Clone Troopers lacked were facial expressions, but ask any computer animator what the toughest thing to do in CGI is, and getting a fully- believable human face would probably be pretty close to the top of the list.

So now we have the Episode II Clone Trooper action figure, in this Saga Legends line. Now, for entirely legitimate reasons, there have been a lot more Episode III Clones than Episode II. This is due entirely to the greater diversity of specialties, divisions, and whatever else had been implemented within the Grand Army of the Republic during the course of the Clone Wars, that has been translated into action figure form by Hasbro. I'm hardly complaining. Make a cool, well-articulated Clone Trooper, and I'll buy it.

Now, there's one particular reason I especially liked both the Episode II and III Clone Troopers from this Saga Legends assortment -- they were nice and clean. No unit markings (not that I have a problem with those), no sprayed on, washed on dirt. No battlefield scuff marks. No splats, dings, dents, chips, rips, or anything else painted, splattered, imprinted, or otherwise applied to these Clones. Just "factory fresh" Clone Troopers, nice and clean. Which is how I like my action figures.

I'll acknowledge that Star Wars can get away a little bit better with "weathering" than some action figure lines. No one expects to see, for example, a pristine-clean, showroom-fancy Millennium Falcon. But the Clone Trooper WERE seen in a "clean" mode, and that's how I believe their action figures should be. You want them weathered and scuffed? Do it yourself.

The Episode II Clone Trooper from this Saga Legends assortment is easily the most impressive version of this Clone Trooper ever. It uses the "Super-Articulated" body, which features an astounding range of movement. The other cool thing about Clone Troopers is that, when it comes to action figure construction, and unlike an awful lot of the rest of the Star Wars universe, it's possible to pretty well hide most of the articulation points in the armor design. Lot tougher to do this sort of thing with floppy Jedi robes. The figure designers must have loved the Clone Troopers for this, and certainly I do.

The Clone Trooper is poseable at the head, arms, elbows, wrists, mid- tosro near the waist, legs, knees, and ankles. Most of the articulation points have an excellent range of motion. The only area that's a little restricted are the legs, because of the armor design, but you don't really want these guys just sitting around anyway.

The paint work is very neatly done. There has been some trouble up until recently with sloppily-applied paint, and while I think a little of the black detailing on this Clone Trooper may have been done by hand, it was done by a more steady hand than I've seen at times.

One thing did surprise me. I expected this figure to have used the same basic body as the Episode III Clone Trooper from the Saga Legends assortment, which I had already purchased. I did a comparison, and although there may be some crossover of parts, they're not the same body. If nothing else, their copyright dates differ -- 2003 for the Episode II Clone, 2005 for the Episode III. There are some other differences in the fine detailing on the armor, if you don't mind giving yourself a bit of eyestrain.

This is not a complaint. Both bodies are perfectly good and very well made. There's one little detail that I would like to particularly cite. There's a little bit of red at the back end of the crest on the helmet of the Clone Trooper. I'd seen this once before on another Episode II figure, the Clone Sergeant from a while back, and I thought it was a mistake. It isn't. Apparently in the Clones in the movie, there's a little blinking LED-type light back there. Going to have to freeze-frame the movie in my DVD player someday to check that out. Certainly attention to detail.

And certainly the Episode II Clone Troopers got one of the most impressive scenes in the movie, as at the end, we see thousands of them marching in formations to board transport ships, to head off across the galaxy to fight the Clone Wars. It was an incredibly impressive scene, and the sort that you know George Lucas was thinking, "Now, if I only could've done that in the original trilogy...!"

There's some basic background information for the Clone Trooper on the package card, which I present herewith:

Character Profile:

Species: Humans grown in cloning facilities

Status: The backbone of the Republic's military forces

Weapon of Choice: Blaster Rifles (and the figure does come with a small blaster rifle)

Characteristic: Identical in form, strength, and stamina

Clone Trooper (Attack of the Clones): The Clone Troopers make their first appearance on the planet Geonosis. All the genetic engineering and training have led up to this moment, when the Clones will prove their value as an effective and relentless fighting force against the Separatists and their droid armies.

If, for whatever reason, you missed out on the Episode II Clone Troopers when they were first available, here's your chance to get the best version of them yet, as part of the 30th Anniversary Saga Legends assortment.

Now, let's consider the EPISODE III CLONE TROOPER.

If I may be allowed to expand upon on a comparison between Clone Troopers and Stormtroopers somewhat. What we have with regard to the Clone Troopers and the Stormtroopers is a weird sort of dichotomy that only movie-making could produce. Although within the Star Wars timeline itself, the Stormtroopers come after the Clone Troopers, as far as the movies being made are concerned, the Stormtroopers came first.

When the first Star Wars movie was being made, George Lucas was on a pretty limited budget. Now, I think he did a very effective job with the Stormtroopers as such -- except for that one that managed to smack his head on a doorway. But by the time of Episodes II and III, available technology had skyrocketed right along with Lucasfilm's resources. And so we got the Clone Troopers, which I regard as the superior design.

I think there is one reason that they worked as well as they did as CGI creations, as well, that as far as I know, hasn't been all that widely discussed.

You couldn't see their faces -- except for a few shots where actor Temuria Morrison's head was superimposed over a Clone Trooper body. Apart from that, they all wore helmets. And there's the key. I have to believe that the hardest thing in the world to do is an effective, believable human face in CGI, one that would blend seamlessly with real actors. CGI technology can do a lot, but I don't think it's there yet. You can put weird alien creatures into Star Wars. You can put Gollum into Lord of the Rings. You can do semi-fanciful, semi-realistic humans in Shrek. But we're not quite to the point of a truly realistic human face.

I think one of the reasons is that a fair portion of CGI uses a technique called "motion capture". This is partly why Gollum worked so well. The character was performed by an actor who was wearing a costume with certain reference points marked on it that could then be transferred to the computer character of Gollum. But a human face has no many reference points that it's nearly impossible, and I distinctly remember reading an article that said that there's no way to do motion capture (yet, anyway) on human eyes, and the inside of the mouth is pretty tricky, as well.

So the Clone Troopers can get away with blending into the Star Wars films as well as they do by virtue of not having visible eyes or mouths. And honestly, I think it worked out superbly well.

Now, let's consider a comparison between Episode II and Episode III Clone Troopers.

The most obvious difference other than helmet design is all the various Clone Trooper divisions that had come along by Episode III. The Episode II Clone Troopers mostly had limited color stripes denoting rank, assuming they weren't just plain white. There were exceptions. ARC Troopers, Pilots, various Officers, but for the most part, they were rather limited in their differences.

But by Episode III, you have Clone Trooper divisions decorated in a wide range of patterns and in every color under the rainbow. This made sense. We're talking about the Grand Army of the Republic. An army big enough to fight a multi-planetary war. There's going to be a LOT of these guys, and really, about the only way you're going to tell them apart given that they're mostly wearing the same basic armor (again, there are exceptions, such as the Troopers on Kashyyyk or the Galactic Marines), is with patterns and colors.

Certainly Hasbro took considerable advantage of this when they started making Episode III-related Clone Troopers. And they continue to do so. There have been a great many Clone Troopers representing a great many specialties and divisions, and the word from Star Wars Celebration IV is that more are in the works. That's fine with me.

But for all the Fifth Fleet Security, Clone Engineers, Utapau Clones, and everybody else, it seemed to me that something was missing, just a bit -- a good, basic, undirtied, unmarked, unspecialtied Clone Trooper. Preferably one that didn't have that "Fast Draw" action that they incorporated into some of them -- squeeze the legs and his arm shoots up to a firing position.

Well, Hasbro has finally given us one! There's a special assortment of Star Wars figures out there. Although it's on the same package design as the 30th Anniversary Star Wars figures, it's a different assortment. The figures are not numbered like the usual 30th Anniversary figures, and the assortment is called "Saga Legends". For the most part, these are figures that are previous releases, but were particularly popular, and so were somewhat hard to come by.

And certainly Clone Troopers are popular. You can never have too many Clones. I have a fair number, but I've seen pictures of some collections where fans have literally hundreds of them.

And this Clone Trooper is precisely what I wanted. No special markings. No dirt or scuff marks. No built in spring action. Tons of articulation. My wallet is going to hate me, but I am hopeful of buying quite a few of these. Don't get me wrong -- I sincerely like all of the specialized Clone Troopers. But I also like these plain guys, too.

The figure has a 2005 copyright date on it, so this isn't an entirely new figure. Then again, this particular set of molds has seen a lot of use for a lot of different Clone Trooper variants, so why shouldn't it be used for the plan white versions? It's certainly a perfectly good Clone Trooper figure.

And it definitely falls into the "Super-Articulated" category, a designation given to a growing number of Star Wars figures that have a particularly high level of articulation. Granted, nearly gone are the days when Star Wars figures could only be posed at the head, arms, and legs. But with regard to the Clone Troopers (and in fairness, the Stormtroopers), there's one notable thing about them especially -- the design of the armor allows the articulation points to be worked in such a way as to blend in well with the appearance of the figure. I won't say that the articulation points are invisible. But they are inconspicuous, which is sometimes more than can be said about a loose-robed Jedi or other non-armored figures. I'm not complaining about them. I don't expect every articulation point on my action figures to be concealed. But as long as it's something that can be worked in as effectively as this -- hey, why not?

The Clone Trooper is poseable at the head, arms, elbows, wrists, torso just above the waist, legs, knees, and ankles. About the only short point on the articulation is that the legs don't move too well. They can only move forward and backward, and not very far. This is an aspect of the design armor. But given the cool look of the figure and the high range of articulation everywhere else, it's a minor point in my opinion. Most of the other articulation points not only move forward and back, but swivel, as well.

Now, a basic Clone Trooper like this is not going to have a lot of painted detail. Thank goodness, he hasn't been scuffed up or dirtied as if he's just been through half a dozen battles. But there is some paint detailing on him, mostly some areas of black that represent the undersuit that is underneath the armor, and of course the helmet detailing. Now, I've commented before on the fact that there have been some paint problems of moderate degree on some Hasbro products in recent years, including Star Wars. To my artist's eyes, it appeared as though some of the detailing had been applied by hand, rather than sprayed through a paint stencil. And with all due respect to the factory workers in China, Rembrandt himself couldn't keep a steady hand on a mass production line like that. And sometimes, it really showed.

So imagine my surprise, and delight, when I discovered that all of the detailing on this Clone Trooper had been properly and very neatly painted through proper stencils. Yes, it showed, at least to me. I realize the average kid playing with one of these isn't going to care. I also realize that as a graphic artist, I'm going to be a lot more nit-picky about this sort of thing even more than a lot of collectors. But I could tell the difference, and I have to say that THIS is how these figures SHOULD be painted, and SHOULD HAVE been painted all along! So thank you, Hasbro, for -- whatever you did to get this corrected. I hope it lasts.

This Clone Trooper comes with a blaster rifle, and has a short profile on the back of his package. It reads as follows:

CLONE TROOPER (Revenge of the Sith)

Species: Humans created on Kamino

Status: Designed for military use

Weapon of Choice: Blaster rifles

Characteristic: Genetically engineered for combat

Equipped for all terrains and environments, the genetically engineered Clone Troopers combat the relentless droid armies of the Separatists. They are led into battle by the Jedi, who serve as Generals during the Clone Wars.

Of course we know how that worked out in the end, but I won't get into all of that right now.

So, looking to build your ranks with some good, basic, unmarked Episode III Clone Troopers? Here's what you want. Great articulation, clean and white, neatly painted and detailed.

Now, let's have a look at the SHOCK TROOPER

With the arrival of the 30th Anniversary Line of Star Wars figures, I sort of assumed we'd seen the last of Clone Troopers for the foreseeable future. Well, I'm happy to say, I was proven incorrect on this matter.

One of the things I especially liked about the Clone Troopers in Episode III was all the various color trim on them, denoting either which division within the Republic Army they were a part of, or what specialty they had -- or in some cases, both. Obi-Wan Kenobi led a group of orange- trimmed Clone Troopers into battle on Utapau. Anakin Skywalker, or more appropriately, the newly-minted but not yet armored Darth Vader, led a contingent of blue-trimmed Clone Troopers in the assault on the Jedi Temple. Hasbro, not surprisingly, has gotten a lot of mileage out of all the different color varieties and patterns of Clone Troopers, not that I'm complaining.

The Shock Troopers are Emperor Palpatine's personal branch of the Clone Trooper army. Their armor is trimmed in extensive amounts of red, and somehow, it does make them look a fair bit more sinister than most of the other divisions.

Although the armor is the same basic design as all the Clone Troopers, and is still predominantly white, there is extensive red on the shoulder pads, chest, boots, bely, and striping on the arms, legs, and helmet. It's probably a higher percentage of color trim than most Clone Troopers have, and there's something about the ornate level of the striping, especially on the helmet, that looks a little meaner than most.

There was a Shock Trooper figure available in the Revenge of the Sith line, and for the most part, it's a pretty good figure. But it has two features that, in all honesty, I could have done without. First off, the left shoulder pad was detachable. This particular set of Clone Trooper molds, which was used for several Clone Trooper figures, had a shoulder pad that could be swapped out for a replacement that had the Imperial emblem on it.

The other feature was the spring-action "quick-draw" feature. This hindered the articulation in the waist, for starters. If you squeezed the legs, the right arm would spring up in a "quick-draw" action. Although frankly, this actually worked a little too well, and more often than not, the arm shot up so far that it looked more like "taxi-hailing action".

I realize that Hasbro believes that have to incorporate these types of special features into some of their figures from time to time in order to make them more appealing to what is ultimately and inevitably the primary market for any mainstream toy line -- kids -- and maybe there's a fair amount of validity to that belief. But it doesn't really make it any less annoying to me.

So when I learned that there was a new Shock Trooper to be offered as part of the 30th Anniversary Saga Legends assortment, I crossed my fingers and hoped that it would be a good, super-articulated Clone Trooper without any built-in special features.

First, however, there was the matter of finding one. It would seem that Shock Troopers are fairly popular. I saw generous supplies of both the Episode II and Episode III Clone Troopers from this assortment well before I found the Shock Trooper. But eventually, persistence, patience, and probably a bit of blind luck paid off, and I acquired a Shock Trooper.

This is an abundantly cool figure. Thankfully, my hunch was right. Both of his shoulder pads are secured, the figure is of the "Super-Articulated" type, and there's no spring-action feature in his arms.

The Shock Trooper uses the exact same body molds as the Episode III Clone Trooper from the same assortment. There's no reason he shouldn't, really. And fortunately, it's an excellent set of molds. The figure stands well, looks good, and is abundantly poseable. One very cool thing about the Clone Trooper figures, even above other Star Wars figures with a similar range of articulation, is that the articulation points can largely be worked into the design of the armor itself, looking very inconspicuous.

I have had occasion to criticize the paint applications given to certain Hasbro products, including some Star Wars figures. Fortunately, in the case of this figure, any past problems seem to have been rectified. All trim areas, both the red trim on the armor and the black areas that highlight the "undersuit" of the Clone Trooper, have been properly painted through a good stencil mold. This is as it should be.

Some of the red trim is surprisingly intricate. There is a series of short red stripes across the "forehead" of the helmet, and more along the "jawline". There are also quite fine stripes on the upper arms of the Shock Trooper. These have all been very neatly done, and Hasbro is to be commended for it.

The figure has a superb level of articulation, as one would expect him too, and is poseable at the head, arms, elbows, wrists, mid-torso near the waist, legs, knees, and ankles. Some of these articulation points feature a swivel movement as well as usual back and forth. Sometimes I wish I could travel back in time to 1978 or thereabouts, when Star Wars figures were first coming out, with their limited detail and five points of movement, and show the company one of these and say, "Here's what you'll be making in less than 30 years" -- just to see the look on their faces...

The Shock Trooper comes with a short blaster rifle, much as most Clone Troopers do. I'd love to see some statistic on how many of these blaster rifles Hasbro has turned out. It would probably match the armaments production of a couple of small, nasty countries -- combined.

The Shock Trooper, like most Episode III Clone Troopers, comes with a small antennae that snaps into a slot on the back. This honestly doesn't stay put quite as well as one might like, but it's nothing a little Glue Stic can't remedy rather well.

There's a character profile on the back of the Shock Trooper package, which reads as follows:

Species: Manufactured Clones

Status: Specialized Security Troopers

Weapon of Choice: Blaster Rifle

Characteristic: Led by Commander Thire

Shock Trooper: Shock Troopers are elite members of the Clone Army. Under Palpatine's new regime, they are assigned as escorts and bodyguards to the Emperor.

Your guess is as good as mine if they eventually develop into the red-robed Imperial Guards we see in Return of the Jedi. Commander Thire, by the way, was available as a figure, as part of the special Target two- packs a while back. He came packaged with a Palpatine figure.

This Shock Trooper is an abundantly cool figure, and personally, I consider him an improvement over the first one, due largely to the lack of the spring-action feature. If you think you already have a Shock Trooper in your collection -- well, maybe you do, but you really need to consider adding this one to your collection, as well.

Finally, let's have a look at the IMPERIAL STORMTROOPER

I like Clone Troopers better than Stormtroopers. The helmet design is more dynamic, the uniform armor seems a bit more detailed, and I like all of the trim color variations. But, in fairness to Stormtroopers, while they may have come later in the Star Wars timeline, they came a whole lot earlier in the movies, and I doubt that George Lucas had either the inclination or the budget necessary to paint a wide variety of divisional color schemes on the Stormtrooper armor.

Still, I do sort of wonder at what point all of the various Clone Trooper divisions became Stormtroopers, and what they thought of it when it happened. Maybe Dark Horse Comics will cover this at some point.

Anyway, there's a Stormtrooper figure that's part of the new 30th Anniversary line, and it's a very cool figure. As an "army-builder", doubtless he'll be a little hard to find, especially since he's just a standard carded figure. A few years ago, there was a Stormtrooper figure that was part of the first assortment of "Vintage Original Trilogy Collection" figures, the more expensive ones on the retro packaging and sealed in a plastic bubble, and he was darn near impossible to find. I have little doubt that Star Wars fans will be snapping up this latest Stormtrooper at their earliest and possibly most frequent opportunities.

What can be said about the Stormtroopers? They are the army of the Empire, the enforcers of the Emperor's will on a thousand worlds and more, and no doubt they number in the millions. Certainly the massive assemblages of Clone Troopers that we saw, especially in that last scene in Attack of the Clones, is only a fraction of the number of Stormtroopers that ultimately served the Empire during its reign. Unfortunately, special effects being what they were at the time, we never saw more than a handful of them here and there, except for a matte painting when the Emperor arrived on the second Death Star in Return of the Jedi. Even if George Lucas could have afforded to have built that many suits of Stormtrooper armor, there wouldn't've been enough extras in all of Hollywood to stuff into them for the needed scenes of that sort of epic scope. CGI has done wonders for making armies in motion pictures, I'll say that much for it.

The average Stormtrooper is dressed in a black body suit, which is covered by white segmented armor and a helmet that seems to have a "face" that has a perpetual scowl. It's not quite skull-like, but it's close. The armor, with the exception of Sandtroopers, perhaps, is also generally kept neat as a pin. That, I can appreciate.

Stormtroopers also seem to be notoriously lousy shots -- the clone banks must've gotten watered down over the years -- and a few of them have a penchant for being clumsy, like the one who cracked his head on the rising door on the Death Star when they rushed into a room to capture our heroes. Of course, it's also been stated that Stormtrooper helmets are notorious for poor visibility.

Certainly there have been Stormtrooper figures over the years. It was one of the first ones released back in 1977. This, of course, amounted to a lump of white plastic that could turn its head and move its arms and legs, and it had a little painted detail on the helmet and not much else. The Stormtrooper was also one of the first ones to return in 1995. This figure amounted to a bulked-up, somewhat preposed lump of white plastic that could turn its head and move its arms and legs, and it had a little painted detail on the helmet and not much else.

Fortunately, Stormtrooper figures have gotten a lot better since then. I was of the opinion that this was a brand-new Stormtrooper figure, but this is apparently not quite the case. His copyright date reads 2005, so at least parts of him have turned up before. Certainly, this Stormtrooper qualifies for the "Super-Articulated" category. The figure moves at the head, arms, elbows, wrists, mid-torso, legs, knees, and ankles, with a fair amount of swivel motion at some points as well as the usual back-and-forth. About the only debatable point on the articulation is the mid-torso, which seems a little loose, but this could simply have been the particular figure that I picked up, and not symptomatic of all the Stormtroopers out there. Such is the nature of mass production. It happens. If I find and can afford another of these Stormtroopers, I may pick one up and find out for myself. And it's not so loose that it's worth complaining about, anyway. The arms at the shoulders are a tad looser than I'd like, but they hold a pose. They're not floppy or anything, and again, this could just be this Stormtrooper, or possibly the age of the molds. It's not major.

The figure does have some apparent hand-painted detailing, mostly the visible areas of the black "undersuit". While this is a practice I despise and which I thought, based on more recent action figures I have acquired from this and a few other lines, had largely been eliminated, in fairness, if most of the parts of this figure go back to 2005, then paint stencils for it might not even exist. Furthermore, not ALL of the black trim is done like this, and those areas that are, are mostly done quite neatly.

The Stormtrooper's belt does have a holster for the blaster rifle he comes with, but getting the blaster into this holster is not a thing easily accomplished. I recommend either posing the Stormtrooper holding the blaster, or putting the blaster into a Ziploc bag with the package card for safekeeping.

There is one new feature about this Stormtrooper, regardless of whether the rest of the body has seen previous use -- the helmet is removable, and has the Jango/Clone head underneath. But it's not the usual Jango/ Clone head. It's surrounded by a black headpiece that only shows the face. The face is very neatly painted, but it also has a couple of scars on it -- one over the right eye, and a couple on the left cheek. How these happened, I don't know..

It is interesting that the Stormtrooper has the Jango/Clone head. It's been more or less established that by the time of Episodes IV-VI, the Stormtrooper army consisted of Clones, not only from Jango Fett, the original contributor to the program, but also Clones from other able specimens, and non-Clone recruits/draftees from various worlds. The Empire's idea of diversity, I suppose. Obviously, this is a bit of "retcon" continuity, since when the Original Trilogy first was produced, the Clone Wars received one mention and that was about it. There was no reason to even consider that the Stormtroopers were clones of any sort. But it's a cool connection.

And, I should mention, the helmet is a very nice piece of work. Having more detail on it than any other area of the Stormtrooper armor, especially painted detail, it's worth stating that the painted detail on the helmet is extremely well done. The helmet fits well and stays put well, and the black uniform neck of the Jango head keeps the Jango head from being visible when the helmet is in place, which is as it should be.

The profile on the Stormtrooper on the package card reads as follows

Species: Cloned humans genetically engineered for combat

Status: Descendants of the Clone Troopers that fought during the Clone Wars

Weapons of Choice: Blaster Rifle, Blaster Pistol

Characteristic: Completely indoctrinated to believe in the Emperor's new order.

The Empire's elite shock troops, Stormtroopers are unswervingly loyal to the Empire and serve without fear or hesitation. Their indoctrination and training are key to upholding the Emperor's bidding and maintaining his control of the galaxy.

"Descendants" of the Clone Troopers? I wonder if that phrase should be taken biologically or technologically. Are the Stormtroopers clones of clones? That's an interesting thought. You know how if you run a copy of a copy of a copy through a copier machine, the quality keeps getting worse? Might explain the Stormtroopers' occasional marksmanship problems...

Anyway, this is still an extremely cool Stormtrooper figure. Maybe he's not "brand new", but he is part of the current collection as of this writing, and he's certainly nicely detailed and very well articulated. Buy one! Buy several! This STORMTROOPER from the Star Wars 30th Anniversary Collection definitely has my highest recommendation, as do all of the CLONE TROOPERS! So, build your armies, take over the galaxy!