Vintage Collection

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Phase II Clone Trooper

Info and Stats
Year:  
2024
MSRP:  
$59.99
Availability:  
HasbroPulse / ShopDisney
Definitive Status:  
Definitive
 
This is the only version of this item you will need.
Grade:  
9/10 Bantha Skulls
 
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Review by: Bret
Review date: 05/20/2024

We new the repaints were coming when Hasbro introduced VC269 Clone Trooper (Phase II Armor).  That figure was all white, which is probably the least interesting of all the possible versions.  We know that there was a brief moment in ROTS that captured a couple of all white Phase II Clones, but it seems that was a CGI error, and they were supposed to have the gray flashes of the 41st.  All white Phase II clones made an appearance in a flashback scene for Andor, which is the source material for VC269.  All white clones were prevalent throughout the 3 season run of The Bad Batch, as removing the distinctive unit markings was one of the first things done under rules established by the military of the new Empire.

The first repaints of this mold were included in the Phase II Clone Trooper (212th) 4-pack, and now we have this 4 pack, which includes 2 all-white clones, 1 332nd, and 1 501st. 

Hasbro had recently released VC240 501st Clone Trooper (re-carded as sourced from The Clone Wars (although it was the same figure as ROTS’s VC60 Clone Trooper (501st Legion)) and VC248 332nd Ahsoka’s Clone Trooper - both based on the hated (by me)VC45 Clone Trooper sculpt.  As a 501st collector, I was fairly excited to get another shot at the 332nd.  I had ordered 8 of them as it was a new “character”, but I was greatly annoyed with the VC45 base.  In fact, I had ordered 2 cases of VC240, but couldn’t bring myself to go through with it, and cancelled them in hopes of someday getting a new clone sculpt.  And here we are.

I’ve already reviewed this sculpt when it was VC269.  I think it’s pretty great, and to my eye, it resolves everything I hated about VC45 - except for the removable helmet.  Personally, I wasn’t bothered by the helmet allegedly being made to look more like its animated appearance, it looks realistic enough to me.  But the wonkiness of the removable feature left something to be desired.  This set solves that issue by skipping the clone head altogether, and going with the helmeted head alone.  I guess that technically makes these figures a re-tool, as the helmet as the ball and socket joint, instead of being hollow to accommodate the head.  The sculpt is MUCH better, and aesthetically this figure is an upgrade to VC269 and a huge win.

There are two problems with this set.  The first is a minor quibble, and revolves around value.  VC269 had the removable helmet.  I would have liked to see Hasbro include the clone head as a swappable option.  Also, the carded figure included a rifle and a blaster.  This set includes 4 blasters, but only 2 rifles.

The second problem is one that seems to plague these 4-pack army builder sets.  The mix of clones is questionable.  You get 1 501st, 1 332nd, and 2 white clones.  Not only is the white clone arguably the least desired Phase 2 variant, we already got the opportunity to have them from the basic collection.  Either the much more popular 501st or the unique 332nd would have been better choices to be doubled up instead of the white clone.

Many collectors were complaining about the fact that the set had a mixture of clones at all, arguing that it should have been all 501st or all 332nd, just like the 212th set that was previously released.  But I see what Hasbro was going for here.  This set is based on the clone’s appearances in the final 4-episode “Mandalore” arc from The Clone Wars.  For the record, I will write this again:  That arc is some of the best Star Wars ever.  In the climactic battle on board the doomed Star Destroyer, Tribunal, Jesse leads a mixed group of clone troopers as they prepare to confront and arrest Ahsoka and Rex.  This group of clones consists of 332nd, 501st, and plain white clones.  With the upcoming Escape from Order 66 set of droids, we’ll essentially have everything available to recreate the final scenes of the series (with the exception of the Y-Wing in 501st Blue).

I love this set.  I just wish it had a 501st instead of a white clone - but I am otherwise content with the mixture of clones.  As a 501st collector, I would love it if Hasbro would add more named characters to the team using this mold.  And I’d be tempted to buy a few cases of this regular 501st if they ever released it on a card.  I’ll keep it as a 9/10.  While the helmet is a big upgrade, the lack of value in the set pulls it back down a bit from a perfect 10/10.

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