Sunday, June 26

No two Clone Troopers look alike – not in this box - more 1/12th Star Wars figures from Bandai….

 To add to their 1/12th Star Wars injection moulded figure kits comes the pictures of Bandai’s new 1/12th scale “Clone Trooper.” This release has two helmet choices to show the soldiers for two movies of the second trilogy – we have the key points and images so take a look at this new kit in our preview…

The new Clone Troopers from Bandai in July…

1/12th scale kit from Bandai. This will be a bit of a quandary for some people as they cannot decide the one they want to depict. These two helmets will depict the first two phases of Clonetrooper's uniforms - looks like some people will get two so they don't need to choose...

We saw these figures in May at the Shizuoka model show - they looked pretty good!
For those who came in late a little on these clone troopers…

Clone troopers were highly-trained soldiers in the Grand Army of the Republic, the armed forces of the Galactic Republic. Bred from the genetic template of the bounty hunter Jango Fett, clone troopers represented the latest evolution in galactic warfare at the time, largely due to their superiority over battle droids.

Their formal introduction as the Republic's new military force coincided with the outbreak of a galaxy-wide civil war; various members of the Republic attempted to secede from the galactic government in order to form the breakaway state known as the Confederacy of Independent Systems. The ensuing conflict — the Clone Wars — gained its name from the clones who made their debut in the first full-scale war since the formation of the Republic.

For three years, clone troopers served under the leadership of the Jedi as they defended the Republic against the Separatist forces. Although the clones repeatedly demonstrated their loyalty to the Jedi and the Republic, often by sacrificing their lives in the Clone Wars, they were in fact the secret weapon of the Sith—an order of dark side practitioners that conspired to take over the galaxy. In spite of their efforts to save the Republic, the clone troopers ultimately played an integral part in the annihilation of the Jedi Order and the rise of the Sith-controlled Galactic Empire.

There are three types of armour in the Phase 1 Clone trooper - Phase 2 Clone Trooper - Phase 3 Stormtrooper

The Clones armour is the thick white suit that all or the majority of Clone Troopers and Stormtroopers wear. It helps protect them in combat, as well as in dangerous environments.
 The actual armour made from thick metal, while the under armour is made of a thick latex material, which appears to be thin. Stormtrooper Armor was often nicknamed "plastic junk" or "scrap metal" from the Rebel Soldiers and numerous bounty hunters during the Galactic Civil War Era.

The clone troopers who served the Republic became known as Imperial Stormtroopers, enforcing the rule of Emperor Palpatine during the early years of the New Order. As a result of their accelerated ageing process, the clones were ultimately decommissioned and replaced by these recruits (phase three of the armour) several years before the Battle of Yavin.

Clone Trooper 
BANDAI models
1/12 scale
June 25, 2016
Expected Price: 2592 yen

Moulded in black and white plastic, these new fully articulated figures have all the parts in common to make the phase one Stormtroopers or the second phase soldiers from the Grand Army of the Republic.
 Model features:
Three types of weapon for this trooper including their holster is included. The DC-15 rifle & the rifle & DC-15 Blaster
Six different hands support a variety of poses, one of holding a weapon, two with a flat palm. A right fist and the left-hand pointing are included and can be swapped out if you like.
The display base for the trooper to be based on is included
This kit will be available from Bandai’s distributors We hope you don’t have to have to jump thru hoops to get their Bandai Star Wars kits – we are sure you will find a way!
PS - Battle droids in the same scale are coming this way also...