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Kotobukiya's Clone Trooper Painted Kit Preview

By Jacques Duquette - images & text © 2003

Scale: 1/7 - 31cm/ 12¼" tall when assembled
Parts: 6 pre-painted soft vinyl plus base
Instructions: Should be adequate no matter what.
Decals: N/A
Molding Quality: 10
Detail: 10 - Excellent detail, crisp features
Accuracy: Looks like the images on the big screen and in the books.
MSRP: 7800 JPY (~$66.24 USD/$90.25 CAN/ 56.76 EUR) available from HobbyLink Japan (In the States it's going for ~$120.00)
Overall Rating: 10 - but is it really a model or a some- assembly-required statue/art piece?

[Pretty fly for a white guy]

[Click to enlarge]

^ Head and shoulders

Image: Torso/legs

Image: Left arm

Background: See Star Wars Movies. The Clone Troopers are perfected clones of Jango Fett, trained as soldiers and have accelerated age. They first appear in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones™ as the troops of the Republic. They are the precursor to the famous Imperial Storm Troopers of the Empire. Not sure if there aim is any better or worse...

The model/statue is expensive, but big. Considering that a resin version of this would run around twice as much in $ means that it is a good deal to begin with. Next, it is prepainted...(I know, and on a figure that would be easy to flesh) It is not just white and black, but has had several runs for shading and it looks like a wash lightly run over it. In the box it looks VERY impressive - and of a character I liked from the start in the movie.

The only gripe, if any, about the figure is the whole thing has a semi-gloss coating to it, even the "body-glove" underneath the armor. Technically, it should be flat.

This thing looks far better than the Hasbro Toy, which seemed to have a Giraffe neck and stretched helmet, like it had melted. It has 6 parts to "snap fit". Head, torso, lower half, each arm, and the right hand molded with the longer assault rifle (cool). It also has a grey nondiscript base to put the figure on.

There is also a Commander version of this figure, in the same pose but painted with the yellow lines of command.

I'm not sure if I will open mine for now,which is OK comes in a sturdy box that has seperate "viewports" on the top and right side to allow light in, for better viewing. It's like they knew some of us may not want to take it out of the box.

Conclusion: Well worth the money.

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