Sideshow Collectibles Star Wars Sixth Scale Figure - Clone Sergeant
We find it astounding how a simple change in color and a more complex application of battle-damage markings can make something completely new and fresh (and totally awesome). We’re talking in particular about the Clone Sergeant (Phase I Armor) from Sideshow Collectibles’ prolific Militaries Of Star Wars sub-line. This group of glorious one-sixth scaled figures has been dancing in the limelight for quite some time now and it doesn’t seem as if an end is near. We don’t mind. Sideshow has developed the absolute best clone trooper body and armor of all licensees to date and the accuracy in the shapes of the helmets and colors they choose is spectacular and just bring the figures to life. The Clone Sergeant is really just a repaint of the 12” Republic Clone Trooper (Phase I Armor) figure but they make it unique thanks to the green color flashes and battle-damage and carbon-scoring marks. And because we are “out of control completists” we want to see the rest of them get realized in this scale. When Sideshow Collectibles has the opportunity to repaint any of their established sculpts, it saves on tooling budgets so that they can bring us totally new figures down the road. With the “unofficial announcements” of the bounty hunters coming, we know the need to “reuse” sculpts is very pressing because we all want those characters from The Empire Strikes Back. In order to do that however, they need to double dip. So for now, a new clone trooper from Attack Of The Clones will more than do.
This isn’t the first time we’ve received a clone trooper officer. The first was the Republic Clone Lieutenant (Phase I Armor) that was a 2010 San Diego Comic Con exclusive. (It totally rocked.) And it was this figure that created the frenzy for us to want all four officers as soon as humanly possible in 12” form. (Hey Sideshow! You better keep in mind that we still need the captain and commander!) Interestingly, the lieutenant and the sergeant a have typically been exclusives with other licensees. It seems that Sideshow intended to break the format here as the sergeant is a non-exclusive release. What’s even more notable than this is that their affiliate Medicom Toy has produced both the Clone Trooper Captain and the Clone Trooper Commander as exclusives. We technically have all four clone trooper officers between the two vendors. But again, we won’t see them as all completed until Sideshow Collectibles makes the captain (red) and commander (yellow) in their own line. The Clone Sergeant (Phase I Armor) is wonderfully done. The armor is the standard "eggshell" color (off white) that they have used time and again and it looks amazing on the clones. Sideshow has found the absolute perfect match for the green used to mark the color flashes long the outer edges of the arms and the perimeter of the visor and the stripe running vertically along the top of the helmet. And then it’s just gravy to see what they’ve done with the battle-damage markings placed indiscriminately throughout the figures body.