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Brian's Toys

Evolutions:
Clone Trooper
to Stormtrooper

The debate over whether or not Stormtroopers are Clones is one that seemingly has no ending to it. The similarities to their uniforms are undeniable but Lucasfilm’s been careful to sidestep the issue and leave a bit of ambiguity there for the fan’s imagination to flourish. That doesn’t stop Hasbro from making one of the greatest figure sets of all-time though by showing the painfully obvious progression of the famed “Men in White” throughout the Star Wars Saga.

While the film evolution of the Clones and Stormtroopers was told backwards sort of, the Evolutions: Clone Trooper To Stormtrooper 3-pack of figures shows how the line’s most beloved army builder figures went from lowly troops on Kamino to Jedi killers/Republic Topplers by war’s end, to finally the brutal faceless army of a newly formed Empire. The Evolutions Clone set is nothing short of hot, hot, hot, for collectors right now and that means I just have to pick this bad boy apart. And I need to pick a couple more up!

But what makes these sets worth $20-ish at retail? Well, there’s quality throughout but I’ve found that the Evolutions sets are a lot like the Vintage Original Trilogy Collection figures from last year. You’ll find that there’s some small misses in quality and frustrating corner-cuts that make them not quite perfect… but pretty damn close, and still great little sets. What can I say except that I really like the Evolutions concept, and so these are gonna be fun to dig into here.

PROS

-Sculpt: All 3 figures in the set are fantastic, accurately sculpted representations of a Trooper from their respective era. One doesn’t really stand out from the other in any amazing way, and they complement other troopers you maybe have in your collection quite well.

(Note: For ease of identification I’m going to call them “Early Clone”, “Late Clone”, and “Sandtrooper”. Just a means of keeping the review clear since this could get a bit confusing.)

The Early Clone’s sculpt is to represent a Clone as depicted at the battle of Geonosis and the general start of the Clone Wars. This isn’t the best one you’ll find out there in the modern line, but it’s also not the worst. I think a separate belt piece, as with the Clone Wars SA Clone’s sculpt, is a bit of realism that this figure is missing, as the belt’s molded to the torso, but the gripe is fairly minor to me in the grand scheme of this set.

The Early Clone features all the details you’ve come to expect from armored army builders like this. The body-glove hidden under the armor’s got the familiar ribbing sculpted into it, and the armor above is fluid and smooth with all the little details like the straps on the shoulder area of the chest and back plates to show how they “connect”, the treads on the shoes, etc. The figure’s on-par with the Revenge of the Sith line’s Clone sculpts and that’s a major plus. He’s also sculpted to have removable headwear (which we’ll comment on in the accessories portion) and features the familiar Clone headsculpt for when he’s taking a breather from battle. The sculpt is equal to other removable helmet Clone sculpts in the past, as it should be since it’s a Clone, and that’s just fine by me.

Next, the Late Clone is sculpted to represent a Clone stationed with Jedi Master Secura on Fellucia (The troopers under Clone Commander Bly, whose figure is currently shipping). The trooper’s sculpt closest resembles the Clone Commander #33 figure from the ROTS line, but has an extra articulation point and again utilizes the removable helmet feature.

The Late Clone’s sculpt features the same ribbed body-glove you can see at the chinks in the armor such as at the elbows, knees, or hips. The details on the armor are equally accurate and match any other ROTS Clone in quality. The little details like the touch-pad on the right forearm are present on both Clone sculpts and look good/detailed on both, but on the Late Clone’s sculpt there’s also little added details like a strap of clips on his left bicep armor. There’s also the Clone’s belt/Kama piece, which is sculpted separately however It’s not a removable separate accessory. The Kama is sculpted to have some texturing to the fabric for added realism, and the belt has a number of clips on it as it should as well as 2 functioning holsters that are sculpted to look like they hang down on the Kama itself.

The Late Clone also features a headsculpt for a removable helmet feature as noted above, however the sculpt is SLIGHTLY different. It’s nice to see the difference, as even though they are Clones they still would likely have different thicknesses of hair or would have different looks to them as they aren’t all the same age. Makes sense to me, and hopefully to you as well. The Clones in the movies even had noticeable differences if you saw them with their helmets off, so it is nice of Hasbro to actually show the incredibly slight differences in them through a slightly different texture/thickness to their hair or one looking a little more aged and “Jango-like” while another looks more like Bodie Taylor. That’s some little detail that’s appreciated.

Last we look at the Sandtrooper who is my personal favorite from the set. Call me a sucker for the Classic Trilogy, but in a year devoted to the prequals pretty much as far as product goes, little stuff like this makes me happy. And the Sandtrooper too is a sharp looking figure with lots of detail and while there’s a better Stormtrooper sculpt out there, this one’s not too bad itself.

The Sandtrooper’s details are equally impressive compared to his Clone cousins. The armor’s smooth where it needs to be and has the right ridges and details where it needs them, such as the mid-torso where a lot of the armor’s detail happens to stand out. The figure’s not sculpted to have a removable helmet so there’s no surprise there for us. The helmet’s full of detail though and rivals the VOTC Stormtrooper in overall quality. The mouth/nose filter area is full of little details, the eyes seem set right on the helmet, the brow ridge stands out and looks nice. Overall it’s pretty great.

The Sandtrooper features a notch/hole in his back which is slightly distracting. The notch is for his backpack accessory though which only makes sense, and to my eyes it’s not a huge deal but worth a mention. Another detail I found interesting though, and one that’s missing on the Sandtrooper but clearly stands out on the Clones, is that the Sandtrooper’s body-glove underneath the armor is noticeably smooth with wrinkles sculpted into it at points such as the elbows, but it doesn’t feature the “Ribbing” texture sculpted into it that the Clone figures have. This is strange, but when I think about it the Stormtroopers didn’t seem to have that ribbing in their body-glove’s while the CGI Clones in the prequel films did. I guess there’s some technological change in body-glove quality in the Star Wars Universe between the Prequals and the Classics. Either way though, it doesn’t hurt the figure, and the Sandtrooper seems totally accurate to me.

-Paint Aps/Decoration: Equal to the sculpt is the paint application, however one figure needed a little bit of a tweak at the factory to get him to look like he didn’t have to cleanup after the Dewbacks after their patrol! All 3 figures look pretty good though where it counts with lots of details painted on, and just the right amount (and style) of “battle damage” for the Clones, which has been something Hasbro has struggled with this year on Clone Troopers.

The Early Clone’s paint application includes a smooth set of yellow stripes on his shoulders and arms. The application is nice and neat with no straying or bleeding. The black body-glove under the armor’s one of the only major paint applications to the figure then, and it also isn’t sloppy in the least, with even application and no straying to the white armor. Another detail to the armor is the grey pads on the shoes are painted, which is a nice little accuracy I like to see Hasbro catch, and they’ve been doing this on most all of their Clone figures so that’s cool.

The armor itself has a smattering black “scuffs”, and anyone who has been collecting Star Wars figures this year knows how Hasbro has some trouble with “Battle Damage” on the Clones. From the sloppy burn marks on the Entertainment Earth Clone figures to the little weird pencil scribbles on the Super Articulated Clone, Hasbro’s just not done well with representing how the damage on the Clone armor looked in the films. Additional damage via paint is done to the legs from the kneepads down. There’s a spray of reddish-brown paint which I think simulates (nicely) the soil found on Geonosis. Obviously a veteran of that battle, the dirt looks good and isn’t overdone by any means.

The Early Clone’s additional paint details are mostly on the headsculpt since he has a removable helmet. The head is one of the first non-helmeted Clone figures I’ve EVER seen to not have crossed eyes, which is a nice change of pace. The eyes still seem oddly red, however now that I see a figure with straight eyes, it actually looks a lot better. There’s also the hair which features little “detail” to it, but the black paint application of the locks is nice and even, as it should be.

The Late Clone’s paint application is much the same as the other Clone’s. There are yellow markings but they’re darker and more a mustard color than the bright Yellow of the Early Clone’s Commander colors. The Late Clone’s armor has additional white marks painted onto the Yellow markings in an attempt to show where the yellow was scraped off down to the bare armor. It looks convincing and you have to look closely to see it is actually white paint and not the Yellow scraped away down to the plastic.

There are also the same battle damage black scuffing marks that were featured on the Early Clone figure. The black marks are a quantum leap in quality to past battle damage attempts so that’s a major plus, and the Late Clone also features dirt/muck from his kneepads down to his feet to let you know he’s been in the field a while and seen some action.

The body-glove and head feature additional paint details, just as the Early Clone’s, and they’re equal in quality. The eyes are centered, the hair isn’t bleeding onto the face at all, and the black body-glove doesn’t bleed onto the white armor at all. It’s a nice application of paint and looks fantastic. The Kama however has some problems. The belt’s painted a glossy white on the Kama (which is cast in a tan plastic). The belt and holsters bled onto the Kama a little bit though and it’s noticeable. It’s not a huge problem but it stands out on such an otherwise flawless figure. The Kama even has a wash of a darker brown on it that’s very light but makes the cloth skirt look battle worn and more realistic, so it’s a shame the belt/holsters detract from that as they do.

The Sandtrooper is the figure who had the most questionable paintjob unfortunately. The problem’s been rectified by Hasbro, as current shipments of the Evolutions set feature a distinctly different paintjob on the Sandtrooper’s “damage”, as we reported to you first here at JediDefender.com. The figure features a lot of the same details that the other figures in the set have though, and executed quite well. The Sandtrooper’s body-glove is nicely painted and doesn’t stray onto the armor, and the helmet’s packed with details like the silver tips on the mouth piece, the black lenses and brow line, the grey vents on the “cheeks” of the helmet, and the grey marks around the crown of the helmet. All are even and well done paint aps overall.

The Sandtrooper’s flaw is his “Sand” damage. As noted though the problem is fixed and I now have both versions. One has sand painted on in a sort of mud smear that looks like he’s maybe had a little accident in the bathroom, to put it bluntly, and wiped his hands on his armor. The paint’s applied in a distinct “smear” though. The new Sandtrooper that just started showing up at retail has sand damage painted with via a spraying technique, so it looks like sand or mud “sprayed” or “splattered” on him rather than this ugly smear mark. It’s more in tune with the way Sandtroopers have been painted in the POTF2 and POTJ lines as far as quality, and looks much more film-accurate. Both troopers add some diversity to your ranks though if you can find both versions. They’re worth picking up both I believe, but if you want the more accurate the latter version is better.

All 3 figures look absolutely fantastic though, and their paintjobs only highlight the depth and detail of their sculpts. They’re very clean paintjobs overall, well short of the Sandtroopers inability to get to the bathroom on time, and they really show the kind of battle damage marks you’d like to see on the other Clone figures in your collection. It’s a shame we really don’t have that with them all, but hopefully future Clones are going to have this kind of accurate markings to them.

On another positive about the paint applications, there is a confirmed intentional variation of the Clone Evolutions set that (as of my writing this) hasn’t begun shipping. It’s due out soon, and will feature grey markings on the Late Clone and Sandtrooper while the Early Clone will be an all-white grunt. The variation is bound to look just as good as the first set, and it’s bound to be as much of a headache for everyone to find too! Oh Joy!

-Accessories: Taking a look at the Evolution set’s packaging, there’s a tray to the left that has a flap you lift to take a gander at all the cool little bits and pieces you get with the set. Oh joy! And there are some cool little things in there, quite a few really, but for my tastes they could’ve stood to include some others here and there. We’ll touch on that later though. At the same time though, they actually pack in a lot of separate or removable pieces I’m also counting as accessories. Some you may not even know about!

The Early Clone is actually two figures in one by way of accessories. Two unique Clone helmets from the Attack of the Clones film are here for you to use. One’s a standard Clone helmet with the large fin up the center. The helmet’s sculpted great and made of a highly flexible plastic so it pops on and off the figure quite well. The visor and other details are all spot-on, and it’s painted with the yellow “Commander” markings necessary to make your Early Clone figure into a battle-hardened Trooper leading his men in defense of the Republic. The great secondary bonus is a second helmet for the Early Clone that lets you also change him from a “Commander” to a “Clone Pilot. The helmet features a separately sculpted hose/chest-box that’s glued to the back of the helmet, and it too has yellow markings to match those on the Early Clone figure’s armor as well as 2 Republic logos on the brow. Both helmets are sculpted and painted fantastically though with lots of detail, and it’s really worth having at least two of these sets just to have a Commander and Pilot on your shelf.

The Late Clone’s accessories include a helmet as well. Sculpted with all the details expected for a Revenge of the Sith Clone’s helmet, there’s the raised ridge on the top, the Stormtrooper-ish mouth, and all kinds of other detail. The Late Clone also comes with 2 blaster pistols cast in a gunmetal color that utilize the same sculpt as the #33 Commander figure’s pistols. The two pistols fit snugly into the holsters on the figure’s Kama/skirt, and are nicely sculpted/detailed. I’m not sure I like the gunmetal color over regular black but it’s something different. The Late Clone has an accessory stuck to him in the packaging as well, but which is easily removed after popping the figure’s head off. The shoulder pauldron, which is sculpted with lots of crisp details like a strap of clips/packets down the right chest, is a separate piece that can be removed for a little diversity if you want to build armies with these sets. The pauldron has lots of paint to highlight the clips/clipstrap and the yellow markings that match the Clone’s armor markings. The pauldron has one negative though in how it impacts the way the helmet sits on the figure, but we’ll get to that in the “Cons”.

The Sandtrooper sports a lot of gear himself, coming packaged with a shoulder pauldron of his own. His pauldron is a little tougher to remove, but still comes right off. It’s also simpler, as it should be, with no extra clips and strap sculpted to it. It’s simple, and painted orange where necessary to denote a Stormtrooper Officer in the field. The Sandtrooper comes armed with a heavy cannon, a resculpt of the weapon that came with the carded POTF2 Sandtrooper. The gun’s massive, and has a sculpted sling on it that’s great. It features a lot of detail to it and it’s easily my favorite accessory in the set. It’s a massive improvement over the POTF2 cannon which I used to think was pretty spiffy. The gun’s cast in the same gunmetal colors as the Late Clone’s pistols are, but the sling was painted a light brown just as it appeared in the original Star Wars. Also, there’s a great backpack included for the Sandtrooper that’s an all-new sculpt. The pack features more detail than past Sandtrooper packs have, and fits snugly to the Sandtrooper’s slot in his back. The pack’s got a bit of paint detailing to it to with blue-grey colors and white details for accuracy to the films.

And the Sandtrooper’s not done here, as he features a hidden accessory I didn’t even realize till recently. The belt on the Sandtrooper is a separate piece, but it’s also removable. It’s a great sculpt, and there’s a pin that fits into the ammo clips on the right hip. If you lift on the clip the belt comes off. It looks odd off the figure and leaves a big gap at his waist but the removable belt’s still an accessory in this reviewer’s opinion and worth a mention.

Also included are two blasters that can be added to either the Late or Early Clone figure, or just left aside. They’re all-new sculpts of the Clone blasters seen in AOTC and ROTS, and are cast in the same gunmetal color as the other blasters in the set rather than the usual black color of weapons in the modern line. The sculpt of both guns seem great, and very detailed. I’m not sure I like all-new sculpts though as it really throws off the look of the army of blasters I have from all my basic carded Clones. To that end I think I’d have preferred they just included the original sculpts for the Clone Rifle and Clone Carbine for uniform looking Clones displayed together, but that’s my opinion. The new sculpts do show a higher quality in accuracy but I’m ok with the original sculpts debuted in 2002.

So that’s a total of 11 accessories, even though when you look at them in the packaging it only looks like a few guns, the pack, and the helmets. The extra helmet for the Early Clone is probably the best little extra effort on Hasbro’s part, as it was really just that push from Hasbro to add something to the set. I could have stood a couple more blasters actually packed into the set, but it’s nothing major to gripe about since there seemed to be plenty to distribute among your new troops. The paintjobs on the pauldrons and helmets are fantastic, the gunmetal coloring is unique and different, and all the pieces in the set are of high quality, so they match up well to the figures. That’s just what they should be, and what we should expect.

-Articulation: While all 3 figures are nicely articulated, unfortunately all 3 figures aren’t super articulated. Actually none of the figures feature true super articulation and that’s something we’ll touch on later in the “Cons” portion again, however they still are pretty damn nice to pose so they’re not worth turning your nose up to buying these if you see them. They just aren’t everything they can be… Maybe the Empire doesn’t use the old U.S. Army slogan? I don’t know. Anyway I’ll try breaking these figures down one at a time to show which are lacking and which ones actually exceeded expectations in a sense.

The Early Clone and Sandtrooper share the least articulation, but still have quite a few points to their credit. The Early Clone features articulation at:

-2 ball/socket shoulder joints
-2 ball/socket elbow joints
-2 standard wrist joints
-2 standard hip joints
-2 ball/socket knee joints
-2 ball/socket ankle joints
-1 ball/socket neck joint

And with a total of 13 points of articulation, that’s plenty to pose. The Early Clone isn’t matching totals for super articulation though, and he doesn’t even sport a single point of waist articulation which sort of sucks. A ball/socket torso would’ve been ideal though since it’s a very versatile joint. But that 13 points isn’t anything to sneeze at so it’s still a good army builder.

The Late Clone features the most articulation of the set, and actually exceeds the articulation standard set by the #33 Clone Commander (and his subsequent repaints as the Green Commander and the newly shipping Bly Commander). The sculpt’s very similar to the aforementioned figures, but has the standard waist joint which is a really nice plus in my book. The Late Clone features articulation at:

-2 ball/socket shoulder joints
-2 ball/socket elbow joints
-2 standard wrist joints
-2 standard hip joints
-2 ball/socket knee joints
-2 ball/socket ankle joints
-1 ball/socket neck joint
-1 standard waist joint

So the Late Clone chimes in with 14 points of articulation, and yes I spoiled the surprise but he’s the winner in this set. That’s pretty good though and like I mentioned he has more articulation than even his Commander (Bly) will have, so that’s pretty nice. The poseability is slightly hindered by the Kama, but at least the articulation points are there and they didn’t skimp on knee joints and such as they did with Bacarra. And now Bly’s got some grunts to back him up for Jedi Slaughter fun!

And lastly the Sandtrooper is chiming in with poseability that falls unfortunately short of the VOTC Stormtrooper, which is a little odd to me since I think utilizing the already existing VOTC Stormtrooper sculpt would’ve been an ideal means for Hasbro to save some money. Anyway though, the Sandtrooper features articulation at:

-2 ball/socket shoulder joints
-2 ball/socket elbow joints
-2 standard wrist joints
-2 standard hip joints
-2 ball/socket knee joints
-2 ball/socket ankle joints
-1 ball/socket neck joint

So much like the Early Clone, the Sandtrooper chimes in with a total of 13 points of articulation, and no waist joint. As noted, the VOTC Stormtrooper sculpt is a bit more articulated and it seems odd that they didn’t use it for this set since they certainly aren’t using it to put more Stormtroopers on the pegs for us, but they didn’t and the Sandtrooper’s poseability isn’t too bad at all.

So the end result is that the Clone Evolution set offers up 3 pretty poseable figures, though you’re not going to get the super articulated Clones and Stormtroopers that maybe we deserved with these sets. They’re good figures though, and easily worth army building with just based on the poseability, I just think when Hasbro proves they can do better with figures they should deliver it, especially on these high-end collector sets like Evolutions are.

-Price: The sets are nice buys when you break it down. They’re in the $20 range, and 3 nicely articulated, nicely sculpted, nicely painted figures with a nice pile of accessories for $20 is a bit of a deal. On top of that the packaging is pretty sweet and worth keeping so you have a pretty nice value there when you break it down since the figures come to about what you’d pay for them if you bought them individually. It’s a minor thing to mention overall but I have to say that I love getting figures in sets like this for this low price. I feel like I really got something substantial for the cost, and that makes me only want to buy more.

Hasbro, are you listening? Perceived value is conducive to spending! At least for me it is.

-Packaging: I’m the last guy to praise a package, and as you’ve maybe noticed over the time I’ve been doing reviews here at Jedi Defender, I don’t really critique it too much at all. To me, packaging is just a means to an end. It’s a cost necessity to prevent people from stealing stuff in stores, and ultimately I’d buy a good figure if it was sold in a plastic bag on a chunk of uncolored cardboard. I really don’t care what something looks like in a box.

That said though, I have to give a nod to good packaging when I see it, and with the Evolutions Assortment I have seen it. The box is very colorful and clearly features the characters you get inside. The windows on the front show the full figures, and really looks like you’re about to buy something “special” compared to the basic figures hanging on the pegs. The little flip-up card covering the accessories features great artwork on the cover and underneath describing the figures you’re going to buy, and it’s a nice surprise when you flip it up and see all the “extras” you get when you buy this $20 set.

The artwork is fantastic, and shows clearly the characters you are getting, and on the back the explanation of how the 3 figures represent an Evolution of one character is quite unique and well done. I could easily see this getting a permanent spot on the shelves of retailers, and a long future for these sets utilizing all the different colors for future collections of figures. It’s a great box/package and worth hanging onto for displaying I believe, much like the VOTC cardbacks/clamshells we got last year.

CONS

-Lack of Blasters: I personally don’t mind that there weren’t a ton of blasters in the Clone Evolutions set, however I think Hasbro could’ve saved giving us new sculpts of the Clone Carbine and Clone Rifle, and instead maybe they could’ve given us 2 of each of the original sculpts of these blasters. A nice E-11 blaster would’ve been appreciated for the Sandtrooper as well, just from an army builder’s perspective on these sets, since not all Sandtroopers carried the BFG through the sandy alleys of Mos Eisley.

It’s a minor gripe though, I just feel that Hasbro could’ve given us some of those much-needed Clone rifles in this set that many people are on the hunt for since a lot of the basic carded Clone figures have been shorted the more common rifle weapon as their accessory. Let’s face it, who out there couldn’t use more of those unless you buy only one of every figure? And given how unnecessary I view the new sculpts of these weapons, I’d rather have gotten two of the old ones and saved the money on the molds for the new ones. That seems more logical to me anyway.

-Articulation Cuts: I think it’s a shame Hasbro cut on articulation with any figure in these sets. As noted, the Sandtrooper could’ve easily utilized the VOTC Stormtrooper’s sculpt and that would’ve delivered at least one super articulated trooper in the set. The Late Clone’s waist articulation is nice, and it’s a step forward, but then the Early Clone’s missing any torso articulation at all and really there’s no reason it is missing this joint since even a simple swivel joint at the waist would’ve been nice, much less the ball/socket torso of super articulated figures.

Basically, the Evolutions sets are $20 a piece, and that means that each figure is chiming in at just shy of $7 a piece. That’s right around retail price, and since Hasbro’s proven they can dish out super articulation at the basic price I think we deserve it with this set. To me, I’m pretty happy with the sets as they are though and they’re great to army build with, so the articulation isn’t a huge detractor, just a little minor issue with Hasbro cutting corners where they shouldn’t.

-Late Clone’s Helmet Fit: A gripe plaguing the Late Clone’s sculpt is that when he was made, the sculptor didn’t think to accommodate his sculpt for the pauldron accessory that would be put on him. The pauldron in turn forces the helmet up off the figure so it doesn’t quite sit right on him, and you can see his chin underneath the mouth piece of the helmet. It’s a minor problem, and if you work with it you can even tilt the head upwards to get the helmet to completely cover the face, however it does take some extra work and it can be a bit of a pain.

The main gripe with this little detail is that it was just a planning mistake on the sculptor who made these figures, and really is the kind of thing that is frustratingly inexcusable. Like I said though, collectors have been managing to get the head tilted up and the helmet on right, so that’s a plus. Score one for the ingenuity of the fans, but hopefully future figures won’t have this problem to begin with.

-Availability: While the VOTC line was a pretty easy to pick up overall if you looked hard enough, the Evolutions assortments have been a little bit of a problem to find out there at retail. I’ve personally only bought one set of Clones off a store shelf, and I’ve yet to see anything other than the Clone sets on the pegs. When you make super figures in great sets like this but don’t put them out in great quantities, then you have a problem.

The price makes them pretty good sales/buys so people aren’t stopping at just one or two here, and the lack of them on the shelves is nothing short of frustrating, especially to army builders, but also to the one-of-everything crowd as well. Anything Clone should be put out in big numbers though so hopefully these ship a long time to come to fix this wrong.

OVERALL

My take on the Evolutions: Clone Trooper To Stormtrooper set is that you should buy 2 or 3 at least. It’s a fantastic piece with lots to love. The accessory count is pretty good, with only a few changes I’d have made. The paint aps, sculpt, and articulation, are pretty great to amazing, and while I’d have liked some more poseability on the figures they really aren’t bad at all and surpass many figures in the modern line. The sets are just fun and I can’t wait for the paint variations due out in the not-too-distant-future.

Availability is probably the biggest problem with these, and really all the Evolutions sets. To this date I’ve yet to see an Anakin or Sith Lords set on the shelves, and the Clone set I’ve only seen sporadically. That doesn’t bode well for my (or other’s) army building tendencies, nor does it give me a lot of hope for finding the grey variation set which I think is going to be an even hotter item to collectors since the Early Clone in it is all white and the Sandtrooper isn’t an officer.

At $20 a set, these are really a good buy, and you get great figures with great gear, and that’s value to me. I think it’d be great if Hasbro continued this Evolutions concept and moved into the Classic Trilogy with it as well as touching on other Prequal subjects as well. Right now my top wants are a Rebel Trooper (Fleet Trooper, Hoth Trooper, Endor Trooper), Imperial Trooper (Stormtrooper, Snowtrooper, Scouttrooper), and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Padawan, Episode 2 Master, Obi-Wan “Ben” Kenobi) Evolutions sets from Hasbro... and hopefully with better distribution.

Congrats to Hasbro for a winning idea though. While the series isn’t scheduled to have a future, let us all hope that the people at the Big H see the light and continue these for a while to come. For those of you still looking, look harder and check online places like Wal-Mart.com because the Evolutions: Clone Trooper To Stormtrooper set is one to own!

 

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