« on: June 16, 2003, 09:53 PM »
Well, that's the result of Hasbro getting into the act. Collectors have been army building for years. They'll get multiples of Stormtroopers, Endor Rebels, etc, to build battle scenes in their dioramas.
Hasbro has started to cater to this type of collector. The first army builder set consisted of 4 CommTech style Stormtroopers sold through the Fan Club and other online dealers. It was pretty plain, in a white mailer box, and included the 4 Stormtroopers with weapons. The same thing is now being done with a modified version of the POTJ Sandtrooper, POTF2 Endor Rebel Soldier, and the POTJ Rebel Trooper-Tantive IV Defender.
With the Clone Wars line, there are a whole new generation of army builder sets that will be available at retail. They include multiple versions of the Clone Trooper army set (a plain version, and another with ranked Clone Troopers), a Droid Army set, and a Jedi Knight set. These are relatively inexpensive (about $10/set), and they're relatively unarticulated. They're also the first army builders to be packaged on a blister card instead of the white mailer box. These are geared towards the collector who likes to build dioramas, and have a variety of troops to build those scenes.