« on: May 20, 2014, 09:26 PM »
Thanks for the feedback, guys, interesting points all around.
I guess another way to phrase my point would be that some of the figures originally under development for the Clone Wars line are finding their way into the current Legends line.
SW CW R5 P8 A0831
SW CW RAKO HARDEEN A0833
SW CW3 AHSOKA A0839
SW CW4 CAPTAIN REX A1597
SW CW4 CAPTAIN REX A5085
SW CW4 PONG KRELL A1805
SW CW5 DARTH MAUL A1807
SW CW5 JEDI TEMPLE GUARD A1803
SW CW5 YODA A1806
SW CW SHADOW MAGNA GUARD A0840
SW CW SHOCK TROOPER A2427
SW CW SUPER TACTICAL DROID KRAKEN A1804
That is straight from Hasbro, so the "CW" flag there seems to at least imply that there were additional figures planned for that line that never got released. I think we can all agree on that.
To what degree those figures were developed we may never know. Maybe there was some 3D imaging, basic dimensions mapped out, etc which they ended up using for the eventual Legends version. Maybe there were actually fully realized sculpts, prototypes, etc. I guess my point about the tweaking is more that they adapted whatever groundwork had already been laid for these figures as the basis for the Legends release.
Like, I doubt they would have designed a Jedi Temple Guard for the Clone Wars line and then thrown all that work out the window and started over from the ground up with a whole new interpretation just for the Legends line. It just seems logical they would piggyback on the work already completed.
I do get that some of these new 5 POA figures are fundamentally put together differently too, as I sadly found out when I went to swap out that atrocious Darth Maul head from the Mission Series 2-pack. But that Shocktrooper is a good old fashioned ball joint pop off head, just like a Phase II Clone Trooper, so who knows. When I hold him next to my other Shock Troopers he just looks a whole lot skinnier to me than the previous versions. Hence my initial suspicions.
At the end of the day, I don't know that it matters much, aside from the fact that I feel more motivated to buy figures that I think were originally intended for the animated line. Maybe I'm just projecting some wishful thinking though.