If my eyes are not mistaken the legs appear to be the same mold as the TAC Training Fatigue Clone Trooper. They have the same stupid stance too. Anyone else agree?
Yup. I had the same reaction when I saw them this morning, and tried to squint and make a comparison, and it seems this is the case. However, it looks like-- and maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me here-- that there are at least 2 unique torso sculpts, and possibly the arms are different as well?
(And where's the green dude? Wookieepedia has one more named guy, they couldn't squeeze in greenie and dump the Emperor or something?)
I have to say this is a very easy pass and a very odd choice given that Crimson Empire is not that popular. (Maybe in the late 90's since there was not that much SW to go around)
Which is why it's "popular" in the sense that it has any level of awareness. I won't say that it's great, but popular? Yes, absolutely. It's right up there with Heir to the Empire, Dark Empire, Shadows of the Empire (hey, there's a pattern here.) Most Star Wars comic series just faded away into nothingness, yet fans kept talking this one up for quite some time. As someone who picks up and reads all of these things since Dark Empire, I can say that a lot of them are extremely forgettable. (Or at least, I forgot them.) Not so much Crimson Empire.
This one clicked. OK, so you're not a fan, and I personally didn't much care for the human faces in the interior art, but it did introduce a bunch of neat looking characters and it seemed everybody and their brother made a custom Kir Kanos and/or Carnor Jax from when the series debuted until the release of the actual figures at the end of 2007. For a miniseries that was "not that popular," it's probably one of the most widely known (and I assume widely read) series that Dark Horse put out.
This set is hardly essential, but as concept box sets go it's a pretty solid idea. As comic series with any level of fan awareness go, Crimson Empire's near the top of a very short list. The series was OK, but it really benefitted from gorgeous covers and amazing, memorable imagery. You can blame these figures (and the three others so far from the series) on Dave Dorman's insane level of talent and the fallout from a few paintings he did like ten years ago.
Anyway, go go power rangers and such. I hope they sneak in a cardboard Squall for them to fight on or something.