Anyone who has ever attended a science fiction or comic convention has most likely bumped into at least one member of the 501st, a charitable organization composed of Star Wars fans who dress up as the "bad guys" from the Star Wars universe. These men and women give their time and money to help others. Sometimes they simply show up in order to draw a crowd to an event or put a smile on a child's face. Other times, they help raise money for causes or assist with Toys for Tots drives. In short, these "bad guys" have really big hearts. Their numbers have grown so much over the years and they've helped so many individuals and causes that George Lucas felt it necessary to make the group a canon part of the Star Wars Saga.
In "Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith," the clone troopers with blue markings who marched into the Jedi Temple on Coruscant behind a freshly dubbed Darth Vader walked into Star Wars canon as the 501st. This figure (along with a few others in other lines) cements the group's canonicity even more.
The figure's sculpt is excellent. It looks exactly like the troopers from the film. The paint job is excellent as well, featuring the token blue markings and even a bit of battle damage from purging Jedi from the galaxy.
The figure comes with "secret weapons" and a Galactic Battle card and die as well.
The only reason I give this figure three stars is as far articulation is concerned, the toy falls short. The legs are primarily stationary at the hip, with very little articulation at all. The arms are limited in range due to the armor as well.
If you're just purchasing this figure to add to your collection mint in box, I recommend getting the Vintage Collection version of the figure. If you're picking it up for yourself or your chld to play with, go with this Saga Legends version.
It's a nice looking figure, it just doesn't move very much.
In its Saga Legends box, I recommend this figure to folks who enjoy opening and playing with their toys.
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