Friday, April 3, 2009

Clone trooper variation?

Okay, I don't really follow all the Star Wars LEGO news, so maybe someone noticed this before. (I didn't spot any discussion after a quick Google search, though.)

I hate hate HATE the "Chrome Vader" promotion LEGO is doing. I spent a LOT of money on LEGO products. More than I should, really. And how does LEGO reward this loyalty? By making sure there's here's going to be a hole in my collection. All because:

1) I'm not lucky enough to pull a "randomly packed" figure at 300-1 odds

and

2) I'm unwilling to pay $70+ on the aftermarket for it

It pisses me off. I had resigned myself to having collection gaps when the Chrome 3PO came and went...but this is Vader. I like Vader. I covet the Chrome version.

So, like the addict I am, I've been buying some of the smaller battle packs in a vain hope to score one. I figure at the worst I can just put the parts into the Buy-Me-Mizer and eventually recoup a portion of my costs. Maybe.

Anyway, I was parting out a few sets last night when I noticed this:


See the variation? Although listed as the same part, these Clone Trooper faces are clearly looking in different directions.

It's probably due to variable alignment on the spray-op for the brown paint used for the iris, but the distribution of the faces was roughly equal for all three versions in the batch of heads I was looking at.

Weird, eh?


9 comments:

Blue-Thunder said...

Chris, I also noticed this when I got my 2 Battle Packs a month ago, I also noticed that some of the Clone's helmets are missing some print on them, is LEGO being cheap with their printing now, because my LEGO Brickmaster and Bionicle Magizines were too misprinted...

Peppermint_M said...

Mah, I hate all Star Wars lego (ok, not hate as such, more like strongly dislike) for many and varied reasons. However I buy each of the battlepacks as I do like the parts. If I ever get a chrome vader I'll give you a heads up =D

Wrathkid said...

Yeah the battle packs?


Crome darth doesn't come in those...

Christopher Doyle said...

@Wrathkid,

Um...yeah, supposedly he does. Follow the link in the post, check Brothers Brick for the video of the guy finding one, etc, etc,...

Wrathkid said...

That means my trusted sources are all wrong!

Trusted sources= some random blog

aussiechef67 said...

Meanwhile - eyes looking left and right and centre - would be really useful to someone who perhaps made a regular web based comic using the normally fixed expressions of lego heads.

Flimibuff said...

In my one battle pack, I've only gotten two of those on the sides. But they do vary, and I think it might be this way with all clones.

Ruby said...

I want to make a clever joke about the clones not being clones but I really cant think of one.

I hereby hand this duty on to the next person to comment.

*Passes torch*

Twin Tomahawk said...

It's ironic that the clone minifigs are the only ones to vary

I thought it was "Reasonably Clever"

haha that's a kneeslapper^