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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Geeky nerd talk #2: The intriguing wonders of Clone Troopers...

Yup, the title says it all. I'm gonna talk about Star Wars' clone troopers or clonies for short. Not going too detailed though, you can read more on wiki's page. Wookiepedia has a better page for it even.
A brief recap for those already in the know (or a brief introduction to those who's been living in a cave for the past 30-odd years or so....since the first hint on these clones was mentioned by 'old Ben' way back in the 1977 movie!):

Clone troopers are soldiers in the fictional Star Wars universe, cloned from Jango Fett, a Mandalorian bounty hunter. They first appeared in Star Wars Episode II (Attack of The Clones), and returned in Star Wars Episode III (Revenge of The Sith) where they played a pivotal role in initiating the Clone Wars and later in the eradication of the Jedi order/the set-up of the Galactic Empire. These clone troopers comprised the bulk of the Grand Army of the Republic during the war where they fought and often served under the Jedi knights of the old Republic.
After the Clone Wars, them clonies served as the core nucleus for the armed forces of the Galactic Empire. In Attack of the Clones, it was revealed that the genetic template of the clone troopers was the bounty hunter Jango Fett, one of the most feared in the Galaxy. In exchange for huge payment and an unaltered clone "son", Boba Fett, Jango provided his genetic material and his Mandalorian battle training to the cloners of Kamino. The clone troopers were outfitted with armor styled after Mandalorian battle armor (notably the helmet and its T-shaped visor) and armed with weapons and vehicles produced in secret by Kuat Drive Yards, Rendili Stardrive, and Sienar Fleet Systems.

The Battle of Geonosis marked the first deployment of the clone troopers as well as the beginning of the Clone Wars. After Geonosis, clone trooper armies were led by Jedi generals, who were in turn accompanied by Clone Commanders. The clone troopers eventually carried out Order 66 at the whims of Chancellor Palpatine, turning on their Jedi generals. This marked the end of the Clone Wars, as well as the death of the Old Republic.
After the war and the birth of the Galactic Empire, the clone trooper army was reorganised into the Imperial Stormtrooper Corps. The surviving clone troopers were fitted with new armor and weapons, and became the Imperial Stormtrooper Corps of the Empire led by the self-appointed dictator Palpatine. Because of their tendency to manipulation by the Kaminoans (who led a revolt against the Empire), Jango Fett clones throughout the force were slowly replaced by non-clone recruits. One of the few stormtrooper legions to remain "pure" (completely composed of Fett clones) throughout the era of the Empire was the fictional 501st Legion, which was named in honor of a real-world fan group called the 501st Legion.
My recent re-discovered/re-newed interest towards these clonies even prompted me to get myself the Republic Gunship which I had intially refused to get since I prefered Stormies rather than Clonies before (think of all the photo-shoot opportunities! Heheh...nerd alert!); from a fellow collector/toy-seller friend. Them gunship pictures will have to wait.....but in the meantime, enjoy these pictures, taken directly off my flickr page (a friend of mine was telling me he has little time to 're-direct' himself to flickr, so I guess this posting has served its purpose!). Rest assured, many more will come soon. Excelsior!

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darthmental said...

"execute order 66.."

pergh.. army builder! congrats bro. used to have all those. tapi suma dah jual. skang focus OT ja. anyway, great collection there. :)