It’s not often that LEGO Star Wars fans get non-canon material and this TX-130 Saber-class fighter tank piloted by members of the 187th Legion was a surprise for sure. Released as 75342 Republic Fighter Tank it’s an eye-catching little set.
Coming with a total of six minifigures, three of which are unique designs, this set seems to be a good value for the money, but let’s take a closer look at the minifigs included.
187th Legion Clone Commander
In the hierarchy of the Grand Army of the Republic, these Clone Commanders led regiments of Clone Troopers and answered directly to their Jedi General. In the case of the 187th Legion, this was Mace Windu.
Although he remains unnamed, this Clone Commander was prepared to lead his troops against the Droid Army on the planet of Dantooine. Equipped with Airborne Trooper armor, his purple markings are the signature feature. As with Airborne Troopers from other Legions, the Commander had a black pauldron on the right shoulder and wore a bandolier across his chest. He comes with a printed kama on his legs and hips. He uses the same clone trooper head as previous versions.
187th Legion Clone Troopers
These highly trained soldiers of the Grand Army of the Republic were created to fight back against the Separatist Droid Army, serving on Dantooine and fighting in the Battle of Coruscant.
The 187th Legion is known for its deep purple coloration equates to unique prints for the helmet, torso, and legs on this minifigure. The 187th Legion was also reported to have based their coloration after Clone Shock Troopers which explains why the print pattern closely resembles the two troopers found in 75046 Coruscant Police Gunship. Like their commander, these troopers also have a black pauldron and bandolier which can be seen on the torso. Both come with DC-15A blasters.
These B1-series battle droids form the backbone of the Separatist Droid Army and are manufactured by Baktoid Combat Automata and Baktoid Armor Workshop.
Much like pack animals, the battle droid’s combat success relied on its ability to outnumber its enemy. They had minimal armor and a simple design which meant they were otherwise easy to destroy.
The battle droid’s design has been almost unchanged since 1999. The current version has been in use since 2007 when the “straight arm” was introduced which allowed for the blaster to be held correctly. They were given a humanoid design in order to allow them to operate existing machinery, but they were also styled after the Geonosians who manufactured them. The LEGO version can also fold up thanks to its clip-on limbs. Both of these battle droids come equipped with E-5 blaster rifles.
Mace Windu is a Jedi Master and member of the Jedi High Council. After witnessing the benefit of the clone army on Geonosis he forms his own 187th Legion and leads them into battle.
Compared to the version found in the 75309 Republic Gunship, both the updated head and leg printing remain the same. The torso print ditches the dirt stains from the prior version. Just when we said we didn’t think there would be a new version for quite some time, LEGO threw a curveball and released this version with incredible arm printing with a commlink on one arm and the Jedi insignia on the other. As always, he comes with his unique purple-bladed lightsaber!
This is likely the only chance fans will have at adding the 187th Legion to their collection, so this set is a no-brainer (and explains why it has sold out twice in less than three days). Combined with easily the best Mace Windu design, you won’t want to pass this one up.
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