23 January 2020 | Star Wars: Legion

A New Generation

Preview the Phase II Clone Troopers Unit Expansion for Star Wars: Legion

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“We’re one and the same. Same heart, same blood!”
   
–Fives, Star Wars: The Clone Wars

The Galactic Republic’s clone troopers are some of the finest soldiers the Star Wars™ galaxy has ever seen. But even the best troops can be limited by the equipment they carry—and wear—into battle. To get the most out of its clones, then, the Republic gradually replaced the uncomfortable armor worn by its earliest batches of clones with a more advanced design that helped bring out their individual strengths.

Pre-order your own copy of the Phase II Clone Troopers Unit Expansion at your local retailer or online through our website with free shipping in the continental U.S. today!

Not only did this Phase II clone armor allow for Republic forces to use advanced tactical gear in the field, the clones wearing it were more prepared for the rigors of battle. Soon, you’ll be able to supplement your Republic armies with this new generation of clone troopers by picking up the Phase II Clone Troopers Unit Expansion for Star Wars™: Legion!

Within this expansion, you’ll find everything you need to add an elite new corps unit to your Galactic Republic armies. Seven hard plastic Phase II Clone Trooper miniatures stand ready to meet any enemy on the battlefield, including a Phase II Z-6 Trooper and a Phase II Mortar Trooper that can be customized in several ways.

You can choose to assemble your Phase II Clone Trooper Leader and Z-6 Clone Trooper with or without their helmets, and the Z-6 Clone Trooper’s heavy weapon can be replaced with the standard DC-15A blaster rifle to add even more variety to the look of your army. Finally, you can build your Phase II Mortar Trooper with the mortar stowed on his back or deployed on the ground, as well as with his visor up or down.

Read on to see more of what to expect in the Phase II Clone Troopers Unit Expansion!

More Than Expendable

Even with countless clone troopers at its disposal, the Galactic Republic cannot hope to match the pure numbers of the Separatist Alliance’s massive droid armies. Each and every clone trooper in the Grand Army of the Republic is far from expendable and, as a result, they need armor that will protect them from the hazards of the battlefield. It is only natural, then, for Phase II clone armor to be introduced when the original design proved more of a hinderance to those who wore it.

Beyond granting clone troopers a greater range of movement, Phase II clone armor marks a technological leap forward for the Republic, allowing the clones to carry a more diverse range of equipment into battle. Unlike their predecessors, then, units of Phase II Clone Troopers can bring a powerful mortar launcher into battle for a potent long-range option. This weapon may be cumbersome to lug across the battlefield, but its attacks have a better chance of hitting targets that may be ducking behind cover. What’s more, taking fire from a mortar takes an extra toll even on droids, quickly bringing them closer to panicking and fleeing the battle altogether.

Far more than simply adding a new heavy weapon to the Phase II Clone Troopers' arsenal, the mortar launcher neatly synergizes with their natural abilities. This new generation of clones retain the ability to boost a friendly unit’s attack with some fire support. But their new armor also makes them more reliable than ever, especially when firing their mortar. This reliability extends beyond a single weapon, however. It can also help a Z-6 Phase II Trooper hit their targets more often, or even enhance a standard  Phase II Clone Trooper that is reinforcing a standard four-man unit.

In addition to enhancing their offensive output, Phase II armor also gives the clones the freedom of movement they need to avoid enemy fire, and some extra gear can make them even more prepared for battle. Some Grappling Hooks, for example, can put them in an advantageous position to open fire. Furthermore, on top of their swarms of battle droids, the Separatists frequently make use of heavily armored troops and vehicles in their engagements, making some Impact Grenades an invaluable addition to the Phase II Clone Trooper’s toolkit.

Despite the many advantages it provides, their armor isn't actually the most meaningful difference between Phase II Clone Troopers and earlier generations. These troops have weathered the early parts of the Clone Wars and this experience makes them more prepared to face the stress of combat. What's more, Phase II Clone Troopers have had the time to undergo additional training, granting them even more flexibility on the battlefield. If they are trained to go on Overwatch,  for instance, they can quickly react to enemy movements, perhaps even setting up deadly ambushes or trapping enemy units in barrages of fire support.

Ready for Deployment

Clone Troopers are dedicated to the cause of the Republic—no matter the cost. With upgraded armor, weapons, and gear, they’ll be ready to confront the Separatist threat head-on!

Look for the Phase II Clone Troopers Unit Expansion (SWL61) at your local retailer later in the first quarter of 2020. Pre-order your copy at your local retailer or online through our website—with free shipping in the continental United States—here!  

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