I knew it would eventually happen. Since I took to collecting 1/6th scale figures I've done my darndest to avoid Star Wars figures. It's not that I don't like Star Wars- far from it. I mold the Lucasfilm mainstay in the same reverence that most religions hold their holy texts. The original trilogy is, and always shall be, the end-all-be-all of movie trilogies for Yours Truly (no matter how hard Peter Jackson tries, his Hobbits will always come up a bit short, and no matter how grandiose an adventure Spielberg sets Indiana Jones upon, his movies will always seem like Star Wars little brother).
Anyhoo. I knew that if I started collecting 12 inch Star Wars figures, I probably wouldn't be able to stop. Like a certain two foot tall, pointy eared Jedi Master once said, "Once you start down the path to the dark side, forever will it dominate your destiny."
In other words, I'd probably spend all my dough on 1/6th Star Wars figures and have no money left over for anything else.
However, considering Sideshow's recent history of uninteresting (for me at least) characters released as 1/6th figures, passing them over in lieu of saaaayyy Hot Toys Terminator: Salvation line, was fairly easy. I have no freaking desire whatsoever of a Padme in snow gear, Sideshow. Just so you know.
And then, Sideshow decided to go ape shit on my collecting ass, and began releasing figures that they knew full fucking well Ol' Dash would be hard pressed to pass up buying: Troopers.
If Star Wars, or science fiction cinema in general has created anything that screams: BAD ASS!!!!!! it's the Imperial and Clone troopers of Star Wars.
That having been said, I submit to you, Dear Readers, Dash's first 1/6th Star Wars figure from Sideshow, the 212th Attack Battalion: Utapau Clone Trooper...