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Top 10 favorite clone armor designs

So, I think that most of us can agree that the clones look pretty cool. However, everyone's opinion for which one looks the best is different. So, these are my top 10 favorite clone armor designs in Star Wars. Cannon and legends designs are included. Without further or do, let's begin.

#10: Commander Deviss

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At first, I was thrown off when I found out that this guy was part of the 327th star corps, but I got used to it. I love his visor and the red highlights on his armor, but don't like how the red is a secondary color.

#9: Fives

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Fives was an interesting character and had some amazing armor to go with him. I'm a sucker for ARC trooper armor, and Fives is no different, with a smooth blue, black, and white coloring and an awesome helmet. (P.S. I just realized that Fives is part of the FIVE-hundred first, that's pretty noice.)

#8: Commander Jet

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This clone commander looks amazing and has a cool name. His armor almost looks like he's wearing headphones, and I love that design.

#7: Commander Lock

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Ok, I know this list is about the armor, and not the names, but I love his name. He's basically commander Cody, but green. Nuff said.

#6: Kix

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I'd never expect a clone medic to look this epic. Kix has a very calming armor design, which is good because I'd think that medics would want their patients to be calm, and the armor certainly doesn't do any harm. He reminds me a lot of the original ratchet from transformers (g1)

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#5: Sev

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The clone commandos had some of the best armor in the Star Wars universe. But if I had to choose 1, it has to be Sev, mostly because of his red highlights.

#4: Alpha 17

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Alpha 17 is a very interesting clone trooper, and you should go check out his story. But anyways, I love the simplicity of his design, but it still looks epic. The blue also makes it appealing to look at.

#3: Commander Blackout

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Yet another amazing name for a well-designed character. Commander blackout is just jet but black. The reason I think a darker color scheme works for him and not wolf is because black can be used very well, especially when mixed with other colors, while grey can do the same, but wolf only mixes it with white. Blackout, however mixes it with red and yellow. Plus, he has the jagged eyes symbol on his helmet, a very rare symbol only worn by only some of the toughest clones.

#2: Captain Fordo

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I have an unhealthy obsession for ARC trooper armor. Captain Fordo is one of the greatest clones that was ever created, yet he is relatively unknown. He looks fantastic with his red markings, awesome shoulder pad, and the jagged eyes symbol on his phase 2 helmet. Although his phase 2 armor is also pretty cool, he looks too much like commander neo, making it less special.

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#1: Commander Doom

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DAT NAME THO!!! Commander doom is one of the least known clone commanders in the cannon, which is sad because he looks amazing and has arguably the best clone trooper name. The green just fits perfectly on him and he reminds me a lot of commander lock, because both of their armor are just green versions of commander cody's.

Well, I hope you enjoyed. I also hope that I didn't offend anyone, but judging how immature some members of this community are,, I probably did.

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Clone-trooper helmet designs -Phase 1-

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I've been poking at this for weeks now and finally told myself to just post it already. These helmets here belong to my clone-trooper fan-characters, most of whom I've not touched since the end of Star Wars: Clone Wars (roughly 2005, then?). Five of the poor guys were never named, as you can see, and still need more fleshed-out personalities before I even attempt to. I think Code was the first one to be named out of the whole squad, and he's the communications guy. Sawbones is the somewhat-grumpy medic. I never got around to picking out a number for him because he's older than the other CC and CT clones, but not as old as Null- and Alpha-class. I'll just make something up another time. And last, but not least, Alpha. (I named him before I even knew anything about Alpha-17, btw, and the name just stuck.) He's a lot like Rex, but definitely more reserved. All I know about the others is that top-left is a weapons expert; to his right, the "second in command"; next, the sharpshooter; top-right, espionage(?); and lower-right, the chipper guy who has a joke for every occasion. Hopefully I'll get around to drawing more of these guys before the year is out. My Jedi characters, too~

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Master Replicas Clone Trooper Helmets

When the initial run of helmets went out, ironically the last of the initial three to be offered, the yellow "327th Star Corps Trooper" helmet was the first to "land". This helmet was restricted to just 600 and was exclusive to

All the MR Clone helmets (and it seems all the helmets MR will be producing) are manufactured out of fiberglass, which although weighty has a really solid feel to it. The helmet itself measures 13.5" high (16.5" including the stand) and when you compare it to OT helmets it certainly looks to be the "right" size (see note later).

So this is essentially a single piece design (no separate face, ears etc.) although the "mic tips" and black chin part have been added. Apart from the detailing on the mic tips, all detailing is painted including the black brow line.

Note that there was some discussions over the colouring of this helmet, since the helmets seen in the film had their Mohawk painted yellow, however MR has confirmed that the CG files sent to them by Lucasfilm had them as white so white they remain.

Above, close up showing the area around the visor and nose, the detailing of the communicators (which appear to be decals but very nice decals) and visibility of the the helmet is superb. below a shot of the grilling between the teeth, which is a nice touch.

As with all MR products it comes very well packaged with helmet stand, plaque and information card, however there is no acrylic display case but given the size this is not surprising. Note to helmet fans that this helmet wont fit in the Ikea Detolf glass display cabinet unless you ditch the stand. This will  probably spark a rush for new storage cabinets!

Below a side profile shot showing the ear detailing (not a separate piece).

There has been some debate over its size but some claiming its "under size", but according to Lucasfilm there was no "one size" for Clone Troopers and they varied in size for the movie. As mentioned previously when compared with an OT Stormtrooper it appears to be the right size as since its derived from the original files its fair to assume that it is. It weighs around 1.7kg (approx 4lbs) which as a matter of interest is around 3 times that of an original OT Stormtrooper helmet from ANH which represents the difference between Fiberglass and vac-pulled ABS/HDPE.

Below, the inside of the helmet is padded in a velvet type material which gives the helmet a really nice finish. Given its a limited edition collectable I don't know whether I'd ever want to Troop in it but all the same its presentation is excellent. There's no base trim although there probably wasn't on the original CG files anyway!

In summary, its very hard to be critical of this helmet at all. Its difficult to compare it to the original helmets since of course there were no "real" Clone helmets made for Revenge of the Sith - everything was CGI. Since Master Replicas has used the CGI information provided by Lucasfilm its hard to argue that these are going to be anything other than "true to life" representations of what's seen on-screen.

The build quality is really excellent, the detailing very nice and from a pricing perspective, $400 seems  good value. My only bug-bears are MR's ridiculous shipping costs to the UK ($190!!!) where its actually cheaper to find a friend in the US to post it on, or where possible buy from an MR dealer (although going forwards MR has said that all LE's will be MR-only so maybe they need to look at their shipping options). On that subject, John C's asked me about the quality of the packing and I can confirm that it is excellent. The helmet comes encased in polystyrene (moulded to the shape of the helmet) in an MR-type Blue cardboard box, which itself is in a heavy duty brown shipping box. I doubt there will be many complaints over goods damaged in transit, even if MR shipped them all the way from Kamino!

Following on from the Star Corps helmet was the Red Shocktrooper and Blue Special Operations helmets (photo below courtesy Vincent from SirStevesguide). Both of these are also limited edition helmets and one wonders how many more different versions MR will produce?. Hopefully they will also consider doing some of the really special helmets like Commanders Gree, Cody and Nye - now that would be exciting!

The all-white standard Clonetroopers are NOT limited in numbers and in addition are $50 cheaper. I'm sure we will start to see prices for the all-white helmets drop on eBay over the coming year so I'm sure many will be tempted to buy one and then customise/weather them themselves, for display or trooping.

All-in-all, MR's Star Corps helmet is a very impressive collectable and signals the arrival of what is going to be a very exciting time for Star Wars helmet fans! Bravo!

Clone Trooper - Special Ops

I've received my Special ops and am overall very pleased with it although the finish isn't quite as good  as the Star Corps helmet - however I think this is hit and miss as all helmets been to be of varying quality.

The main areas of concerns seems to be the clear-coat which varies in coverage, not that the differences in coverage aren't especially noticeable, but I think most people would say that MR could and perhaps should have done better!.

 The image above illustrates the "clear coat" problem, the three identical spot lights shining on the helmet are all the same, although the reflection differs significantly as the clear coats diffused the light. Basically when you look up close, part of the helmet is more shiny than others.

However its important these things are kept in perspective, and the majority of people will not notice this. In addition I'm wondering if it might be something that coupled be buffed out?


However, I think the main beef from MR customers though is the lack of plaque! It appears that MR "forgot" to send plaques out for most of these helmets and according to an MR Retailer release Fri 3rd February 2006, they will NOT be sending out replacement individually numbered plaques, instead all customers will get is a plaque showing the maximum number made (i.e. 750). I have to say that this is really disappointing news from MR!

This is especially frustrating as (a) Surely MR has a log of these numbers (and a load of plaques sitting somewhere), and (b) If if they don't have a log WE THE CUSTOMERS know which plaque we should have as its written on the darn box!!!! Given I'm #75 its been suggested to me on the forums that I should just scratch out the 0 in the new plaques "750"!!!

Above, rear show and below a couple of comparisons of the Special Ops and Star Corps.

As you can see, my Special Ops (blue) seems a little less shiny than the Star Corps (yellow).

Imperial Shock Trooper

The Shocktrooper was limited to "just"  750 helmets and was only available direct from MR. As with the Special Ops there was a problem with the finishing on some of these hence there's been the same delay sending these out.

This is the most brightly painted of the three and IMO it looks great. Finish overall is good save slight differentiation with the clear coating. Certainly you'd have to look close to notice.

Right quarter shot - sorry if these same angles are getting a bit boring!

Its quite an intricate paint job and MR has done a really good job on them. The lines look really sharp with very little if any overspray or wobble.

Above, its rear end and below a shot of the prototype from a 2005 trade show (courtesy

Finally some shots of the Three Amigo's together

..and two shots showing a couple of SDS gate-crashers illustrating the evolution of the helmet design from the old to new trilogy's.

Below, a comparison of the new (unfinished) all-white MR Clonetrooper helmet, with the lifesize statue made by Gentle Giant for one of 2004's toy shows.

Clone Trooper - 212nd Attack Battalion

This is the first of the new 2007 Clone helmets from MR. Looking very much like the Star Corps its to say the least a little disappointing. Pic Courtesy Rebelscum

The 212nd Attack Battalion Clone was not the best received, with fans seeing it as little more than an excuse from MR to release a "new" product with as little work possible - maybe this was pressure from new owners Corgi?

Clone Trooper - Commander Gree

However, there was better news in October 2007 in the shape of the Commander Gree Helmet.

Yes I KNOW its just YET ANOTHER repaint of the same helmet they produced a couple of years back but at least this one has a cool reflective green visor and a completely different weathered colour scheme!

The Commander Gree was announced earlier in 2007 as a "Collectors Society Exclusive", only 500 were made and all were snapped up within a couple of days of pre-sale.

The weathering has quite a mottled look about it but the scratching/blast damage looks really nice. Physically (paint and visor aside) there are no differences between this and the other clones, but its silver, khaki, white and green colour scheme does give it a unique look about it.

Painting and weathering-wise this is nowhere near as impressive as the Boba Fett helmet which features a multi-layered paint finish using several different painting techniques. This seems to have been painted using much simpler techniques, but has nonetheless a nice looking finish.

Below a shot showing some of the "blast damage" detail and that neat green lens. It looks like they based some of that detailing on a map of Indonesia!

So in summary its a nice collectable, not least because so relatively few were made, but also due to it being based on a specific on-off individual helmet from RotS, as opposed to a generic legion as is the case of the Special Ops, Shocktrooper etc. However it is "just" a paint job and as such it would have been really nice if MR could have produced something like a Cody or Bacarra which would have required a different mould. Sadly, with the license ending this Christmas we're not going to see that from MR so collectors will have to look to the new licensee or alternatively a fan-made item for something as unique as that.

As with all the MR helmets it comes excellently packaged - fully able to withstand the rigours of it being transported half the way round the world. Again as per the other clones it comes with Certificate of Authenticity, stand and numbered plaque.

PIcs of the prototype helmet from 2006 below courtesy and

Love the visor. To me its significantly different enough from the other helmets to convince me its worth getting. I think the weathering looks nice and seems to replicate the CG Screen version.

It looks a really great helmet and one that should sell well. Expected run is 650-750 ish

This is expected to retail at $399 and may well be a CS Exclusive (which will be a shame as I don't like the principle of having to buy something in order for the right to buy something else).

501st Legion Trooper Helmet

Well no one can say that MR didn't drain the last drops from the Clone helmet mould so there was one final version out before their license expired at the end of 2007

In essence this is another version of the "Special Ops" helmet seen higher up the page, but had the addition of some decent scratches, scorch marks and overall weathering.

Though not up to the standard MR reached on the Boba Fett, Like the Commander Gree helmet its nice that MR's produced something with a more realistic finish to match those seen on-screen, which usually looked fairly well beaten up.

Announced during the fall of 2007, they've actually started to ship in February '08 - remember MR's license allows them to fulfil on orders until March 31st '08 so long as the order was taken before the December 31st '07 deadline.

It looks quite a blue/grey colour and quite different from the blue used on the pristine version - although neither seem as dark as the one's in the movie - although they were CG so who knows!

MR had planned to do a Shadow Clone to match the Scaled Helmet but I think even they thought EIGHT different colour variations was possibly just a little too much! Hence the 501st was the last produced. I'm not expecting E-FX to continue with the RotS Clones - instead opting for the new sculpt of an AotC Clone Trooper!

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The Heartbreaking Symbolism of The Clone Helmet In Star Wars: The Clone Wars’s Final Episodes

Since its inception, Star Wars has been a universe steeped in symbolism and allegory. Much like the mythology and science fiction that inspired George Lucas, objects and symbols take on immense significance within the Star Wars universe. The colors of lightsabers are key example of the importance that writers and designers of the Star Wars place on symbolism; the foreboding crimson sabers represent the Sith while blue and green usually represent the more noble Jedi. The Clone Wars animated series (2005-2014, 2020), the last aspect of Star Wars that George Lucas helped shaped (Lucasfilm was sold to Disney in 2012), follows the examples of its predecessors by placing symbolic emphasis on key objects and ideas throughout the series.

One key symbol that has become important to the larger Star Wars universe is the helmet of the clone trooper. The clones were the in-universe predecessors of the storm troopers from the original Star Wars trilogy, though the clones were genetically identical unlike the Empire’s storm troopers. Since the helmet and armor of the clones debuted in Attack of The Clones in 2002, the design has been tweaked and altered several times, but the overall design of the clones’ armor and helmets have become synonymous with the prequel era (Episodes I, II, and III).

The helmet and armor of the clones become even more important when the second The Clones Wars animated series (2005-2014, 2020) used its seven seasons to develop and illustrate the individual personality and brotherhood of the clones. While bound by key characteristics, training, and genetic programming, the well-regarded show demonstrated that clone soldiers had distinct identities and character traits that helped them become more fully realized characters. Many of the key clone characters within the series, including characters like Captain Rex, Fives, and Echo have become fan favorite characters for a new generation of Star Wars fans. In an interview with writer and producer, Dave Filoni, The Clones Wars‘s supervising director asserted that the audience of The Clone Wars built “real relationship with those characters [clones] as their friends and heroes” (Ratcliffe). In short, The Clone Wars made many of the individual clones as significant and beloved as many of their Jedi counterparts.

In 2020, when The Clone Wars returned for a final twelve episode season (after its disappointing 2014 cancellation by Disney), the show set out to finally conclude the war, thus bringing a satisfying end to the series that helped define a new generation of Star Wars fans. The team working on the final season (the events of which crossover with the heartbreaking events of Order 66), faced the difficult task of portraying the clones as both heroic and vulnerable brothers-in-arms, as well as individuals stripped of their free will. During Order 66, the genocide of the entire Jedi Order, the clones’ inhibitor chips and conditioning forced them to engage in the violence against the Jedi, making the clones responsible for the murder of the individuals they once fought and died alongside.

In the final arc of the series, The Clone Wars team used the helmet of the clone troopers as an important symbol. While the helmet often served as a symbol of brotherhood among the clone troopers, the final four episodes gained new meaning as clones and Jedi complete their collision course. The removal helmet was often used to illustrate the humanity of the clones and it served as a reminder of their personal identities. In contrast, during and after Order 66, the helmet was used as a symbol of how the clones were often treated as disposable soldiers, with the galaxy at large generally disregarding their personal identities and emotions. In conclusion, the helmet served as one of key symbol within the finale, helping to add depth and emotion to the one of the most powerful, haunting stories in Star Wars history.

Helmets As A Symbol Of Uniformity and Comradery Among The Clones

Throughout the seven seasons of The Clone Wars, the helmet of the clones is a key image within the show. Clones are featured in the majority of the show’s episodes, with several episodes focusing primarily on clone troopers like Captain Rex, the clone assigned to work with Anakin Skywalker. Within the Star Wars universe, the clones were created to serve in The Grand Army of the Republic, though the Sith added a second hidden purpose for army. The clones were created from the genetic information of notorious bounty hunter Jango Fett. Because of this, the clones all share the same face, as well as the same voice, that of actor Dee Bradley Baker. On the outer rim planet of Kamino, the young clones were trained within batch of squads, and often mentored by older clones. In this environment, the clones found their role and purpose within the large structure of their army.

For the majority of the show’s episodes prior to season seven (2020), the helmet can be seen as a symbol of unity and comradery among the clones. The shared designed of the helmet and armor help identify the characters as a part of the same army/organization. The helmet reinforces the shared goals of the army and the concept of working together for a greater purpose. For example, in the season 3 episode “ARC Trooper”, clone trooper known as “Fives” makes a speech to inspire the clones to protect the planet of Kamino. Fives rallies his brothers in arms by asserting that the clones are the “same heart, same blood”. Throughout the series, the concept of unity and brotherhood is an important idea to the clones. The clones learn to trust one another in battle and grow close to their squad mates. This deep bond between clones, often symbolized by the helmets they wear, contribute to a shared sense of duty and sacrifice that was a huge part of the television series.

The comradery of the clones is on display in the first episode of the four part finale called “Old Friends Not Forgotten” (Season 7, Episode 9). In the episode, the clone helmet is used to represent the respect the clone troopers have for Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker’s former appretice. Though Ahsoka has left the Jedi order, she has fought alongside the clones throughout war and is deeply bonded to them. In the episode, Ahsoka returns to lead the clones on one final mission against Darth Maul on the world of Mandalore. In response to her return, Captain Rex (who is a fierce ally of Anakin and a mentor to Ahsoka), has the clones paint their helmets to match her distinct orange and white facial marking. Each clone under Ahsoka command is distinctly marked as part of her task force.

This gesture of tremendous respect is punctuated with Anakin’s assertion that loyalty means “everything to the clones”. Rex and the other clones honor Ahsoka, who has fought besides them every step of the way. Rex’s gesture helps illustrate that the clones treat her like an honorary member of their fraternity. This moment demonstrates that before Order 66, the clones extended their loyalty to many of the Jedi, who they fought alongside with. This helps to show why many Jedi never suspected an attack like Order 66: their clones had showed the Jedi unwavering loyalty and commitment. While the moment between Ahsoka and her clones is moving and emotional in “Old Friends Not Forgotten”, it takes on a darker edge in the final two episodes where Ahsoka is force to fight against clones that are “wearing her mark” (Asher-Perrin).

The Humanity And Distinct Personalities Of the Clones Was A Key Part Of The Series

Since the first episode of The Clone Wars, the clones were shown to be more than just identical, disposable soldiers. In a review for The Final Season of The Clone Wars for SYFY Wire, Caitlin Busch asserted that a crucial aspect of the animated series’s storytelling has always been about showing that “the clones are individuals”. The show made individual clones troopers, like Captain Rex and Commander Cody, important parts of the series and many of the clones became beloved characters in their own right.

One of the issues withthe prequel trilogy was the the three year time jump between Attack of the Clones (Episode II) and Revenge of the Sith (Episode III). In short, the films jump from the beginning of the clone wars to the final months, leaving the bulk of the war unexplored. This decision left the audience with no discernible evidence about why the Jedi trusted the clones. Similarly, the audience did not have any attachment to the clones who appeared in Episodes II or III. The Clone Wars animated series fixed these problems by giving context to the audience and documenting the events of the war. The show was especially effective at examining the experience the clones had during the war, which included a great deal of loss.

One of The Clone Wars longstanding goals as a series was to show the experience of the clones and to humanize the individual clone troopers. The series did an excellent job of conveying the individual personality of clones by giving them distinct helmet art and hair style, along with varying temperaments and character traits. In an article for, Emmet Asher-Perrin points out that instead of a faceless army, the audience has “clone troopers that we’ve spent seasons alongside”. Characters like Captain Rex, Fives, Echo, Heavy, and Commander Kody became as important and beloved as many of the Jedi in the series, despite these characters having the same face and having the same voice actor. These characters were remarkably distinct despite the fact they had the same facial features and voice actor. Fans of the series could easily tell one clone from another, which was a remarkable achievement that the cast and crew should be lauded for.

Finally, the team developing The Clone Wars worked hard throughout the series to show that the clones were not a monolithic, faceless army, but rather a group of deeply connected but distinct brothers. In the show, the audience saw clones with different roles and even those who viewed their identity different from the other clones in their unit. Throughout the early seasons of The Clone Wars, the audience was presented with clones who committed treason, clones who were deserters, and clones that were genetically flawed. The inclusion of a diverse group of clone characters demonstrated that while the troopers were initially thought of as the same, their individual experiences within the war helped shaped the characters in distinct ways.

The Helmet Conceals The Clones Humanity During Order 66

The helmet plays a key role in the intimate drama between Ahsoka and the clones during the chaos of Order 66. Order 66 is the name given to the event where Supreme Chancellor Palpatine (secretly the Sith Lord Darth Sidious) activates a secret order that hijacks the clone troopers’s free will and compels them to attack all Jedi across the galaxy. Due to a micro chip that was place inside their head, known as the inhibitor chip, the clones are powerless to stop the massacre. In the penultimate episode “Shattered” (Season 7, Episode 11), the audience sees the experiences of Rex and Ahsoka have during Order 66. The episode opens with Rex and Ahsoka taking Maul back to Coruscant to face justice for his numerous crimes. As their Star Destroyer is heading through light speed, the clones receive Order 66 and the massacre of the Jedi is initiated.

During the events of Order 66, the helmet is a key symbol for the clones and their powerlessness to defy Order 66. As Rex receives Darth Sidious’s command, the audience can see Rex struggling against his inhibitor chip. The camera is framed on Rex’s helmet during the scene, and the audience can see Rex’s helmet shaking violently in his hands. Rex is clearly struggling with the role given to him and the other clones. The tension builds in the scene until we see Rex’s helmet tumbling to the ground. As Rex aims his blasters at Ahsoka, Rex’s face is contorted in agony as he struggles against the inhibitor chip and its programming. Discussing that moment, Dave Filoni assert that Rex has is able to resist Order 66 for moments because he has some “consciousness that this has all gone down the wrong way, but he can’t prevent it from happening”. As Ahsoka escapes the bridge and Rex dons his fallen helmet, the clones’ humanity is effectively hidden from both Ahsoka and the audience.

As Rex chases Ahsoka in the aftermath of her escape from the bridge, he wears his helmet for the rest of the sequence, a clear sign of the lose of identity that all the clones suffered during Order 66. In an interview with Nerdist, Dave Filoni discussed the desire to show how the clones were being stripped of their free will. Filoni asserts that the team tried “every method possible, visually, musically, color-wise to show that they became somebody else” (Ratcliffe). It is notable that for much of “Shattered”, including the sequence where Clones are chasing Ahsoka, that all of clones troopers are wearing their helmets. In this situation, the helmet work to conceals the humanity and individuality of the clones. “Shattered” shows that inhibitor chips transformed the diverse clone population into slaves with a single, terrible purpose.

It is only in the final minutes of the episode, where Ahsoka captures Rex in the medical bay and is in the process of surgically removing Rex’s inhibitor chip, that Rex’s helmet is removed. The removal of his helmet and inhibitor chip allow Rex to act as an individual, free from the control of Order 66. In his first moments of true freedom, Rex chooses to save Ahsoka by firing on his clone brethren. Rex chooses to protect Ahsoka against the other clones, who are still controlled by their inhibitor chips. The penultimate episode ends with Rex and Ahsoka pinned down in the med bay, preparing to confront the clones, who now appeared as a faceless, merciless army.

Ahsoka’s Heartfelt Acknowledgement of The Clones’ Humanity

The final episode “Victory and Death” (Season 7, Episode 12) has a slew of emotional moments, but one of the most significant moments involves Rex and his helmet. As Ahsoka and Rex search for a way to escape from the failing Star Destroyer, the pair find themselves blocked by a full garrison of clones. Since the ships in the hanger are the only means of escape, the clone troopers know that Rex and Ahsoka will need to confront them in order to escape. In an exchange with Rex, Ahsoka clearly states her desire not to kill any more clones. Rex (wearing his helmet) lashes out at her, reminding her that his “brothers are willing to die and take you and me along with them”. Rex, speaking from experience, is aware that brainwashing surrounding Order 66 compels the clones to disregard their own safety and survival if it means killing Ahsoka.

In response to Rex’s fiery speech, Ahsoka reaches out and gently removes Rex’s helmet. With downcast eyes and tears dripping down Rex’s cheek, the full depth of Rex’s pain and confusion becomes clear to the audience. Rex has entered an impossible situation; he has been forced to fight against his brothers, with no hope of negotiating or reasoning with them. While many in the galaxy (and the audience) may view the clones as faceless and disposable soldiers, this sequence helps demonstrate that underneath their armor, the clones are “people, not photocopied cogs in a massive machine” (Asher-Perrin). Rex’s pain is as real as any pain that is experienced by Ahsoka, Anakin, or Obi-Wan.

With the removal of Rex’s helmet, Ahsoka acknowledges the pain, the grief, and conflict that Rex feels. Ahsoka’s statement to Rex underscores the supressed and undervalued humanity of not just Rex, but the entire clone army. Ahsoka reminds Rex that he is a “good soldier” and so is “every one of those men down there”. This moment demonstrates that Ahsoka is still able to recognize the shreds of humanity that exist within the clones, regardless of how they have been manipulated by Supreme Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sidious. Ahsoka’s choice to minimize casualties is one that reduces her odds of a successful escape, but choice serves to demonstrate how deeply Ahsoka cares about the troopers who once fought alongside her.

Finally, Ahsoka’s tenderness and empathy for the clones is contrasted by the viscious actions of Darth Maul, who Ahsoka releases in an attempt to improve her odds of escaping. Maul murders dozens of clones without hesitation and critically damages the ship’s hyperdrive. This destructive action sends the large vehicle into a deathly spiral that will end with a crash on a nearby moon, an event that is destined to everyone clone on board. While Ahsoka wishes to spare as many troopers as possible, Maul’s destructive violence shows that he does not care about a single clone life on the Star Destroyer. For Maul, the clones are faceless obstacles standing between him and his escape, echoing the actions of his former master Darth Sidious, who stripped the clones of their free will during Order 66.

A Final Heartbreaking Reminder

The final scenes of The Clone Wars have incredible impact on the audience. Augmented by a haunting score by Kevin Kiner, the sequences have some of the heartbreaking imagery in the series.

While Ahsoka and Rex escape from the damaged Star Destroyer before it crashes into a moon, all the clones on board are killed. Ahsoka and Rex, the later of which is no longer wearing his helmet, bury what remains of the fallen soldiers. The result is a mass grave with the only visible remnant of the clones being their helmets, which are staked on sticks above the graves. This image of the helmets on the graves is another crucial acknowledgement of the clones as individual. Ahsoka and Rex take time to bury the fallen clones with “all the dignity they are owed” (Asher-Perrin). This sentiment is one echoed by Dave Filoni himself, who asserts that Rex and Ahsoka honor the fallen who are “friends, even though they tried to kill them” (Ratcliffe). It is a final tribute to the clones, who were brothers to Rex and comrades to Ahsoka.

The final scene of the series is a flash forward, with Darth Vader visiting the remains of the Star Destroyer. Very little of the mass grave is visible through the snow. The series concludes by lingering on the image of a single clone helmet bearing Ahsoka facial markings, half buried in the snow. This scene has huge symbolic importance to the series. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Filoni points out that “the clones, for all their character and all their individuality” are gone in the final scene replaced by the storm troopers who are “completely devoid of it [personality]”. In the previous episode “Shattered” Rex’s quote discussed how the clones’ existence is tied to the war, reminding Ahsoka that “many people wish it [The War] had never happened, but without it, we wouldn’t exist”. The grim final moments of the series shows that with the war over, the usefulness of the clones has also evaporated.

The helmet is a heartbreaking image to conclude the show. It demonstrates the “the true cost of what Palpatine did”, not just to the Jedi, but also to the clones (Ratcliffe). While the long, arduous war involved many demonstrations of the diversity and agency of the clones, the final moments of the war reveal how “disposable” the troopers were to Darth Sidious and the galaxy as a whole. Very few beings will remember the individual clones and their distinct personalities. Names like Jesse, Fives, Kody, and Rex will be lost to time. The bravery, and brotherhood that the clones demonstrated will be lost to time. The clones, who had different hopes, dreams, fears, and personality quirks throughout the series will be forgotten. A major group of heroes from the war have become faceless, left without any lingering identities. Nothing else remains besides their weathered helmets.

When The Clone Wars was cancelled in 2014, there was an outcry of support for the beloved series. For years, fans were frustrated that one of the most important stories in Star Wars history was left unfinished. When the show was brought back in 2020 for a twelve episode conclusion on Disney+, the Lucasfilm team was finally able to bring the story to its emotional and tragic conclusion.

By focusing on the events of Order 66 through the eyes of Rex and Ahsoka, the team behind the finale made one of the most horrific events in Star Wars history incredibly intimate. The pain and grief that Rex and Ahsoka experience as they fight against their former comrades make the event even more heartbreaking than its previous portrayal in Revenge of the Sith. As the series concluded, the symbol of the clone helmet was used to remind fans that before their horrible end, the clones were more than disposable soldiers to the audience, as well as to characters like Ahsoka. With distinct personalities, beliefs, and fears, the clone characters demonstrates their free will and a range of emotions in unexpected ways.

The helmet become the key symbol in the final arc of The Clones Wars. On one side, the helmet became of symbol of the faceless terror that the Clones became during Order 66, a group lacking individual identity or humanity. In contrast, the removal of the helmet was used to illustrate Rex’s humanity as well of that of all his brethren. As the series concludes among ashes and graves, all that remained of the clones was a single symbol: the helmet they wore. It was a symbol which defined them as a collective group, but one that often masked the individuality that the audience saw in them over the course of seven wonderful, evocative, and emotional seasons.

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Star Wars: 10 Costume Details You Never Noticed On Clone Troopers

The Clone Troopers in Star Warsare very specifically designed. They make reference in many ways to their future as Stormtroopers, while also demonstrating the level of construction and creativity during the Clone Wars era of the Galactic Republic.

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There are many familiar elements in the Clone costumes of these troopers. Some of these details may have gone unnoticed to some but are actually a huge part of the story that is being told with each battalion and each individual trooper. Animators, costume designers, and concept artists have all worked tirelessly to make these suits of armor feel genuinely authentic and like they are continuing to evolve.

10 Aerodynamic Fin

Early into the Clone Wars, the troopers have angled helmets with small fins at the top. These fins remained consistent in many designs of the Clones, but towards the end it became an element mostly connected with some of the higher roles in the army.

The fin is likely to increase aerodynamics. Most Clone Troopers would have to jump on a vehicle at some stage and these helmets were therefore adaptable. However, they would have been more expensive and eventually became the exception for troopers that needed it.

9 Ventilation Progression

Earlier designs of the Clone armor had much poorer ventilation systems. Due to various events across the saga it became clear that some kind of filtration system need to be included that was a vast improvement over what Clones had before.

The battles were intensifying and other airborne threats like a deadly disease wasn't being filtered by the helmets. The progression of the helmets is clear, with the shape of the masks modifying to include a better breathing system similar to that of the Stormtroopers and updated in the First Order.

8 Jedi Modifications

The Jedi also took some materials from the Clones, but these pieces of armor were the most expensive for the Republic to create. Rather than being able to mass produce them, the Jedi armor was tailored to each individual warrior.

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The armor is designed to be protective where needed but also to allow for the agility and athleticism of these peace keepers. Obi Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker are perhaps most famous for this armor, with Anakin donning a dark variation, foreshadowing his time as Darth Vader.

7 Cold Assault Thermal Seals

There are a number of variations for the Clone Troopers to wear in certain conditions. One such variation is the snow design built for cold conditions, found on planets such as Hoth. The design does a very specific thing.

While the extra cloth round the helmet looks like it's for some extra protection from the elements, it actually creates a complete seal which allows the armor to hold in both natural and man-made heat. The whole armor is completely sealed in this way.

6 ARF Weighting

Advanced Recon Force (ARF) Troopers, or yet again Scout Troopers, are completely different from most Clones. Their armor does look very different on the face of it, with their helmets clearly designed for optimal usage on the speeder bike.

More importantly, the whole suit is actually much lighter than a traditional Clone Trooper. They move a lot differently in all the scenes they are in, with the lighter design making it easier to move rapidly in tense situations.

5 All-Terrain Footwear

Whether it's at the start of their careers or at the very end during Order 66, Clone footwear actually remained largely the same which is surprising. In fact, it appears that the same footwear is utilized by most members of the army.

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The shoes are clearly designed for every terrain and clip into most of the armors available. This is an incredibly advanced design, with even specialized suits like that of the Snow armor using the same base with few modifications.

4 Heavy Plating

Clone Troopers have incredibly heavy plating around their chests, which is one of the most shot-at areas by droids thanks to their programming to aim for the torso where there's the largest surface area.

This is a demonstration that the armor is designed to actually protect the troopers and that the Republic cares about the lives that are on the line. Stormtoopers and First Order Troopers have much less protection from blasters. Even Captain Rex survived a straight shot thanks to the plating.

3 Commando Helmets

The Republic Commando armor originally became popularized thanks to a video game series, though it was officially brought into canon when included in the Battlefrontgame and seen in the animated Star Wars shows.

The armor is much heavier in every way, but one of the key design choices was to have a much wider mask and heavier eye plating. Republic Commandos carry serious fire power and grenades, so the increase in surface area decreases those blasts for the Commandos, protecting them.

2 Tactical Gloves

Almost every version of the Clone Trooper has a similar set of gloves. All of them have flexible— but heat protective— material on the fingers and palms and armor on the back of the hands.

When using a weapon appropriately these gloves are perfect. They are designed so that the non-armored areas can move freely but are covered by the blaster or weapon of choice. Meanwhile, at the prominent rear of the hand remains protected.

1 Kama Additions

Kama is a kind of leathery or plastic material that was used as a further protective layer for Troopers towards the end of the Wars. Originally used by higher ups, this useful piece of clothing became much better for mass production.

Increasing the surface area for weapon and gadget attachments, it's also an extra layer of protection from blasts— or even from the flora and fauna of a particularly dangerous region in the galaxy far, far away.

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Star Wars: Phase I vs. Phase II Clone Trooper Armor - Which Is Better?

In Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Phase II clone armor differered in a lot of ways from that of Phase I. Here's how and which one was better.

In Star Wars, the Jedi might have been the military commanders during Clone Wars, but it was the clones themselves who were the symbol of the Grand Army of the Republic. However, as the Clone Wars progressed, the clone troopers moved from Phase I to Phase II armor, which resulted in them looking much different from how they first appeared at the First Battle of Geonosis.

But which set of armor was better, and what characterized and differentiated Phase I armor from Phase II?

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Star Wars Phase I Clone Trooper Armor, Explained

At the request of Darth Tyranus, the Kaminoans used Jango Fett as the template for the Grand Army of the Republic. Because of this, they also used Jango’s Mandalorian armor suit as the basic design for the clones’ armor, which is where the base design of the Clone Trooper Phase I armor comes from.

Since the clones were all based on a single template, they all had the exact same height, weight and build. This was convenient and cost-efficient, because it allowed clone armor to be mass-produced, with each set containing the same basic features. The armor was made out of thick, white plastoid. Notably, their helmets included a life-support system, a tracking device and a commlink. In Phase I, extra features such as macrobinoculars and rangefinders required additional attachments.

The most important function of Phase I armor was that it was pressurized, which meant that a clone trooper could breathe in the vacuum of space. Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 1, Episode 2, “Rising Malevolence,” showcases this when Jedi Master Plo Koon is stranded in an escape pod with a few surviving clone troopers after being attacked by the Separatist army. Since the episode is set early in the Clone Wars, the troopers are able to exit the pod and defend themselves from the attacking droids.

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Star Wars Phase II Clone Trooper Armor, Explained

Phase II armor was implemented roughly a year into the Clone Wars and slowly phased-in after obtaining the approval of ARC troopers like Jesse. Although Phase II armor is still made of the same white plastoid, it's recognizably different from the Phase I armor. The Phase II helmet crest, for example, does not come to a point in the rear, and there is an upgraded breath filter and annunciator on the front. However, unliked Phase I armor, Phase II armor was not pressurized and so required an external respirator in low-oxygen environments.

In addition to the helmet, another difference in the Phase II armor is the overall functionality. When the Kaminoans designed the Phase I armor, they were not overly familiar with the physiology of humans, so the armor was uncomfortable. As a result, the cloners sought to introduce improvements in the Phase II set of armor. Accordingly, they designed the Phase II armor to be lighter, better fitting and offer more protection.

Another change in Phase II armor was the ability to customize the armor for specialized clones and their various missions. As the war spread across the Galaxy to different worlds, clones were sent into new environments, and they needed their armor to be able to protect them accordingly. This meant that the armor was more expensive than the Phase I model.

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Which Is Better: Phase I or Phase II Armor?

Clone troopers often viewed themselves as expendable for the sake of the Republic. They were created for the sole purpose of combat. However, as the war progressed, the Jedi began to realize that clones were living beings with individual personalities, regardless of how they were created. Steven Barnes' 2004 novel, The CestusDeception, shows how Jedi value the clones as individuals. The book notes, “[It] didn’t matter that they’d all begun life in identical artificial wombs. In millions of tiny ways, their conditioning and experience were different, and that created differences in both performance and personality.”

Phase I armor was mass-produced for an army bred to fight and die. Phase II armor, even though it was more expensive, offered countless benefits for the Republic. It offered a sense of individuality to each trooper because each suit could be specialized if needed, and it was more comfortable for the wearer. In the end, Phase II armor represents how clones were gaining status in the eyes of the Republic and, more specifically, the Jedi as they became comrades while fighting alongside one another.

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9 of the Best Helmets in Star Wars

What’s Star Wars without helmets? From the get-go, Star Wars filmmakers have depended on helmets to communicate evil intent and mystery to the audience. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best of them — from clones to Mandalorians, these are nine of our favorites.


1. Mandalorian

The Mandalorian culture is one that means different things to different people. But one thing that will forever be linked with Mandalore is its legendary, incredible armor design. From Sabine Wren and Bo-Katan Kryze to Pre Vizla — and, yes, let’s also not forget the Boba and Jango Fett (who aren’t even Mando by birth!) — the Mandolorian helmet is as legendary and unique as those who wear it. And it’s now synonymous with Star Wars‘ greatest new hero, the Mandalorian.

The simple T-shaped visor, the drop-down viewfinder/antenna, and tough-as-nails beskar construction all make this the absolute coolest headgear anyone, loyal clan member, and dangerous bounty hunter alike, could don.

Imperial Stormtrooper

2. Imperial Stormtrooper

The original trilogy’s stormtrooper is perhaps the most iconic helmet in the galaxy. When you look into the visage of an Imperial stormtrooper, you’re looking into the face of the entire Empire. These faceless warriors advertise their reputation before they start shooting: one of the last things you might see as the Empire invades is a wave of skull-faced warriors descending on you.

Sure, as Luke Skywalker notes, the helmets are hard to see out of. But fear is a powerful weapon, making the frightening Imperial Stormtrooper helmet one for the ages.

Darth Vader

3. Darth Vader

Anakin Skywalker’s life-support mask is probably the scariest in the saga. With its tapered, samurai-inspired helmet, bulging eyes, knife-like cheeks, and screaming front grille, Vader embodies the ferocity and power of the Sith. With such an intense visage, Vader can terrify with a simple turn of the head or glare before he even lifts a finger.

Clone Troopers

4. Clone Troopers

During the major phases of the Clone Wars, the clones wore two significant variants of bucket: the original, and the Phase II types. The “Boys in White” started off with pretty awesome helmets, featuring a big fin on the top, and a Mandolorian-inspired visor. The fin on the helmet was painted different colors to denote rank.

The second phase helmets have what looks to be an improved breath filter system, a smaller fin up top, larger lenses, and were often adorned with painted decorations, like the Ahsoka Tano-inspired livery of the 332nd Company, or the red dashes on the clone shock troopers who acted as part of the Coruscant Guard.

Kylo Ren

5. Kylo Ren

As the master of the Knights of Ren, Kylo Ren proudly wears his custom helmet, projecting a new icon of fear and oppression into the galaxy. This combat-grade helmet’s weathered exterior hints at the horrors Kylo Ren has unleashed on anyone in his way. Its gleaming chrome stripes accent the aggressive tinted lens through which Kylo views a twisted version of the galaxy. The small but noticeable flare on the back of the helmet signals Kylo’s birthright and pays homage to Darth Vader himself.

Kylo destroyed his helmet in a fit of rage after Snoke dismissed it in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but it was repaired in  Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, making a triumphant return.

Imperial Red Guard

6. Imperial Red Guard

The Emperor’s trusted protectors come from a long lineage of bodyguards, going all the way back to the days of the Republic. These smooth helmets feature a simple eyeslit and little else, lending them a creepy, expressionless look that fully hides the intent of the wearer.

During the rise of Palpatine, the guard helmets transformed from an open-faced, blue plasteel with a decorative comb on the top to a fully-enclosed design in a deep red. Could it be that the change in aesthetic signaled the shift away from an open democracy and towards a dictatorship?

Sidon Ithano

7. Sidon Ithano

This Delphidian pirate of many nicknames has a flair for the theatrical, making his awesome crimson mask a shoo-in for this list. Even though Captain Ithano is a humanoid alien, he wears a Kaleesh mask with blacked-out eyeholes to hide his true identity. Its wide side-spikes give Ithano a distinctive look that probably works in his favor, especially when negotiating payment once a job’s complete.

Ubese's helmet

8. Ubese Helmet

When you need a disguise — let’s say for a daring rescue mission — you can’t go wrong with the classic Ubese helmet. Its nifty top-mounted display, prominent mouthpiece, and asymmetrical shape make it distinct. Yet it doesn’t put form over function: it hides facial expressions and its speech scrambler masks any voice perfectly. Your own friends won’t suspect someone who loves them is wearing this helmet!

Death Trooper

9. Death Trooper

Imperial troops are menacing as-is but these guys? Bone-chilling! Their jet-black helmets have lighted green accents, making them extra eerie. The death trooper’s longer, lean, and slightly angular helmet is threatening from the get-go, giving the black-on-black getup a look that will have you questioning whether these elite troops are droids, humans…or something else entirely.

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