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This article is about 187th Legion. You may be looking for the 187th Battalion, Mace Windu's Attack Battalion, or the regiment of Galactic Marines led by Mace Windu.

The 187th Legion[1] was an elite[2] legion within the Grand Army of the Republic. The legion participated in the Clone Wars between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, and was composed of clone troopers and at least one TX-130 Saber-class fighter tank. The legion was led by Jedi General Mace Windu alongside a Clone Commander.[1]

The troopers of the legion customized their Phase II clone trooper armor with purple markings and a small, dark pauldron on their right shoulder. Their commander utilized clone paratrooper armor with purple markings, a similar pauldron, and a beige kama.[1] The legion shares its color with their Jedi General's[1] unique purple-bladed lightsaber.[3]

Behind the scenes[]

"Get ready to team up with Jedi Master Mace Windu and his elite 187th Legion Clone Troopers."
―Kristin Baver announces the new LEGO Star Wars set featuring the 187th Legion[2]

The 187th Legion was introduced in the "Republic Fighter Tank" set from LEGO Star Wars that was revealed by This Week! in Star Wars on March 31, 2022 by Kristin Baver.[2] The 187th Legion initially debuted in Star Wars Legends, first appearing in the 2006 Hasbro Inc. exclusive set for Target in "Mace Windu's Attack Battalion."[4] The box cover art for the "Republic Fighter Tank" set depict two B1-series battle droids fighting against Mace Windu, two 187th Legion clone troopers, and the Clone Commander aboard a TX-130 Saber-class fighter tank in a mountainous and desert surface.[1]

The Clone Wars[]

"The decision not to use the purple color scheme in Clone Wars goes back to CW Season 1, though I can't speak to why. It's a conscious decision to try [to] keep them as different units rather than the same unit that uses two different color schemes."
―Story Group member Leland Chee[5]

A clone unit led by Mace Windu appeared in the first episode of the seventh and final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, titled "The Bad Batch"[6] and released in February 21, 2020.[7] The episode had originally aired in an unfinished format during Celebration Anaheim on April 17, 2015.[8] According to Lucasfilm Story Group member Leland Chee, the decision to not use the purple color scheme of the 187th Legion was made in the first season of the series,[5] which began airing in 2008.[9] The unit was later named the "187th Battalion" on the Hasbro Pulse livestream for May the Fourth, 2022 as a Star Wars: The Black Series set.[10]

The clone unit Mace Windu led in The Clone Wars.

In the penultimate episode of the first season that aired on March 13, 2009,[11] titled "Liberty on Ryloth," Clone Commander CT-411 "Ponds" served under Mace Windu and had customized his armor with similar color[12] of Mace Windu's unit in the seventh season.[6] Sources including Star Wars Helmet Collection 76[13] and Star Wars: On the Front Lines[14] clarify that Commander Ponds served as the leader of Lightning Squadron[13] of the 91st Mobile Reconnaissance Corps.[14] Chee further elaborated that it was a conscious decision to try to keep them as different units rather than the same unit that uses two different color schemes.[5]

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  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 LEGO.png Republic Fighter Tank on LEGO.com (backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 SWYTlogo.png Obi-Wan Kenobi Series Premiere Update, LEGO Republic Fighter Tank Reveal, and More! on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  3. StarWars-DatabankII.png Mace Windu's Lightsaber in the Databank (backup link)
  4. HasbroInverted.png Star Wars Unleashed (Pack: 187th Legion Troopers (Ultimate Battles)) (backup link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 TwitterLogo.svg Leland Chee (@HolocronKeeper) on Twitter: "The decision not to use the purple color scheme in Clone Wars goes back to CW Season 1, though I can't speak to why. It's a conscious decision to try [to] keep them as different units rather than the same unit that uses two different color schemes." (backup link)
  6. 6.0 6.1 TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Bad Batch"
  7. Gregory Lawrance: What's New on Disney Plus February 2020, Including Toy Story 4. collider.com. Collider. Archived from the original on February 21, 2020.
  8. StarWars.com Star Wars: The Clone Wars "Bad Batch" 4-Episode Arc Coming to Star Wars Celebration on StarWars.com (backup link)
  9. StarWars.com The Clone Wars Episode Guide: Ambush on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  10. YouTube.png Fan First Wednesday | Star Wars May the 4th Be You Livestream on the Hasbro Pulse YouTube channel (backup link)
  11. StarWars.com The Clone Wars Episode Guide: Liberty on Ryloth on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link)
  12. TCW mini logo.jpg Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Liberty on Ryloth"
  13. 13.0 13.1 Helmet Collection logo small.png Star Wars Helmet Collection 76 (Helmets: Commander Ponds; Highlights of the Saga: The End of Endurance)
  14. 14.0 14.1 Star Wars: On the Front Lines
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