The Utapau Airborne Trooper Sixth Scale Figure will be available for Pre-Order through the Sideshow Newsletter on Thursday, June 21st, 2012, which is typically published between 2PM and 3PM (Pacific Time). For those of you who can’t wait to see the full reveal of this Star Wars collectible, we’re posting the product gallery and info a bit early (see below). The Exclusive Utapau Airborne Trooper Sixth Scale Figure, which will include a 2nd Airborne Company Base with ‘Parjai Squad’ Emblem will be priced at US$134.99 while the regular edition, without the 2nd Airborne Company themed base will be priced at US$134.99. Make sure you log into your newsletter account on June 21st, 2012 to secure this piece for your collection.
The 2nd Airborne Company was a division of the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars that consisted of clone paratroopers. The 2nd Airborne was subordinate to the 212th Attack Battalion of the 7th Sky Corps of the Third Systems Army led by Clone marshal commander Cody and High Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi. [source: wookiepedia]
The clone troopers of the 2nd Airborne Company were outfitted with heavy armor suits and helmets designed for high altitude drops. Their armor was marked with two orange slashes across the chest.
Parjai Squad was an elite unit of clone paratroopers in the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars under the command of Sergeant Barlex.
The squad was part of the 2nd Airborne Company, itself a unit of the 212th Attack Battalion of the 7th Sky Corps of the Third Systems Army, led by Clone Marshal Commander Cody and High Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Parjai Squad was one of the first squads to land in the Battle of Utapau and later aided in the subjugation of Utapau following the transmission of Order 66. The clone troopers of Parjai Squad wore specialized armor and helmets that allowed for high altitude drops.
The squad's name, parjai, meant "victory" in Mando'a.
The 2nd Airborne troops showed a dislike to the commandos, because of their Mandalorian training, as the 2nd Airborne had previously fought against Mandalorians, resulting in a number of casualties among the clones.
Since the standard-issued clones were far less immersed in the Mandalorian culture, and also indoctrinated to be absolutely loyal to the Galactic Republic without question, they disliked the clone commandos for blatantly putting their Mandalorian heritage above their loyalty to the Republic.
The 2nd Airborne Company fought General Grievous's droid forces during the Battle of Utapau in 19 BBY, and later helped subjugate Utapau following the transmission of Order 66.
A little trivia - The 2nd Airborne Company was named by author Karen Traviss, in honor of the real-world 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment (a.k.a. 2 Para) of the British Army.