Friday, December 19, 2008

Figure of the Day: Day 918: ARC Trooper Commander

30th Anniversary Collection Order 66 Target Exclusive
Item No.:
Asst. 87356 No. 87666
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: 1 of 6
Includes: Blaster pistols, blaster rifle, Helmet, Obi-Wan figure
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $9.99
Availability: Spring 2008
Appearances: Clone Wars

Bio: Obi-Wan is assisted on many of his missions during the Clone Wars by an ARC Trooper Commander and his elite supercommandos. (Taken from the figure's box.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' TV tray.

Commentary: This ARC Trooper Commander is apparently not Fordo. Ah well. Hasbro hasn't quite perfected Fordo, but this figure serves as a pretty good substitute as it actually has a rangefinder on his helmet, in addition to some armor bits that look pretty slick. The commander's armor is recycled from the Clone Trooper Alpha figure from the 2007 comic pack, as is most of his body. His crotch, thighs, and kama (skirt) are recycled from the 2005 Clone Commander figure, and the end result is actually pretty great. And I'm not just saying that because the grey and red seem to match quite nicely. Heck, Hasbro even retooled the helmet to have a little tab under it to better sit on the figure's head-- this appeared on other ARCs too, but it's still nice to see. Aside from telling you what it's made from, there's not a lot to say about this figure other than it's the best red ARC Trooper money can buy today. This may change, but right now this is your go-to figure for all your red ARC needs. Plus it's kinda cheap given fans didn't exactly embrace the second round of Order 66 with open arms, despite it being a great value with mostly good figures.

Collector's Notes: I expect a reissue at some point in the distant future, but there's no reason you can't get one on eBay. It's long gone from stores in North America, so contact your trading buddies for more here.

Day 918: December 19, 2008

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