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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,641: Omega Squad Sniper

OMEGA SQUAD SNIPER Elite Forces of the Republic
30th Anniversary Collection Entertainment Earth Exclusive Mandalorians & Omega Squad Set
Item No.:
Asst. 87467 No. 87455
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Backpack, rifle, shin dongle, 6 more figures
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $39.99
Availability: November 2007
Appearances: Republic Commando novels

Bio: This elite clone commando squad wears black armor, unlike most other commando squads. They are originally from different squads whose ranks were ravaged during the Battle of Geonosis. Those who survived were combined to form the Omega Squad. (Taken from the figure's box.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' parking lot.

Commentary: If you like Omega Squad Clone Commando figures, here's another one. Not explicitly named on the packaging, this black redeco of Sev comes with his accessories and not much else-- the figure is molded in blck, with some minor grey detailing to bring him to life. His visor is a metallic blue, which looks great, and his 10 points of articulation will no doubt continue to infuriate fans for minutes to come, until another figure gets in their vision, because there are almost 2,000 of these things and let's face it: why dwell on being mad?

The design and sculpt are good, the black coloring absorbs a lot of the detail in the armor but black repaints are traditionally always a good thing. Fans like them, and they sell. As part of a gift set which is no longer available, it'll cost you-- but all four commando figures are pretty similar, so if you only got one, you've pretty much got them all. (There are some very minor deco and accessory changes.) I like this figure just fine, and wouldn't mind seeing a new version of it hit the shelves again.

Collector's Notes: A single figure (unpackaged) will set you back about $10-$20. The boxed set is significantly more expensive, and was one of the last online exclusive boxed sets that really seemed to catch fire on the secondary market.

--Adam Pawlus


Day 1,641: September 28, 2011

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