Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,670: Captain Rex

CAPTAIN REX Hunt for Grievous
The Clone Wars Battle Packs
Item No.:
Asst. 35566 No. 35580
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Twin blasters, helmet, pauldron
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $26.99
Availability: July 2011
Appearances: The Clone Wars

Bio: CC-7567, nicknamed "Rex," was a clone trooper captain during the Clone Wars, the galaxy-wide conflict between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Rex was in command of Torrent Company, a unit of the famed 501st Legion in the Grand Army of the Republic. (Stolen from Wookieepedia.)

Image: Adam's old kitchen.

Commentary: Since Captain Rex is a popular character, Hasbro has to keep coming up with new ways to present him as a toy. This version is based on an episode where he gets shot, but not killed, and is incapacitated briefly. The figure's design is similar to the first Captain Rex and uses the same body, plus has has good worn blue striping on his armor. His pauldron and armor have a sort of a bullet hole on his chest and the one on his armor reminds me of those fake bullet hole stickers they put on cars.

After numerous just-different-enough-to-make-you-mad versions of Rex, I'm thankful that this one has a unique, distinctive feature so if I stumble on one in the wild I can at least tell you which one it is. It brings little new to the table-- if you already have a Rex this one won't add much to your life-- but it's a nice variation on how Hasbro handles battle damage on its product.

Collector's Notes: As part of a gift set with another new clone character and a Grievous redeco, you might end up skipping this one. If it's on sale I'd suggest you get it-- it's pretty common right now-- but at full price you may not find it exciting enough to shell out close to $30 for it.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,670: November 8, 2011


CSX4617 said...

The information on Wookieepedia concerning Captain Rex and the 501st is inaccurate. Don't bother with the Clone Trooper articles on Wookieepedia, unless they're lesser-known characters because of the fact that the 501st weren't a legion during the Clone Wars, and Torrent Co. is actually the battalion name for the 501st when they were a battalion during the Clone Wars Era.

CSX4617 said...

In other words:
Clone Wars Era: 501st Torrent Co.
Galactic Civil War: 501st Legion "Vader's Fist"

Chris said...

Missed opportunity with this figure. In the episode they have him bandaged up so a clone with remove able armour would have been a better variation in my opinion but I understand the battle pack mantra of re-use, re-use, re-use.