Friday, March 15, 2013

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,023: Commander Wolffe

COMMANDER WOLFFE 104th Battalion "Wolf Pack" Clone Troopers
Clone Wars Shared Online Exclusive Ultimate Gift Set
Item No.:
No. A0793
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: 2 blasters, display stand, card, plus Plo Koon, Boost, and Sinker figures
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $39.99
Availability: Fall 2012
Appearances: The Clone Wars

Bio: The famed 104th "Wolf Pack" Battalion serves under Jedi General Plo Koon and is led by Commander Wolffe.  At the Battle of Abregado, the entire battalion was decimated, losing only Wolffe, Sinker, and Boost.  Only luck, ingenuity and the unyielding determination of Plo Koon kept them alive.  The troopers' armor was originally red, but Wolffe, changed it to blue-gray to honor the many comrades who were lost in the battle.  (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam's photo hole.

Commentary: So is Commander Wolffe different?  Yes.  This figure mold was used in early 2012 for a single-carded figure, but this release was from a gift set with other Wolf Pack members.  The first carded one was more of a bluish grey color, but this one is less saturated and more... grey.   The paint on my sample is a little sharper, too, and the figure in the gift set is the better of the two if you ask me.  (Granted, a lot of this is because he matches his men, the carded release in and of itself was just fine.)   I like how the blasters still fit in the holster, but he has no articulation below the hips.  It's not really missed, as the figure's kama restricts the ability to sit and the ankles aren't really necessary, but the mold is mostly a figure to stand around and look good.

I see it as an improvement over the hard-to-find carded counterpart, so if you're on the fence just get the "Wolf Pack" gift set.  You're going to want the squad eventually.

Collector's Notes: Selling from anywhere from $12ish to $40ish, the set is pretty good in the era of the $10 single figure.  For $20, it's a must-buy.  For $30, it's very good.  At $40, only get it if you are too lazy to search around for a better price, or if it's 2029 and it's now a collectible for some reason.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 2,023: March 15, 2013

1 comment:

Elias said...

Articultion below the waist is very missed. Is this a toy or a statue? Great if you buy toys for display. The lack of articulation is going to hurt sales more than they realize.