Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,068: Captain Rex (Saga Legends 2013)

2013 Darth Vader Lava Line Look Saga Legends
Item No.:
Asst. A3857 No. A5794
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #SL10
Includes: 2 blasters
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $5.99
Availability: December 2013
Appearances: The Clone Wars

Bio: Captain Rex is a clone trooper captain in the 501st Legion. He serves under Jedi General Anakin Skywalker, whose missions take the Jedi and his tough, free-thinking captain all across the galaxy to fight the Separatist threat. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam's photo lab.

Availability: Click here to buy it at Entertainment Earth now!

Commentary: Merry Christmas! Hasbro teased a Legacy Collection version of the character which, to date, has not surfaced.  Those wanting a movie-compatible version of Captain Rex have this figure as an option, and it's pretty good.  It lacks numerous paint applications seen on the animation model, but it also has a few more marks than I expected - specifically the kill marks on his arms and legs.  this is easily the most-decorated trooper in the line, and certainly the one with the most gear.  It's worth noting that, for some reason, his pauldron is a separate piece.  It's not easily removed, but you can move it around if you want.   The figure also has working holsters, a first for this new Saga Legends assortment.

To grant him full movement (and the ability to pass The Landspeeder Test), the figure's kama is sculpted to his legs and is not a separate piece.  It looks good, and it works well.   The rangefinder isn't articulated, but that's OK - I don't need movement as long as it looks good.  The figure seems to be largely based on the existing Saga Legends and Mission Series Clone troopers, but each and every part save for the arms seems to have sculpting changes made to them.  There's even an indentation for his pauldron!  Rex is completely lacking in battle damage, but dammit, he looks cool.  You basically know what to expect from him if you've purchased other similar clones in 2013, and while I don't think he'll satisfy those who wanted a super-articulated movie-style Rex figure he's a good figure in his own right.  I'm pleased to have him, especially for the price.

Collector's Notes: I got this from Entertainment Earth in early December.  I have not seen it in stores yet.  You should checkout the image gallery for him - they do nice work there!

--Adam Pawlus

Day 2,068: December 25, 2013

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