CAPTAIN REX Phase II Armor
The Black Series Basic Figure
Item No.: Asst. A5077 No. A8057
Includes: 2 blasters
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: May 2015
Appearances: The Clone Wars
Bio: Captain Rex is a tough, free-thinking Clone Trooper who leads the 501st Legion under the command of Jedi General Anakin Skywalker during the Clone Wars. (Taken from the figure's first release packaging. Later releases have no bio.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
Availability: Click here to buy it at Entertainment Earth now!
Commentary: Few figures get multiple versions, and fewer still go unreleased. This Captain Rex is in a category with both - it's based on the third season of the Clone Wars redesign, but what's really interesting is a) that outfit got a figure in Saga Legends in 2012, and b) a Phase I armor version of this figure was aborted from a planned release in 2012. That one was based on the "Clone Captain" (Fordo) figure we know and love, while this one is a different sculpt. He doesn't have a cloth kama, but he does have holsters for his twin blasters and a helmet that I would say is a bit too tiny given that there should be a human head under there. It's still a decent figure, but the Clones of this figure's wave vary in height and size - which is a no-no if you're dealing with Clones. I'm pretty sure it's the first rule of Clone Club - Thou Shalt All Be the Same Height as Jango Fett. The second rule of Clone Club is probably Thou Shall Get Repainted.
Budgets being what they are, perfection may be beyond our reach but at least we can get some good figures out of this line as it may be driven off into the sunset by the next generation of Star Wars and the advancing age of the fanbase. (There aren't a ton of collectors over 40.)
Collector's Notes: I got this online - you can probably score one for $13-$15. I've seen it in stores, too.
Day 2,166: July 29, 2015