The Black Series Basic Figure
Item No.: Asst. A5077 No. A9360
Includes: Helmet, staff, cape/harness, backpack
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: May 2015
Appearances: The Clone Wars
Bio: Serving Jedi Masters Tiplee and Tiplar, this Clone Trooper Commander leads his unit in an attack against separatist forces in the Battle of Ringo Vinda. (Taken from the first release's packaging. The second release had no bio.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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The build is similar to so many that have come before, with a few exceptions. You do get bend-and-swivel wrists, but for some reason he only has a swivel waist. The ankles are normal ball ankles, without the rocker motion. Everything else is on par for a super-articulated clone figure, so it won't upset you if you're a reasonable person. Due to the level of fancy on the paint job on the show, the figure can't match it. Some of the grey markings on the chest are left off, as are some of the visually gorgeous wear and tear on the helmet. Since most people won't compare the two, it won't be a problem - but it's another argument to just make a cheaper figure for six bucks and call it a day. If my choices are a B/B- for $13 or a C/C+ for $6, just give me the $6 version.
With grey and green limbs and a striking deco, this is a fun figure - but one that could have been improved immensely from more and better paint. Should Kotobukiya or Gentle Giant make a collectible of him, I bet it'll be gorgeous. Hasbro's figure is very good - again, the wrist buttons are perfectly done, and the rank badge was well-executed - but his role is to stand around and look cool. He has no friends, no boss, no mission. The lack of themed waves is something I'm really beginning to miss.
Collector's Notes: I got this online - you can probably score one for $13-$15. Depending on where you bought him, him was sold in assortments or via solid-packed cases of 12.
Day 2,178: August 19, 2015