Monday, April 2, 2012

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,774: Clone Trooper Kix

CLONE TROOPER KIX Hunt for Grievous
The Clone Wars Battle Packs
Item No.:
Asst. 35566 No. 35580
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Blaster, stand, game card, 2 other figures
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $26.99
Availability: July 2011
Appearances: The Clone Wars

Bio: "Kix" was the nickname of a clone trooper medic who served in the 501st Legion, a unit in the Galactic Republic's Grand Army, during the Clone Wars. Kix, Jesse, and Hardcase took the injured Rex to a nearby homestead to recover, while they returned to join Kenobi and his team. (Stolen from Wookieepedia.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' former kitchen.

Commentary: Another clone! This one is Kix, and he is one of very few medics to appear in the Clone ranks. The figure was sold in a set with a different enough to be interesting pair of Rex and Grievous, each of which had some interesting alterations that go beyond mere batch changes or minor variations. Kix though, is unique-- it takes the new basic clone body (no ankles) and gives him a new blue paint job so he can hang out with your other clones and be slightly different. Since the armor deco is unique to this figure, which is exclusive to this set, you'll probably want to track it down-- particularly if your local stores still have him on clearance. The figure has the same increasingly maddening hip joints which are not conducive to sitting, a thin build, and overall decent articulation in terms of quantity goes. Since 2003 we've been in such a rush to get to super-poseable figures that it seems a lot of people don't care that this figure has pretty weak hip joints which aren't as good as the old Kenner toys. I guess that's progress?

Collector's Notes: This entire assortment has gone to clearance at many big box stores, so he's probably already gone from your local distribution area. You may need to check closeout stores, online, eBay, or Toys R Us as they never mark anything down and hang on to stuff for ages.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,774: April 2, 2012

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