STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
Ever since The Force Awakens re-launched everything, I’ve been on a pretty serious Star Wars kick, and it’s only gotten worse with all the Rogue One stuff. One of the things I’m finally getting around to as part of said kick is watching Star Wars: Rebels. I gotta say, I don’t know why I put it off for so long, it’s definitely a fun show. One of the cool things about the show is how it’s connecting its predecessor Clone Wars with the Original Trilogy, by bringing in a few of Clone Wars’ original characters. One of my personal favorites from Clone Wars was clone Captain Rex, who appears in Rebels during the second season. I haven’t gotten to him on the show just yet, but that didn’t stop me from picking up his action figure!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Captain Rex is from the towards the tail-end of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens line. He was part of the third Desert Gear assortment, alongside Unkar Plutt and FN-2187. This assortment technically hit back in February, but most places didn’t see it until early summer. Rex is based on his Rebels appearance, which is a fair bit removed from his Clone Wars look, what with it being 15 years later and all. The figure stands about 3 3/4 inches tall and has the basic 5 points of articulation we’ve come to expect from the standard 3 3/4-inch stuff. Rex’s sculpt is unique to him, and it does an alright job translating his show design into plastic form. I wouldn’t mind a bit more fine detailing here and there, but the overall appearance matches up pretty well. For some reason, Rex has been sculpted with his chest puffed out bit and his neck set back. The only way to get him to look forward is to tilt the head down as far as it will go on the ball joint, and even then he’s still sort of looking upward. I’m not sure why they handled him that way, and it makes posing him rather difficult. In terms of paint, Rex is certainly well executed from at technical standpoint, with most of the paintwork being rather clean. The real issue is that he’s actually too clean. His show design has the armor looking rather disheveled, but on the figure that’s really limited to just the bottom of his boots. He doesn’t look terrible by any means, but he isn’t quite as cool as he could be either. Rex includes a pair of small blaster pistols, just like the ones he carried during Clone Wars, which can be stored in the holsters on his legs. He also has his helmet, which seems slightly oversized, but is still pretty cool. I especially like that he still has the tally marks that he was sporting towards the end of TCW. Lastly, Rex has a piece of the build-a-whatsit thing. It’s a staff that fires a missile. It’s actually not as lame as prior pieces, but still not adding much value to the figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I actually picked up Rex before starting Rebels, back during the summer. I was in upstate New York with Super Awesome Girlfriend and her aunt and uncle on an RV trip, and I found this guy at the local Walmart. Not gonna lie, I partly bought him because he was one of the few figures there I didn’t have, and I was sort of going into withdrawal due to not having ready access to internet and being in a town with literally nowhere to buy action figures (apart from said Walmart). That being said, I’d been intrigued by this figure since seeing his prototype at SDCC. I’ve always had a soft spot for Rex, and I look forward to seeing him on the show.