CLONE COMMANDER WOLFFE
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Clone Commander Wolffe (clone designation CC-3636) served in the Clne Wars as commander of the tight-knit unit known as the Wolfpack. A seasoned and battered combatant, Wolffe has witnessed some of the worst the war has to offer. Despite tragedy, he fights on bravely, proudly brandishing his battle scars and instilling loyalty among his men.”
I swore to myself I wasn’t going to do this. I swore I wasn’t going to get roped into all these 6-inch clone troopers. I stood there, Commander Cody in my hand and said “no.” I broke the rule for Commander Gree, but come on, he’s Gree. I can’t not buy Gree. Except now, I’ve got this thing, where every time the subject of another Clone Commander comes up, there’s this little voice in the back of my head that says “he’d look pretty cool standing next to that Gree figure you have.” Guess I’m just admitting defeat on this one. Well, here’s Clone Commander Wolffe.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Clone Commander Wolffe is an exclusive item from Hasbro’s The Black Series, who sort of stretches the whole “exclusive” label, being available at GameStop, Barnes & Noble, EB Games, and Disney Parks locations. Feels a bit like they decided his exclusive status by throwing darts at the wall there. At least this way, he should be pretty easy to track down. Wolffe had quite a few designs over the course of Clone Wars, beginning his journey as just a uniformed officer, before eventually armoring up. This figure represents him from nearer the end of the show, after the clones had switched over to their Phase II armor like we saw in RotS. It’s Wolffe’s most unique look, and it also means he matches the other Clone Commanders we’ve gotten so far. The figure stands 6 inches tall and he has 29 points of articulation. As with Gree, Wolffe shares a lot of his pieces with the Clone Sergeant I reviewed a ways back. It’s certainly a serviceable body, but just the tiniest bit frustrating, since an improved version was introduced with Captain Rex. This one is beginning to show it’s age, especially when it comes to posablility; those shoulders are quite restricted. In addition, it means he’s still using the exact same hands as the other Clones, which are configured for holding a rifle two-handed. As such, he lacks a proper trigger finger on his left hand, preventing him from holding both of his pistols correctly. It’s a quick modification to separate the index finger, of course, but it’s still the sort of thing Hasbro probably wants to invest in going forward. Wolffe gets a new head, and left shoulder pad, as well as borrowing the belt from Rex. The head gives us a look at Wolffe’s scarred unmasked face, which is a pretty fun sculpt, though I’m not sure I’m seeing much Temuera Morrison in the sculpt. Still, that scar over his eye is quite impressive. He gets helmet to go over the head, of course; Wolffe’s helmet is a more unique one, with a different visor set up, as well as the common rangefinder addition. It goes pretty well over the head, and you probably wouldn’t guess it was removable if you didn’t already know. The belt piece is a simple variation on the basic clone belt, but with two holsters and a cloth kama attached to it. I do wish the kama were just a touch longer, but that’s a fairly minor complaint. Wolffe’s paintwork is pretty decent. All of his character-specific armor detailing has been gotten down, especially on the helmet. He’s got a few bits of weathering, though they aren’t quite as convincing as some of the other troopers. His head gets the face printing, which helps him look more lifelike. In addition to the removable helmet, Wolffe also gets the previously mentioned blaster pistols. It’s a shame he couldn’t also get one of the rifles, but the helmet and two guns are enough to keep him from feeling too light.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Having missed out on Rex, I was as bit more committed to getting this guy. Fortunately for me, Super Awesome Fiancee works at GameStop, so I was able to enlist her help in getting one. He’s not Rex or Gree, but Wolffe is still a pretty darn cool looking guy, and minor flaws aside, he translated well into this Black Series release.