CLONE CAPTAIN REX
STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Clone Captain Rex served the Republic during the Clone Wars, often taking orders from Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano. He viewed military service as an honor, and he always completed his mission.”
When The Black Series launched, I was sticking to a pretty firm “no prequels” rule. Even before breaking that rule so many times over, I had a small few exceptions. Amongst them was the focus of today’s review, Clone Captain Rex. Introduced during the second Clone Wars cartoon, Rex has become one of the biggest break-out characters of the entire prequel era, and is, for me, one of that whole shebang’s most redeeming aspects. And now I have yet another Rex figure. Noice.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Captain Rex was initially released as an exclusive to HasCon last year, before seeing a proper release as figure 59 in the main Black Series line-up, hitting stores in the same early 2018 assortment as Island Journey Rey and DJ. This Rex, like his smaller Black Series counterpart, is based on his design from the end of the Clone Wars show, as they approached the Revenge of the Sith aesthetic. The figure stands 6 1/4 inches tall and he has 31 points of articulation. All of the prior Black Series Clone Trooper releases I’ve looked at have drawn from the same pool of parts. This figure, on the other hand, uses an entirely unique sculpt. As much as I like that old sculpt, I definitely appreciate the changed-up design here, which has sharper detailing, slightly more balanced proportions, and a much more-improved range of motion on the joints. The articulation is definitely my favorite aspect of the new sculpt, especially the shoulders, which actually slot into the shoulder socket, rather than just pushing upward. Like Wolffe, Rex features a removable helmet, which is reasonable enough, though I can’t say that Rex’s animated design has translated all that well to the realistic styling. Fortunately, the helmet is very nicely sculpted and stays on tightly once in place, so you never have to take it off if you don’t want to. Rex’s paint work is one of the best Black Series offerings I’ve gotten. All of the base work is cleanly applied, he’s got some pretty solid weathering on the armored sections (though it gets a little heavy on his helmet and the belt), and he even has all of the tally marks, like his smaller version, no doubt tracking his kill count. It’s a fun little touch, and I’m glad it was included here. Rex is packed with his twin blaster pistols, which are the same ones we saw with Wolffe, and are a very sensible choice for Rex, since he was usually seen carrying them. Like with Wolffe, to have Rex properly dual-wield them, you will need to free his left hand’s trigger finger from the other three, though.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
So, as noted, I’m a pretty big fan of Rex. I couldn’t get the exclusive, so I was definitely down for the mass release…or I would have been if I had been able to find him anywhere. But, try and try as I may, I had no luck with that. Fortunately, Hasbro’s been working to get out re-freshes of some of the harder to find figures, so I was able to get in on a preorder for one of those. It took its sweet time to get here, but he was certainly worth the wait. By far, Rex is the strongest of the Clone Commanders we’ve gotten, and I’m really happy that I was able to get a hold of one.