STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS (HASBRO)
“Captain Rex accompanies Anakin Skywalker to the planet Teth to rescue Jabba’s kidnapped son. Like all clone troopers, Captain Rex believes that the mission always comes first. When he and his fellow troopers are surrounded by battle droids, outnumbered and outgunned, he never wavers in his commitment to the mission, even if it means this battle could be his last.”
The Clone Wars begins with a focus on characters we’ve seen before in the main movie, but to allow for a little bit of visible growth, given its status as an inter-quel, there were a few new characters as well. Over the course of the series, two of these new characters, Jedi padawan Ahsoka Tano and Clone Trooper Captain Rex, become the central focus of the series, as their unique views on the titular conflict allow for quite a journey for both characters. Today, I’m looking at the first figure of one half of that pair, Captain Rex, today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Captain Rex was figure 4 in the first series of Hasbro’s Clone Wars tie-in line, and was released with the main product launch before the pilot movie hit theaters. Just before this figure’s main release, there was a special mail-away “Sneak Preview” version, which is more or less the same figure, albeit with an ever so slightly different paint scheme, and slightly different accessories. The one seen here is the initial release, however. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 24 points of articulation. The Clones always had the best articulation in the line, and, apart from t-hips instead of universals, it really didn’t get any better than this. Rex shares a number of parts with the standard Clone Trooper, namely the arms and legs. The head, torso, and pelvis were unique when the figure first dropped, but pretty much everything on the figure would eventually be re-used elsewhere. It was generally a pretty strong sculpt. It’s not perfect, and it certainly doesn’t have the polish of the later Jet Pack Rex, but it was a good effort for the start. The articulation on the hips is a bit stiff, but he’s otherwise quite posable, and it’s generally a good mix of function and aesthetics. The helmet on this figure is removable, and it’s probably the weakest aspect of the figure. Later removable helmets were more consistent with the non-removable ones, but this one’s oddly shaped to accommodate the design set-up. The underlying head is a passable sculpt, but it suffers from the recurring issue of the early clones, where their faces made them look much older than they should have looked. Rex’s paint work is fairly involved, and very much on par with the rest of the figures from the same time. The base work is a little bit on the dark side, especially on the blues, so some of the contrast is lost a bit in some spots. As a first release, he’s also got a lot of that black wash to add the grimy look to him. It’s a little heavy handed in some spots, but he’s at least unique when compared to later clones. Rex is packed with his long blaster rifle, two small blaster pistols, a grapple attachment for the front of the rifle, and two different missiles for it.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Back when the line launched, this was one of the first four figures I grabbed from Target, prior to seeing the movie or the show. Obviously, I didn’t know who Rex was yet, but I had liked Fordo in the 2D series, as well as his corresponding figure, so I saw this one as at the very least an update to that. Rex would wind up becoming one of my favorite Star Wars characters, so it was a figure purchase that certainly worked out for me in the end.