STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS (HASBRO)
“Anakin’s padawan Ahsoka both amuses and exasperates her master with her plucky attitude and impertinent comments. She is tasked with keeping Jabba’s son safe as she and Anakin try to escape their attackers. She affectionately nicknames the child “stinky” because of his odor, the characteristic stench given off by the Hutt species.”
Before she was the glue that holds the non-film Star Wars canon together, Ahsoka Tano was the obnoxious tag-along kid sidekick added to The Clone Wars purely for kid appeal. Also, she was the worst thing ever to happen to the franchise. Worse than Jar Jar. Worse than the Ewoks. Worse than Bea Arthur. But, it’s okay, because she’s had like 30 other things replace her as the “worst thing in the franchise.” Also, her writing improved by leaps and bounds very quickly, and by the end of Clone Wars, she and the other all-new central character for the show, Captain Rex, had firmly become the heart of the series. Today, I’m jumping back to her very first figure!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Ahsoka Tano was figure 9 in the 2008 Clone Wars line-up. She headed up the second assortment of the line, which hit a little bit after the movie and series had dropped, and added not only Ahsoka, but also the previously reviewed Commander Cody, Clone Pilot Oddball, and the Super Battle Droid, as well as mixing in the cleaned up variants of Rex and the standard Clone Trooper. She was based on Ahsoka’s initial look on the show, since that was all they had to go by at this point. The figure stands 3 1/4 inches tall and she has 18 points of articulation. While Ahsoka looses out on the elbow joints that the other Jedi got early in the line (largely due to her arms simply not being large enough to sustain the joint construction), she gets a quite literal leg up on the other early Jedi by gettin full knee and ankle movement, which made her surprisingly posable for this point in the line. Her sculpt was an all-new one, as expected. It wound up getting re-used a few times for boxed sets and deluxe releases while this was still her main look on the show. It’s a pretty solid offering, and does a respectable job of capturing her younger animation model. As with all of the early line releases, she’s a little more rounded and “real world” in her proportions, but the general feel of the character is still very much there. This marked the line’s first venture into mixed media, as she gets a cloth skirt in order to maximize posability on the hips. Ahsoka’s paint work is pretty decently handled. I especially like how the markings on the face look. There was a variant to the paint as well on this figure. Early versions were without the eyelashes, while the later releases added them. Mine is the later one, and it’s for the better; the eyes are just framed much better. Ahsoka is packed with her lightsaber, Jabba’s son Rotta, and a backpack for carrying Rotta around. The Rotta figure is pretty fun; he’s got posable arms, and he sits really nicely in the pack. It’s a very inventive accessory.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I will admit, I wasn’t sold on Ahsoka early in the show’s run, but she grew on me fairly quickly, and I liked her well enough to want a figure of her by the end of the first season’s run. Of course, her figure was pretty scarce at the beginning, so it was probably until about the end of 2009 or so that I finally was able to get her. Towards the end of my senior of high school, I used most of my spare cash for Clone Wars figures, and she was one of those figures. She’s pretty solid for an early offering for the line, and I think she still holds up really well.