AT-RT (w/ ARF TROOPER BOIL)
STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS (HASBRO)
“Clone trooper Boil pilots an AT-RT during the battle to retake Geonosis. An AT-RT (All Terrain Recon Transport) is a one-man walker armed with a repeating laser cannon. With its height, mobility and speed, the walker allows Boil to support the embattled Republic forces as they fight waves of battle droids and Geonosian warriors.”
Since I reviewed Waxer yesterday, it feels kind of wrong to leave this pair incomplete. It’s okay, because Hasbro was way ahead of me on that one, and saw fit to, you know, actually release a Boil that matched with yesterday’s Waxer…before they had even released that Waxer, in fact. That sure was nice of them.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Boil and the AT-RT were released in 2010, as part of the Deluxe Figures sub-line of Hasbro’s Clone Wars tie-in. Each entry in the line was one standard figure paired off with a smaller-scale vehicle. There were a lot of main character variants included, but it did serve as a way for us to get a handful of new or slightly more unique character, including quite a number of clone variants. This was the second ARF Trooper and AT-RT pairing released in the line, and wouldn’t end up being the last. It was, however, the only one with a named clone. Boil is pretty much the same figure as the Waxer I reviewed yesterday, being the same core body and all. I love the core body, and it’s supposed to be the same armor, so that’s hardly a bad thing. He does change up some things on the paint front a bit. His colors are ever so slightly different from Waxer’s, likely due to them being produced a year apart from each other. It’s not really that noticeable, unless you do something stupid like photograph both of them together under heavy contrast lighting. But who would do something stupid like that? Other than that, Boil also ports over his markings from his standard armor, with again the exception of some Numa-inspired graffiti, this time on the right side of his visor. Again, it’s probably my favorite touch on these figures, because it clearly denotes who they’re supposed to be. Boil doesn’t get the heavy gun like Waxer, but he’s still got the standard blaster and a stand. Oh, right, and the AT-RT, of course. First appearing in Revenge of the Sith, the AT-RTs were put to good use in The Clone Wars, and the mold was put to good use here in the toyline. I’ve actually looked at a good chunk of it before, since it got repurposed for the Assault Walker from the Force Awakens line. I liked that one well enough, and that was honestly a dumbed down version of this mold. This one is more clearly designed to work with the included figure, and while it’s still not as articulated as the ones from the show, it’s a pretty nifty little vehicle, and certainly brings value to this set beyond just the Boil figure.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Boil came from the same collection at All Time that got me the matching Waxer, as well as the *other* Boil and Waxer. I actually held off on this one a little bit, because there were two in the collection, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to buy the whole walker just to get a Boil to go with my Waxer. Ultimately, I decided it was probably worth my time, and I’m glad I did, because it’s a fun little set in its own right. Sure, Boil is only superficially different from the Waxer figure I already had, but I like having the two of them in yet another style, and now I’ve finally got one of the AT-RTs to go with the handful of ARF Troopers I’ve already got in my collection. That’s pretty nifty!
As I touched on above, I got this set from my friends at All Time Toys. While the Clone Wars stuff moved pretty fast, they’ve got other cool toys both old and new, so please check out their website and their eBay Store.