STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS (HASBRO)
“Cad Bane is hired by Darth Sidious to break into the Jedi Temple and steal a holocron containing the secret names of future Jedi. The resourceful and cunning bounty hunter carefully puts his plan in place using schematics of the temple, a techno-service droid and an unscrupulous shapeshifter.”
Cad Bane was introduced at the end of Clone Wars‘ first season, following in the tradition of every post-Empire entry in the franchise trying to create the next Boba Fett. In his defense, he’s probably the closest the franchise actually got to that mark, by virtue of just aiming more to be his own thing from the start, thereby making him feel a little less artificial. The same year that Cad Bane debuted on Clone Wars, he also got his very first action figure via the tie-in toyline, and I’m taking a look at that one today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Cad Bane was released in the fourth wave of the 2009 re-launch of Hasbro’s Clone Wars line, where he was figure CW22. He was released alongside Clone Trooper Denal (who Bane notably impersonates after killing him in “Cargo of Doom”), as well as space versions of Anakin and Ahsoka. The figure stands about 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 11 points of articulation. Bane’s articulation is lesser compared to the best in the line, lacking any movement below the hips, as well as having rather restricted motion on the elbows. Also, due to the construction of his elbow joints, his arms have a tendency to fall apart in the middle a lot. All of this makes him a figure that’s just really not great for posing. He’s really just built for standing there. Given how much Bane does in the show, it’s kind of a shame. There were later versions with better articulation, but this one still wound up with the most releases by far, so the mold was just really persistent. The actual sculpt is at least pretty decent. Not a spot on recreation of the animation model, but pretty close, and about on par with the best of the earlier run sculpts, at least in terms of accuracy. His paint work is respectable; the colors match with his show design closely enough, and the blue skin gives him a nice and unique look. Cad was packed with a removable hat (which started the trend of Cad Banes with hats that are hard to keep in place), his two twin blaster pistols, and a larger blaster rifle (missing from mine).
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I got Cad Bane while he was relatively new, but certainly not *brand* new. It was probably in the spring of 2010, which is when I got a lot of my Clone Wars figures, since I suddenly had money and the means to drive myself places. It really increased my toy buying options, I tell ya. The figure’s honestly never been one of my favorites. Like, he’s not bad, but he’s not really great either. There were better versions, but they’re unfortunately a lot harder to get, which is a shame.