MANDALORIAN POLICE OFFICER
STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS (HASBRO)
“Mandalorian officers maintain order on Mandalore. Because this planet of warriors has become a world of peace, the guards are seldom needed for more than minor issues. But the Death Watch group has begun committing acts of violence, so the officers are prepared with riot shields and weapons, in case all peaceful solutions fail.”
When Mandalorian culture was brought into Clone Wars‘ second season, there was a great focus on the divide in the two sides of Mandalore; while the antagonistic Death Watch were violent and warlike, the masses at large had attempted to take on a more peaceful stance. The toys, of course, largely focused on the more visually exciting Death Watch side of things, but we did at least get some token coverage for the peace keepers, in the form of the Mandalorian Police Officer. They’re ultimately a minor part of the show, but a cool look is a cool look, especially when it comes to Star Wars.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Mandalorian Police Officer is from the second wave of 2010 offerings for the Clone Wars tie-in line. He’s figure #9 in that year’s line-up, making him the second figure in his assortment, following up the similarly-themed Pre Vizsla figure. The figure stands about 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 14 points of articulation. While the line was generally improving on the articulation front at this point, this guy doesn’t quite benefit from that. Instead, he’s using the early line non-trooper articulation scheme, meaning he’s got decent movement on his arms, but only the basic hip movement, with no knee or ankle joints. I suppose, given his more peaceful nature, that this isn’t as horribly limiting, but it’s a little bit of a bummer. His sculpt was an all-new one, and one which would remain unique for this figure. It’s generally pretty solid, capturing the knight-like design from the show rather well. He’s a bit more angular and stylized than some of the line’s other figures, and his proportions look a little strange, especially with the arms being as long as they are relative to the other parts of the body. The visor is also rather loose fitting, and doesn’t quite sit the way it’s supposed to when it’s down. Beyond that, though, he does what he needs to. His color work is more on the drab side; in the show, the police sported variations of grey (fitting the generally off-white colors of the peaceful Mandalorians), and that’s what we get here. Application’s generally pretty good, and he looks like he should, which is the important thing. The officer is packed with his baton and riot shield, as well as a missile launcher and missile, which can be mounted on the back of the shield. There was also a display stand, as had become standard for the line at this point.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
This guy wasn’t my main want from this assortment back in the day (that was Pre Vizsla), but he was a close second. I always thought this was a pretty cool design, and it’s a shame they never did too much with it. I picked this figure up new, just before starting my freshman year of college. He and Pre were two of the last items I got before moving into my dorm, and were in fact picked up while I was shopping for dorm stuff. I intended to use these two to slow down my figure buying, but that…didn’t happen.
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