STAR WARS: CLONE WARS (HASBRO)
“Through the creative vision of Lucasfilm Ltd. and the Cartoon Network, the Clone Wars are brought to life in an exciting new series of short animated chapters. A unique animation style captures the drama of this epic period in galactic history along with its outstanding heroes and adversaries. Noble Jedi warriors lead Clone Troopers into battle against the evil Separatist forces and their droid armies. Anakin, Obi-Wan, Yoda and their comrades struggle against the rising power of the dark side and confront personal challenges against a backdrop of war-torn planets”
Easily the best thing to come out of the Star Wars prequels is Genndy Tartakovsky’s Star Wars: Clone Wars micro series, released in the period between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. It was the most fun that Star Wars had been since the original trilogy. There were a couple of cool new ideas introduced by the series, including the Advanced Recon Commando Troopers, or ARC Troopers, an advanced group of clones personally trained by Jango Fett before his demise. I’ll be taking a look at one of them today!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The ARC Trooper was released in the 2005 assortment of Hasbro’s animated-style Star Wars: Clone Wars line. Though the figure is simply named “ARC Trooper,” he appears to be specifically based on Captain Fordo, the lead ARC Trooper from the series. The figure stands about 3 1/2 inches tall (he’d be closer to 4 if he were standing upright) and he has 4 points of articulation. This line was specifically based on Tartakovsky’s line-art from the series. He’s style is very fluid, which means the figures are rather limited on the articulation front. A number of figures opted for a more static pose, but the ARC Trooper was actually sculpted in a rather pre-posed manner. He’s mid-stride, with his right outstretched in a commanding motion and his left down by his side holding a blaster. While I’m generally not a huge fan of pre-posing on action figures, this is definitely one time where it really works, because it aids in capturing that fluid style I was talking about. The sculpt does an overall pretty solid job of capturing the distinctive design of the clones from the cartoon. The only slightly off part is the helmet; on the show, the helmets bowed inward at the bottom, but here it flares out. It doesn’t result in a super different look or anything, but it’s ever so slightly off. Still, it’s quite a nice sculpt. The paintwork on this guy is pretty straightforward. It’s just flat colors, as it should be. The application is mostly pretty clean, though there’s a bit of slop on the edges of the kama. Fordo included a pair of blasters, which can either be held or stowed in his fully-functioning holsters. He also included the same black display stand included with all of the Clone Wars figures, though, surprisingly, he doesn’t really need it.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Captain Fordo was my first Clone Wars figure. I was always interested in the line, but all the figures I wanted were in hot demand at the time, so I could never find them in stores. I ended up getting this guy while on a day trip with my dad and my brother. We had gone to a small comic show, which had been a bust in terms of action figures, so my dad took us to a Target on the way back and let us each pick something out. Christian got an Anakin and I got this guy. He’s not a super complex figure or anything, but I still really like him, and he reminds me that I should really track down more of this line.