Name: Commander Bly
Collection: Revenge Of The Sith
Number: III 57
Source: Revenge Of The Sith
Availability: October 2005
Equipped for battle on the exotic fungus planet of Felucia, Commander Bly fights alongside Jedi Knight Aayla Secura. When the secret Order 66 is issued, Commander Bly suddenly turns on Secura and the rest of the Jedi.
Hasbro surprised Star Wars collectors big time at 2005’s San Diego Comic Con when they announced that there would be a dozen more Revenge Of The Sith basic figures by the ends of the year (before The Saga Collection would begin). Collectors were extremely excited for this announcement because the line was so successful and the new announcement included characters from Episode III that we had been waiting for so long to add into our collections. What was so particularly special about the newly announced 12 figures was that it included the likes of Commander Bly, Commander Gree and the Tactical Ops Trooper (only to name a few) would finally be gracing the basic figure line as quality action figures. It also made us wonder just how much Lucasfilm, Ltd. held back from Hasbro that prevented them from getting these characters into the line sooner. Despite this, Hasbro did a really great job playing catch up and worked very hard to get a ton of new and anticipated characters into the line. This “last 12” announcement also introduced collectors to the cleverly executed “Repack & Repaint” concept. (Editor’s Note: This would end up becoming an annual occurrence, much to the happiness of collectors.) Commander Bly has always remained one of the most requested and popular clones to be made into an action figure. And Hasbro made it a reality by pulling out their 2005 ROTS Clone Commander (III 33) figure and then repainting it in the colors of Commander Bly. The final figure is excellent and will be the envy of those who may not be able to secure one for their collections.
You may not be aware, but there are three unique incarnations of the Commander Bly action figure. The first two variations began hitting retails within days of each other. The very first version of Commander Bly has white ball-joints in his shoulders. This obviously was quickly corrected and the second version sports yellow ones. Also, this is talked about often, but there are differences in the way the carbon-scoring has been applied between them. It isn’t overt, but differences do exist. Although the change was made quickly, there must have been an almost equal numbers produced because both styles can be found at an almost 1:1 ratio of each other. The third and rarest version (extremely rare) is the one shown in our gallery. In a stunning move, Hasbro added much-needed missing paint operations to make Commander Bly more movie accurate than the previous two releases. A darker, more mustard yellow (or light brown – your preference) color had been added to the final release of Commander Bly. This new paint enhancement has been applied to his helmet, his chest stripe (which has also been thinned down some), the upside down “u” shapes in his belt and a thin vertical stripe running up both thighs. Lastly, this version of Commander Bly has a completely redone “carbon-scoring” application that is most notably different on the lower legs. The updates are simply astonishing and make this version of Commander Bly definitive. And it’s quite shocking to us that this sculpt succeeds as Commander Bly when it was just “OK” for the red and green Clone Commanders.
Status: Commander Bly is a rework of 2005's ROTS Clone Commander (III 33) figure. Clone Commander with the red color flashes was intended to be the original look of Commander Bly until changed at the last minute. The red Clone Commander has now been dubbed Clone Commander Deviss.
Articulation Count: 15 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles, hinge-jointed macrobinoculars
Accessory Count: 6
Accessory Details: removable macrobinoculars, 2 DC-17 blaster pistold, DC-15 blaster rifle, removable kama, removable shoulder pauldron
Date Stamp: 2005
Assortment Number: 86650/85173
Retail: $5.99 USD
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