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Republic Fighter Tank - TCW [S2] - Vehicles

Name: Republic Fighter Tank
Collection: The Clone Wars
Number: N/A (Vehicles)
Source: Expanded Universe (Star Wars: Battlefront)
Availability: July 2009
License: Hasbro

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The Republic Fighter Tank (officially called a TX-130 Saber-class fighter tank or IFT-X) is a quick moving attack tank that was utilized by the Jedi and their respective clone troopers during the events in the Clone Wars. As of this Research Droids Reviews entry, this vehicle has only been seen in The Clone Wars video game and many other Expanded Universe sources. But we suspect that this vehicle will indeed make quite a splash in the second season of The Clone Wars television show. Hasbro remains steadfast in their philosophy that only the vehicles that have a long-standing role in the television series are likely to be visited in toy form. We tend to believe Hasbro here so we look forward to its “many” appearances in the episodes. Interestingly, this vehicle has been hailed as the Jedi starfighter of the ground. And when you look at this vehicle, the description fits very well. Outfitted with tons of concussion missiles that fire from the twin laser cannons, the Republic Fighter Tank’s name illustrates its purpose distinctly well. While likely not able to defeat the most imposing Separatist enemies, it certainly can do its part to assist in the smaller conflicts of battle.

The Republic Fighter Tank is a great vehicle for your The Clone Wars action figures. Although quite simple in design and decoration, it is quite a believable vehicle to appear in the Star Wars universe. Basically cast in a light gray plastic, the Republic Fighter Tank has been lightly painted with a maroon outline (that is completely striking) and green detailed accents that look a lot like arrows down the front sides of the vehicle. There are two compartments on each back side that house non-removable torpedoes. But you can store other items in there if you’d like as Hasbro has given extra space in there for your play needs. The top cock-pit opens and can house a figure of your choice and while this is an expected part of any vehicle, the familiar design of this particular one makes this extra special. The Republic Fighter Tank is also labeled with the Republic symbols to denote which side of the battle it belongs. Overall, the ship is a very cool (albeit simplistic) little ship that seems to be a graduated mini-rig more than anything else. We don’t say that as a “put down” but rather an indirect compliment. A vehicle like this adds great diversity to an already well-established toy line.

The mid-size vehicle line is very rich in The Clone Wars collection. While the Legacy Collection vehicles have been on the backburner for awhile now, The Clone Wars is filling a void felt by collectors for quite some time now. The nice things about many of the vehicles is that they have appeared in the films, even though there are packaged with The Clone Wars branding. So we are getting some movie-specific vehicles, albeit with a Prequel Trilogy focus. Sales are solid with these ships and we believe that the line will be very fruitful and prosperous. The Republic Fighter Tank hasn’t itself made a strong appearance in either the television show or the films (as of this review), but we expect that to change very shortly. For good reason, The Clone Wars has made an incredible impact at retails. There are awesome action figures, fantastic play value and incredible vehicles that intertwine together to make for an absolutely marvelous multimedia event! We just hope that Hasbro doesn’t neglect their heritage too much longer because we are firm believers that when The Clone Wars are all said and done, the main line fans will still be hanging around and wanting their movie/expanded universe based action figures.


The Clone Wars [Season 2]
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Added: September 21, 2009
Category: Clone Wars, The [Season 2]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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