Name: Clone Commander Fox
Collection: Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D] (The Clone Wars)
Source: The Clone Wars (Season 4 Episode 15: Deception)
Availability: July 2012
Clone Commander Fox is the leader of the Coruscant Guard. Fox and his elite troopers protect the senators when their safety is threatened by the Separatists. Fox leads a squad to rescue Padmé Amidala when she is kidnapped by Ziro the Hutt, and he commands a team to stop Cad Bane when the bounty hunter takes senators hostage.
It goes without saying that the direction of action figures based on The Clone Wars television show has become quite controversial. Ever since Hasbro announced that realistically styled action figures based on characters from The Clone Wars (which began in the 2012 phase of The Vintage Collection) would become part of the collector focused lines going forward, collectors of all ages began noticing a drastic shift in the amount of articulation Hasbro was adding to their animated action figures. This action is actually bittersweet (with bitter weighing much more for many collectors) because while there is no denying that the number of points of articulation have nearly been cut in half (the bitter portion), Hasbro’s deco has gone from nonexistent to very impressive (the sweet portion). Hasbro has stated that The Clone Wars line is for kids and that going forward the action figures created for this line would be made with the kids in mind, not collectors. Collectors of course find this infuriating. Why do we get kicked to the curb? We support the line so give us what we want, right? Well, apparently Hasbro feels that our voice is not as big as the kids, who vicariously speak through their parents. (We’ll explain this more on that in a moment.) Clone Commander Fox is one of these said action figures that suffers from a reduction of articulation, an affliction that is becoming all too common now. But despite this tragic turn, we have to say that we’re taken by his paint job. (And that’s even including the glaring error that we sorely wish Hasbro would have fixed before its release.) He’s a little too bright for some collectors and then there are even more collectors who won’t give a sculpt like this any time of day, so it remains to be seen just how well embraced this action figure will be down the road.
We’re particularly enamored with Clone Commander Fox. His predecessor, 2008’s TCW Commander Fox (which was a TARGET exclusive during the launch of the 2008 facet of the line) is one of our favorite action figures from The Clone Wars line of all time, and we’re especially fond of his battalion that was featured in 2008’s TCW Yoda & Coruscant Guard Battle Packs set (also a TARGET exclusive). Oh, and let's not forget about the cool 2011 TCW Riot Control Clone Trooper (CW49) either. So getting Clone Commander Fox in his phase II armor is especially rewarding for us because the Coruscant Guard are the precursors to the Imperial Shock Troopers which are as far as we’re concerned the show-stealers of Episode III. Let’s face it, Clone Commander Fox only comes with eight points of articulation, but he has a better center of gravity than many of the super-articulated clones released in The Clone Wars line. Yes, your options for posing him are limited. But he can still hold his DC-17 blaster pistols (and even his rocket launcher) with relative ease, something that surprises even us for a figure that doesn’t come with any wrist articulation. If you’re remotely curious why wrist articulation was eliminated, Hasbro received one complaint after another from parent of children who would overwork the wrists joints of The Clone Wars figures to the point of irreparable breakage. You can form your own opinion about the decision Hasbro made from these complaint, the adeptness or incompetence of parents and their parenting skills (we aren’t making judgment calls either way for the record), or whatever, but that’s why wrist articulation has been eliminated. Clone Commander Fox utilizes the body of 2012’s SW [TPM 3D] Captain Rex (CW13) but comes with an all-new helmet. Hasbro did a great job on the sculpt of it. He has a big hole on his back which stinks, but that’s what happens when parts get used and reused like this.
Status: Clone Commander Fox is a kit-bashed figure that utilizes the body of 2012's SW [TPM 3D] Captain Rex (CW13) figure with an all-new phase II head sculpt.
Articulation Count: 8 points
Articulation Details: ball socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips
Accessory Count: 4
Accessory Details: 2 DC-17 blaster pistols, rocket launcher, projectile
Date Stamp: 2011
Assortment Number: 38419/37290
Retail: $9.99 USD
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