Collection: The Clone Wars
Source: The Clone Wars (Season 1 Episode 5: Rookies)
Availability: July 2009
Commando droids land on the Rishi moon to attack a Republic outpost. Designed for surprise assaults, the droids quickly overwhelm the new clone trooper recruits stationed there. With this strategic outpost now in Separatist hands, General Grievous has everything in position to launch a surprise attack anywhere in the Outer Rim.
The BX-series droid commando made its first appearance in The Clone Wars episode entitled Rookies. This droid was immediately embraced by fans and we actually attribute it to its very familiar look to a standard Battle Droid. Basically a Battle Droid with a shortened muzzle and white photoreceptors, the Commando Droid(s) played important roles in multiple episodes. They were actually produced to fend off the impending threats of the Jedi against the Separatist movement, but unfortunately they were cost-prohibitive to produce (sounds familiar?) so this plan never came to full fruition. However, enough were created to cause enough havoc on a band of popular inexperienced clone troopers including Hevy, Echo, Fives and Cutup. It is a groundbreaking episode, because the battle that took place during this episode was responsible for inducting Echo and Fives into the 501st Legion. See how the Star Wars universe comes full circle time and again? Admittedly, we love these insignificant tie-ins to the films. Although the episode was a bit sappy because the clones didn't feel they had the drive to make an impact on the war, we find it hard to believe something like that would come out of a clone trooper’s mouth. We didn't see weakness in the films, so we are not entirely sure why we are seeing it in the television series.
Of course, The Clone Wars is certainly a place for character development, so we don't mean to criticize the story, it just seems like it was a path that we personally didn't necessarily want to go down with Filoni. But it is a great positive theme for the kiddies out there. We are just saying that a slightly better part of the storyline could have been told instead of focusing on the clones mustering up enough courage to fight and defend the Republic. That being said, this episode was excellent and brought us a great new droid. And Hasbro's interpretation of it is flawless. Trust us when we say you are definitely going to want to army build him. Commando Droid has 13 points of articulation. An extra neck joint has also been included and the droid lacks articulated wrists. It can be posed in nearly any stance due to ball-jointed hips that work in tandem beautifully with all of its other joints. The droid is lean and delicate looking thanks to a thin but "muscular" frame. He is silvery-gray with bronze highlights on his arms and other moving points. His Super Battle Droid-like abdomen incrementally increases in size from the bottom up and attaches to a squared box chest. It is an awesome character to begin with, but Hasbro's action figure creation makes this droid that much more likeable. It also comes with a droid blaster that comes with a molded plug on it that attaches fairly well to its back when not is use shooting at clone troopers.
Status: Commando Droid is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 13 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, hinge-jointed neck, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, swivel torso, 2 ball-socket hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 4
Accessory Details: droid blaster
Date Stamp: 2009
Assortment Number: 91231/87638
Retail: $7.99 USD
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