Collection: The Clone Wars [Red]
Source: The Clone Wars (Season 1 Episode 1: Ambush)
Availability: September 2009
Clone Commander Thire protects Yoda from attacking battle droids during a mission to the Toydarian system. Bred and trained for combat, Thire engages the enemy as a seasoned warrior. His mission is to get the Jedi Master to the rendezvous point, and he doesn't allow anything, even a droid army, to stop him.
Are you losing track of all the clone commander flavors bombarding us? We certainly are, but if push came to shove, we wouldn't have it any other way. Hasbro seems to be going nuts with The Clone Wars product and we are inclined to believe that they can barely keep track of what they are releasing to us just as much as we are trying to buy it all. But that's not a bad thing. The Clone Wars is rich in characters, particularly clones, and Hasbro is making some incredible action figures based on this property. Only days before this figure was discovered at retail, he was originally found in a Walmart exclusive two pack. (Editor’s Note: This original Walmart exclusive was also re-released in the same packaging as a Toys R Us exclusive in April 2010.) The two-pack is ultimately the better bargain (since you get two figures for under $13.00) but carded collectors will likely need/want to purchase both. We feel for you since you must have a headache by now with so many action figures seeing multiple releases. But we believe releasing Clone Commander Thire multiple ways the same time will only benefit collectors. He will be popular and having him available in multiple formats is a good thing. Clone Commander Thire fits beautifully into the basic figure line and takes part in the continuous variety and diversity that The Clone Wars brings. While you likely shouldn't expect him to bring anything new to the table as far as sculpting is concerned, the summation of his parts makes for an excellent action figure. He is simply decorated and comes armed with the same basic accessories (all of which we have seen before too) amd a few others for extra play value.
Clone Commander Thire actually made his first appearance in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith, but most of us wouldn't know this without being told or reading up on some alternate sources denoting such because he simply appeared as a standard Shock Trooper. As a commander who will become one of Palpatine's finest, Thire is a formidable force that will ensure the Galactic Empire is aptly defended. Of course this all began at the execution of Order 66. Because all the Shock Troopers in the film were identical and none had any special kamas or pauldrons denoting who they were, it's nice to see Thire unique in The Clone Wars line now. Clone Commander Thire was in charge of the elite Shock Troopers in Episode III. And he has a cool backstory in the Expanded Universe. Just as we have seen with Commander Gree (CW09) and Clone Commander Cody (No. 10) as well as Commander Bly (CW39), the phase I clone commander style appears quite different from we have seen in the films. That's what makes The Clone Wars so unique and why it's drawing such a strong audience. While there is a clear difference in armor and color flashes, the progression makes sense. Filoni did a good job as showing what these clones looked like right before Episode III. The same colors are used and some of the patterns and details have been copied over from one to the other. And while we are not trying to say that this version of Thire looks just like a Shock Trooper, there are enough similarities to make it very plausible. Thire certainly looks like a leader and it is a wee bit impressive that Hasbro has faithfully replicated his likeness so well using old parts.
Status: Clone Commander Thire is a kit-bashed figure that utilizes the body of 2008's TCW Captain Rex (No. 4) figure, the torso of 2008's TCW Clone Commander Cody (No. 10) figure, the helmet from 2009's TCW Clone Trooper Echo (CW17) figure with an all-new belt.
Articulation Count: 25 points (14 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), ball-jointed left wrist (2), ball-jointed right wrist (2), ball-jointed torso (2), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right knee (2)
Accessory Count: 7
Accessory Details: removable helmet with removable swivel macrobinoculars, removable pauldron, 2 DC-17 blaster pistols, rocket launcher, rocker projectile
Date Stamp: 2008
Assortment Number: 91274/87638
Retail: $7.99 USD
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