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Clone Commander Thire - TCW [S2] - Basic (CW32)

Name: Clone Commander Thire
Collection: The Clone Wars
Number: CW32
Source: The Clone Wars (Season 1 Episode 1: Ambush)
Availability: September 2009
License: Hasbro

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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 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. 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 rereleased in the same packaging as a Toys R Us exclusive in April 2010.) The two-pack is the better bargain (since you get two figures for under $13.00) but carded collectors will likely need to purchase both. And we feel for you since you must have a headache by now with so many action figures seeing multiple releases. Clone Commander Thire fits beautifully into the basic figure line and takes part in the continuous variety and diversity 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 a fairly good action figure. He is simply decorated and comes armed with the same basic accessories (all of which we have seen before too) that do nothing more than make him average.

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 to ensure the defense of the Galactic Empire when all is said and done at the start of Order 66. And all the Shock Troopers in the film were identical and none had any special kamas or pauldrons on their person. But someone had to command the elite Shock Troopers and Thire was the one chosen and he has so far had a very interesting story. Just as we have seen with Commander Gree and Clone Commander Cody as well as Commander Bly, the phase I clone commander look appears quite different from we have seen in the films. But while there is a clear difference in armor and color flashes, the progression makes sense. 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.

Clone Commander Thire is kit-bashed figure. While not ideal for many, it certainly is an acceptable plan of attack for this figure. The ever expanding catalogue of action figure parts has been well utilized by Hasbro. And to be honest, we wouldn't expect or ask for it any other way. It makes sense for Hasbro to refer to older figures because for the most part modern action figures are made very well. Suffering from looking a bit too much like both Commander Fox and Commander Ponds, there is really not too much to complain about with him. He utilizes parts from both Captain Rex (the body) and Clone Commander Cody (the head) and his helmet comes from Clone Trooper Echo. He is obviously a hodgepodge of many figures, but at the same time makes him a new figure as far as we're concerned. While we aren't entirely sure what was meant to transpire here (the basic figure coming first or the two-pack coming first), this "chicken or the egg" riddle has provided us with two opportunities to pick up a great action figure. Clone Commander Thire is an excellent action figure, so don't be misled by his use of old parts. You can expect many future clone troopers and clone commanders to come from recycled parts, but the important thing to remember is that this has no bearing on just how fine these figures turn out.

Collector Notes

Clone Commander Thire

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: 14 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 ball-jointed wrists, ball-jointed torso, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 6

Accessory Details: removable helmet (with swivel macrobinoculars), removable pauldron, 2 DC-17 blaster pistols, rocket launcher, rocker projectile

Date Stamp: 2008

Assortment Number: 91274/87638

UPC: 653569425953

Retail: $7.99 USD

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Clone Commander Thire

The Clone Wars [Season 2] Wave 4 (Wave 9)
Captain Rex (CW24) (See TCW [F/S1] No. 4)
Luminara Unduli (CW30)
Captain Argyus (CW31)
Clone Commander Thire (CW32)
AAT Driver Battle Droid (CW33)


The Clone Wars [Season 2] Wave 4.5 (Wave 9.5)
R2-D2 (CW25)
(See TCW [F/S1] No. 8)
Ahsoka Tano (CW26) (See TCW [F/S1] No. 9)
Count Dooku (CW27) (See TCW [F/S1] No. 13)
Clone Commander Cody (CW28) (See TCW [F/S1] No. 10)
Destroyer Droid (CW29) (See TCW [F/S1] No. 17)

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