Collection: The Clone Wars [Red]
Source: The Clone Wars (Season 1 Episode 3: Shadow Of Malevolence)
Availability: November 2009
Matchstick is a clone pilot in Shadow Squadron who goes on a fatal mission to destroy a Separatist ship. He flies a Y-wing fighter/bomber to attack the Malevolence, a huge vessel armed with a deadly ion cannon. His Y-wing is damaged while passing through a large nebula, a mishap that results in dire consequences for the trooper.
Is it just us, or is The Clone Wars line getting a little dull and stagnant? "Heresy!" you scream? You may even think we are schizophrenic about making this comment since we just raved about Matchstick's wave mate, Padmé Amidala, but this new clone trooper pilot is everything we expected from a repainted figure and nothing more. And to be completely honest with you, it should have been a figure that we should have liked a lot more than we do! There is nothing special about this figure. No surprise paint ops, no new gear, no nothing! The only thing that makes Matchstick somewhat interesting is his new helmet. We will get to the helmet in a moment or two because we must give credit where credit is due. It is splendidly decorated and looks fantastic, but come on, the clones are beginning to look a little clone like. OK, that was a bad choice of words, but our storage cases that contain our figures are looking like bins full of snow at this point. It is frustrating that Hasbro didn't do anything at all to change things up in the slightest. And it sacrifices the potential that this character could and should have been a great deal cooler than he looks as an action figure. Yes he is super-articulated and yes he is a clone trooper, but dare we say we are getting a little bit weary of this? "Heresy!" you scream again! But Matchstick leaves us wishing for a lot more. We understand that clones have the potential to be a little boring and not much differentiates them from the bunch, but we think we have reached a point of burn out in the line. OK, we've made our point, now that you know our grievances with the clone troopers in The Clone Wars line let us move on to other (and better) things about figure in a little bit better detail.
It is indeed a shame that Matchstick doesn’t impress us more than he does, because he certainly qualifies as unique. He is a kit-bashed figure utilizing a few previously release clone troopers but to be honest, the parts are starting to look so much like each other any more that we aren’t even going to attempt to list the figures from where he is comprised. As a clone trooper, he looks pretty cool bald and it certainly aids in the ease of helmet removal and placement. It fits well over his cranium and looks quite proportionate and symmetrical. It is the only detail that sets him apart from any other clone trooper. Clearly, the best thing about Matchstick is his helmet which looks to be an all-new accessory. 2008's TCW [B] Clone Pilot Odd Ball (No. 11) did not have a removable helmet so they didn’t borrow it from that piece. The decorations on Matchstick’s helmet are very striking and while not too many colors have been used for this figure, the pattern of them is what makes this helmet truly unique. If you are looking to change up some of you’re The Clone Wars displays, then Matchstick will do a good job of adding some cool variety to them Other than that, we are sad to inform you that the figure offers not too much else. We are perplexed that Matchstick doesn't do more for us and we wish he did. We are not even sure what to pinpoint as the reason for our mild disdain of the figure. As we have stated many times before, repaints and repacks are just an inevitability in Star Wars collecting. But we have to admit that it is becoming a little too antiseptic and boring as of late. Much of this has to do with the limited decorating a figure receives. In short, this figure looks a whole lot better than the other clone pilot figures previously released.
Status: Matchstick is a kit-bashed figure that utilizes the head and torso of 2008's TCW Captain Rex (No. 4) figure and the arms, cod section and legs of 2008's TCW Clone Trooper (No. 5) figure. The figure also comes with a new helmet/chest box combination.
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 ankle (2)
Accessory Count: 4
Accessory Details: removable helmet/chest box combination, DC-15 blaster, rocket launcher, projectile
Date Stamp: 2008
Assortment Number: 91276/87638
Retail: $7.99 USD
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