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The Clone Wars [Season 2]

Clone Trooper Jek - TCW [S2] - Basic (CW38)

Name: Clone Trooper Jek
Collection: The Clone Wars
Number: CW38
Source: The Clone Wars (Season 1 Episode 1: Ambush)
Availability: February 2010
License: Hasbro

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Clone Trooper Jek is part of a team that is ambushed by battle droids on Rugosa. He doesn't believe his small group can succeed against the heavily armed droids, but Yoda shows him that his mind is also a powerful weapon and can be used to out-think the droids.

Hasbro is still trying to play catch up with The Clone Wars series. Even after almost two years into the property Hasbro is still releasing character from the first season. Of course it would make sense that we will see "older" characters peppered throughout the current line because The Clone Wars series is as diverse as the films. And at a rate of four to five figures in a wave, it will obviously take some time to get all the great characters out to us in action figure form. Wookieepedia describes Jek as follows: "A loyal yet laconic clone trooper, Jek preferred to let his Z-6 rotary blaster do the talking. Jek used his weapons as an outlet, due to the quiet confines of Senate and diplomatic escort duty. In battle he used a variety of weaponry, including a Z-6 rotary blaster cannon, a blaster rifle, thermal detonators, grenade and a PLEX missile launcher. Yoda advised Jek that his most powerful weapon was his mind, and not the hardware that he lugged around, a lesson that struck a chord with the clone. Jek had a shaved head unlike many of his clone brothers. He appeared to be good friends with Rys." A rather bland description, the action figure complements his personality quite well.

Clone Trooper Jek isn't really a "new" figure. He first came to us in the Walmart exclusive Screen Scenes assortment. Slight paint application differences exist between them but for all intents and purposes, they are basically the same figure. The figure comes carded to us with very clean armor. If you look at the stills from The Clone Wars episode, you will see that he should be wrought with quite a bit of dirt. This si nothing new with our The Clone Wars figures and we have unfortunately become accustomed to the very clean paint operations. This works against Jek because he then looks like a plain clone trooper. And not that having another plain clone trooper is a bad thing, he should stand out a bit more since he has a specific name. Instead, he looks like any other clone trooper with red color flash markings. Jek looks great amongst the other "red" styled clone troopers, but we don't think there is anything particularly intriguing about him.

Showing up in the very first episode of The Clone Wars television show, Clone Trooper Jek should have been more memorable. But to be honest, we didn't even pay attention to him until he was first released in the Walmart exclusive two-pack first and then later as this basic figure. Clearly a figure that is intended to help pad case assortments, Jek is more of an obligatory purchase than a necessary one. We aren't even sure what his battalion is called. It seems as if he would better serve the Republic by being a Senate guard rather than fight in the Clone Wars. It is evident by our comments that Clone Trooper Jek is really just not an exciting action figure. And why Hasbro would release him so close to his first appearance in the Screen Scenes is something that perplexes us. Collectors aren't suckers yet it seems that Hasbro may think we are (a little bit at least). Jek was much better as part of an exclusive two-pack than as a single carded figure. Your mileage and opinions may vary. But for now we will have to say that this figure is a little bit of a wash.

Collector Notes

Clone Trooper Jek

Status: Clone Trooper Jek is a repaint of the figure from 2009's TCW Yoda & Clone Trooper Jek Screen Scenes (2 of 2) Walmart exclusive multipack.

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, 2 DC-17 blaster pistols, bandolier, rocket launcher, projectile

Date Stamp: 2008

Assortment Number: 91280/87638

UPC: 653569426004

Retail: $7.99 USD

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The Clone Wars [Season 2] Wave 6 (Wave 11)
Clone Trooper Jek (CW38)
Commander Bly (CW39)
Aayla Secura (CW40)
Hondo Ohnaka (CW41)

Added: February 14, 2010
Category: Clone Wars, The [Season 2]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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