Name: Jungle Camo ARF Trooper
Collection: The Clone Wars
Source: The Clone Wars (Film)
Availability: August 2010
Advanced Recon Force (ARF) clone troopers conduct reconnaissance missions. They are trained in stealth techniques to gather information without being detected by the enemy. Wearing jungle camouflage armor, they are deployed to the planet Teth to scout the location where Jabba the Hutt's son Rotta is being held captive.
It is equally surprising as it is not surprising that Hasbro is still delving into The Clone Wars film to pick candidates for the action figure line over two years outside the theatrical release. But just as Jungle Camo ARF Trooper proves, there is clearly a heavy supply of characters still not made that are worthy of action figure consideration. And while the Jungle Camo ARF Trooper is “simply” a repaint, he is actually so much more. A super-articulated action figure from The Clone Wars line that has ball-jointed hips, this action figure becomes superior to his peers based on this fact alone. The Clone Wars line will inevitably gives us clone trooper after clone trooper, but it’s thrilling when we get a clone that typically looks like no others. Lines like this can become stagnant very easily, yet Hasbro seemingly keeps the line enticing with vigor surprisingly well. Jungle Camo ARF Trooper doesn’t bring anything new to the table as far as sculpts are concerned, but when it comes to deco, well, that’s a horse of a different color. Literally! Any action figure that can be contorted into any configuration receives strong praise from us, but when it is enhanced with a stupendous paint job, that is just gravy. While we still stick to our guns that the name “ARF Trooper” is as silly as they come, the action figure works extremely hard to show that not much is in a name when strength lies in the sculpt and execution of an action figure.
When the very first ARF Trooper (CW10) entered our collections in the summer of 2009, many of us fell in love with him. He suffered from bright white armor, but thankfully Hasbro replicated the few colorful details in his helmet quite well. Jungle ARF Trooper immediately becomes the antithesis of that 2009 ARF Trooper as he is covered from head to toe in a gray camouflage pattern all over his lean armored body. Featured so far only in The Clone Wars film, we really haven’t seen any television episode in the series develop these characters any more. Seen fighting during the Battle of Teth, these clone troopers fought valiantly to assist the Republic locate the whereabouts of Jabba the Hutt’s son. As an action figure, the Jungle Camo ARF Trooper is really something special indeed. A close look at the deco pattern will show you just how intricate it is. A lot of attention to detail went into this paint operation and it is thrilling to see a figure with this much color successfully make it into the toy line as is without some cut to the paint job budget. It appears that no shortcuts were taken here and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the final results. Starting off life as a Galactic Heroes figure, it’s so cool that Hasbro has finally added him to their basic line repertoire. (That reminds us Hasbro! There are still a lot of figures you made as Galactic Heroes that have yet to be made in the 3.75” scale line. Snap to it already!)
Status: Jungle Camo ARF Trooper is a rework of 2009's TCW ARF Trooper (CW10) figure.
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 ball-jointed hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 3
Accessory Details: chain gun, missile projectile, DC-15 blaster
Date Stamp: 2008
Assortment Number: 20799/94736
Retail: $7.99 USD
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