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Mandalorian Speeder With Mandalorian Warrior - TCW [SOTDS] - Deluxe

Name: Mandalorian Speeder With Mandalorian Warrior
Collection: The Clone Wars
Number: N/A
Source: The Clone Wars (Season 2 Episode 12: The Mandalore Plot)
Availability: August 2010
License: Hasbro

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Mandalorian commandos in the Death Watch splinter group ride security speeders for quick-strike attacks. Like all Mandalorians, they are highly skilled warriors who have perfected the art of battle. Their repulsorlift speeders are customized with binders to capture enemies during raids. The design of their helmets pays homage to battle helmets worn by Mandalorian warriors in the past.

We have a love/hate relationship with the deluxe figures. There have been some very cool releases over the years, but it sometimes appears that quality is sacrificed in favor of good sculpting and interactivity of the figure and it's vehicle or large accessory. There are exceptions of course. Despite this, the sub-line has been responsible for bringing better and more enhanced versions of the basic carded figures into collections and we just don't understand why Hasbro doesn't attempt to release them on a basic card. This can be bittersweet for many collectors. However, a deluxe set like the Mandalorian Speeder With Mandalorian Warrior really doesn't fit this bill perfectly because Hasbro is actually introducing a new character that has yet to be released in other ways prior to this format. It's not like he has been available in the basic figure line (or somewhere else) first and then he got released with better features. He comes to us nearly perfect from the start. And other figures like Count Dooku, Plo Koon and Obi-Wan Kenobi have seen much more articulation as a deluxe figure than when compared to their single figure release.

But the Mandalorian Warrior is perhaps a real treat in the deluxe line. It may be the first deluxe figure this year that may interest those that don't normally collect this line. As a figure, it borrows most of the parts from the totally awesome 2010 TCW [SOTDS] Pre Vizsla (CW08) figure, makes it completely anonymous by not giving him a removable helmet (we love this) and this is particularly refreshing because we feel Mandalorians are one species of people that work much better without removable helmets. (Well, Jango Fett is pretty cool with a removable helmet, but we digress). The awesome thing about the Mandalorian Warrior is his incredible body design and beautifully dark paint job. He is super-articulated with ball-jointed hips and this choice alone makes this figure too awesome for words. He is very darkly colored from head to toe and has white on his helmet that really breaks up the overall theme of the uniform. He comes with two blaster pistols that he can house in his holsters, one on each hip and can hold them when needed to fight any foe. This is streamlined action figure making at its best, yet it is loaded with features too. Collectors and kids are going to love this figure and vehicle set.

Unfortunately, Mandalorian Warrior does not interact well with his Mandalorian Speeder. We fought terribly with trying to pose him on the bike and after about five minutes we couldn't take it anymore and just gave up. Our biggest bone of contention with Hasbro is their inability to make action figures work well with the vehicles that are designed for them. And they gave the Speeder Bike so many cool features and details and it is a shame that we don't have a pilot that fits on it. Despite having ball-jointed hips, the figure cannot straddle the bike and keep his feet on the pedals. We find this particularly annoying. And if you do manage to get his legs on both sides of the bike, it looks like he is standing up while riding it. The bike has a retractable cord that gets stored underneath the hood which lifts up to reveal some compartments. So as two separate items, they look cool next to each other, but don't expect to fly your Mandalorian Warrior around on this bike. The deluxe line has lots of hits and lots of misses. Mandalorian Speeder With Mandalorian Warrior is somewhere in between but is totally worth the price just to get the figure. (Of course there is an upcoming Battle Packs set which will contain four of these beauties so you just may want to wait.)

Collector Notes

Mandalorian Speeder With Mandalorian Warrior

Assortment Number: 25578/91787

UPC: 653569523017

Retail: $17.99 USD

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Mandalorian Speeder

Status: Mandalorian Speeder is an all-new vehicle.

Features Count: 3

Feature Details: fold-down cannon, fold-out landing skid, extendable binders

Accessory Count: None

Accessory Details: None

Date Stamp: 2010

Mandalorian Warrior

Status: Mandalorian Warrior is a repaint of the figure from 2010's TCW [SOTDS] Mandalorian Warriors Battle Packs set.

Articulation Count: 27 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), ball-jointed left hip (2), ball-jointed right hip (2), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: 2 Westar-35 blaster pistols, jetpack

Date Stamp: 2010

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Added: September 22, 2010
Category: Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side], The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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