Name: Commander Ponds
Collection: The Clone Wars [Season 2]
Number: N/A (Toys R Us Exclusive)
Source: The Clone Wars (Season 2 Episode 18: The Zillo Beast)
Availability: August 2009
Clone Commander Ponds battles to liberate the Separatist-occupied world of Ryloth. The commander and Jedi General Mace Windu lead clone troopers in a fight to clear a way through battle droids to capture Lessu, the planet's capital city.
If you have seen the exhilarating The Clone Wars episode called The Zillo Beast, you have witnessed Commander Ponds donned in his clone trooper gear. It was the first time we saw him in clone trooper gear, but it wasn’t his first appearance in the series. He appeared in garb similar to Admiral Yularen (CW07) in the Innocents Of Ryloth episode and little did we know then that he was one aggressive clone trooper out in the field. Hasbro decided to make an exclusive action figure (for Toys R Us) based on the clone trooper armor design and we have to admit that this is one sweet action figure. Kit-bashed from multiple already existing varied clone trooper pieces in Hasbro’s rich catalogue of parts, Commander Ponds is still amazingly a refreshingly new action figure in the line and we aren’t so sure ourselves why we have fallen head over heels for him. While you know our rants inside and out by now about how we are completely unhappy with clean clone troopers, Commander Ponds is somewhat forgivable in this aspect for us. For starters, Hasbro didn’t go “cheap” on the figure’s design. He has all of the complicated and high quality articulation points you’d expect him to have and for the little bit of brick red paint on his armor, it’s enough to make him look unique in the line. In this scenario and little absolutely goes a long way. Ponds is antiseptically clean and there isn’t a blemish on his armor. The brick red color flashes are in the lines and don’t bleed onto the white (although we did find a very small sampling on other samples in the store) and his helmet isn’t yellowing which is an issue that has reared its ugly head again starting in 2009.
Ponds is super-articulated and even comes with some better-than-average joints. Most notable are his ball-jointed wrists, an articulation point that we are exponentially growing to love. These types of wrists are particularly useful for making the clone trooper hold their helmets. And if your clone trooper doesn’t have a removable helmet, well, you just have an infinite amount of options on how to make him hold his gun then. No matter which way you look at it, ball-jointed wrists are a gift and we wish Hasbro would be able to include this feature on all of their action figures. While Commander Ponds clearly has the same head sculpt as a million other clones, Hasbro has cleverly given him his own personality and we love it. He has an extreme crew cut hairstyle and Hasbro has paid attention to this detail by lightly shading some subtle inferences of hair growth on his noggin. This same method was also applied to the beard and mustache areas giving him that four o’clock shadow look. He has big and thick eyebrows (which we have also seen before on other clone trooper head sculpts, but it looks crisper than on the average clone and he has probably one of the most confident profiles we have seen on a clone trooper to date. (We honestly don’t know if this is an all-new head sculpt or not, but whatever Hasbro did to it, it has quickly become one of our most favorite clone portraits to date. (Just look at the profile shot in our gallery. Doesn’t he just look amazing?!) Commander Ponds may not have the notoriety of Commander Bly (CW39), but we think he ranks pretty high as on of the best designed clone commanders in The Clone Wars line for sure.
Status: Commander Ponds is a kit-bashed figure that utilizes the lower body and arms of 2008's TCW [F/S1] Captain Rex (No. 4) figure, the torso of 2009's TCW [S2] Commander Gree (CW09) figure and the head and helmet from Clone Trooper Jek first released in 2009's TCW [S2] Yoda & Clone Trooper Jek (2 of 2) Screen Scenes exclusive two-pack.
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, DC-15 blaster, 2 DC-17 blaster pistols
Date Stamp: 2008
Assortment Number: 93489
Retail: $9.99 USD
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