Name: ARC-170 Fighter
Collection: The Clone Wars
Number: N/A (Vehicle)
Source: Expanded Universe (Star Wars: Dark Times: The Path To Nowhere)
Availability: September 2009
The ARC-170 (Aggressive ReConnaisance) was originally designed and developed by the Republic for assault and recon operations against Separatist forces. Built for stamina rather than speed, this heavy combat fighter is armed with laser cannons and proton torpedoes, and can muscle its way deep into enemy territory. But with the rise of Palpatine's new Galactic Empire, the fighter is modified to serve a new and more sinister cause. This particular ARC-170 has been customized by its Imperial Shadow Squadron crew, who are hunting down pro-Republic remnants after the end of the Clone Wars.
Price does ultimately affect what collectibles or toys collectors decide to purchase for their collections. And while it’s rare that we complain about the retail cost of a Star Wars item, one in particular almost brings us to rage. And before we tell you why it angers us, we do want to make it clear that price almost always never influences the score we give an item in our reviews, but we are making an exception here because we are trying to make a point that there is no vaid reason that the 2009 TCW ARC-170 Fighter should have been selling at over $70 after tax. This egregious act (courtesy of Hasbro) scalped collectors in ways that collectors never felt until this release. And we began sweating bullets at wondering if this was the future of the vehicle line. Hasbro created a deluxe-sized vehicle assortment and they clearly wanted to make up for tooling costs on the awesome Y-wing Bomber. But instead of introducing these vehicles at a fair $30-$45 range, they recommend that stores try to get anywhere from $69.99-$79.99 each for them. This was particularly disconcerting to long term collectors of because less than a half a decade ago in 2005 (from the 2009 ARC-170 Fighter) the ARC-170 (which was a brand new sculpt at the time) retailed for $29.99.
So how can Hasbro possibly justify this insane jump in cost? We bet economists would not even be able to explain this price hike, so we're certainly not going to try to make sense of it. Hopefully this is a rare situation and that Hasbro doesn't try to overcharge vehicles of this size again. And the attempt to gouge us didn’t work because the vehicle nearly rotted on shelves until they were put on clearance for as low as $15.00 in some stores. Interestingly, we haven’t heard of any other vehicles making it to this assortment since the release of this vehicle. And in all honesty, we think Hasbro has decided to stick a fork in this sub-line. Maybe they should if they cannot find an affordable MSRP for these vehicles. (And we thought the Ecliptic Evader TIE Fighter was a rip-off, huh?) What makes this so tragic is that this vehicle was a very cool design and an even better paint job. The paint job was spectacular and it just didn’t get the audience it deserved thanks to the ridiculous price tag. It should have really gotten more credit than it did. You may be interested too learn that although Hasbro decided to squeeze this vehicle into The Clone Wars line, the vehicle is actually sourced from Star Wars: Dark Times. Whether or not it comes to pass that this vehicle will make an appearance in the television series remains to be seen. There have been quite a few vehicles to date that Hasbro has decided to put under The Clone Wars branding when it should go in the main line and we’re not entirely understanding their logic. But it would be our opinion that only vehicles that appear in The Clone Wars film or television episodes should be called “The Clone Wars.”
Status: ARC-170 Fighter is a rework of 2005's ROTS ARC-170 Fighter. This time the vehicle has been painted in the "shadow" based on the vehicles in Star Wars: Dark Times: The Path To Nowhere. These particulare ARC-170 fighters were never seen in The Clone Wars.
Articulation Count: 11
Articulation Details: opening main cockpit, opening rear cockpit, 2 swing-down doors, lowering handle with firing mechanism, 2 opening center wings, articulated rear cannon
Accessory Count: 4
Accessory Details: 2 firing projectiles, 2 bombs
Date Stamp: 2005
Assortment Number: 91379/91350
Retail: $79.99 USD
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