Collection: The Clone Wars
Source: The Clone Wars (Season 1 Episode 21: Liberty On Ryloth)
Availability: July 2009
These Advanced Reconaissance Fighters often operate All-Terrain Recon Transport (AT-RT) walkers on scouting or combat operations. Riding atop these armed vehicles, ARF troopers can swiftly sweep through an area and cut down battle droids in their path.
The Clone Wars have taken acronyms to a whole new (and sometimes silly) level and we think it is getting a bit out of control. This may be a trivial thing to get irritated over, but when acronyms are becoming just as awkward to pronounce as some of those crazy Comic Packs names. (ARF Trooper isn’t hard to pronounce, but notice how silly you sound when you say it three times fast….) The ARF Trooper is a pretty cool action figure despite his clumsily enunciated name. A name that just doesn't match his very cool presence, you can quickly disregard the acronym here and realize just how easy it is to love this figure. ARF Trooper is clearly the result of what would happen if you successfully cross-pollinate a clone trooper and a scout trooper. He has a boxy helmet atop a very standard clone trooper body. His helmet is decorated simply but brilliantly as there are cool olive green, navy blue and dark red markings on the anterior side of it and a few more extra green markings on the posterior. These colors against a whit backdrop really pop out and look awesome. This is the only spot on him where you will find any color and it makes quite a poignant statement. The ARF Trooper has some unique articulation too. Of special note is his ball jointed legs which allows for a very wide stance and maximum posing options. Trust us when we say that this figure needs it quite badly. He is super-articulated and this too is very necessary for what his character is required to do. On the packaging, it shows him on an AT-RT in the picture and his bio describes that this type of trooper often rides them, so while we aren't really sure why he is taking over the AT-RT Driver's territory, we do know he needs flexibility to steer these vehicles. Perhaps he is the phase I AT-RT Driver? Who knows, we just know he is ultra cool!
Unfortunately, ARF Trooper is another pristinely white decorated action figure. We don't really know what it is going to take to get Hasbro to start marking up their figures (and we aren't hopeful for a return to the dirty washes), but it is starting to become quite a travesty. He is not an indoor clone trooper, so we wish Hasbro would have even given us a few carbon scoring marks or dirt splatters or something. Unfortunately he is clean as a whistle and it is really the only detracting feature on this action figure. This will remain a bone of contention with us. He comes with another huge gun (basically and unnecessarily large) and we think it is safe to say that a dirty wash over the figure in place of this huge gun would have been much more appreciated. Big guns are cool once in a while, but here it could have been omitted. After all, how can he steer an AT-RT while holding this massive gun? But there are collectors out there that favor accessories. And we know Hasbro is under tight budget constraints. But we will never stop wishing for a return to this beautiful finishing touch that has all but disappeared. It made all the clones "unique" and the final results just looked spectacular! It is such a disappointment to see pre-production photos with beautiful lighting and shadowing (and some signs of battle-damage) and then only to get a ghost-white figure in the package. It is evident what dirt on a clone trooper can indeed do. The art aspect of our action figures is sharply declining, with a focus on bells and whistles instead of an extra concentration on good paint operations. The figures are really getting short changed (and so are collectors). We are sympathetic to Hasbro's tooling cost woes but bright and clean clone troopers are a faux pas unless they are coming directly off of the “assembly” line. (We have yet to see this in the television series.) While we are quite zealous about the lack of dirty final paint washes, it would make sense that we are getting very weary of the solid white clone troopers as well. After all of our whining, we hope that you know that we still love this figure all the same.
Status: ARF Trooper is a retool of 2008's TCW Clone Trooper (No. 5) figure with all-new ball-jointed hips and a new head sculpt.
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: DC-15 blaster, chain gun, projectile
Date Stamp: 2008
Assortment Number: 89468/87638
Retail: $7.99 USD
Market Value: Click here to check the latest prices based on listings.
Clone Wars [Season 2] Wave 1 (Wave 6)
-Click HERE to return to the home page-