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BARC Speeder Bike With Clone Trooper Jesse - TCW [SOTDS] - Deluxe

Name: BARC Speeder Bike With Clone Trooper Jesse
Collection: The Clone Wars
Number: N/A (Deluxe)
Source: The Clone Wars (Season 2: Episode 10: The Deserter)
Availability: March 2011
License: Hasbro

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Clone Trooper Jesse pilots a BARC speeder bike to track down General Grievous in the Saleucami wetlands. The one-man bikes are named for the Biker Advanced Recon Commandos who first used them. On the swift, maneuverable BARC speeders, Jesse and his team can cover a lot of ground as they search for the cyborg general.

It seems like there is a chronic, or at best, repeating pattern with Hasbro. With every step forward they make, they take two steps back. This may be too harsh of a criticism, but there is a point we're trying to make here, especially when it comes to the BARC Speeder With Clone Trooper Jesse Deluxe figure set. From the start, it’s been a very obscure to find at retail. It’s the sole new item in wave 4 of the Deluxe line and it appears that is isn't reaching every corner of retail like it should. So that’s the first negative. And second, well, Clone Trooper Jesse just didn’t come out the he should have. Hasbro certainly made strides to improve this clone trooper sculpt, but Jesse is a figure that has a lot of character on his "clone" face and not just the helmet. It is in The Clone Wars season 2 episode entitled The Deserter where Clone Trooper Jesse makes his debut appearance. And his most distinguishable trait was quite large. And that characteristic was a large facial tattoo of the Republic insignia that is on his helmet. The tattoo was HUGE. So what does Hasbro do? They decided to make this action figure without a removable helmet – the only real setback to this release.

Hasbro dug out 2011’s TCW Clone Trooper Draa (CW35) figure and repainted it. As a bonus, they worked in ball-jointed hips so he can straddle his BARC Speeder without issue, but it’s a shame that we don’t have this figure with the option of a removable helmet. A precedent already has been set by Hasbro and exists in the form of 2010’s TCW Clone Commander Stone (CW44). So if a sculpt exists, why not take advantage of it here? This figure would have been ideal to repaint (or even slightly retool) to give us a definitive Clone Trooper Jesse. Based on the packaging, evidently Jesse has a major role in The Clone Wars television show. He was one of the more memorable clone troopers in the television series. That large tattoo that runs across most of his face is very hard to forget about which further makes the point that Hasbro should have definitely included a removable helmet for the figure that comes in this Deluxe set. Who knows? Perhaps Hasbro is already working on a figure with a removable helmet for the basic figure line. That would certainly be awesome, because aside from this glaring error, Clone Trooper Jesse is one cool action figure, but he would be ultimately cool if he donned a removable helmet.

We have stated before that the Deluxe line has been hit or miss over the years. How many times can Hasbro reissue the BARC Speeder? (Apparently a bazillion times.) But our point is that the line can get a little stale. But on a very positive note, Toy Fair 2011 has revealed some of the most exciting Deluxe sets Hasbro has yet to release and they’ll be coming our way sometime in 2011. Thankfully the line has progressed long enough for Hasbro to make these all-new sets (new vehicles too, not just repaints). As much as we think this was slightly risky on Hasbro’s part to produce the repaints for so long without getting a nice healthy portion of all-new sets, it seems like it’s all panning out. You’ve heard us exclaim also that getting good things later is better than never. And as long as they decide to keep reissuing a vehicle like a BARC Speeder, at least they are giving us new figures to accompany them. Clone Trooper Jesse fills this requirement and he admittedly rounds out this Deluxe set very nicely. The Deluxe line, while previously just filler fodder in the Hasbro toy line, is now piquing our interest at all new and high levels. We are truly looking forward to where this line is going.

Collector Notes

BARC Speeder Bike With Clone Trooper Jesse

Assortment Number: 28039/94737

UPC: 653569611288

Retail: $16.99 USD

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BARC Speeder Bike

Status: BARC Speeder Bike is a rework of the BARC Speeder from 2005's ROTS Stass Allie Deluxe figure.

Articulation Count: None (BARC Speeder can be broken down into three separate pieces)

Articulation Details: None

Accessory Count: None

Accessory Details: None

Date Stamp: 2010

Clone Trooper Jesse

Status: Clone Trooper is a retool of 2010's TCW Clone Trooper Draa (CW35). For this release, the figure has all-new ball-jointed hips and has been repainted.

Articulation Count: 12 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists wrists, swivel waist, 2 ball-jointed hips, 2 ball-jointed knees

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: DC-15 blaster rifle (gray)

Date Stamp: 2010

The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side] Deluxe Wave 1
Naboo Star Skiff With Anakin Skywalker
Pirate Speeder Bike With Cad Bane
Speeder Bike With Plo Koon

The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side] Deluxe Wave 2
BARC Speeder Bike With Obi-Wan Kenobi
Mandalorian Speeder With Mandalorian Warrior

The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side] Deluxe Wave 3
Armored Scout Tank With Tactical Droid
AT-RT With ARF Trooper Boil
Freeco Speeder With Clone Trooper

The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side] Deluxe Wave 4
BARC Speeder Bike With Clone Trooper Jesse

The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side] Deluxe Wave 5
Attack Cycle With General Grievous
Republic Scout Speeder With ARF Trooper
Separatist Droid Speeder With Battle Droid
Speeder Bike With Castas

The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side] Deluxe Wave 6
Y-wing Scout Bomber With Clone Trooper Pilot

The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side] Deluxe (Exclusives)
AT-RT Walker With ARF Trooper
BARC Speeder Bike With Clone Trooper Buzz

Separatist Speeder With Geonosian Warrior

Added: April 4, 2011
Category: Clone Wars, The [Shadow Of The Dark Side]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
Score:
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