Name: Commander Fox
Collection: The Clone Wars [Blue]
Number: N/A (TARGET Exclusive)
Source: The Clone Wars (Film)
Availability: July 2008
Commander Fox heads a squad of clone troopers who accompany Padmé to the palace of Ziro the Hutt. She hopes to reopen negotiations with the Hutts, who have been tricked into believing the Jedi abducted Jabba's son. The commander finds a hostile reception when the group arrives at Ziro's lavish palace on Coruscant.
When The Clone Wars line made its debut in the summer of 2008 (along with the first few waves of The Legacy Collection), TARGET requested a special action figure from Hasbro to be made available at the same time as this launch. Whether it was intentional or not (many say it was), Hasbro looked through their long list of new The Clone Wars characters to find a clone commander colored in red. (At the same time they were looking through their list of blue colored clones for Walmart which ended up being the Clone Trooper (501st Legion) action figure.) Commander Fox became the figure of choice and he was released simultaneously with the glut of new product that started infiltrating store shelves across the world. Commander Fox may just be one of the sleeper hits of the year. He is articulated beautifully (including ball-jointed wrists) and can be posed in many action stances which is perfect for a character like this. Although collectors would have to pay a premium for Commander Fox with the fancy clamshell packaging and what-have-you, we really needed some other leaders to take command of our growing clone armies. And while we expected many more “red versus blue wars” at the retail level, that convention quickly faded and we haven’t seen too many more basic figure exclusives since (available at retail). Not a moment wasted, Hasbro used the Captain Rex (No. 4) mold to create Commander Fox and it is a most impressive repaint. The ignsignia on his chest is gorgeous. Additionally, he comes with the alternate helmet portrait from the Obi-Wan Kenobi (No. 2) figure and this serves as Fox’s head. He doesn’t come with a clone alternate head sadly. As you know he is also super-articulated and we love it but at times the movement definitely gets hindered by his plastic-molded kama.
Commander Fox was a very common find at retail and then he started to pile up. TARGET has the shortest retail attention span of all competing stores and they immediately started putting this action figure on clearance. Despite Commander Fox shipping in heavy quantities and having great availability, he sold through immediately once going on clearance and now commands a premium on the aftermarket. It’s truly amazing how collectors shoot themselves in the foot and it’s really hard to know which items to pass on when you are on a budget and hope to get it at a later date. Commander Fox did not afford this opportunity to most which is a sad sentiment because he is an awesome action figure. And it’s a little unsettling when an action figure instantly disappears out of nowhere, isn’t it? Well, that’s exactly what happened to Fox. Clearly, the overnight success of The Clone Wars also had a great deal of influence on this figure's quick sell through, but we still blame TARGET for not giving more of a chance on the shelves. We bet it would have sold through at full price. Deals are great to get and we are the first to admit it, but we think Commander Fox got the short end of the stick. Commander Fox is actually a very cool clone trooper. He has a beautiful insignia on his chest (he’s part of the famed Coruscant Guard) and it truly surprises us how well Hasbro was able to get it placed on his chest without smearing or looking spotty. It is applied perfectly. The other details on the armor also faithfully recreate the appearance of his armor as well. He comes with three guns (two blaster pistols that fit into his functioning holsters in addition to a larger DC-15 blaster rifle) and these accessories suit him well. Despite his excellent detail, Commander Fox is another victim of being too pure white.
Status: Commander Fox is a kit-bashed figure that utilizes the body of 2008's TCW Captain Rex (No. 4) figure and the helmet portrait of 2008's TCW Obi-Wan Kenobi (No. 2) figure. The figure and helmet have also been repainted.
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: 3
Accessory Details: DC-15A blaster rifle, 2 DC-17 blaster pistols
Date Stamp: 2008
Assortment Number: 87954
Retail: $12.99 USD
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