Collection: The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side]
Source: The Clone Wars (Season 3 Episode 22: Wookiee Hunt)
Availability: August 2011
Chewbacca is captured by Trandoshan hunters, who kidnap victims and hunt them as part of a deadly game. The Wookiee comes across a group of Padawans who have been kidnapped, including Ahsoka, Anakin's Padawan. Chewbacca joins them to find a way to escape from the planet. His immense strength and his technological skills give the group much-needed support.
Ah, the animated version of everyone’s favorite Wookiee! And it’s quite possibly the most difficult figure to review from The Clone Wars line because it’s hard to determine if our criticisms are validated since we have a “biased” opinion of how Chewbacca should be looking based on his appearances in the Star Wars films. The Clone Wars interpretation of Chewbacca at first glance is awesome, but as you “play” with the action figure, you’ll soon realize that Hasbro should have changed some things before finalizing it and sending the figure into production, so he truly is a mixed bag of feelings. "He's excellent! He's terrible! He's awfully dark in the face!" These are all things you'll likely hear yourself say to yourself in your head about this figure. This action figure is its own yin and yang. Chewbacca’s paint job is very simple, almost to the point that you wish you were seeing more layers and textures in the way the paint is applied. Thankfully the sculptors put a ton of texture in the loom of his fur, but a great sculpt with an average paint job really doesn’t do that much good for the action figure. In a very bizarre move, Hasbro painted this action figure so that he is very light starting at his legs and gets gradually darker to his face (his darkest spot). But it’s to the point that his face is much too dark. In short, Chewbacca has a pretty decent sculpt that is sadly encumbered by an inferior paint job. And it really doesn’t end there. The paint job also fails because his toenails and fingernails are unpainted (or just gray like the rest of area covering his palms and the bottoms of his feet. This definitely stands out and it’s an unfortunate setback.
Chewbacca comes with premium articulation including lots of ball-joints. He even has a ball-jointed torso. The sculptors imitated the look of the multi-layered torso joints (as seen on previously established figures like 2004’s VOTC Chewbacca figure), but in actuality only one is functional on this sculpt. So don’t be fooled because there aren’t two ball-jointed torso points here. From head to toe, Chewbacca is full of rich color and texture and he should have turned out a little better than he did. For example, we have a bone of contention with his legs. Chewbacca is absolutely an action figure that needs to be saved by having ball-jointed ankles, but sadly he doesn't have them. We fought and fought with this figure to make him stand up for the photo shoot. As any collector knows, nothing is more maddening that having an action figure that you cannot stand up (without a stand). His right foot is maddening! No matter how you twist or turn that foot, you cannot get it flush against the ground. The ball-jointed knees are limited due to the design and not many options are left for the collector to correct the problem the foot causes. It definitely seems that Chewbacca was a little bit rushed and aesthetics were sacrificed to meet production deadlines. We could be way off with this assessment, but there is no doubting further tweaks were needed. Again, it’s a shame because Chewbacca had the potential to be a really great action figure. But that also doesn’t mean he’s a piece of junk either. He isn’t at all. And all you need to do is look at him to figure that out. Chewbacca may have his own set of issues, but overall we’re happy to have him and we believe he will be popular despite his small issues.
Status: Chewbacca is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 18 points (12 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), swivel left wrist (1), swivel right wrist (1), ball-socket torso (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2)
Accessory Count: 5
Accessory Details: removable bandolier with pouch, bowcaster, action feature bowcaster, projectile, double handled blaster
Date Stamp: 2011
Assortment Number: 32843/94736
Retail: $7.99 USD
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