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Commander Keller/Galactic Marine - TAC - Comic Packs (Exclusive)

Name: Commander Keller/Galactic Marine
Collection: 30 (77-07)
Number: N/A (Exclusive)
Source: Expanded Universe (Star Wars: Republic #79)
Availability: January 2008
License: Hasbro

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The Clone Wars are over. The Galactic Republic army is defeated, and Order 66 has eliminated most of the Jedi or forced them into hiding. Wild rumors are spreading that the Jedi tried to overthrow the government and cannot be trusted. On the planet Toola in the Outer Rim, Commander Keller is hunting down two fugitive Jedi who survived Order 66. With the help of a Galactic Marine, Keller tracks them through the deep snow as they head toward Ithaqua Station.

One thing that is indeed certain in Star Wars collecting are clone repaints. Just the words “clone” and “trooper” should signal to collectors that we’ll all be getting bombarded by all different types. Two types of clones came two years after the release of Revenge Of The Sith, the Airborne Trooper and Galactic Marine. Finally released in the opening wave of the 30 (77-07) line, collectors soon began wondering how often and when new clones based on these would be released in other ways by Hasbro. From Order 66 to Battle Packs, both saw use after use and for the most part Hasbro really developed some unique and unexpected tales of the various clone battalions we became accustomed to by watching Episode III. But Hasbro got the Airborne Trooper and Galactic Marine sculpt together again in the Walmart exclusive Comic Packs set based on the Star Wars: Republic series. This very “white” set looks fantastic and since the story is set on a very cold planet, you can’t help but be reminded of an Expanded Universe take on the Battle of Hoth. And you’ll probably make a stronger connection to the Original Trilogy battle with the inclusion of an all-white Galactic Marine.

Commander Keller is just plain awesome. His markings look almost exactly like he’s a leader in the 5th Fleet Security. Similar parallel blue hash marks are displayed across his armor. And he pairs nicely with 2006’s TSC Clone Trooper Fifth Fleet Security (SAGA 059) figure. Hasbro added new soft-goods to his armor to imitate the cold weather gear that is seen in the comics as well as an all-new removable belt that keeps the soft-goods in place should you decide to display him clothed in this fashion. (Just keep in mind that the kama isn’t removable.) Just like 2007’s TAC Airborne Trooper (No. 07), Commander Keller is super-articulated with 14 points of articulation. His legs are slightly curved forcing him to lean in an awkward stance. We haven’t had too much luck correcting this but if you decide to futz with his knee and ankle joints you can correct a great deal of the lean this way. While we love the cut of the soft-goods and credit Hasbro with fitting them close to the action figure’s body, Hasbro used a very cheap fabric to make it and it is much too glossy. If light reflects this drastically on a fiber, you know Hasbro saved quite a few pennies. And it’s a shame because shiny fabric makes the action figure lose authenticity as well.

The Galactic Marine is perhaps the better figure of the two. Commander Keller is bright white, but the Galactic Marine is quite darker in comparison (yet still looks “white” to the eye). It has an excellent paint job from head to toe and Hasbro out a lot of detail into the backpack and the various armor plates. There appears to be a faint wash over the entire figure giving it that worn look without too many signs of battle-damage. It is a very cleverly painted figure. The same features that are on 2007’s TAC Galactic Marine (No. 02) figure are here as well. The figure comes with a removable backpack, helmet and DC-15 blaster rifle. It’s just the perfect amount of accessories for any action figure. The figure is also super-articulated (as you already know) but we have encountered multiple balancing issues with this figure and the Galactic Marine is actually a lot less mobile that the articulation leads you to believe. Nonetheless, this is a wonderful Comic Packs set. Be prepared to be reminded of Hoth and the Galactic Empire with this set. The included comic book contains a brief but great story arc as well. This set is definitely worth your time.

Collector Notes

Commander Keller/Galactic Marine

Assortment Number: 87559/87557

UPC: 653569270911

Retail: $9.99 USD

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Commander Keller

Status: Commander Keller is rework of 2007's TAC Airborne Trooper (No. 07). For this release, the figure includes an all-new soft-goods kama and poncho and have been painted in colors that match the 5th Fleet Security.

Articulation Count: 14

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

Accessory Count: 4

Accessory Details: removable helmet, removable belt, removable soft-goods poncho, DC-15 blaster rifle

Date Stamp: 2005

Galactic Marine

Status: Galactic Marine is a rework of 2007's TAC Galactic Marine (No. 02) figure.

Articulation Count: 14 points

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

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: DC-15 blaster rifle, removable helmet, removable backpack

Date Stamp: 2007

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30 (77-07) Comic Packs Wave 1
Darth Vader/Rebel Officer (No. 02)
Governor Tarkin/Stormtrooper (No. 03)
Chewbacca/Han Solo (No. 04)

30 (77-07) Comic Packs Wave 2
Quinlan Vos/Vilmarh Grahrk (No. 05)
Luke Skywalker/R2-D2 (No. 06)
Obi-Wan Kenobi/ARC Trooper (No. 07)

30 (77-07) Comic Packs Wave 3
A'Sharad Hett/Dark Woman (No. 08)
Princess Leia/Darth Vader (No. 09)
Luke Skywalker/Mara Jade (No. 10)

30 (77-07) Comic Packs Wave 4
Anakin Skywalker/Assassin Droid (No. 11)
Baron Fel/Hobbie Klivian (No. 12)
Koffi Arana/Bultar Swan (No. 13)

30 (77-07) Comic Packs Wave 5
Lieutenant Jundland/Deena Shan (No. 14)
Mouse In Disguise/Basso In Disguise (No. 15)
Clone Commando/Super Battle Droid (No. 16)

30 (77-07) Comic Packs (Walmart Exclusives Wave 1)
Boba Fett/RA-7 Droid
Commander Keller/Galactic Marine
Obi-Wan Kenobi/Bail Organa

30 (77-07) Comic Packs (Walmart Exclusives Wave 2)
Count Dooku/Anakin Skywalker
Kashyyyk Trooper/Wookiee Warrior
Lando Calrissian/Stormtrooper

Added: November 23, 2011
Category: 30 (77-07)
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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