Collection: Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D] (The Clone Wars)
Source: The Clone Wars (Season 3 Episode 22: Wookiee Hunt)
Availability: January 2012
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.
Chewbacca is one of the most favorite characters in the entire Star Wars universe. When it was announced he’d be making a [more than] cameo appearance in the final episode of Season 3 of The Clone Wars, Star Wars fans were thrilled to see him again. The Wookiee Hunt episode included some of the finest moments in The Clone Wars franchise and it was evident that Dave Filoni was growing as a producer because it captivated people who normally didn’t watch the television show. After Chewbacca’s inaugural appearance in The Clone Wars, the most obvious questions began being addressed to Hasbro. When are you bringing Chewbacca into The Clone Wars line? Collectors knew it wasn’t an issue of if, but when. The good news everyone wanted to know was that Chewbacca was on tap to be one of the last figures to make it to the “Shadow Of The Dark Side” phase of The Clone Wars basic figure line. Collectors were excited when he began making sporadic appearances at retail in the August of 2011, but he didn’t make a significant showing at retail until closer to November of that same year. Fans noticed almost immediately that he was in need of a better paint job. Thankfully Hasbro noticed this too and unbeknownst to us they started working on a revision which would become this figure, 2012’s SW [TPM 3D] - Chewbacca - The Clone Wars (CW9) figure.
Chewbacca is a repaint of 2011’s TCW Chewbacca (CW63) figure. Hasbro went back to the drawing board to perfect the way the paint operations decorated his face. The 2011 figure looked like someone held an explosive too closely too his face and the gunpowder residue left that dark stain on his fur. By comparison, the 2012 version of Chewbacca has a much lighter (and expressive face). Another detail which we are especially thrilled to see Hasbro update is the color of his lips. Chewbacca looked like he was wearing bright pink lipstick on the 2011 figure. That pink has been significantly muted to be more natural looking. In fact, at first glance you’re not even aware that his lips are pink anymore. We think that update is a tremendous upgrade in and of itself. The “mascara” around his eyes has also been toned down. The lower half of his torso has been darkened a bit more and some reason unknown, Hasbro utilized a glossy gray paint to decorate his feet. (The first version used flat gray paint.) Lastly (and this is also something we’re personally thrilled about), Hasbro updated the ball-jointed elbows so that they match the color of his arms. The dark brown rectangle-shaped joints are gone and now they blend in perfectly with the rest of his fur. We’re ecstatic over this because Hasbro has been noncommittal about ensuring that joints match the color of where they’re placed. Chewbacca is truly better than ever now.
Status: Chewbacca is a repaint of 2011's TCW Chewbacca (CW63) figure.
Articulation Count: 12 points
Articulation Details: ball socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, ball-jointed torso, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees
Accessory Count: 5
Accessory Details: removable bandolier with pouch, bowcaster, action feature bowcaster with projectile, double handled blaster
Date Stamp: 2011
Assortment Number: 38415/37290
Retail: $8.99 USD
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