If there is one reason that would justify Hasbro abandoning the animated The Clone Wars line altogether for collectors so that they could focus their energies producing these characters in realistic style, it would unequivocally be Ahsoka (VC102). Before you hang us, you need to know that Ahsoka is a quite possibly one of the finest action figures of 2012 period. Not just in The Clone Wars/Star Wars line, but in all toy lines. It blows us away how some action figures in The Vintage Collection end up being better than we ever expected at the production level (especially when prototypes leave quite a bit to be desired) and Ahsoka is definitely one of those figures. Let us elaborate. You should know that we were very disappointed with the prototype shown of this figure at both 2012’s New York Toy Fair and Celebration VI. Between the poor paint job on the face and her extraordinarily wide hips, Ahsoka seemed that she was far from complete and that a few generous tweaks would be required before ever becoming eligible for release. This in and of itself is reason enough for Hasbro not to show their works too early. These prototypes sometimes give off the wrong impression. Hasbro inadvertently made some unannounced changes at the production level thank goodness. Now, Ahsoka comes with a beautiful paint job on her face (and for the first time ever we can see the stunning resemblance to Ashley Eckstein). What's more, her midsection has been thinned out astonishingly well to the point of finally looking proportionate. There are no odd proportions remaining—thank the Maker!
Hasbro didn’t come close to meeting demand with 2011’s TCW Ahsoka (CW44) figure. And it's kept collectors bitter ever since. That figure, rightfully so, sold out almost instantly and today fetches a premium on the aftermarket. We feel for you if you desperately want that figure, but we have to tell you how much better The Vintage Collection version is. It may be time to start preparing yourself that realistic will be the only way in the future, but this isn't a bad thing at all! The TVC version comes with 14 points of articulation. The Clone Wars version only comes with 12 points. (VC102 comes with articulated ankles, something that TCW fans always whine about not getting anymore.) The Vintage Collection Ahsoka is also able to achieve many more authentic poses than the TCW version. And let’s face it, the paint job on this new version is so spectacular and looks like the actress who voices her in The Clone Wars television show. There are also smaller things (which are big deals for us) that also make The Vintage Collection version significantly better. Ahsoka has been designed with a flawless center of gravity. That is a tremendous compliment because she comes with very thin legs and small feet (which typically inhibit a figure from standing upright). But Ahsoka stands effortlessly and we are very happy about this. Ahsoka interestingly comes with the same accessories as The Clone Wars versions: a lightsaber, a shotu, a lightsaber hilt and a shotu hilt. What more could you possibly ask for here? It's an exact replica of a realistic Ahsoka with more articulation and the same exact accessories!
It’s crunch time for collectors and fans of The Clone Wars line. Hasbro has deemed this a kids' line and they told us at Celebration VI that articulation will eventually wind down to five points per figure. It’s time to start emotionally transitioning to the realistic style of this property or you’ll be constantly disappointed in the future offerings from Hasbro in the animated line. You can rebel and you can boycott the line if that’s your choice. But we have to be upfront with you and advise you that you would be doing yourself a disservice. Ahsoka is proof that Hasbro has great things in mind for the realistic phase of Filoni’s The Clone Wars characters. The good news however is that we're quickly building a sub-collection of these realistic figures. Anakin Skywalker was released I early 2012 and now Ahsoka is joined by Obi-Wan Kenobi in the final wave of The Vintage Collection (which is another brilliant action figure as well). We find it interesting. Back during the 2003-2005 Tartakovsky Clone Wars line, collectors desperately pleased Hasbro for realistic version of all of the characters from that micro-series. Now it seems to be the converse and we see the resistance with fans of The Clone Wars television show already. We are fans of that animated line too. We aren’t being insensitive. But when something becomes “it is what it is” there is really no point in continuing to fight it. We can’t wait to see what Hasbro has planned for realistic version of characters from The Clone Wars. But is they’re anything like Ahsoka, we’re in for a real treat!
Status: Ahsoka is an all-new figure.
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: lightsaber, lightsaber hilt, shotu, shotu hilt
Date Stamp: 2011
Assortment Number: 38524/37499
Retail: $9.99 USD
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