The ARC-170 (Aggressive ReConnaissance) fighter blasts into battle! Clone troopers are specially trained to serve aboard these attack and recon vessels. The ARC-170 carries a crew of three and has an astromech droid to handle in-flight operations. The well-armed fighter lives up to its name as an aggressive vehicle against Separatist forces.
Every new Star Wars movie introduces fans to new characters and new vehicles. It seems silly to state that as it feels like common sense, but these are key elements about what makes a Star Wars toy line so interesting and diverse. In the Episode I line, we were introduced to podracers and the Naboo Fighter (as well as other starfighters). For the Star Wars “Saga” [Phase I] line, Hasbro produced the Republic Gunship. And now for the Revenge Of The Sith line, we get to see what a toy version of the elite ARC-170 Fighter looks like on a smaller scale. More streamlined and elegant than a Republic Gunship, the ARC-170 Fighter comes with a more pointed design, and Hasbro’s interpretation of it captures the sleek features beautifully. The all-new ARC-170 Fighter helps collectors to appreciate what is contained within the Prequel Trilogy a little more strongly. And with a vehicle design that follows in the footsteps of the revered Republic Gunship, collectors should offer accolades to Hasbro for what they accomplished with the ARC-170 Fighter. Between the perfectly tooled droid socket to the multiple cockpits, the Revenge Of The Sith ARC-170 Fighter is another one of the many highlights in the line supporting Episode III. While the Republic Gunship is more familiar at this point, the ARC-170 Fighters stood out strongly during the Battle of Coruscant and throughout Order 66. With a frame vaguely similar to an X-wing fighter (but larger in both depth and proportions), the ARC-170 Fighter possesses familiarity, but mostly newness, making it the perfect toy version of an oxymoron. Displaying the same color scheme as the Republic Gunship also in the line, the ARC-170 Fighter fits in seamlessly with everything related to the Grand Army of the Republic. It feels that words like “graceful” and “sleek” are what best describe many vehicles in the Star Wars saga, but they especially apply to vehicles in the Prequel Trilogy. It’s rare to find a clunky and bulky Starfighter or vehicle in Episode I, Episode II or Episode III. And yes, of course, there are exceptions. For Hasbro’s Revenge Of The Sith line, the newly created ARC-170 Fighter vehicle fits the bill as a streamlined and beautifully slender starship. Hasbro produced quite a few new vehicles for the Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith film, but the ARC-170 Fighter is the highlight. The ACR-170 Fighter isn’t a complex vehicle by any means, but it possesses multiple straightforward features that are as expected as they are enjoyable. If you list out everything the ARC-170 Fighter offers and does, you’ll discover that Hasbro worked in a significant amount of play value and it will provide hours of enjoyment for collectors of all ages. Large, but not too large, detailed, but not too detailed. And painted beautifully, but not with a lot of different colors, the ARC-170 Fighter is a refreshing addition to the Revenge Of The Sith toy line and will become a staple for Hasbro as the future line evolves. Let’s take a closer look at the ARC-170 Fighter.
The ARC-170 Fighter has a beautiful design and has space for four action figures. Three clone trooper pilots fill the three cockpits (two in the front and one in the rear-facing backward for gunner purposes), and then a droid socket houses a sideways-placed astromech droid. The cockpits are roomy and have plenty of space for the pilot to sit, and also have a great amount of detail that looks to be screen-accurate, although it’s difficult to know how exactly it is without reference materials. The ARC-170 Fighter is large, but not too large. It’s longer than the Republic Gunship and has a wingspan that is wider than we anticipated before pulling it out of the box. They also cast it in solid cream-colored plastic that looks like it will withstand the test of time. And there is enough play features here to be enjoyed by collectors of all ages. The ACR-170 Fighter isn’t a complex vehicle by any means, and it possesses multiple straightforward play and action features. The centers of the wings open up (manually by your hands) to display smaller embedded wings and once configured this way you begin to feel the strong ties to the Original Trilogy’s X-wing fighter. There aren’t any action features here, so that helps keep things a bit simpler here. The long canopy and cockpit area take up a significant portion of the vehicle’s length, but everything is adequately proportioned and scaled. The long canopy and cockpit area can house two pilots as well as a third “gunner” or pilot in the rear compartments. This seating area is close to the rear cannon, so you know what this guy’s job is. The bottom of the vehicle has two plastic flaps that pull open to reveal a handle with a trigger. The handle flips down which provides the vehicle with something to “fly it around” with as well as providing a solid center of gravity for the kids during playtime. When placed in a flying position, you can release the trigger that sends the bombs down to the target below. You can store them in the lower nose of the vehicle when not in use. Hasbro also added a fully functional droid socket, and it has no issue fitting the various astromech droids Hasbro produced for the Revenge Of The Sith line. The droid sits sideways this time around and looks fantastic doing so. The bottom of the vehicle has two plastic flaps that flip open to reveal a handle with a trigger. It flips down to make holding the vehicle in a flying position relatively easy, and the trigger releases the two bombs you store in the lower nose of the vehicle. Also included with the ARC-170 Fighter is projectile functionality. The two guns at the front of each lengthy cannon fire an equally long triangular-shaped projectile when activated. You can utilize these defenses on your preferred Separatist targets as necessary. Aside from what we listed, the ARC-170 Fighter doesn’t offer that much more. Still, we feel you get to do many things with the ARC-170 Fighter. Our only complaint with the vehicle is the handle, but at least Hasbro made it collector-friendly and provided a place to hide it when not in use.
Hasbro left no stone unturned to add as much as they could to the ARC-170 Fighter. Hasbro also added a decal sheet which helps to ornament the ARC-170 Fighter with a little more detail than what Hasbro can do with the spray-on colors. The simple, but vibrant decals help to add realism to a toy version of the onscreen vehicle. A stunning logo is on both side near the tip of the nose of the vehicle. It is screen-accurate and done very nicely. It helps to give the ARC-170 Fighter personality. Once applied, it feels like the ARC-170 Fighter transformed into a completely different one. Interestingly, Hasbro added a few decals that aren’t part of the scheme. But they do leave a note on the directions to place any remaining decals where you’d like on the vehicle. So we took them up on their offer. Can you find out randomly placed decals in the Photo Gallery? Overall, the vehicle has a gorgeous design, beautiful (yet simple) deco, and enough things added to it to keep it interesting. The ARC-170 Fighter wholly offers a wide array of enjoyment and will be a longstanding vehicle in the Hasbro Star Wars line. Perhaps the greatest attribute of the ARC-170 Fighter is the MRSP set for it. In our opinion, the ARC-170 Fighter is moderately priced at $29.99. It’s quite a feat for Hasbro offer two large vehicles in the Revenge Of The Sith line at this price point, but they somehow managed to make this a reality for Star Wars collectors. Price does often ultimately affect what collectibles or toys collectors decide to purchase for their collections. But in the case of the vehicles that are part of the Revenge Of The Sith line, collectors won’t balk at these prices. As much as we love the ARC-170 Fighter, we have to admit that we’re a little more fond of the Republic Gunship vehicle. There is something inherently special about the design of a vehicle that drops a squad of clone troopers into battle and then flies away to assist in another part of the Clone Wars. But that doesn’t diminish our love for the ARC-170 Fighter. It succeeds in ways the Republic Gunship doesn’t, and for that, we love it almost as much. If there are any significant complaints against the ARC-170 Fighter, we’d have to say it’s our selection of Clone Pilots and astromech droids to populate the vehicle. The 2005 ROTS Clone Pilot (III 34) figures aren’t that great, and they’re the only ones that make sense to add to the vehicle right now. As far as astromech droids, aside from R2-D2 (III 7) we have R4-G9 (4 of 4) Sneak Preview figure and R4-P17 (III 64) figure. And all of those droids are accounted for with other vehicles. But let us remind you about the best part about the ARC-170 Fighter! Its MSRP is only $29.99, and that’s a steal as far as we’re concerned. Hasbro probably was able to cost this out because of all of the other products that are part of the Revenge Of The Sith line. So, we’ll encourage you to pick this one up too. Make the ARC-170 Fighter a priority for your collection. You won’t be disappointed at all!
Status: ARC-170 Fighter is an all-new vehicle.
Features Count: 5
Feature Details: swing-down handle, firing cannons, dropping proton torpedoes, socket can fit a droid figure, opening wings
Accessory Count: 4
Accessory Details: 2 missile projectiles, 2 proton torpedoes
Date Stamp: 2004
Assortment Number: 85457/85414
Retail: $29.99 USD
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