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Clone Captain Howzer - TVC - Basic (VC210)

Name: Clone Captain Howzer
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: VC210
Source: The Bad Batch
Availability: July 2023
License: Hasbro

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Clone Captain Howzer is a first in The Vintage Collection. Can you think of any other single-carded figure whose first release started in a multipack that eventually became part of the basic figure assortment, albeit with a corrected nameplate? You can check this scenario off your lists because Clone Captain Howzer is just that. It’s a straight repack of The Vintage Collection Clone Captain Ballast (VC210) figure with a new name, slightly revised card art, and a new UPC. A kit-bashed figure that uses the body of 2019’s TVC 41st Elite Corps Clone Trooper (VC145), it now has an all-new portrait and is wholly repainted. But Ballast and Howzer have no differences between them. We appreciate Hasbro correcting an error with the name issue, but we wonder if the character needed a second release in The Vintage Collection. And we’re not so sure about that.

Clone Captain Howzer is a colorful clone with a distinct pauldron that falls on the character’s right shoulder. If you collected back during 2005’s Revenge Of The Sith line, you might see a resemblance to one of the figures released then. We think that Clone Captain Howzer looks a lot like the “unnamed” Clone Commander (III 33) figure with green color flashes (there were two versions released – the other was red and represented Clone Commander Deviss). Hasbro incorporated battle damage and “wear” to the armor plates, and you can see where the colorful aqua is scratched from various battles. The articulation points move well, and you can pose the figure in multiple ways. But now that we have a new “buck” for the Grand Army of the Republic, we feel it’s time for Hasbro to use that figure base instead. Howzer comes with a removable helmet, removable pauldron, and DC-15 blaster.

The Bad Batch is a mixed bag of Star Wars entertainment. Not everyone who likes the show collects Star Wars figures, and those who collect figures from The Vintage Collection don’t typically watch The Bad Batch. Still, with its close ties to The Clone Wars, hopefully, there is enough interest pulling people in to support an action figure like this. Thankfully, Hasbro packed Clone Captain Howzer one per case, so it shouldn’t flood store pegs or pile up online. We believe that most people who show interest in Clone Captain Howzer are type A collectors who must have one of everything or those who love clones. That may be a big enough audience to support an action figure like this. The figure looks good, but with new tooling, Howzer does appear a bit lanky by comparison. We wonder how many clones Hasbro plans to reissue that use 2023’s TVC Clone Trooper (Phase II Armor) (VC269) figure because Hasbro has come in their action figure-making skills.

Collector Notes

Clone Captain Howzer

Status: Clone Captain Howzer is a straight repack of the figure from 2022's TVC Special 4 Action Figures [Clone Captain Rex/Clone Captain Ballast/Clone Captain Grey/Elite Squad Trooper] multipack. This release marks the first time the figure is part of the basic figure assortment and also features a corrected nameplate from Clone Captain Ballast to Clone Captain Howzer.

Articulation Count: 27 points (14 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), ball-jointed left wrist (2), ball-jointed right wrist (2), ball-jointed torso (2), ball-jointed left hip (2), ball-jointed right hip (2), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: removable helmet, removable pauldron, DC-15 blaster

Date Stamp: N/A

Assortment Number: F7326/F6878

UPC: 55010996133687

Retail: $14.99 USD

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The Vintage Collection Wave 38

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Added: July 10, 2023
Category: Vintage Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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