Monday, December 24, 2012

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Shadows of the Dark Side) (Hasbro)



One of the most difficult things to get acquainted with in the world of Star Wars collecting is what is considered to be Hasbro's poor distribution. While some areas of the country have new product on a monthly basis, other areas never seem to see anything new. We're not sure who exactly this issue falls on (the retail stores selling the product, or Hasbro) suffice to say that it's incredibly frustrating for a lot of collectors, and in some cases has caused many folks to throw the towel in on all things Star Wars figure related. Sadly with each new line, it seems to only get worse and worse.

We're also not personally fans of The Clone Wars series. While some episodes are mildly entertaining, we can't get past the rehashed lines from the various films that the characters keep spewing. For as much as we love Star Wars Saga, the animated Clone Wars series just rubs us all sorts of wrong ways.

As we said in our prior post of Star Wars toys, at this point there is little we can say about each Star Wars line with the exception of, "Hey, here's the next line." That's the unfortunate side affect of covering as many toy lines as we do. Eventually, we'll run out of things to say for certain lines which only leaves the photos. Not that we think this is a bad thing. Sometimes all you need (or want) are the photos.

With that said, and if we may borrow a line from C-3PO in Return of the Jedi, "Here we go again."

BASIC FIGURES

There were eleven waves of basic figures, making this 2011/2012 series one of the larger ones we've seen come from Hasbro in a while. Wave one alone comprised of nineteen figures.



Captain Rex*Obi-Wan Kenobi*Clone Commander Cody*Destroyer Droid*Yoda*Count Dooku




Anakin Skywalker (Space Suit)*Pre Vizsla*Mandalorian Police Officer*General Grievous (Battle Damaged)*Aurra Sing*Captain Rex (Cold Weather Gear)




Cad Bane*Clone Pilot Odd Ball*Asajj Ventress*Super Battle Droid*Ahsoka Tano*ARF Trooper*Battle Droid




Mace Windu*Commander Gree*Battle Droid Commander*Kit Fisto*Jungle Camo ARF Trooper




Ki-Adi Mundi*Flamethrower Clone Trooper*R2-D2*Clone Pilot Goji




Mandalorian Warrior*R4-P17*Shaak Ti*Boba Fett*Embo




Undead Geonosian*Clone Trooper Draa*Quinlan Vos*Cato Parasitti




Obi-Wan Kenobi*Clone Trooper Hevy In Training Gear*Cad Bane With Todo 360*R7-A7




Ahsoka*Anakin Skywalker*Aqua Droid*El-Les*Clone Commander Wolffe




Riot Contol Clone Trooper*Barriss Offee*Eeth Koth*Clone Commander Colt




Clone Commander Jet*Hondo Ohnaka*Plo Koon*Savage Opress (Shirtless)*ARF Trooper (Kamino)




Saesee Tiin*Stealth Operations Clone Trooper*Kit Fisto (Cold Weather Gear)*Seripas*Captain Rex With Jetpack




Even Piell*Savage Opress (Armored)*Chewbacca*R7-D4*Jar Jar Binks


EXCLUSIVE FIGURES

Kul Teska was an interesting figure. He is almost one and a half times the size of the basic figures, and comes in a very different package than the average Star Wars figure.



Kul Teska (Toys R Us)*Nikto Guard (Toys R Us)*Stealth Operations Clone Trooper (Toys R Us)*Clone Captain Lock (Kmart)


MAIL AWAY FIGURES

The Hasbro mail away redemption figure, Sergeant Bric and Galactic Battle Mat was interesting for the mat itself. The mat was designed to be a play area for all the cards and dice which were now being incorporated with each toy as a full blown customizable card game.



Sergeant Bric and Galactic Battle Mat


DELUXE FIGURES



Armored Scout Tank with Tactical Droid*AT-RT with ARF Trooper Boil*Attack Cycle with General Grievous*BARC Speeder with Clone Trooper Jesse




BARC Speeder with Obi-Wan Kenobi*Freeco Speeder with Clone Trooper*Mandalorian Speeder with Mandalorian Warrior*Naboo Star Skiff with Anakin Skywalker




Naboo Star Skiff with Anakin Skywalker*Pirate Speeder Bike with Cad Bane*Pirate Speeder Bike with Cad Bane*Republic Scout Speeder with ARF Trooper




Separatist Droid Speeder with Battle Droid*Speeder Bike with Castas*Speeder Bike with Plo Koon*Y-wing Scout Bomber with Clone Trooper Pilot


EXCLUSIVE DELUXE FIGURES



AT-RT Walker with ARF Trooper (Walmart)*BARC Speeder with Clone Trooper Buzz (Walmart)*Separatist Speeder with Geonosian Warrior (Toys R Us


BATLLE PACKS



ARC Troopers*Anti-Hailfire Droid Squad*Army of the Republic*Assault on Geonosis




Battle of Orto Plutonia*Cad Bane's Escape*Capture of the Droids*Clone Troopers and Droids




Defend Kamino*The Hunt for Grievous*Mandalorian Warriors*Stop the Zillo Beast




Holocron Heist*Jedi Showdown*Rishi Outpost Attack


ULTIMATE BATLLE PACKS

The Ultimate Battle Pack which included Slave I was a nice touch to the standard production line of Battle Packs which had usually just contained a set of figures.



The Rise of Boba Fett (Toys R Us)


EXCLUSIVE DVD TWO PACKS

Walmart released two sets of DVD two packs exclusively at their stores. Each set had its own unique packaging, and included a DVD which contained an episode from the animated Clone Wars series. The name of the figure pack was based off of the name of the actual episode included on the DVD.



Rising Malevolence*Shadow of Malevolence*Destroy Malevolence




Landing at Point Rain*Weapons Factory*Legacy of Terror*Brain Invaders


EXCLUSIVE DVD SETS

Target also had their own exclusive DVD sets however these were much larger than the two pack Walmart variations.



Hostage Crisis*The Hidden Enemy


EXCLUSIVE MULTIPACKS



Commando Squad (K Mart)*Droid Attack on the Coronet (Toys R Us)*Ultimate Gift Set (Walmart)


EXCLUSIVE TWO PACK FIGURES

Target also released a set of two pack figures which were exclusive to their stores.



Cad Bane and IG-86*Senate Commando Captain and Senate Commando*ARF Trooper Waxer and Battle Droid*Special Ops Clone Trooper and Geonosian Drone


VEHICLES

Twenty vehicles were produced to support the line with only two being repacked older releases.



AT-AP*Cad Bane's Xanadu Blood*Heyena Bomber*Jedi Turbo Speeder




Kit Fisto's Jedi Starfighter*Plo Koon's Jedi Starfighter*Radio Control Hailfire Droid*Remote Control Republic Fighter Tank




Republic Attack Shuttle*Republic AV-7 Mobile Cannon*Republic Fighter Tank*Reoublic Swamp Speeder




Separatist Droid Gunship*Separatist Droid Tri-Fighter*Trade Federation AAT




Mandalorian Assault Transport*Vulture Droid*V-19 Torrent Starfighter




Anakin's Jedi Starfighter*Obi-Wan Kenobi's Jedi Starfighter


Star Wars is a freight train that doesn't look to be stopping anytime soon. If there's one thing Lucas gets credit for, its for finding a way to suck in a whole new generation of fans to keep his franchise running stronger than ever. Fans young and old can't seem to get enough.

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