Commander Bacara (Quick-Draw Attack)
Hasbro
Released June 2005
Reviewed by Adam Pawlus
Photography by Michael Sullenger
Reviewed on July 28, 2005

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The near infinite desire fans have for new Clone Troopers was only bolstered by the astounding quantity revealed in Revenge of the Sith, where so many designs were made that a great number of them never appeared on screen! Some of them made it to the toy phase only to be cut from the film, but not Commander Bacara-- this Clone officer was responsible for taking charge on Mygeeto, which means he also had the order to blast his former general, Ki-Adi-Mundi.

The figure includes the clone rifle and pistol and has armor that, with a little work, can be removed.

Sculpt/Articulation/Gimmicks/Paint

He's super-posable, has a new sculpt (mostly), and has a fancy (but different) quick-draw attack. Since the mechanism doesn't hinder the figure too much, overall, this is a nice release.

With all the Clones in 2005, fans are often left wondering "so, how many of these parts are actually new? Well, as far as the body is concerned, it appears the right arm and feet are likely recycled, but the torso, left arm, legs, and head are new, as are the bits of armor.

While it doesn't have the posable binoculars used on the previous Commander figure, this one does have alot of unique details. Some of which are so unique I'm not sure what they're supposed to be-- like the grey flaps on the front of the helmet. The little antenna on the side is nifty, as is the back of the helmet-- it's fairly Snowtrooper-esque. It's not like it's amazing, but like most of the Clones, it's different enough to make you want to run out and buy one.

There's a ball joint under his helmet, and the figure is fairly capable of looking any which way you would like, within reason. As such, we are pleased.

Of all the Clones released for Sith, this one is probably the stiffest. He has no knee joints, but he does have ankle joints. Go figure. His right shoulder has a ball joint, but not his left. He has no waist articulation, but he has wrist articulation, and ball jointed elbows. He's an odd duck, but it's still a very cool figure.

Unlike the Clone Trooper #6, this one has a quick-draw attack for both arms-- so he can raise and aim his rifle, not just his little blaster pistol. It usually works well, but when both hands are on the weapon, sometimes it tends to stick. Like before, you must squeeze his legs to execute the action feature.

As far as deco goes, he looks pretty good but this is a fairly sloppy figure. The white on his waist coat seems to be pre-rubbed (not in a good, battle damaged way) and the white paint is somewhat thin, allowing that maroon plastic to show through. It's not bad, but it could be better.

Accessories

Like the previous Clone Trooper with Quick-Draw, he has a pistol and a rifle. Unlike previous Clones, that's all he has.

One rifle, one pistol, and Hasbro had the good sense to paint the end of the larger weapon. While additional armaments would be nice, they really aren't necessary-- heck, even the pistol seems like overkill. The rifle is plenty, and everything else is icing on the cake.

Packaging

New for 2005: the flaming head of Darth Vader. Enjoy it while it lasts, it'll be gone before 2006.

This is a very ornate package. Despite being somewhat generic across the line, there are numerous layers at work here-- there are two cardboard inserts in the front, a plastic tray, and stickers all over to make this really stand out. The end result is a busy, flaming design you just can't ignore. It isn't as gee-whiz or gosh-golly cool as the packaging used for the Original Trilogy Collection but it looks like the most expensive cardback Hasbro has done to date and the new egglike bubble is a huge departure from the previous two decades and change of product from Kenner and Hasbro. The bubble is much like that of the G.I. Joe figures (two- and three-packs) from 2003-2005 in that the bubble wraps the card, hugging it, where it is taped in the back. This allows you to remove a figure a little more easily, although the folks at Hasbro secured it in more places so you'll probably rip most of these getting the figures out.

Availability

In stores now-- or so the claim goes. I have yet to see one in a store.

Fin

While distinctive, colorful, and very different, Commander Bacara doesn't impress in the same way as the generic red (or green) Clone Commander. That figure had more joints, more guns, more extras, and more going on than this more specific sibling, and as such, this one isn't quite as interesting to look at. It's still cool, though, and fans of Clones would be doing themselves a huge disservice to pass on any Clone Trooper toy. As such, buy it, but don't overpay for it. It isn't worth scalper prices, but he's worth paying up to $9ish for.

Our review sample was obtained from Entertainment Earth in June, 2005.









 
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