Toy Review: Clone Wars Chewbacca


I haven't jumped on the Clone Wars line yet, and I doubt I ever will. This isn't due to the figures themselves; I think they actually look really cool. It's just that I don't want to start collecting another style of Star Wars figures... especially since, for me at least, the Star Wars ship sailed years ago. Yet I still caved when this Clone Wars Chewie came along, proof positive that the right figure can convince me to buy it regardless of any justifications I might have against it. Let's check out the Chew-ster, animated style!

Stats

Company: Hasbro
Size: 4.5" tall
Price: $8 at retail (Although this sample was given to me as a gift by my brother. Thanks, dude!)
Packaging: Carded

Appearance


Chewie's sculpt has just the right amount of detailing to make him look awesome, despite the relatively simplified animated style. The dark brown sprays give his fur variation and the critical paint apps in the face are precise. I even dig the fingers, which had always been a hidden mystery in the OT, but are revealed as being Sasquatchian in the Prequel-era. Unquestionably, Clone Wars Chewie looks great and even rivals VOTC Chewie as the best-looking Chewbacca, even taking into account the style discrepancy.

Articulation


This dude moves better than any of the previous Chewie figures, with ball-socket neck, swivel-hinge shoulders, swivel-hinge elbows, swivel wrists, ball-socket waist, swivel hips, and ball-hinge knees. His articulation is arguably more effective than even VOTC Chewie in that the chest joint doesn't cause the figure to flop around like a rag-doll and the neck articulation is actually useful. In fact, the neck joint provides a remarkable range of motion considering the overlapping fur.


But the thing that makes this Chewie a true standout is that he can actually hold his bowcaster directly up to his eye for aiming. I can't think of any figure in my collection, wookiee or otherwise, that can do that.

The only caveat is the fact that when you move the elbows and knees, they give you a bit of resistance before they pop into place. Maybe I'm a little skittish after my problems with the DCUC line, but I'm wondering if the joints will snap off after a few years of posing.

Accessories


Clone Wars Chewie comes more accessories than he needs, although I'm not complaining: a removable bandolier strap, bowcaster, missile-firing bowcaster, sawed-off blaster, game card, stand (which can house the game card), and dice. It's great that the bandolier strap is removable but it's pretty loose and falls off the figure easily. I commend Hasbro for including the standard along with the action feature bowcaster to appease both kids and collectors.


Speaking of which, I actually prefer this bowcaster to the VOTC one because it has more dynamic proportions and a stable bow.

Value

Clone Wars Chewie will run you around $8 at most retail stores, which is about the same as his action figure peers. Chewie gets an extra pac for his copious accessories.

Coolness


I dig the animated style of the Clone Wars figures and they're especially cool when they're characters from the Original Trilogy. This Chewie works just as well as a representation of his appearance in the Clone Wars cartoon as he does as an animated version of the character from the A New Hope. That wins him a lot of coolness points in my book.


Overall

Only three toys have come tantalizingly close to a perfect score with 5's in every catagory: Starship Legends Enterprise D, TMNT Casey Jones, and TMNT Muckman, all scoring four categories with 5-pacs and one category with 4-pacs. Clone Wars Chewbacca joins this illustrious group, and deservedly so. A great stylized sculpt, nice articulation, and a bunch of nifty accessories make this figure a strong contender for the best figure of 2011. He might even beat out VOTC Chewie as the best Chewbacca of all time. Either way, it looks like I'll have to update my Ascent of Chewie tribute.

Despite this figure's high scores, I'm still not all-in on the Clone Wars line. Prequel-era stuff just isn't going to do it for me anymore. But if Hasbro makes more OT characters in this style, I'd be hard-pressed to resist them. An animated Taun Taun and Wampa would be uncontrollably awesome.

11 comments:

  1. Brilliant figure! Hadn't seen it yet! ARRRG! Gonna be rough trying to find this one I guess. :P

    I'm into the CW series a little. It isn't so bad really. I've managed to only buy pieces that really appeal to me in the line, and since half the figures are all clones, that makes it that much easier. Also avoid the bland alien figs, and I avoid anyone that doesn't have knee articulation. I may have like 10 or so CWs figs in my collection. Soon to add this Chewbacca if I can find one. :)

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  2. I was looking forward to this figure, but when I finally found him on the pegs, I didn't like the looks of him, so I passed. After reading this review and seeing his articulation, though, I'm gonna have to get him. IF I can ever find him again, that is.

    For the record, I don't care for the Clone Wars show one bit, but the figures are great. They get better with each wave too!

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  3. I haven't seen this one in stores yet, but I've been looking. Thanks for posting the review, these are the best photos I've seen. I don't watch 'The Clone Wars' but I love the figures (which is weird because I have never liked other Star Wars figures). There is just something about the animated style, that is simple but not lacking in detail, that I just really love.

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  4. @URS: Yeah, if you don't get any clones, that makes things a lot less expensive. If I was going to collect the line, I think I'd stick to only OT characters, which I think would limit it to: Chewie, Threepio, Artoo, and Bossk (who only came in the Slave 1 set, I think). I might even pick up IG-86, if I'm feeling frisky.

    @clark: Thanks! I agree with you and Bill in that I don't really watch the show but I still think the figures are pretty cool. I doubt I'll get many more figures from the line because I have a lot of other things to collect, but who knows?

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  5. One thing I like about the CW figures is that the tall characters are actually tall toys. In the old days, all 3-3/4" figures were roughly that size, regardless of how big they were in the movie. I still can't believe I found this Chewbacca in a supermarket, of all places, right next to Savage Opress! Oh, that was a GOOD day!

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  6. I haven't gotten Chewie because I heard he cannot sit, which disappoints me...maybe I want animated Chewbacca at the Falcon's controls.

    There's not much planned for the Clone Wars toys next year, as Hasbro focuses on Episode 1's 3D release. According to Hasbro only 19 carded figures including reissues. Chewbacca is scheduled to reship on a new card. I think they are making a mistake.

    The whole downside to the Clone Wars collecting is that you can't get your hopes up for seeing any t.v. show character that isn't a lead Jedi, a clone or a major baddie. For example, in the episode Chewbacca appears in, he tangles with some Trandoshans (like Bossk), but it's very unlikey those reptillian baddies will see figure form (that was more or less Hasbro's reply when asked!). I was hoping for Clone Wars Greedo, too.

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  7. @scockery: The fur at his waist is pretty flexible. That, along with his waist joint, allows him to sit relatively well. He can almost fit in the POTF2 X-Wing, but the cockpit can't quite close because Chewie's too tall. I don't know if he can sit in any of the Falcon toys because I don't have any to test him out with, but if he can almost fit in the POTF2 X-Wing (which is just a remold of the vintage X-Wing), I think it's entirely possible.

    I agree that Hasbro should continue making Clone Wars toys because it really seems like that show is the driving force (so to speak) behind Star Wars these days. I doubt TPM 3D will make a particularly big splash, and certainly not big enough to base an entire year's worth of toys on. Hasbro needs to milk Clone Wars as long as possible.

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  8. Expanding scockery's statement just a bit, I would like Hasbro would continue the Clone Wars figures by making popular characters that may not even appear in the show. I would love an animated Han, Luke, Vader, Stormtrooper and Lando. Having classic characters that could fit in with the rest of my CW figures would be fantastic

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  9. @clark: I'd love to see classic OT characters in the Clone Wars animated style, but I'm not sure it will happen. I'd imagine there are marketing people in Hasbro who would say that the OT characters would cause confusion in the Clone Wars line. Kids might think that the OT characters will appear in CW, which won't happen for most of them; also, a figure like ESB Boba Fett would cause all sorts of havoc to kids accustomed to seeing the young Prequel-era Boba Fett.

    I don't think all hope is lost, though. I can see some store picking up an exclusive boxed set, or maybe after CW runs its course we'll see animated OT characters. We'll see!

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  10. I can see once CWs runs it's course, that they could take advantage of some of the great expanded stories that take place between and after the OT. That would net a whole roster of animated style OT characters. Man...I'd love to see that. They could just make movies out of a few of em.

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  11. @URS: I agree, I'd love to see animated OT stories. I'm not sure what George's obsession is for the Prequel-era stuff, but with 4 movies, 2 Clone Wars TV mini-series and 4 Clone Wars TV seasons, we've explored it way more than it needs to be explored. I'm not saying it's all bad, some of the more recent CW stuff has been really good. I just wish some of the resources devoted to CW would be siphoned off to OT properties.

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