Captain Rex made a return to television in Star Wars Rebels along with Clone Commander Wolffe, and CC-5576-39 (“Gregor”). These clone troopers were fortunate enough to surgically remove their programming chips in time before Order 66 was given, which was the order given by Emperor Palpentine to purge all Jedi. The chips were implanted in the clone troopers at birth, which had controlled the clones to target Jedi instead of Separatists.
In the episode of Star Wars Rebels: The Lost Commanders episode, Captain Rex, Clone Commander Wolffe, and CC-5576-39 (“Gregor”) returned from last being seen in The Clone Wars. Captain Rex was the Clone Commander in charge of the 501st Legion, which was led by then Jedi Anakin Skywalker before his transformation into Darth Vader. In The Lost Commanders, we see accelerated aged Clones hiding from the Empire. One of our favorite moments of Star Wars Rebels was the reunion of Captain Rex and Ashoka Tano, as they have not seen each other since Ahsoka left the Jedi Order before the end of the Clone Wars. As you know, Rebels takes place between the events of Episode III and IV.
Hasbro is offering this Captain Rex figure as part of their Star Wars: The Force Awakens Desert Mission Build-A-Weapon line. This wave also includes Finn and Unkar Plurr (links to purchase below). Unlike our all-time favorite Star Wars The Clone Wars toy line, Star Wars Rebels has been given the back seat to The Force Awakens toys, as Rebels figure are being offered as part of that line. Just a few short years ago, Hasbro were releasing full waves of the Clone Wars toys including action figures and vehicles of all sizes and price points. We loved that line especially the vehicles like the AT-AT. Rebels on the other hand has had very few releases being offered compared to The Clone Wars. The releases are also few and far between. It’s very unfortunate that Hasbro is not offering more of these figures in Rebels packaging, as well as add more points of articulation so they can look even better being displayed next to Clone Wars figures. However, Hasbro is making very good choices on which characters they should do, including Captain Rex.
Availability: February 2016
Sculpt & Paint:
Captain Rex is based on his appearance in Star Wars Rebels as an aged clone. His head sculpt includes a ball head, and a white beard and mustache. The body sculpt looks athletic, while adding a few extra pounds in his old age as he hasn’t been as active as his days fighting alongside the Jedi in The Clone Wars. His body is armored, with the 501st blue stripes down his arms and the markings on his helmet. There are two holsters on his legs for the DC-17 blaster pistols and these fit nicely inside. The helmet includes black lines on both sides, and fits securely over his head. Captain Rex can hold all of his accessories securely in his hands. His boots have some light brown deco to represent sand, and this covers around the bottom part of the boots.
Captain Rex includes 5 points of articulation – ball jointed head, swivel elbows, swivel hips.
2x DC-17 blaster pistols, Phase II helmet, and a piece of the build-a-weapon.
Captain Rex is an excellent figure that fans of Star Wars Rebels should buy. The best part is now that Hasbro has a base for an older Clone, hopefully Clone Commander Wolffe, and CC-5576-39 (“Gregor”) aren’t too far behind. It does make sense for Hasbro to reuse this mold at least two more times as this would be a rather cheap way to refresh the mold and offer two more characters from the show.
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