Commander Faie - TLC - Basic (BD 24)

Added: June 15th 2009
Category: Legacy Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison

Name: Commander Faie
Collection: The Legacy Collection
Number: BD 24
Source: Expanded Universe (Revenge Of The Sith Concept Art)
Availability: December 2008
License: Hasbro

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Faie has received specialized training from ARC trooper Alpha, equipping him with the necessary skills to lead an elite battalion during the Clone Wars. He is part of task forces sent to Saleucami and Kashyyyk under the command of Jedi General Quinlan Vos.

Commander Faie served under Quinlan Vos and the events of the Clone Wars they shared together are only documented in the Expanded Universe (and there are many). Since we are not privileged to witness this action on screen, we will need to take the Expanded Universe's word on it and quite honestly, the stories are very well done. Figures based on concepts and concept art have edge their way to mainline interests and over time they have become quite successful action figures. Undoubtedly attributed to Ralph McQuarrie, there is new and passionate fan interest in all things “artful” and we count ourselves particularly spoiled that Hasbro is pumping so much energy into this subset of figures. One of the many abandoned concepts for Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith, it is a crying shame that Commander Faie (in this outfit) wasn't given a chance in the film because it has a remarkable look and design. While this particular outfit has been referred to as "Clone Engineer" gear, Faie looks more like a member of the 7th Legion which is another abandoned clone trooper concept design that was eventually released as 2007's TAC Clone Trooper (7th Legion Trooper) (30 49) basic figure. If you remove his soft-goods you'll see what we mean.. Wookieepedia also refers to this gear as a “Cold Assault Clone Trooper”. It probably would have been very fitting to see him in action on Mygeeto in this gear, but Lucas decided to place Commander Bacara in this scene. Still, Commander Faie holds his place well as a concept art action figure. In fact, this gear was represented in a few other Expanded Universe sources as well includin Star Wars Republic: The Siege Of Saleucami.

Faie (as seen in Episode III) mirrors the look of a Kashyyyk Trooper. We affectionately call these clone troopers our “camouflaged biker scouts”. And depending upon who you talk to, some fans will indeed confirm that the Faie character did appear in Episode III in the camouflage gear. To see Commander Faie in a pure white outfit is pretty stark in contrast. He looks fantastic and we have to say that Hasbro did some intense research to get all the parts and pieces just right. To be quite honest, Commander Faie is very reminiscent of Commander Keller from the 2007 TAC Commander Keller/Galactic Marine Walmart exclusive Comic Packs set. Clearly Keller was based off of 2007's TAC Airborne Trooper (30 07) design, but both Keller and Faie are outfitted in mostly white, with additional white details, finished off with white - you catch our drift. Additionally, both figures have very similar white soft-goods. And as simple as white tends to be, it works very well here lending a very striking appearance and obvious protection from the coldest elements. As part of The Legacy Collection, we appreciate Hasbro throwing in these concept figures sporadically but yet remaining in line with the theme of the wave. This unofficially titled Revenge Of The Sith wave had some pretty strong movie-specific characters, but it needed a little twist to it. Commander Faie is indeed this awesome twist. He is a strong seller and we don’t imagine him surviving too long at retail. This is for good cause, because he is truly a well-designed and decorated action figure. He is anything but a standard clone trooper and he will serve as a great leader to any battalion you wish for him to supervise in your collections.

Commander Faie, for all intents and purposes, is an all-new figure (with a few borrowed parts). He is also super-articulated and comes with the standard clone trooper blaster. His two-part helmet is a very clever design. Coming apart in two pieces, it doesn’t look the slightest bit bulky or too big. And once both pieces are removed, you will find a standard clone likeness but this time he has a crew cut. This was a nice surprise and it is perfect to give Commander Faie the individuality her deserves. His soft-goods tuck nicely under his belt and have a very nice drape. Unfortunately, the soft-goods are a bit too shiny and polyester looking and we wish that Hasbro would dull down the cheap fibers they have been using to make them. His clone belt is removable so you can pose him with or without his soft-goods. He has two dark reddish brown circles on his left shoulder/chest and left side knee. (This is what makes him look a lot like the 7th Legion. His joints allow him to be posed in a variety of options and we think Hasbro has perfected the concept art of this character into three dimensions very well. We like this clone design so much and we feel that it would be great to see more and more figures utilize this engineering. In fact, we like this version of Commander Faie so much that we even wish that Lucas will add this style of him to a “Special Edition” of Episode III one day, we can only hope. He undoubtedly is that worthy to appear in the film (based on figure looks alone) and we are sure a compelling story or scene could be contrived to make a believable entry for him into the film. So obviously, he will make a wonderful entry into your collection. We are not too worried about Commander Faie doing well. He is an excellent and very cool action figure and we believe he will ranking in the top 10 for the best action figures in The Legacy Collection. Commander Faie is obviously a strong candidate to the very good The Legacy Collection and we know he would make the same claim to your personal collection.

Collector Notes

Commander Faie

Status: Commander Faie is technically an all-new figure but utilizes the right leg from the Clone Trooper (The Fall Of The Republic) figure from 2005's ROTS Clone Trooper To Stormtrooper Evolutions set.

Articulation Count: 23 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), swivel left wrist (1), swivel right wrist (1), ball-jointed torso (2), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)

Accessory Count: 4

Accessory Details: removable helmet, removable hood, soft-goods tunic, DC-15 blaster

Original Droid Factory/Build A Droid Part: MB-RA-7 body

Date Stamp: 2005

Assortment Number: 87819/87535

UPC: 653569342175

Retail: $7.99 USD

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