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The Vintage Collection

Clone Commander Cody - TVC - Basic (VC19)

Name: Clone Commander Cody
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: VC19
Source: Revenge Of The Sith
Availability: September 2010
License: Hasbro

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Celebrate the legendary Star Wars saga that changed the universe forever! This collection brings to life the incredible story of good versus evil that captured our imagination and took us to a galaxy far, far away. Iconic Star Wars heroes and villains are captured with incredible detail and premium features to commemorate each epic tale in the Star Wars saga. May the Force be with you!

If Hasbro bothers improving its previously existing figures, why don't they go the distance and fix all of its issues? That's what we precisely want to know about The Vintage Collection's Clone Commander Cody (VC19) figure. Hasbro initially released it in November 2009 as Clone Commander Cody (BD44), part of the red phase of the Legacy Collection. Hasbro made strides forward to get this figure more authentic, but they also dropped the ball in a few areas. It's sad, but this helps to show we are never entirely satisfied as collectors. If they take the initiative to tweak errors and enhance the figure, why don't they address everything to completion, especially in a nostalgia-bearing line like this? Clone Commander Cody in The Vintage Collection is an updated/upgraded version of the Legacy Collection release. However, Hasbro still declined to add dirt to the figure's legs, which they beautifully displayed on the prototype figure at San Diego Comic-Con 2009. If Hasbro could find it in their hearts to add this detail, Clone Commander Cody would indeed become the definitive action figure of this popular Star Wars character. As one of the few clones that should have a removable helmet, Hasbro carefully watched the character's scenes in Revenge Of The Sith and faithfully replicated every detail flawlessly (except for that battle damage mentioned above). Clone Commander Cody comes with the same accessories as the 2009 release, but Hasbro fixed some paint operations this time to make the figure more screen-accurate. For example, Hasbro painted the tip of the antenna silver and finally affixed the belt properly upright. All of these changes do a world of good for this figure. We are incredibly thankful.

Clone Commander Cody looks stunning on the vintage Kenner-styled card. It is a perfect example of why Prequel Trilogy characters should be unequivocally part of The Vintage Collection. In this packaging, Cody is more engaging than when part of the Legacy Collection. Hasbro chose the best possible still of Clone Commander Cody, which shows the clone communicating with Darth Sidious during the enacting of Order 66. This scene shows CC-2224 looking downward at the holographic image of Darth Sidious. This famous pose has been introduced in many other collectibles as well. It looks fantastic all around. And with Hasbro's tweaks, the figure looks better than ever. On the back of the card, Hasbro correctly designated the original debut of this character in the modern line. entered collections in 2006 in The Saga Collection as Clone Commander Cody (SAGA 024), and the figure was a brisk seller. Despite having a limited amount of articulation, the figure was exceptionally popular with almost everyone, and Hasbro ensured that they'd get enough units out to meet demand. We do have to correct one mistake, however. Hasbro listed The Saga Collection version's availability between 2005 and 2006, but the figure only was available in 2006. We're curious why Hasbro likes to have a date span for their historical figures pictured on the back of the packaging. It's bizarre sometimes. As most of you know, 2005 was strictly devoted to the Revenge Of The Sith line. That aside, it's a shame that we still don't have a purely definitive figure of this character yet. Hopefully, Hasbro will take one final stab at Cody to get everything right. They're so close but need to go a little further.

Hasbro will continue to add tweaked figures to The Vintage Collection to help pad the line. There will also be a lot of new figures thrown into the mix as well. But this is the time to get some of their "greatest hits" into The Vintage Collection because of its powerfully nostalgic hold on longtime collectors. And engaging longtime collectors is pivotal to the line's success. Clone Commander Cody may not be entirely free of issues. For example, the ball joints in the hips sometimes don't allow the figure to stand up as straight as possible. And the helmet may be loose on the head. But it is still our best version of Clone Commander Cody and likely will be so for quite some time. We hope Hasbro can find a way to get other clone commanders, like Commander Bly, Commander Neyo, and Commander Bacara, into the line, too, at some point. While it is inevitable that some obscure collector-focused figures will be part of the line, this is the time for Hasbro to get the most popular Star Wars characters into this packaging style. The line is said to go on for at least two years, and this should leave ample opportunity for meeting this goal. But if they return to the older figures, we must require Hasbro to doctor up these figures in new and better ways to make them the best versions possible. Clone Commander Cody is so close, but we want better, and we hope Hasbro will use discretion when repackaging other figures in the future. We are amenable to seeing repackaged figures in the line, but we hold high standards for older figures getting another chance in this line.

Collector Notes

Clone Commander Cody

Status: Clone Commander Cody is a repaint of 2009's LC Clone Commander Cody (BD44) figure. The belt has also been installed correctly on this version.

Articulation Count: 25 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), ball-jointed left hip (2), ball-jointed right hip (2), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)

Accessory Count: 6

Accessory Details: removable helmet, removable jetpack, Darth Sidious hologram, hologram projector, Obi-Wan Kenobi's lightsaber hilt, DC-15 blaster rifle

Date Stamp: 2009

Packaging Details:

Version 1: Revenge Of The Sith

Name: Clone Commander Cody

Year: 2010

Assortment Number: 20834/97568

UPC: 653569516149

Retail: $7.99

Details: Initial release

Version 2: Revenge Of The Sith

Name: Clone Commander Cody

Year: 2010

Assortment Number: 20834/97568

UPC: 653569516149

etail: $7.99 USD

Details: Ultimate Galactic Hunt foil card (retail chase packaging)

Version 3: Revenge Of The Sith

Name: Clone Commander Cody

Year: 2010

Assortment Number: 20834/97568

UPC: 653569516149

etail: $7.99 USD

Details: FREE BOBA FETT offer; vibrant character photo

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Added: September 8, 2010
Category: Vintage Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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