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The History Of Clone Wars Action Figures
Even though the Clone Wars were first mentioned by Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original 1977 Star Wars, it took George Lucas until 2002's Attack Of The Clones to fully introduce the Clone Wars to his audience. Hasbro produced the very first Clone Trooper figure at the end of the Power Of The Jedi toy line as a "sneak peak" for Attack Of The Clones.
Hasbro also released a few Clone Trooper action figures during the first SAGA toy line in 2002, but it wasn't until the 2D animated Tartakovsky Clone Wars TV show in 2003, that Hasbro produced more Clones. The demand for Clone Troopers at the time was high, and it was hard to find any of them in the stores.
Hasbro has been releasing Clone Trooper action figures since then, and there are many different Clones and Clone Commanders on the market today.
Tartakovsky Clone Wars, 2003 - 2005 (Animated Cartoon Style)
In 2003, Hasbro produced a very limited number of Clone Wars Action Figures based on the Tartakovsky Clone Wars animated microseries TV show. The figures were sturdy, bulky, and had very limited articulation. These figures were clearly made for children and not for collectors.
However, it's an attractive toy line to collect, because the 26 different figures released by Hasbro is a managable number, and it's possible to complete the set. The look and feel of the figures and the clone wars packaging is also very different from later released clone wars action figures, which is also attractive for collectors.
At the time of their release, the figures were easy to find in stores, with the exception of the three different rank-colored clone trooper figures (red, blue and yellow). Unfortunately, Hasbro
never managed to release a Padmé, C3PO, R2-D2 and Palpatine figure, which would have rounded out the toy line nicely.
The Clone Wars, 2003 - 2005 (Realistic Style)
With the success of the Tartakovsky animated Clone Wars microseries, Hasbro decided to release a limited number of characters based on the Clone Wars in a realistic looking style. This way the figures fit in nicely with the already existing star wars action figure line, and it was more attractive for collectors who were already collecting figures based on the movies.
Hasbro released a dedicated sub-line with its own unique packaging of a little over 30 different action figures, and for the first time since 2002's Attack Of The Clones debut, was able to release a healthy number of Clone Trooper action figures to the market to satisfy demand. This toy line was also the debut for the first super articulated Clone Trooper figure based on Episode II, which has since been re-released many times.
The Clone Wars, 2005 - 2008
Between 2005 and 2008 Hasbro released realistic-style Clone Wars action figures based on the Clone Wars microseries sprinkled-in with the main toy lines, especially during The Legacy Collection and the 30th Anniversary Collection.
The Clone Wars, 2008 - 2013
In the fall of 2008, Lucasfilm released the Clone Wars Animated TV Show, a series which aired once weekly every Friday night on the Cartoon Network (Saturday morning for Season 5). Hasbro released action figures in the animated style based on this series from Fall of 2008 until early 2013.
Hasbro kept the Clone Wars Toy Line in an "animated look" to match the TV show, and they kept the 3'75 inch height from the basic, realistic looking figures from the main star wars line. Some of the earlier figures released had less articulation, but as time went on even Clone Wars figures were given the super articulated (14 joints or more) treatment.
After the Clone Wars Animated Toy Line ended, Hasbro kept releasing Clone Wars figures in a realistic look in their regular toy lines, such as the Vintage Collection and The Black Series.
Clone Trooper Central
Clone Trooper Central is a list of all the Clone Trooper action figures which are in the database. This also includes all the original trilogy troopers, whether they can be considered clones or not, that's up to you.
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