Vintage Collection

VCMP

Escape From Order 66

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Year:  
2024
MSRP:  
$69.99
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Grade:  
9/10 Bantha Skulls
 
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VC202 - Ahsoka Tano (Siege of Mandalore)

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VC323 - R7-A7

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VC323 - CH-33P (Cheep)

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VC324 - RG-G1 (G-G)

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Review by: Bret
Review date: 06/10/2024
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I can’t say this enough times:  the last 4-episode arc of season 7 of The Clone Wars is some of the best Star Wars out there.  And Hasbro has gone out of its way to provide a ton of figures to allow us to re-create various scenes with great accuracy.  One of the glaring omissions from the last two episodes aboard the doomed Tribunal Star Destroyer, were the three astromechs that Ahsoka enlisted in her escape attempt.  Most notably is R7-A7, who was Ahsoka’s companion throughout the Clone Wars on various starfighters she flew.  Both RG-G1 and CH-33P made their on-screen debuts in the penultimate episode of the series.

VC202 Ahsoka Tano (Siege of Mandalore)

The figure of Ahsoka is a straight repack of VC202 from 2021.  However, Hasbro decided to give it different card art and give it an alternate parenthetical in the name pill:  “Siege of Mandalore” (instead of “Mandalore”).  Hasbro is kind of all over the place on how and when the decide to re-card figures, how to name them, and how to number them.  Although I am not a carded collector, I would believe that what they did here with Ahsoka is the way to go.  If the figure is the same, or is an intentional variant/chase, then it should retain the original number, but the imagery and source can change as needed.  The figure itself is tremendous, and in 2021 we gave it a 10/10.  However, the older hips and the frustrating lack of unlit hilts and belt pegs to hold them would be enough to knock it down a peg to a 9/10.  But it’s still an amazing figure.  Aside from adding those accessories, I would have liked something else different about the figure, like perhaps a dirt wash from the battle, or a soft goods shawl like she wears in her final scene observing the grave markers of the fallen clones.

VC322 R7-A7

After leaving the Jedi Order, R7-A7 remained in the service of the Republic Navy, and whether coincidental or by design, R7 was aboard the Tribunal with Ahsoka.  Following Order 66, Ashoka flees to the astromech droid bay, and recruits R7, Cheep, and GG to help her escape.  After providing a huge assist, the loyal droid made one last attempt to support Ahsoka while she was trying to Force-pull Maul’s escape shuttle, but was blasted in the process. One interesting thing I learned from researching R7, is that I somehow missed the detail that Rex and Ahsoka had recovered its parts from the wrecked Tribunal.  R7’s parts can be seen stacked next to the Y-Wing when Rex is stowing his equipment after burying the clones.  R7 was eventually rebuilt, and was given to the Martez sisters.  R7 makes a brief appearance with the sisters in a season 1 episode of The Bad Batch.  Droid life goes on…

This character has been missing from the collector lineup for a very long time, although it was released in the animated line as well as in the “5POA” swan song - specifically the Jedi Order 5 pack from the Celebrate the Saga line.  It’s great to have this figure on a TVC card.  It’s exactly what you would expect from a TVC astromech, with no additional bells or whistles.  I might have liked an electric charge effect, as the one I used in the gallery above was hijacked from another figure. 

VC323 CH-33P (Cheep)

Cheep was enlisted by Ahsoka, along with the other droids in this set.  He completes various tasks, such as cutting off Rex from his other clones so he could be incapacitated and brought to the medical bay.  He also helped prep the escape shuttle (which Maul stole), and he created several distractions to keep the clones at bay.  Cheep was eventually destroyed by a group of clones after he caused enough chaos to help Ahsoka and Rex escape.

CH-33P is a debut character in the line (always my favorite) and is similar to CH-10P (Chopper).  They share bodies, but Cheep has an all new dome.  Sadly, the dome is not articulated in the same way as Chopper’s head, but it rotates just fine.  He’s got one right arm, but lacks a second like Chopper.  He is also missing a third wheel.  All of these, it should be noted, seem to be screen accurate, so I can’t really complain.  He’s adorable.

VC324 RG-G1 (G-G)

RG-G1 was also activated by Ahsoka, and was a big support during the escape.  GG helped secure the doors to the medical bay while Rex was having his inhibitor chip removed.  Along with Cheep, GG caused all kinds of hijinks against the clone troopers that were trying to kill Ahoska and Rex in the hanger.  Eventually, GG was destroyed, along with Cheep, by close-range blaster fire from a group of angry clones.

RG-G1 uses the updated Build-A-Droid mold.  This time it comes with what looks to be a new R4-style cone-shaped head.  The paint job is particularly outstanding.  For an accessory, I would have liked a retractable cable, similar to the R2-D2 from the TLC Geonosis 2-pack.  G-G deploys such a cable to help rescue Ahsoka from falling down the hangar lift, where a bunch of clones were trying to kill her.  Otherwise, it’s a top-notch astromech with a striking paint job.


Overall

Now that we have these droids in hand, there is very little left from the final 2 episodes that remain to be made.  We know a much needed Captain Rex update is on the way (although it’s branded for The Bad Batch), and we can safely assume that it’s a matter of time before the inevitable Shock Trooper repaints are announced - but in both cases we have existing figures already.  The only new things I can think of that would complete the scene aside from some Venator environments, would be Maul’s Mandalorian vault, the 501st painted Y-Wing, and perhaps a clone bridge officer.  I give the set a 9/10, mostly due to the lack of accessories.  The cost is pretty high for a multi-pack, so a little more value could help the MSRP be more palatable.  It’s otherwise a great set.

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