Friday, November 5, 2010

Captain Fordo in the Clone Wars Mystery!

So this is more of a little detective post than an art entry, but...

I was really excited to see Captain Fordo from Genndy Tartakovsky's 2003 Clone Wars mini series being remade into a 2008-Present Clone Wars styled figure. Hasbro has been giving away a lot of season secrets by previewing figures of characters that appear later in the season, and spoiling some surprises, such as Boba Fett and Quinlan Vos (sort of). This could only mean one thing to me -- Fordo will be on the show! Right?...

Anyway, Fordo is included in the latest battle Arc Trooper battle pack. These battle packs come with cards for each figure to play a roll playing game involving a special dice. On each of these cards, they list the stats for each character for the game, as well as a picture of the character in a scene on the Clone Wars TV show. Fordo's card lists him as "Arc Trooper Commander" (not a captain), and the image showing him looks pretty familiar. Where have I seen it before? Oh yeah.

There's also no doubt that while he isn't outright named Captain Fordo in the battle pack, his coloring and equipment are identical to Fordo in the 2003 series. His double mini rifles, Arc Trooper heavy rifle, antenna, and gauntlet are a perfect match.

Image of figure taken from the Jedi Temple Archives

So, they Photoshopped a picture of Rex from the "Rookies" episode, since Fordo looks very similar. There's a few possibilities here:
  • Hasbro only had pictures of character models of new characters that would be made into figures, no pictures of a scene, and the cards use scenes, not character models. Fordo will make an appearance.
  • Hasbro knew Fordo would appear but were given no source images to back it up.
  • Hasbro imagined and designed a 2008 CW stylized Fordo themselves and he won't make an appearance in the series.
While it doesn't look good for Captain Fordo appearing in the new Clone Wars show, there's still a chance. On the other hand, it could just be Hasbro providing some fan service. I know I wanted him as soon as I saw he was being made! Which brings me to my final, unrelated note: Captain Fordo is this week's Expanded Universe Digital Sketch Card, because he is so damn awesome!!

1 comment:

  1. Just wanted to say Hi to all and Captain Fordo is by far the coolest trooper ever with Rex right behind him! I wish I knew someone who could make the animated version 1 complete uniform or where to buy one! anybody out there! may The Force Be With Us All!!!