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Hunting For Fighter Pods
The month of September was spent looking for my new favorite line of Star Wars toys. The Star Wars fighter pods series is now in its 3rd wave as of this month in the United States. Series 1 originally was released in February of 2012 and the 2nd wave began hitting stores in August 2012. I began hunting them down in September and my quest was to find as many of Series 2 as possible before the month was out. I consider myself very lucky because I actually was able to get my hands on every figure that was not in a special exclusive pack.
In the midst of hunting down Series 2 I also was on a quest to complete my Series 1 collection. I was actually able to find the last set that I needed to complete the set of vehicle launchers, the Jedi Starfighter. I am missing a few figures from Series 1 still but not many. The one thing that is hindering that collection is the exclusive Darth Maul tin that can be found at Target. I have been looking at my Target stores but I have yet to find the tin. For obvious reasons the tin is needed so that I can complete the collection however, I really want the pack for the Darth Maul figures and Ziro the Hutt.
This is how I went about collecting Series 2. I first went out to a Target that I know does not get a lot of toy traffic just to see if they even had any fighter pods in stock on the shelf. To my surprise they actually had quite a few of the 4 packs. They did not have the blind mystery bags or any of the vehicle packs. So I grabbed a few and began checking them off of the checklist that they give you in the package. The next time I went out to get some I went to a bigger Target that was more likely to have more product but also gets shopped more. Turns out the selection was pretty sparse but they did have mystery bags, the 4 packs and that is where I found my series 1 Jedi Starfighter. I picked these up and was very excited to open the mystery bags. There are 6 exclusive figures in this wave that can be found in the mystery bags and I was fortunate enough to get 2 of these figures. I picked up 4 mystery bags and I got 2 exclusive figures. The 4 packs I got were mostly new figures but it was at this point that my duplicates started accumulating. I made a video to show the opening of the mystery bag figures and it can be found right here.
The next outing to find the ominous fighter pods was with my 11 year old nephew. We first went to Toys R Us and that was a pretty disappointing trip. Not only did they only have a few series 1 fighter pods but their selection of Star Wars merchandise was not that impressive. I have begun to really not hold much stock in Toys R Us or at least the one closest to me as it is always trashed and does not have much in stock. They did have the Ewok set though which I almost bought. My only reasons for not picking it up are because I am on a fighter pod only mission.
From here we went to a different Target and we were able to find a few 4 packs of Series 2 and the BARC Speeder Bike/Pirate Speeder Bike Pack. The next day and last day of the month I went one more time to one of the Targets I had been to already and I found a spectacular find, Series 3 mystery bags! There were only 2 but I was shocked and very excited so I picked them up and 2 more 4 packs.
These last 4 packs would complete the collection of individual figures with hologram Palpatine and a Shock Trooper. It is safe to say that the one major dealer I did not go to was Wal-Mart and had I gone to one I may have been able to find the other vehicle packs that I am missing and possibly more blind bags. I believe I am missing 8 figures in total from Series 2. The figures I am missing are exclusive to the vehicle packs and the mystery bags. I am also fortunate to have my hands on 4 figures from Series 3. All this means for me is that October may be a month of hunting down Series 3 and I am still looking for that Darth Maul Tin from series 1.
The most interesting thing I found with Series 2 was that there is a variant of Cad Bane. I first found out about this via Adam Pawlus at Galactic Hunter.com he posted some pictures of it so I knew to be on the lookout and I was actually able to get my hands on both versions.
It is still unclear if this was done on purpose but the version that has silver guns and silver bands on his hat was in a 4 pack and the version with black guns was in the speeder bike pack. However, I did see the Cad Bane with black guns in a 4 pack as well. If you can find both I would definitely try to get them both.
It was a fun month of hunting but it looks like I am in for another month of it with wave 3. I will keep you updated over at Fangirl Next Door with videos of my collection, pictures and updates. If you are looking for these cute little guys then happy hunting they sure are fun to knock over!
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Welcome to the first installment in a series of character centered viewing guides for Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series! Maybe you are a big fan of the Droids episodes, maybe you are a fan of the Jedi, or of the Clones, the Villains or the Bounty Hunters, well, you are in the right place!
In each one of these posts we will take a subset of characters and point you in the direction of the episodes you should watch to focus on those characters. Today we begin with the scum of the galaxy, just don’t tell them I said that!
Clone Wars Episodes Featuring Bounty Hunters:
Season 1: Episode 22: Hostage Criss (Production order 2.04)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane. Aurra Sing, HELIOS-3D, Shahan Alama, and Robonino.
Season 2: Episode 1: Holocron Heist (Production order 1.23)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane, Cato Parasitti
Season 2: Episode 2: Cargo of Doom (Production order 1.13)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane.
Season 2: Episode 3: Children of the Force (Production order 2.03)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane.
Season 2: Episode 17: Bounty Hunters (Production order 2.19)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Sugi, Embo, Seripas, Rumi Paramita.
Season 2: Episode 20: Death Trap (Production order 2.15)
Bounty Hunter Appearing: Boba Fett, Aurra Sing.
Season 2: Episode 21: R2 Come Home (Production order 2.18)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Boba Fett, Aurra Sing, Castas, Bossk.
Season 2: Episode 22: Lethal Trackdown (Production order 2.20)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Boba Fett, Aurra Sing, Castas, Bossk.
Season 3: Episode 1: Clone Cadets (Production order 3.01)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Bric and El-Les
Season 3: Episode 4: Sphere of Influence (Production order 2.25)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Greedo, Brainee, unidentified Gotal and unidentified Weequay.
Season 3: Episode 7: Assassin (Production order 2.21)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Aurra Sing.
Season 3: Episode 8: Evil Plans (Production order 3.03)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane, HELIOS-3E
Season 3: Episode 9: Hunt for Ziro (Production order 3.05)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane, Sy Snootles.
Season 3: Episode 22: Wookiee Hunt (Production order 3.18)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Sugi, Seripas.
Season 4: Episode 15: Deception (Production order 4.07)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Rako Hardeen, Moralo Eval, Cad Bane, Bossk, Boba Fett.
Season 4: Episode 16: Friends and Enemies: (Production order 4.08)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane, Moralo Eval, Rako Hardeen*, Sy Snootles.
Season 4: Episode 17: The Box (Production order 4.09)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Onca, Embo, Moralo Eval, Cad Bane, Derrown, Bulduga, Jakoli, Mantu, Twazzi, Rako Hardeen*, Kiera Swan, Sinrich, Sixtat.
Season 4: Episode 18: Crisis on Naboo (Production order 4.10)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Cad Bane, Moralo Eval, Twazzi, Embo, Derrown, Rako Hardeen*
Season 4: Episode 20: Bounty (Production order 4.12)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Oked, Embo, Bossk, Latts Razzi, Dengar, C-21 Highsinger, Boba Fett, Asajj Ventress.
Season 4: Episode 21: Brothers (Production order 4.13)
Bounty Hunters Appearing: Latts Razzi, Asajj Ventress.
Season 4: Episode 22: Asajj Ventress, unidentified Balnab, Human and Weequay Bounty Hunters.
Hunter by Hunter: Bounty Hunter Breakdown
Good Guys: Sugi’s Crew and the Cuy’val Dar
Season Two of The Clone Wars brought us a new perspective on the bounty hunter profession, we got bounty hunters wearing the white hats and protecting (or at least trying to protect) a village of Felucian farmers in the episode “Bounty Hunters.” The female Zabrak bounty hunter Sugi’s crew consisted of the Frenk bounty hunter Rumi Paramita, the diminuitive Seripas who wore a large metal suit, and the oh so cool Kyozo bounty hunter Embo. Sugi and Seripas also returned in Episode 3.22 “Wookiee Hunt” as the shuttle pilots that helped rescue Chewie and Ahsoka. Sugi also had cameos in episodes 3.4 “Sphere of Influence” and 4.22 “Revenge.” While fan favorite, Embo returned and re-appeared in the Obi-Wan undercover story arc, episodes 4.17 “The Box” and 4.18 “Crisis on Naboo.”
The Expanded Universe gave us the concept of the Cuy’val Dar. Literaly translated into basic from Mando’a this phrase means “those who no longer exist.” These Cuy’val Dar served as training sergeants on Kamino to train the Clone Troopers for the GAR. Among the Cuy’val Dar you had Mandalorians as well as non-Mandalorian bounty hunters. In the Season Three premier episode, “Clone Cadets” we meet two of these training seargents Bric (Siniteen male) and El-Les (Arcona male).
There are a number bounty hunters that have appeared in just one episode so far, some are memorable and some are forgetable.
The IG-86 droids HELIOS-3D (1.22 Hostage Crisis) and HELIOS-3E (3.8 Evil Plans) worked with Cad Bane, but the most interesting droid bounty hunter in TCW has to be C-21 Highsinger who was party of Boba Fett’s gang in episode 4.20 “Bounty”
Shahan Alama and Robonino, appeared in episode 1.22 “Hostage Crisis” when Cad Bane’s crew took Republic Senators hostage inside the Senate building.
Cato Parasitti, the clawdite bounty hunter assumed the identities of Jedi Ord Enisence as well as Jocasta Nu before being captured in episode 2.1 “Holocron Heist.”
Brainee, the same species as Bric, showed up in episode 3.4 “Sphere of Influence” working with Greedo in the plan to capture Baron Papanoida and his son who where investigating the kidnapping of Papanoida’s daughters.
Onca, Bulduga, Jakoli, Mantu, Kiera Swan, Sinrich and Sixtat, all appeared in episode 4.17 “The Box,” unfortunately for them the Box exacted a fatal toll on those who failed to master it’s many challenges.
Oked, a Beldnab bounty hunter made the mistake at hitting on Asajj Ventress in episode 4.20 “Bounty.” A lesson to everyone to be careful who you try to pick up in a cantina.
Original Trilogy Guest Stars:
This is where things get really interesting. Sy Snootles, Greedo, Bossk and Dengar. Sy Snootles may not neatly fit the definition of a bounty hunter but this scorned lover certainly collected a bounty by killing Ziro the Hutt in episode 3.9 “Hunt for Ziro.” Snootles not only killed the fugitive Hutt but recovered damaging information on the Hutt Ruling Council for her employer Jabba. Snootles returned to the series in a less then glamorous drunken cameo in episode 4.16 “Friends and Enemies.”
Greedo may have opened up a continuity can of worms, but I enjoy this rather ineffective bounty hunter, even if he is a little slow on the draw. Greedo appeared in episode 3.4 “Sphere of Influence.”
Bossk has gotten a lot of screen time and frankly, if this dinosaur in a flight suit was chasing me I would probably either faint or surrender. First appearing in the two-part Season Two finale, Bossk returned as an inmate and jail break partner to Boba Fett in episode 4.15 “Deception.” Bossk stayed associated with Fett as he was part of Fett’s gang in episode 4.20 “Bounty.” It will be interesting to see if we get more Bossk-Fett relationship development through the course of the series.
Dengar also appeared as part of Boba Fett’s crew in episode 4.20 “Bounty,” and proves that some of us just don’t age very gracefully.
Bad Guys who keep showing up:
Castas appeared as part of the crew of Aurra Sing along with Boba Fett and Bossk in episodes 2.21 and 2.22, and proves that getting cold feet on a high stakes bounty can be dangerous.
Latts Razzi is a very interesting looking female bounty hunter that debuted in episode 4.20 “Bounty,” and returned looking like Asajj Ventress’ BFF in episode 4.21 “Brothers.”
Rako Hardeen himself appeared in episode 4.15 “Deception,” but his fascimile made repeated appearances as Obi-Wan Kenobi practiced some identity theft in episodes 4.16-4.18.
Moralo Eval also appeared in episodes 4.15-4.18, and while he seemed to be the “big bad” soon found himself taking a back seat to Cad Bane. Eval is one of the few new villians introduced into TCW that actually survived his debut story arc.
Aurra Sing is one of the most interesting characters in Star Wars. A very unique looking background character in Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Sing was later included in comics, the novels and now TCW. Sing has appeared in episodes 1.22 “Hostage Crisis,” 2.20 “Death Trap,” 2.21 “R2 Come Home,” 2.22 “Lethal Trackdown,” and 3.7 “Assassin.” Sing got her own staring episode in “Assassin” and that is one of the best episodes of the first half of Season Three.
Baddest Guys: Cade Bane and Boba Fett:
Boba Fett may be the baddest man in the Star Wars universe , a Clint Eastwood in space, but in TCW he is still just a wee tyke.
Fett appears in episodes 2.20-22, 4.15, and 4.20. While last we saw Fett he was getting stuffed in a trunk, the good news is that there is a pretty good chance we will get to see more Boba Fett in TCW series going forward. There are even hints based on what appears to be an early leaked TCW style animation of Boba Fett in his traditional armor to get us very excited about how his character will develop on the show.
Cad Bane is one of three characters created by TCW that is probably the best legacy so far of the series. Along with Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex, Bane has introduced an interesting new element into the Star Wars galaxy and is a very interesting bad guy who’s fate is open. Bane has a very cool character design, a suitably dark voice and a willingness to take just about any job for the right price. In many ways Bane is to TCW as Boba Fett is to the Original Trilogy era.
Bane is all over TCW, introduced in episode 1.22 “Hostage Crisis,” and also appeared in episodes 2.1-2.3, 3.8-3.9, and 4.15-4.18.
One thing is for sure with Bane, you may be able to capture him but he is a particularly tough Duros to kill. No doubt Bane will show up many times before the end of TCW.
Stay tuned as we continue this series of Clone Wars Viewer’s Guides during The Clone Wars between seasons break.
Hello and welcome back to another exciting review of The Clone Wars here on the Star Wars Report! This time, the toughest bounty hunters in the galaxy team up to fight for survival and for the chance to work for the evil Count Dooku in “The Box”!
The box was an interesting episode in that I think we’ve kind of gotten used to the ruthless methods of the bounty hunters by now. In the first few scenes we see Cad Bane shoot an Ithorian for having a cool hat. In “The Box”, we often saw them betray their fellow bounty hunters often, by kicking the other contestants off of ledges and into poison or ray shields. What this episode was about was made clear: these bounty hunters are constantly trying to get the upper hand, and while they might help one another sometimes, it’s mostly their greed in finding some use for them later on. So, when Cad Bane helps Hardeen at the very end of the episode, when he obviously didn’t need to, I think that proves how much Cad Bane, I wouldn’t say trusts, but respects Hardeen. I think this will certainly play into this arc later.
However, speaking of trust, I’d like to briefly touch on the importance of the Jedi keeping Anakin in the dark of the operation. I wasn’t looking out too much for this until a friend of mine pointed it out, but this must create a severe gap between Anakin and the Jedi Order, or at least increase the one that was already there. It ties into Palpatine turning Anakin against the Jedi in Revenge of the Sith. It’s the growing distrust that Anakin has of the Jedi, and I think what Yoda says to Anakin even confirms it in Anakin’s mind. He’s too unpredictable to trust. This could be the point where Anakin realizes that he’s out of the loop, which could start him on that path to betraying the Jedi Order.
I think what makes “The Box” so good is the fact that Obi-Wan is in these very cool action scenes, always under the eye of Eval and Dooku, so there’s no way he can mess up without being discovered, or even killed. Towards the end, where Obi-Wan is forced to take the weapon of choice of the real Rako Hardeen, and has to shoot it with the same accuracy as the actual bounty hunter, that honestly was pretty darn scary, knowing that one missed target would reveal him as a spy. It was a very well done scene to show how much Obi-Wan has blended with this character over the past few episodes, and to show us how much he’s ready for his real job, to kidnap the chancellor.
There were two things that I’m wondering about Dooku right now. Firstly, does he suspect that the Jedi are in some way behind Rako Hardeen’s appearance? His reaction when he found out that Hardeen had killed Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi was a bit mysterious. And secondly, why did he choose Cad Bane to lead the mission when he obviously saw Hardeen doing most of the quick thinking and leading the bounty hunters to the each upcoming challenge, every time? Perhaps it ties into my previous question, does he suspect something of Hardeen? And is putting Cad Bane as the leader part of a plan to uncover the true identity of the sniper of Concord Dawn? So many questions, one episode left!
All in all this was a great episode, but at the same time, didn’t exactly match up with the pace or style of the other episodes in the arc; it almost felt like a one episode arc within an arc, if that makes sense. I also found it a little convenient for basically all the reoccurring characters to be the ones to survive. Other than that though I loved this episode! What did you think of “The Box”? Let us know by leaving a comment below! Thanks for reading and may the Force be with you… always!
Hello and welcome back to another review of Star Wars: The Clone Wars here on the Star Wars Report! This week all plans are put into play, and the fate of Rako Hardeen is sealed when the Jedi try to stop an attempt to kidnap the Chancellor from the inside in “Crisis on Naboo”! This is the last episode of this arc, which now leaves us looking forward to the last arc of the season, the return of Darth Maul… but first, here are my thoughts on the episode.
This episode revolves entirely around the bounty hunter’s operation. It’s what has been built towards for three episodes. The characters of Cad Bane and Hardeen have built a sense of trust between one another, at least on a professional level, and the rest of the victors from “The Box” have finally been chosen to help complete the task. I liked that we did not even know how the operation was planned, we only knew the responsibilities of Obi-Wan, who was witnessing the plan for the first time as well. It kind of created this hectic feeling as the chaos ensued when Obi-Wan was trying to keep Mace and the other Jedi informed on what was going on. That’s what separated this action scene from others is that we didn’t necessarily feel right in the action with the Jedi, or the bounty hunters, but both of them as Hardeen tries to maintain his cover while also helping the Jedi. What I’ve liked about this arc all along is the new perspectives we’ve gotten to see that rarely get an opportunity to be showcased in the series.
The other large concept of the episode was Dooku’s and Palpatine’s involvement. Probably Obi-Wan’s one mistake out of his entire undercover mission was his excellent performance in “The Box”. Had he not solved all the puzzles on his own, and maybe stuck to the shadows more, he might’ve been able to not bring as much attention to himself. Right from the end of the last episode Dooku saw right through him, or at least suspected that Hardeen isn’t who he says he is. I think this also plays into the theme of the episode of “the whole truth”, and it seems that everyone is deceiving everyone else in some way, including the Jedi. You could argue that the whole plot of the bounty hunters was a ruse to eliminate the republic security force so Dooku could take the Chancellor himself, if the Jedi believed that the true threat was over. I find it intriguing that most of these plots could actually be more attempts to bring Anakin to the dark side, and you can totally tell by how Palpatine reacts during ambush that he is testing Anakin, so that when Anakin finally defeats Dooku, Palpatine knows that he’s finally ready to become his apprentice. I wonder if Dooku knows this, certainly if he has knowledge of Palpatine planning these attacks, he must have some idea that he’s just a training tool for Skywalker. Maybe even the Sith are deceiving each other?
All in all this was a pretty solid episode that successfully wrapped up the plot against the Chancellor. There were things I wished they had spent more time on, like Cad Bane and Rako Hardeen/Obi-Wan, all we really got to tie up their partnership was Cad Bane yelling threats as he was taken away, it’s not a huge deal, but they spent so much time setting up these characters that I would’ve liked something a little longer. I liked this arc a lot, but I’m ready for the final arc of the season now. I need to see Maul! Anyways, what did you think of this episode? Leave a comment below, we always enjoy hearing what you have to say about the episode! Thanks for reading and may the Force be with you… always!