Commander Wolffe is one of the clones from The Clone Wars cartoon that had a few appearances and got a unique armor and personality, so he seemed like a natural choice for a Clone Trooper variant. Hasbro kicked off the photo-real face printing method in the Black Series with Rex, and they use it to great effect with the Gamestop/ Barnes and Noble Commander Wolffe. Let’s take a look!
The face sculpt is remarkably cool. It really captures Wolffe’s gruff, no-nonsense personality perfectly and is a great likeness for Tem Morrison while still feeling different from Rex. It’s a tough line to walk and I think they pull it off perfectly. The face printing technique works well with the sculpt. You can kind of see the dot-matrix look of his stubble when it’s blown up really large, but it looks perfect in person.
The body looks to re-use parts from Rex and the regular clones, unfortunately the did not re-use Rex’s biceps, so Wolffe has the limited range of motion from the original Clone figure’s elbows. He also doesn’t have a left trigger figure, so I think I’ll do a little surgery on him to make his blaster holding look a little more natural.
The paint has a lot of great things and a couple of things I don’t love. I particularly like the details on the armor designs and the helmet and the effective face printing. He has a little bit of weathering, but it doesn’t really feel like how weathered armor was rendered in the movies of show. I think a black wash and black scratches would be nice.
I love the Clone Wars, I am hungry for Clone Trooper variants, and Wolffe has been at the top of my list since Rex hit, so I was primed to love this figure. The elbows are a little frustrating, but otherwise this is an extremely successful figure. Bring on Echo and Fives!