As the Star Wars prequel trilogy moved toward its final installment, Lucasfilm and Cartoon Network joined forces to create several cartoon shorts set during the Clone Wars. These cartoons served to promote toy sales as well as retain excitement for the final film. So, they turned to the acclaimed Genndy Tartakovsky to direct and draw these sorts. As they began airing in 2003, they garnered the attention of both Star Wars fans and critics. Not only did this series earn multiple Emmys, but it became a beloved part of Star Wars history.
Unfortunately, the 2D series ended with the release of Revenge of the Sith, the final piece of the trilogy, in 2005. Sadly, George Lucas had no further plans to direct or produce any future films in the franchise. With no new movies on the horizon, Lucasarts steered the Star Wars franchise into the realm of 3D animation, deciding to expand on the tales from the Clone Wars.
As the animation team worked on the first few episodes, George Lucas and Warner Brothers decided to package them as a feature film. This film launched the brand-new Clone Wars series in 2008, the longest-running and most successful series in Star Wars history. Even in its original run, the series lasted for five seasons. Then, it returned for a 6th season on Netflix and, recently, concluded with the 7th season on Disney Plus.
The animated Clone Wars series not only kept Star Wars excitement alive, but it led to the creation of several new toys. So, join us as we examine the toys that help us remember the Clone Wars.
Presenting the top ten toys of Star Wars: The Clone Wars
10. Hasbro’s The Clone Wars Boba Fett (2010)
Boba Fett made his first appearance in Star Wars: The Clone Wars during the season 2 episode, Death Trap, in 2010. Unlike the rest of the Jango Fett clones from Kamino, Jango Fett requested an unaltered clone that would age naturally. As Jango Fett personally raised and taught him, he came to see the bounty hunter as his father. Thus, he became bitter toward the Jedi and the republic after they slew Jango Fett on Geonosis.
With the Clone Wars series occurring shortly after Jango Fett’s death, Boba Fett was still an adolescent when he appeared. On multiple occasions, he made attempts to follow through with his vow to avenge the death of his father. While he never successfully took out any of the Jedi, he honed his skills as a bounty hunter.
When Hasbro released their Boba Fett action figure in 2010, they molded him after his appearance from Death Trap. As Boba Fett was a child during the Clone Wars, this figure stood shorter than the average Star Wars action figure. His toy came with two blasters and a rocket pack that could attach to his back. This toy also came out during the era where Hasbro packaged their toys with battle game cards.
9. Hasbro’s Black Series Captain Rex (2018)
When it came to Clone Troopers, none gained the respect in the field as the captain of the 501st, Captain Rex. Originally designated CT-7567, Rex was amongst the first batch of clones and choose his nickname after he completed his training on Kamino. From there, his skill and tactical thanking made him a valued officer in the clone troop forces.
Rex made his first appearance in the Clone Wars cartoon during the theatrical film, where he aided Anakin Skywalker and General Kenobi against the droid army on Christophsis. Rex proved his swift thinking, skills, and tenacity during the film’s events. From that point on, he became one of the most prominent members of the clone troops throughout the series run.
Rex even continued well past the events of the Clone Wars series, managing to be one of the few clones to have his inhibitor chip successfully removed. Now free to think on his own, he helped the Bad Batch in fully removing their inhibitor chips. He even joined the rebellion to assist in their struggles against the empire.
Honoring the impact of Captain Rex, Hasbro created a detailed action figure of him in their Star Wars: The Black Series toyline in 2018. This highly articulated figure came with two handguns and a removable helmet. So, this was one of the best toy depictions of Captain Rex ever created.
8. Hasbro’s The Clone Wars Cad Bane (2008)
Cad Bane made his mark as one of the most effective and ruthless bounty hunters in the Galaxy when he stormed the senate, taking hostages, to free Ziro the Hutt from prison. Cad Bane meticulously planned his actions to ensure that he would prevail and get his money. However, as a true bounty hunter at heart, his only loyalty was to the paycheck that he received in the end.
In a later episode, Cad Bane resurfaced to steal a holocron that detailed the names and locations of force-sensitive children across the galaxy. Even though he successfully stole the holocron, the Jedi caught him when he went after the force-sensitive Gungan child, Roo-Roo Page. Even in captivity, Cad Bane proved his resilience as he resisted the interrogation techniques from some of the top Jedi, Mace Windu and Obi-Wan Kenobi. He even escaped from their clutches after deceiving them.
Hasbro added Cad Bane to their Star Wars; The Clone Wars toyline in 2008. Not only did this figure come with two handguns and a removable satchel, but his droid, TODO 360, also came with him. As with many figures in this toy line, his packaging included a battle card. However, this battle card was of TODO 360 instead of Cad Bane.
7. Hasbro’s The Clone Wars Barriss Offee (2008)
While several Jedi rose to gain the spotlight from time to time in the Clone Wars cartoon, few gained the infamy that Barriss Offee. When she first appeared in the series, Offee faithfully accompanied her master, Luminara Unduli, as they aided Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano on Geonosis. While she was concerned about the bickering of Ahsoka and Anakin, she faithfully assisted Ahsoka as they bombed the droid factory.
From there, she continued to appear in several skirmishes against the Separatists. As they battled together, Ahsoka believed that the two were friends and respected each other. Even when Offee was under the influence of a brain worm, begging for death, Ahsoka insisted on saving her friend.
As the war waged, Barriss Offee lost her faith in the Jedi Order and their deeds. Thus, she set into action a plot to bomb the Jedi Temple Hangar. During this plot, she allowed her once friend, Ahsoka, to take the blame for the bombing. She also murdered Letta Turmond, who was the first suspected bomber. In the end, Skywalker subdued and captured Barriss Offee. As she confessed her deeds to the council, she professed that she felt that the Jedi had become corrupt. Unfortunately, her actions led to Ahsoka breaking her ties with the Jedi, never to return to their ranks again.
In 2008, when Hasbro released the Barriss Offee action figure, her possession by the brain worms had been her most significant role. Thus, a long, slithering brain worm came packaged along with her. This packaging also featured a battle card that had a picture of Offee and the brain worm. Otherwise, she came with a blue lightsaber.
6. Hasbro’s The Clone Wars Asajj Ventress (2008)
Ever since Asajj Ventress made her first appearance during 2003’s Clone Wars shorts, her striking appearance made her a popular wielder of the dark side. Audiences first met Ventress as a dark side assassin and apprentice to Count Dooku. At several points during the war, Ventress popped up as a deadly threat to any Jedi that stood in her way. She even struck out at high-ranking Jedi such as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Despite Ventress’s deadly effectiveness, Count Dooku turned against her as Darth Sidious, who felt she would be a means to overthrow him, ordered him. Thus, Ventress slipped away to her former clan of magick-wielders, the Nightsisters. From that point on, Ventress fended for her own throughout the war.
She made attempts on Dooku’s life, arranging for Savage Opress to become her slave and Dooku’s apprentice. However, he turned against both in the end. She also tried her hand at becoming a bounty hunter, even taking on bounties on her former tool, Savage.
While her nature kept her opposed to the Jedi and the Republic, she would occasionally put away her differences to fend off a common foe. Thus, she has fought momentarily alongside both Obi-wan Kenobi and Ahsoka Tano.
Hasbro’s 2008 action figure of Asajj Ventress was not the first time that she appeared in toy form. However, this toy was considerably more articulated than the previous one from 2003’s cartoon series. This action figure came with Ventress’ iconic dual lightsabers, whose hilts could even connect to form a dual lightsaber staff. Also, a battle game card came packaged along with the toy.
5. Hasbro’s The Clone Wars General Grievous (2008)
In the ranks of the Separatist’s droid army, no other cybernetic creature proved to be as imposing a threat as General Grievous. Grievous earned his station as he gained a reputation as a Jedi killer. He even kept a collection of lightsabers from the various Jedi that fell by his hand. While he was not a force user, Count Dooku personally taught him how to fight with lightsabers. Even his guard, the IG-100 MagnaGuards, posed a deadly threat to the Republic. Unfortunately, since Grievous started life as a Kaleesh, an organic race, he had the weaknesses of organs such as lungs.
However, during the Clone Wars cartoon, General Grievous was at the height of his military career. Thus, each time he appeared, he shifted the tides to favor the Separatists and the droid army. Any Jedi that stood in his path could die by his hands. For instance, the padawan, Nahdar Vebb, fell to General Grievous’ skills on Vassek. Many Jedi were lucky to barely escape from the droid general.
Hasbro created a new General Grievous action figure for their Clone Wars toyline in 2008. Unlike his toys from the Revenge of the Sith line, this action figure lacked the cape that he wore in the film. Instead, the figure came with battle-damaged parts, such as a replacement head and forearm. He also came with two lightsabers. As with many action figures from the Clone Wars toyline, the packaging included a battle game card.
4. Hasbro’s The Clone Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi (2008)
When it comes to Jedi from the Star Wars franchise, few have garnered the respect and reputation of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Obi-Wan holds the distinction of being the first Jedi that ever appeared in the franchise when he appeared in A New Hope as Old Ben Kenobi. Thus, he is one of the central figures that binds the events of the Prequel and original trilogies, as well as several pieces of the extended universe.
In the Clone Wars series, fans witnessed Obi-Wan Kenobi at the height of his military career. General Kenobi became one of the most respected commanders on the battlefield. Not only was he extremely effective in combat, but he had a keen sense of honor and loyalty. Obi-Wan’s strategies proved his swift thinking and creative solutions to issues.
He also held the distinction of training and guiding Anakin Skywalker, staying his respected master during the war. Obi-Wan supplied moral support and guidance for Anakin, even though he never knew all his former Padawan’s secrets. The two held a close bond, becoming brothers and arms. Still, Obi-Wan was the more grounded and by-the-books member of their pairing.
Hasbro created the toy based on Obi-Wan’s appearance from the Clone Wars cartoon in 2008. He came with his iconic lightsaber along with a firing pack and clone trooper helmet. This figure also came with a battle game card, depicting Obi-Wan from the series.
3. Hasbro’s The Clone Wars Darth Maul Returns Battle Pack (2012)
The Clone Wars cartoon brimmed with iconic storylines, but few shocked fans more than the return of Darth Maul, who Obi-Wan sliced in half during The Phantom Menace. Even though Darth Maul was a man of little words in the movie, he left a lasting impact during his duel with Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi on Naboo.
Despite his apparent demise, Mother Talzin, the leader of the Nightsisters, informed Savage Opress that his brother, Darth Maul, survived in exile. When Savage located his lost brother, he found him in a monstrous form, with arachnoid cybernetic legs, and with missing memories. After Savage calmed and subdued his lost brother, he took him back to the Nightsisters so they could heal his body and mind. Thus, they restored Darth Maul to fighting form with new, more humanoid cybernetic legs.
With Darth Maul healed, the pair ventured out to seek vengeance on the Jedi who had robbed Darth Maul of his real legs, Obi-Wan Kenobi. For a time, the brothers saw success, as they slew a Jedi, Adi Gallia. Darth Maul gained the following of some of the Death Watch after their former leader, Pre Vizsla, perished. Unfortunately, his successes ended as Darth Sidious arrived to deal with them. Opress fell to Darth Sidious as Darth Maul became his captive.
Celebrating Darth Maul’s return in 2012, Hasbro released a special triple pack of figures only at Target stores. This set contained Darth Maul, a nightsister, and Savage Opress. Where Darth Maul and the nightsister both held lightsabers, Savage came with an ax-like accessory. The pack also had battle cards for each of these characters.
2. Hasbro’s The Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker with R2D2 (2010)
During the Clone Wars, no duo was more inseparable than Anakin Skywalker and his battle droid, R2-D2. R2-D2 accompanied Anakin ever since he reunited with his childhood crush, Padmé Amidala, and secretly married her. This astromech’s skills and adaptability made him a perfect match for the hot-headed Jedi.
However, Anakin’s lack of adherence to the rules led to him refusing to wipe the droid’s databanks, as is protocol. While this decision permitted R2 to become a more useful partner for him during battle, he also became a liability. Since R2 had full records of the Republic’s strategies and movements, Anakin found himself in a troubling situation when the Separatists got their hands on the droid.
As for Anakin, he constantly struggled with his dark side as he fought in the Clone Wars. His insistence to hold onto his attachments, especially his secret wife, led him to deceive the Jedi on several occasions. Anakin even went so far as to strangle one of Padmé’s former lovers when he tried to kiss her.
Still, he was a skilled and respected general in the republic army. None could match his piloting skills, so he turned the tide of most battles that he flew in. Likewise, his loose interpretation of the regulations gave his strategies a certain flair, both dangerous and effective.
In 2010, Hasbro released a double pack with both Anakin Skywalker and R2-D2. Where Anakin came with his blue lightsaber, R2 came with several accessories, including his third wheeled leg. So, this pack is one of the best available for some of the most important characters from the show.
1. Hasbro’s The Clone Wars Ahsoka Tano (2010)
Ever since Ahsoka Tano made her appearance in the animated Clone Wars film, she won over the hearts of Star Wars fans. Since she tended to bend the rules, the Jedi deemed her to be the perfect padawan for Anakin Skywalker. Her understanding and kind-hearted nature also helped steer her master toward the light.
In the early phases of the war, Ahsoka was a bright light of hope and enthusiasm toward the Republic’s success. However, as she continued to battle in the war, she began to see the horrors and transgressions that appeared on both sides of the conflict. She matured and became more grounded in her views. However, she never lost faith in her master’s goodwill and standing in the light side.
Unfortunately, Ahsoka became the victim of a cruel plot, framing her as the individual who both bombed the Jedi temple and murdered the first suspect. Previously, she believed that the Jedi understood and trusted her. However, their willingness to put her on trial made her lose faith in the order. Even as Anakin proved that another Jedi, Barriss Offee, committed the atrocities, the damage had been done. Thus, Ahsoka split off from the Jedi order.
Even when she no longer stood as a member of the Jedi, Ahsoka continued to fight for the greater good and the strength of the Republic. She fought against the evils of the Pykes and Darth Maul, eventually learning that Darth Sidious desired Anakin as his next apprentice. While she did not want to believe that he could fall, she later faced the truth that her master was long gone.
When Hasbro created the toy version of Ahsoka in 2008, they included her lightsaber, a backpack, and Rotta the Huttlet. This pack also included a battle card for Ahsoka.
What were your favorite toys from Star Wars: The Clone Wars?
Today, we have listed our picks for the top ten toys that featured characters from the Clone Wars cartoon series. Each of these action figures excited us and proved to be an important part of any collection.
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