Commander Cody was one of the few Clones that had a name prior to The Clone Wars. It made his betrayal in Revenge of the Sith all the more shocking.
Clone Wars further showed that tight bond Cody had with Obi-Wan and it managed to make it even worse. It takes great writing to make a character we know going in becomes a villain is such a fan favorite.
Since I was waffling on SH Figuarts and Hasbro’s take on the Star Wars line, I missed out on the first Black Series Commander Cody figure. Thanks to the Archive Series, I finally got another crack at him without having to spend $100+ on an essential prequel character.
Packaging: This is more of an old school presentation of the Black Series figures with a gold gradient and a lighter greyscale image of the clones.
The bio as always is great with an overview of Cody’s tenure during the Clone Wars and his partnership with Obi-Wan.
Likeness: For the most part, Hasbro reused the standard Black Series #14 Attack of the Clones clone trooper figure. There are some key differences to make Cody stand out though. His helmet is far more intricate.
Cody’s design helped him stand out with the visor and antenna ports. It gives this menacing look that foreshadows his “evil” programming kicks in. His left shoulder pad has another side port antenna.
He has a sculpted band on his right arm and commander stripes on his left breastplate.
I’ve always liked the smooth panel layout of this figure so the armor plating looks like padding and you can clearly see the black interior outfit at spots.
Paint: Cody has one of the baddest (in a good way) paint jobs. His deep orange is striking in its various accent areas.
The paintwork in the visor with the white trim and tiny burst pattern at the vent points. His shoulder pad antenna has a silver tip adding even more detail.
This detailed work is more than enough to overcome the little paint oversprays on the belt and band.
Of course, my favorite aspect with the Ep. III clones is the paint damage on their armor. It hints at the wear and tear the clones have seen being in a constant war zone.
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Scale: The clone troopers should be shorter than Obi-Wan Kenobi and definitely looking up at Anakin and Mace Windu. Cody’s helmet gives him extra height although he still is a bit taller than he should be next to Obi-Wan.
Articulation: I really wish Cody had the additional articulation of the Ahsoka clones as it would give him even more range of movement. The addition of the butterfly shoulders and wider hip joints definitely would have helped Cody.
The old buck still holds up pretty well allowing for easy attack poses whether fighting Battle Droids, Super Battle Droids and Count Dooku’s special assassins.
Commander Cody has:
- ball-jointed shoulders
- elbow (with swivel)
- wrist hinge
- knees (double jointed)
Accessories: Cody has two blasters. One is the standard issue Clone Trooper DC-15A blaster rifle. This is the longer of the two blasters.
He’s also got the standard DC-15S Blaster Carbine. Cody used both so it was nice to get both included.
Worth it? Thankfully there was no store exclusive upcharge for these guys so I was able to get the 501st Troopers for the older price of $19.99. They’re now up to $22.99…assuming you can find them.
Rating: 9 out of 10
The only bad thing about this figure is the outdated articulation. It’s still very fun to pair Cody with the modern Obi-Wan figures. Now it’s time to track down some of Cody’s clones from Walgreens.
Where to get it? These were in all the retail stores like Target, Wal-Mart and GameStop. Currently, Cody is out of stock at Amazon, but they do tend to restock figures. Entertainment Earth has him in stock and free shipping when you spend over $49.