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Cad Bane isn't a really big player in the Star Wars saga. He's more prominent in the Expanded Universe, but nobody reads that. Cad Bane is a Duros from the planet Duro and also a bounty hunter. He doesn't make many appearances in much Star Wars related media, and only is there around the Clone Wars era.
He was in the film The Clone Wars, hired as a mercenary to do evil things and as a character wasn't really fantastic as his role really could have been played by anyone.
What I like about the character though is how he looks. You gotta admit he looks pretty awesome, with his dusty brown tail jacket and that really big hat.
The action figure does this pretty cool character justice, by designing him almost exactly like he was in the film, and in other media. His face is a shocking shade of radioactive blue and his eyes a nice evil red colour. They're half closed, as if he's concentrating really hard, taking aim or is trying really, really hard to look angry. Two breathing tubes stick out from his face, making this guy look even more bad ass.
His "Man with No Name" style clothing looks just as good in this model, giving him a Western look, which we don't see nearly enough of in the Star Wars universe. Underneath, attached to his belt are holsters. He holds in both his hands blaster guns, and comes with a bonus, longer gun, for added coolness.
Like most of the characters from this series, he's pretty articulate with joints all over the place, so you can pose him all over the place. You can also take his hat off, revealing his blue chrome dome.
All in all, like all the ones in the series, he's well modeled, looking just like his screen counterpart. And although he's not exactly the most important character, he has that Boba Fett coolness about him which Bounty Hunters seem to radiate.
Cad Bane was the best and most dangerous bounty hunter and mercenary of his time. Till the era of Boba Fett nobody was able to deal with him. Bane employed a variety of deadly weapons and brave allies to ensure that he always got his (high) pay. It was a matter of time to find his action figure in shops!
The figure has eight points of articulation: neck, shoulders, elbows, waist and legs. You may think: "what about knees or ankles?" and you will be right. This is the main disadvantage of the toy: it is not as versatile as it could be. However, Bane is able to stand securely without any help. The bounty hunter is equipped with two small blasters and one blaster rifle. Although Cad looks really cool with his two "revolvers", the right hand's grips is too wide for the blaster. You must use some plastic bands or simply put there the rifle. Otherwise the blaster will fall out. The left hand is OK.
The paint application is great and solid, I really like looking at it. Cad looks like a true bastard and his ghastly face comes straight from the TV screen. As you remember from the animated series, Bane's design is strongly based on the Western American history. The same is here. The figure reminds gunmen from westerns - a hat (removable), holsters, a gloomy coat, everything on its place! The holsters and the cloak are not removable. I feel big resources of pure fun inside this toy!
This figure is very good, but not perfect. Anyway, there is no better Cad Bane option at the moment, so you can buy it without a feeling of disgust.
Remember Boba Fett from the Star Wars fims? Well this chap is ten timesd as nasty! Cad Bane is a bounty hunter and one of the most feared in the entire galaxy. He is one of my favourites of the newer batch of characters because he looks so different and creepy and marks something of a turning point in character design in my eyes.
You will not see him in the earlier films as this is a Clone Wars character. Hasbro have produced a faithful and superb toy based on the character from the Clone Wars animations and comics. The figure has been made well, with great attention to delivering sturdy limbs, as with all the figures in the range.
My favourite features have to be the elongated shape of the character, he has a looming presence and his saggy hat gives him the appearance of a cowboy who has just marched into a saloon bar. The neon blue face is well detailed and looks skeletal, I love this colour work here and it brings the toy to life.
Costume wise, you cannot fault Hasbro here for capturing the grainy texture on his jacket. This is offset with spindly droid-like arms, which remind me of the Terminator. Sleek black slcaks and boots complete the frame work. Cad comes with a respectable blaster which again has been very well articulated and looks the business. Cad can support this on his arms.
In terms of desirability, Cad is right up there with the best of the bounty hunters, like Fett and IG88. His combination of droid, cowboy and alien looks make him stand out from many other creatures and there is nobody who looks quite as menacing as this guy. An excellent display piece for Star Wars enthusiasts and also a good play mate for those who want to stage a battle between the bounty hunters.
Cad will cost between five to seven pounds and can be bought boxed or loose online and in stores.