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Welcome back to another episode of Mike’s Closet. If you follow my comic book writing over on CBSI, you may know that I have been all about the Ahsoka Tano character for years. In fact, my newest Cover Tunes #92 is all about collecting Ahsoka comics. I was ridiculed for it forever and now, if you don’t mind, it’s my turn to laugh back.
Ahsoka has begun to really catch fire and her collectibles are following suit. Her re-appearance as an adult in rebels a few years ago began it, but now with the final season of Clone Wars coming, her voice being in Rise of Skywalker and rumors of her popping up in Season 2 of the Mandalorian, there seems to be no stopping her popularity. From an action figure perspective (which we are focused on today), many of her figures have always been rather rare and expensive.
Today, my video and feature focuses on these figures removed from the packages since my packaged examples are all boxed up and put safely away. I also sadly 🙁 don’t have all of them in duplicate so that I can open them, but I’m getting there.
Ahsokas’s debut in the 2008 pilot film, the Dark Horse Clone Wars comic and early Season 1 episodes as the slightly annoying “Snips” spawned an action figure that came packaged with a Rota Huttling and a backpack. This mold was re-used at least two other times, but the evolution of the character was paralleled in the figure line through 8+ years of the character’s growth.
- 2008 Mold with Rota the Huttling released essentially for the theatrical release of the pilot episode. A good figure with great proportions. Nothing rare about this figure and it shouldn’t cost more than $10-$12.
- The 2008 mold was re-used for this 2009 “Ambush on Vulture’s Claw Battle Pack” version but with the added poncho. Paint on this version is much more muted than it was on the original release, as well. This is an expensive battle pack on the aftermarket and will run at least $100.
- Next up was the 2009 all-new CW23 Ahsoka with space helmet which is also known as the “Cargo of Doom” figure. This is a rather rare figure and sells for $30-$35 in a package. The only reason it doesn’t sell for more is because this figure was re-released in the “Cad Bane’s Escape” Battle Pack a couple of years later in 2011.
- The next figure, CW44, is arguably the best Ahsoka animated figure and is a very rare and expensive one. It sells for a hefty $150-$200 or more depending on condition. It was released in 2011.
- Cad Bane’s Escape Battle Pack” version of the above CW23 figure is essentially the exact same figure but with slightly darker paint operation. The battle pack itself isn’t a terribly pricey one at $40-$50.
- The 2008 mold was re-used again for this 2012 “Brain Invaders 2-Pack” but with slightly different paint and the addition of the worm. She also comes with the backpack but now it has a soft goods flap. This 2-Pack was sold exclusively through discount stores such as Khol’s. Because of the nature of the release, it is another fairly expensive and rare figure at $50-ish.
- Next up, we have 2012’s Ahsoka with scuba gear and it is yet another fairly rare release. Numbered CW15 (the line was re-numbered) which is an all-new mold, it is also highly sought after and sells for $75-$100. It is an excellent figure. Perhaps not quite as good as the CW44 mentioned above, but still excellent.
- The next figure which was released in 2012 and numbered VC102 is the first “live action” look for Ahsoka and was released as what turned out to be a wave of very rare Vintage collection figures for Entertainment Earth. This figure sells regularly for $150-$175 and is rare (along with all of the other figures in that wave). This wave was originally intended to go to retail stores, but low orders for this “Tail Ender” wave deemed it to be doomed to online-only. The line, of course, has since been revived, but this figure has not ever been re-released on a Vintage Collection card.
- This figure is really the identical figure to the VC102 Vintage Collection figure mentioned above but sold as a “Black Series” boxed Walmart exclusive in 2016 along with a couple of other figures from that rare Entertainment Earth wave. The paint operations are a little inferior to the actual VC102 release and they can easily be differentiated when placed side-by-side.
- The last of the 3.75” figures was a fantastic sculpt to look more akin to Ahsoka’s re-introduction in Rebels. As such, it was released in the Rebels figure line in 2015 in a 2-Pack with Darth Vader (Rebels Version). Essentially, it is the shrunken down version of the 6” Black Serie Ahsoka which we cover next. This 3.75” version sells now for $20 or less as it is not at all rare.
- This next figure is really just the large version of the above 3.75” Rebels figure and was released in 2016 in the 6” Black Series line. It is an amazing sculpt with great articulation. This is a fairly sought-after figure and sells for $45-$50. Keep in mind that MSRP was $20, though.
- The Last figure on the list is an entirely different kind of figure that many would consider to be a doll. It is the Forces of Destiny 12” figure. These were also supposed to go to major retailers, but never made it. Instead, they showed up in discount stores and online, only. They sell for a little bit of a premium at $30-ish. It is a fun, cartoon-ish version and has good play value.
NOTE: Keep in mind that there are other “figures” for Ahsoka like the Disney Infinity video game figure, a few different LEGO versions and a couple of statues. Those are for a different article at a different time.
And there we have the evolution of Ahsoka Tano action figures from Hasbro. For a character that has never seen a second of live action, there are an awful lot of toys for her (and rightly so). Some are clearly better figures than others. I hope you’ve enjoyed another glimpse into my nerd closet. Until next time, be well, thanks for reading, play hard, but play nice.