Check out our hands on review of the Hot Toys Hunter sixth scale figure from Star Wars The Bad Batch animated series!
Hunter is the leader of Clone Force 99, otherwise known as The Bad Batch and the 2nd figure to be released as part of the squad. The release of this figure means that they are slowly building out The Bad Batch, and based on images from Sideshow Con 2022, Tech and Wrecker are hopefully not far behind as the animated series is on Season 2, with different looks to their armor. Of course Crosshair. is on preorder so that leaves Omega, which we are eagerly awaiting her announcement. Let’s dive into the details and take a look at Hunter, the leader of the band of misfit clones they call The Bad Batch. This figure features a meticulously developed recreation of Hunter’s armor and helmet with weathering effects, an interchangeable head sculpt with a human likeness, a military backpack, an array of weapons!
“Being strategic means knowing your limitations”
“Hunter” was the nickname of a clone commando sergeant who served as the commanding officer of Clone Force 99 in the Grand Army of the Republic during the Clone Wars, fought between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems. He was genetically altered to have heightened senses and commanded his comrades who had their own unique mutations, in what they called the “Bad Batch.” Other members of the squad included Wrecker, Tech, and Crosshair, and later, Echo. Most of the members’ mutations and the ordeal Echo suffered prior to joining caused their inhibitor chips to fail, meaning Clone Force 99 was able to disobey Order 66. With the Proclamation of the New Order and the rise of the Galactic Empire from the shell of the Republic, Clone Force 99—with the exception of Crosshair, whose chip had functioned properly—defected with a child named Omega, and Admiral Tarkin ordered that they be hunted down.
Box and Art
The box front features Hunter clutching his dagger in one hand and his DC-17 hand blaster, which was a model of heavy blaster pistol and the Grand Army of the Republic’s standard-issue sidearm. You can also see the glossy wrap around banner done in orange and red that features his unhelmeted head sculpt.
Inside of Box and Packout
Inside of the box you will find a beautiful shot of Hunter taking aim with his blaster rifle. This overlay is covering the amazing packout that Hunter comes with!
The body looks very well proportioned and lifelike. The armor is an all new sculpt, which plays into the lore of this clone as he is genetically altered, and although still a Clone Trooper, looks very different than your standard issue Reg! The armor features a chalky scratched up look to it, which is just how it looks in the animated series.
The helmet is larger in scale than Hunter’s human head sculpt, which is done on purpose and is true to life because if you put this helmet over your head, it will be bigger as your head needs to fit inside. The sculpt and paint app is fantastic as it’s dirty and grimie and looks like it has seen a lot of action. The bucket is a really unique design and the helmet sits lower on the neck, giving it a more bulky look. There is also scratching and a very weathered look it, like it has been through hell! The visor is separate glossy piece, which adds some depth and dimension to the helmet.
Hunter’s human head sculpt is intersting because this is a real life interpretation of what his face would look like un animated. The head band features a skull and some texture running through it and and the hair looks free flowing and natural. The tattoo also is well done and, if you look hard enough, you can make out Temuera Morrison’s likeness. The skin toned neck peaks out of the top of the collar of the shirt, adding to the realism.
This is the first Clone Commando style armor we’ve gotten from Hot Toys, which is an amazing sculpt that features a lot of detail and angles. The armor on the back is nicely sculpted with some dirt and grime and it features some oil stain washes in the crevices, which brings out all of the detail.
The shoulder armor are separate pieces that are held on with velcro and you can see the 99 on both the right and left pads along with a skull on this right pad. His gauntlets are also an asymmetrical design and, on his right, it just features a red stripe. His left gauntlet, however, holds his knife and is really well done! The knife snaps in securely in place and you don;’t have to worry about it wiggling out.
He comes with a unique utility belt and his blaster holster are attached by a piece that let’s them flow free and wiggle around. His leg armor is pretty basic and symmetrical and it features a red stripe on the front shin armor, tying the entire look together.
There is a mix of dark and lighter grays and his legs feature that same chalky, scratched up look that is all over his armor.
Hunter comes with a plethora of accessories, which include:
- Six pieces of interchangeable gloved hands including:
- One pair of rifle holding hands
- One pair of relaxed hands
- One dagger holding right hand
- One gesture left hand
- One DC-17M blaster rifle
- One DC-17 blaster pistol
- One dagger
- One military backpack (equipped with magnetic function)
- Two thermal detonators (one flat and one round)
- Figure stand with Star Wars logo, character nameplate and graphic card
The backpack is really well done and features a white ash speckled paint app. The top opens up, making it functional.
The cool thing about the backpack is that you can store weapons inside of it, like his thermal detonators.
Speaking of the Thermal detonators, one is round and one has a flat bottom to set off to some unsuspecting clanker!
The DC-17M (M = Modular) is stunning and is and is a new sculpt. The magazine is removable and the barrel of the gun slide apart and is keyed in, which means it fits on one way. This could leave room for future blaster parts to be attached to it.
The DC-17 hand blaster was a model of heavy blaster pistol and the Grand Army of the Republic’s standard-issue sidearm. ARC troopers, as well as other special forces units like Clone Force 99 (aka The Bad Batch) within the Special Operations Brigade, used the DC-17 for close-quarters fighting and as a backup weapon. The weapon was one of the most reliable and toughest models of blaster pistols created, as well as having remarkable stopping power in its small design. These blasters have the same paint applications as the DC-15S Blaster Carbine and can be stored in his holsters.
His knife is super detailed with a nice metallic silver blade and features some yellow panel line detail along with some reds and oranges. There is also some dry brushing on the hilt ad coolest part of this knife is that you can holster it on his armor!
The knife gives you some versatile display options if you want to have Hunter hold it or simply holster in in his armor sheath.
The figure base is the standard Star Wars style that features Imperial style flooring and is the same as Coruscant Guards and the 501st Clone Troopers. The display base features the words Hunter etched into the metal name plate.
Like Echo‘s base, Hunter’s comes with a sticker that you can permanently attach or leave a free floating. It has an illustration of Hunter’s helmet on the left and the words “The Bad Batch” on the right.
With the multitude of attachments and accessories, you can put Hunter in as many different poses and display options.
Where to Buy
You can purchase Hunter from the Sideshow website or by clicking the image below!
Be sure to also check out our Star Wars Hot Toys Shop Page, where you can find links to purchase all your favorite 1/6 scale figures!