Huge spoilers follow for Episode 8 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, the animated Clone Wars spin-off that’s currently airing on Disney+, so turn away now if you’re not up to date on this week’s instalment.
A handful of familiar faces have already turned up across the series so far, including Tarkin and Captain Rex. But the latest episode has brought another Clone Wars staple back into the fold, as Dave Filoni reaches into his vast catalogue of characters to sew together his own Star Wars TV universe.
As ‘Reunion’ reaches its climax, the Bad Batch are (of course) still on the run. After a latest escape from former member Crosshair and his Imperial Clone Troopers, Hunter and Omega come face to face with legendary bounty hunter Cad Bane, who – after a tense fast draw with Hunter – promptly disappears with Omega.
We haven’t seen a minifigure version of Cad Bane since 2013’s 75024 HH-87 Starhopper, which took inspiration from the character’s appearance in Season 5 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. That was our one and only opportunity to pick up that particular variant, which now fetches an average price of roughly £12 on BrickLink.
Probably the more recognisable version of the minifigure came three years earlier, in both 8098 Clone Turbo Tank and 8128 Cad Bane’s Speeder. Only the hat is shared between the two minifigures, with completely different heads, torsos and legs. The older variant also includes the character’s iconic breathing apparatus, which the bounty hunter once again sports in The Bad Batch.
The latest on-screen version of Cad Bane rocks an outfit that’s actually closer to the 2013 LEGO minifigure, though – at least where the torso is concerned, as you’ll need to swap the legs and arms out for dark brown and black elements. To create a more authentic LEGO version of the bounty hunter as he appears in the Bad Batch, your best bet may therefore be to combine both previous minifigures (while perhaps also replacing the hat with one a little more accurately-sized).
If enough fans choose to go down that route, the demand for both Cad Bane minifigures could see them skyrocket in price on BrickLink. The 2010 version already commands a hefty fee of £19 on average, which means you’ll need to spend around £31 to grab them both at the moment (plus shipping fees).
Of course, there’s still a good chance that the LEGO Group could come through with a brand new, updated version of Cad Bane in a future set – say, in 2022 – particularly as it’s already shown it’s happy to produce sets for the show in 75314 The Bad Batch Attack Shuttle.
But given that set includes the full squad (rather than separating the characters out across multiple sets, as is often the LEGO Group’s wont), it could indicate that this is the only LEGO set we’ll see based on Star Wars: The Bad Batch. And if that is the case, turning to BrickLink (or any other secondary marketplace) for a Cad Bane minifigure may be your only option.
Just do it before everybody else does, and the price goes way beyond anything remotely reasonable.