The Saga Collection
Item No.: Asst. 85770 No. 85939
Includes: Backpack, hose gun, display stand
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: Spring 2006
Appearances: Revenge of the Sith
Bio: As the massive aerial battle over Coruscant comes to an end, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker pilot General Grievous' disabled flagship to a dramatic crash landing. A raging fire breaks out once the ship hits Coruscant's atmosphere, but lucky for the Jedi heroes, this brave firespeeder pilot and his crew are ready to put out the flames and help the ship land. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)
Image: Adam Pawlus' toy shelves.
Commentary: The Firespeeder Pilot was one of the figures fans were demanding in 2005 because, well, it looked cool. Hasbro heard, and designed the pilot with a lot of articulation, a sort of fire repellant backpack device thing, and all the detail you might want. Oh, and he has a good pose too. The figure looks a little bit like some similarly sized G.I. Joe pilot figures, but it's still a neat figure in its own right. It'd be a neater figure if there were more vehicles for it to pilot, sadly Hasbro has elected to make very few vehicles that don't already include their own figures so this is yet another of many pilots that have no real home in your collection beyond the shelf. Well, in theory. George stuck this one in a few other scenes, too...
Collector's Notes: At first, fans thought this Firespeeder Pilot was just another one of the amazing suited-up heroes in George Lucas' massive world, an intergalactic fireman. It turned out we were wrong-- these guys could also be seen in the hangars of the various Clone squads that were being deployed to Utapau! Check your DVD for the proof. So you can use these guys with your orange Clone Troopers as well as part of the Coruscant fire sequence if a vehicle ever came out, which it won't, so prepare to despair.
Day 277: February 7, 2007