Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Figure Of The Day: Day 193: AT-RT Driver

AT-RT DRIVER Human Clone
The 30th Anniversary Collection Tins
Item No.:
Asst. 87154 No. 87221
Number: 3 of 6
Includes: Removable damaged armor, blaster pistol
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $29.99
Availability: 2006
Appearances: Revenge of the Sith

Bio: Equipped and conditioned for the humid environments of the galaxy's swampy places, these clone troopers helped repel Separatist forces on the Wookiee home world. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam's coffee table. (I don't know why but I really like this picture.)

Commentary: Three cheers for Clone repaints. The AT-RT Driver proves what Hasbro knows to be true-- throw a new Clone with anything and fans will buy it. In and of itself, the figure is very striking and I daresay is more interesting to look at than the original camo 2005 release. I'm not sure the all-white one ever appeared in a movie, but it does look very cool and is basically super-articulated. It has the same smaller rifle from the original release, and a removable "blasted" armor chest plate so if you're crazy and buy multiples, you can display them in several different configurations. The figure itself is a real winner and looks so cool, you'll probably consider choking down your shame and buying this set for its high price. (Or wait for clearance.)

Collector's Notes: This item was released as part of the 30th Anniversary Collection, which came out several months early. The AT-RT Driver came in a four-pack with ROTS Yoda, Evolutions Episode III Anakin Skywalker, and a ROTS Mace Windu. Given that the AT-RT Driver, Mace Windu, and Yoda each cost about $5.25 in 2005, this set amounts to "highway robbery." If you somehow got through 2006 without purchasing and re-purchasing the Mace Windu and Yoda figures a few times over, it's a neat set and the AT-RT Driver itself is very cool... but the only other "new" item in the set beyond the tin is the fact that this Yoda wears the Vintage Original Trilogy Collection robes. But if you have the chance to just get this one figure, you should-- it's worth it.

Day 193: November 15, 2006

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