Power of the Force Carry Case Figure
Item No.: No. 27728
Includes: Blaster, Scanning Trunk, Crappy Carry Case
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: Summer 1998
Bio: I really couldn't find a decent bio. So let's go with "Hapless sucker gets his butt kicked by Han Solo, fate unknown."
Image: Adam Pawlus' toy shelves.
Commentary: How I hate the various carry cases to come out of the modern Kenner/Hasbro line is a long and well-documented process, but none do I hate more than the Millennium Falcon case. It was packaged with two different figures, neither of which made a ton of sense, the second unique figure being the Imperial Scanning Crew Trooper. Based on the AT-ST Driver with a new head and tweaked arms, the figure itself isn't too bad, but 1998 was when Kenner's sculptors really made a move away from muscular, beefy figures and this release is a holdout from the He-Man Luke era. It isn't a bad figure-- it's just not great. Six points of articulation and a recycled sculpt don't do a lot to gain my confidence when the figure's head looks like a 1980s release, with very little personality and/or detail. If you can get it cheap, it's one more trooper for your collection, but if you're being picky you should just skip this one and wait for a real, true, honest-to-goodness modern Scanning Crew Trooper.
Collector's Notes: ...which doesn't exist yet. In 2004 Hasbro released a repaint of this figure for the Original Trilogy Collection which more or less looked good and was popular, but was ridiculously out of style with the rest of the line. We're hoping a new modern one won't be far off, but they've waited this long. Perhaps we'll see one in an exclusive set or in a future all-Star Wars wave.
Day 429: July 9, 2007