The Legacy Collection Evolutions
Item No.: Asst. 87504 No. 87653
Includes: Blaster, helmet, more figures
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: July 2008
Bio: Farlander participated in many of the early battles of the Galactic Civil War, including the attack on the Death Star I at the Battle of Yavin. He would later survive the Imperial attack on Echo Base and fought in the Battle of Endor which saw the death of Emperor Palpatine. (Stolen from Wookieepedia.)
Image: Adam Pawlus' TV tray.
Commentary: The big question on most collectors' lips since 1995 was "When, oh when, would Kenner get around to updating all the original Star Wars action figures?" 13 years later, we're still wondering-- but Hasbro managed to cross another figure off the list with Keyan Farlander, the character from the PC X-wing game in the outfit of the original B-wing Fighter Pilot action figure. So it's like they killed two birds with one stone here. Old figure fans should admire Hasbro's attention to detail, from his blaster to his chest console. Not only does it look great, but it's basically super-articulated too. It's almost a crying shame there's no vintage-style B-wing on the market now to go with this figure, and that there's no individually carded version of this guy either. It's great! Well, I admit its greatness comes largely from being an update of one of the vintage line's most distinctive and least valuable action figures, but it's fantastic to see Hasbro finally get around to making the red-suited pilot complete with bulky brown helmet. As the kids say, "win!"
Collector's Notes: It seems that these pilot sets are pretty popular in some markets, so while it's in circulation you might not immediately stumble on them in your toy journeys. You should totally get this set, though, and yes mostly just for this figure. It's the same body used to make the Dagger Squad pilot and the new Ten Numb, but this is the best use of the mold. Easily. Get two if you can.
Day 916: December 17, 2008