30th Anniversary Collection Basic Figures
Item No.: Asst. 87500 No. 87206
Includes: Helmet, blaster, pole, coin
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: April 2007
Appearances: Star Wars
Bio: A constant scarcity of materials means that many Alliance officers lack dress uniforms. However, a few of the survivors of Alderaan – a planet once rich in ceremony – have retained theirs. It is these survivors who serve as honor guard to Luke, Han and Chewbacca in thanks for their efforts in destroying the Death Star over Yavin. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)
Image: Adam's desk.
Commentary: There are precious few figures from the original Star Wars which fans are still looking forward to as toys, and the Rebel Honor Guard was one of those cool additions in 2007. This is one of those cases of getting it right the first time. Not only is it super-articulated, but the sculpt is really good. When I got this figure, it was shortly before the new G.I. Joe line started, and the detail on the uniform made me think of what a good military figure should look like. The greenish color is great, the pockets are cool, and yes, it even has a holster. A number of these elements were incorporated into the new Joes, and given that this figure's whole purpose is to stand around and to hold on to a stick, in all seriousness, Hasbro did too much work. I know fans cry "we want 91 points of articulation" but in the movies, these guys stood at the end of a hall of people, said nothing, and did nothing. This is the kind of quality and attention to detail that fans tend to like, it's just odd that it was done to this figure and not, say, Scorch (the Clone Trooper). If you like this figure's look, I'm fairly sure you're going to want a few of them. It's a pity they're out of circulation, but well, at least you know it's worth tracking down now right?
Collector's Notes: This figure came and went in short order, most fans didn't seem to go bonkers over it but it's worth getting.
Day 1,016: May 6, 2009