Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Figure of the Day: Day 1,261: General Weir

GENERAL WEIR and Storm Commando
The Legacy Collection Wal-Mart Exclusive Comic Packs
Item No.:
Asst. 93269 No. 93607
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Helmet, bandolier, blasters
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $14.88
Availability: March 2010
Appearances: Rogue Leader comics

Bio: General Weir launches a counter-rebellion after the Battle of Endor to undermine the Rebel Alliance. The Imperial general discovers that Luke Skywalker is in the city of Coronet and, with his stormtroopers and storm commandos, goes after the Rebel hero. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam's yard.

Commentary: If there's one thing Hasbro thinks we can't have enough of, it's super-articulated Scout Trooper figures. They're basically right. This General Weir figure uses the body we're used to with a removable helemt, much like the Battle Pack Scout Trooper from late 2008. His helmet fits right on, and he has a bonus bandolier to add some color to the otherwise virtually unpainted body of this new character. He's black, you see-- other than his helmet's red visor and belt buckle, the outfit is completely black. No grey on the soles, just lots of black. He has a blaster in each hand and the now familiar 14 points of articulation. As an addition to an army, and a ranking figure, he's probably worth scraping up because he's just distinctive enough to be interesting. Just remember, there are now four black Scout Trooper repaints.

Collector's Notes: If you can't find this one on eBay, search on "General Weird." Because fans can't spell or read. The set was originally one of three exclusives in the wave until Wal-Mart rejected one of them. The other Wal-Mart exclusive pack, IG97 with Rom Mohc, is either more popular or in shorter supply than General Weir and the Storm Commando in our findings.

The other black Scout Trooper repaints include a Comic-Con exclusive figure that sold with a Speeder Bike a few years ago, the Storm Commando from this very set, and 2009's Wal-Mart exclusive Commando figure. The 2009 version had a new helmet sculpt, a little more variation in levels of blackness, and was otherwise the same basic body. I would argue this comic pack gives you the most bang for your buck-- each release is going to cost you more than $10, so this one is pretty nice.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,261: April 14, 2010

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