Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,655: Twin-Pod Cloud Car Pilot

The Vintage Collection Basic Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 97568 No. 97584
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #VC11
Includes: Pistol, helmet
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $7.99-$9.99
Availability: June 2010
Appearances: The Empire Strikes Back

Bio: Celebrate the legendary Star Wars saga that changed the universe forever! This collection brings to life the incredible story of good versus evil that captured our imagination and took us to a galaxy far, far away. Iconic Star Wars heroes and villains are captured with incredible detail and premium features to commemorate each epic tale in the Star Wars saga. May the Fore be with you! (Taken from the figure's packaging. There is no bio.)

Image: Adam's toy room.

Commentary: Hasbro doesn't usually do a great job ensuring a pilot and his ship hit stores at the same time, particularly if a good pilot figure already exists. This wasn't the case with the Twin-Pod Cloud Car Pilot, which saw a really nice figure in 2010 despite a great one existing in 2004. This time around he has a removable helmet, a moustache some enhanced deco, and no communicator accessory. The gun fits in his holster, and most shocking, the figure fit in the then-new 2010 Cloud Car vehicle. With a great sculpt and a strong design, one would like to think it would be a huge hit but it's aimed at a specific kind of collector. Heck, I wanted a few of these guys and only bought the one myself. With unique detailing, special knee pads, and lots of yellow and red sprucing up that white suit, it's a very retro-futuristic figure. I like it, and if you collect vehicles it's a required purchase.

Collector's Notes: This figure, like so many wave 1 Vintage guys from 2010, may still be available at some or all stores near you. Probably all. Which is surprising given you need two of it to pilot the vehicle.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,655: October 18, 2011

1 comment:

Bluesnaggs said...

This technically is the Cloud Car gunner in the right pod, whereas the 2004 figure was the real pilot that resembled the one in the left pod and the vintage version from 1982.