The Vintage Collection Basic Figures
Item No.: Asst. 97568 No. 28620
Includes: Pistol, scanner, bandolier for leg, cap, helmet
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: July 2011
Appearances: Star Wars
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 kitchen, with some bad photoshopping.
Commentary: Since 1997 fans have asked for a new Rebel Fleet Trooper, with some versions being better than others. This one is arguably the best. While he doesn't have a working holster (and I don't care), it does have 14 points of articulation, a great sculpt, a non-removable vest, and swappable gear to get more than one figure out of a single release. He can become a tech just by switching his hat, and the included scanner will help make your dioramas more interesting. On his right leg is a small hole which allows a tiny bandolier to plug in, giving you one more easily-lost accessory for your collection.
The blue shirt, black vest, and grey pants are all sculpted nicely and the vest as part of the torso is overall a better look than the removable one. It's a good upgrade of a famous trooper, the best yet, and my guess is Hasbro won't likely get to a better one. It's a shame it's being released now, when army building is both difficult and cost-prohibitive due to current pricing. I'd say get at least one or two-- they'll flesh out your displays of the cheaper Rebel Trooper figures quite nicely.
Collector's Notes: Released over the summer, the figure remains elusive in many markets. He does ship in some current and future assortments, so no worries!
Day 1,656: October 19, 2011