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Friday, December 9, 2011

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,693: Ten Numb

TEN NUMB Rebel Pilot
The Legacy Collection Evolutions
Item No.:
Asst. 87874 No. 87602
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: I
Includes: Blaster, helmet, tubes, additional figures
Action Feature: Removable helmet
Retail: $19.99
Availability: July 2008
Appearances: Return of the Jedi (presumably a deleted scene)

Bio: The legacy of Rebel pilots is one of uncompromising independence and gritty determination. These are the pilots who crushed the Empire and became the architects of the elite squadrons to come. Dorovio Bold flies an X-wing at the Battle of Yavin, going cannon-to-cannon against Imperial fighters. During the Battle of Hoth, Wes Janson toppled an AT-AT walker with a skillfully unorthodox maneuver. Ten Numb helped achieve victory at the Battle of Endor flying a weapons-packed B-wing. From hotshots to heroes, Alliance pilots built a legacy that has given birth to countless tales of glory throughout the galaxy. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam's old desk.

Commentary: For a prototype costume from a movie, the white-suited Ten Numb gets a lot of toy love. He's had at least 3 action figures-- 4 if you are like me and think the red B-Wing Sullustian is also Ten Numb. This white-suited figure is based on a scrap photo from Star Wars Chronicles and other reference books, which became the basis for the white-suited pilot figures and the character in the Rogue Leader comic book series. This body was introduced with this figure, and it has also been used for Keyan Farlander (2008 and 2011), Lieutenant Pollard (2008), Ekelarc Yong (2011), and "Nien" Nunb (2009)... maybe I forgot one off the top of my head. The point is this is a pretty durable body, too tall for a Sullustian but it still looks pretty good.

SInce Hasbro decided to jsut cheap out and use a single taller body, the good news is all descendants from the mold are the same height-- unlike a number of male orange-suited pilots, which were mistakenly given the shorter Luke body. With 14 joints, the figure has a great range of movement and can be posed in just about any action stance. That's the good news. The bad news is that the body type is a huge pain in the neck with all its hoses and cables. He fits into a B-Wing fairly well, I guess, but it's still bulky and may require some fidgeting. The pilots, post-2005, were not designed with piloting in mind. The detail is good, I like the head sculpt, the helmet fits, and it's basically the best Ten Numb in a white suit you can get-- but he's kinda tall, and if that bugs you, I guess stick with the 1999 release.

Collector's Notes: Despite having been released 3 years ago, several Toys R Us stores and online toy shops have unsold units of this. That, my friends, is why Evolutions is gone. You should have no problem getting it for under $20. Just this figure individually sells for under $3 on eBay.

--Adam Pawlus


Day 1,693: December 9, 2011

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