The Vintage Collection Kmart Exclusive
Item No.: Asst. A5605 No. A5606
Includes: Blaster, Scanning Equipment with removable wheels, Imperial Officer figure
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: October 2013
Appearances: Star Wars
Bio: The Millennium Falcon is captured by the Death Star. A scanning crew searches the ship for crew or Droids, while an Imperial officer monitors the investigation. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
Commentary: This is a slightly different Imperial Technician from yesterday - the figure is basically the same, with the original 2009 head. And it's actually pretty much the same figure from 2009 with batch differences - obviously, things like skin tone aren't an exact match when you whip up a batch of "flesh" like four years later. The figure is fundamentally the same, with the same 14 joints, excellent range of movement, and perfectly fine sculpting. Obviously Hasbro has done better, but Hasbro has done worse and I like this figure a bunch. It's perfectly fine.
In addition to an Imperial blaster, it comes with an extensively repainted scanning equipment base, and inside are what I assume are the Death Star's collection of vinyl - surely there's some "White Light/White Heat" and "Ultimate Spinach" in there. (I'm just assuming.) The wheeled accessory has been improved slightly, and now features significantly different deco. The base is a lighter blue color, with grey corners and some white highlights on the "LPs" in the middle. The red vertical stripes on the sides are now unpainted. It's surprisingly different, so I'd suggest getting both versions of this figure if you're the kind of person who has small armies. Can you ever have enough Imperials? (Well, if Hasbro never puts out a Death Star, yeah, yeah you can.) I like it.
Collector's Notes: The "Death Star Scanning Crew" set is the less interesting one of the sets - the Scanning Trooper is basically a repack with a repainted accessory, while the Officer is arguably quite interesting. I like the other one more, and this is anecdotally the slower seller. To anyone who has enjoyed this column, take some advice - go ahead and buy it. For $16 it's pretty much worth it, especially in light of where this line is (OK, isn't) going.
Day 2,037: October 17, 2013