The Vintage Collection Kmart Exclusive
Item No.: Asst. A5605 No. A5606
Includes: Blaster, Navy Cap, Scanning Equipment with removable wheels, Imperial Technician 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: These packs are a mixed bag - we got a Stormtrooper with a new belt, a scanning guy with a new head, and even the Imperial Officer is pretty newfangled and wonderful. Sort of. While it reuses the Captain Needa body, it also reuses his hands - his gloved hands - which are repainted in flesh somewhat sloppily. After you collect a few thousand figures, you'll notice that hands that are painted (and are not gloves) tend to look wonky - were they molded in flesh, they'd look better. As it is, they're on the low end of acceptable.
A few years ago, Hasbro revealed Captain Needa as the template of upcoming Imperials - the removable rank pin would allow for them to deploy this body for numerous new officers easily. Well, we got a couple of figures using these body parts but certainly not many. This nameless Imperial Officer is one of few, along with Baron Fel, that made use of the pretty good tooling. The head sculpt is very nice, but it could be anybody - for all I know this is a guy at Hasbro as it's certainly not Commander Praji. With four blue rank bars, I have no idea what the rank is - or who this should be - but I like it. It looks good, and his hat comes off. Other than the vague identity, slightly askew eyebrows are my only other complaint. Since the figures are sold in a closed box, I have no idea how common this "problem" is or if I just got one that's a wee bit off. The neat thing, though, is that his eyes are looking slidewise which gives him a little more personality in the facial region. Kudos.
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 2,038: October 18, 2013