The Black Series 6-Inch Basic Figures
Item No.: Asst. A4301 No. A6521
Number: #05 (Blue Box)
Action Feature: Holster can carry blaster
Availability: November 2014
Appearances: The Empire Strikes Back
Bio: TIE Fighter Pilots battle Rebel starfighters during the Battle of Yavin. These elite Imperial pilots deploy from the Death Star Battle Station and blast the Rebel fighters with laser cannon fire. "Look out!" (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
Availability: Click here to buy it at Entertainment Earth now!
Commentary: While Yoda was a good figure but a bad figure for the price, there's no such question that Hasbro's TIE Pilot is actually pretty good. You don't get as much stuff in the box, but presentation counts for a lot and there's really nothing bad about this figure. You get 20 or so points of articulation - depending on how you feel like counting them - on a nice frame with a non-removable helmet. You may also be curious to note that this is Hasbro's first complete overhaul of the TIE Fighter Pilot sculpt in any articulated size since about 2004. 3 3/4-inch releases retained the Saga sculpt with a few minor tweaks, so this is Hasbro's first fully-sculpted figure with ankles.
The sculpt is basically as good as the best 3 3/4-inch figures and is also just as good as other 6-inch "trooper" figures in this line. There are ample sculpted wrinkles on the body suit with double-jointed knees, bend-and-swivel wrists, and of course the famous helmet with the tubes leading to the chest device. His arms stick out a tiny bit, but unfortunately that's par for the course with most of Hasbro's super-articulated figures in nearly any scale. As such, you can't get that "at attention" pose that troop builders often demand, and, ironically, can only get on the 5-jointed figures when Hasbro deems it worthy to make them that way.
His holster is notable in that it's a loose, rotating piece like the ones added to the 3 3/4-inch TIE Pilots around the Legacy (2008-2010) era. It gives the figure a little more heft, and it means you don't have to keep him holding his gun all the time - a plus when it comes to figures of this size.
Collector's Notes: This figure is in major online and brick-and-mortar stores in the USA now.
Day 2,116: December 30, 2014