AT-DP DRIVER Imperial Pilot
Star Wars Rebels Saga Legends
Item No.: Asst. A3857 No. A9382
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: February 2015
Appearances: Star Wars: Rebels
Bio: The Empire's AT-DP drivers operate All-Terrain Defense Pod ground attack walkers to crush the Rebels. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
Availability: Click here to buy it at Entertainment Earth now!
Commentary: A new pilot! The AT-DP Driver is a bit of a misnomer, because they can pilot other things - like the Imperial Troop Transports. As we haven't seen any contradictions yet, this seems to be the go-to Empire ground vehicle pilot for this era and I think that's pretty cool. This is a figure debut, an all-new sculpt, and it's pretty close to accurate - but Hasbro could tweak it and fix it, too. The figure has 5 points of articulation and is priced to move, and frankly I could stand to move myself to buy more. Hasbro wisely designed the AT-DP with places for 2 figures, and the Imperial Troop Transport has an interior with seats for 3. This is utterly brilliant on their part.
Sculpting is, as usual, great. The pose is good, and the figure can stand with no real problems. There are some wrinkles - not as many as the "movie" figures - and the stylized proportions don't seem too far off from what we've seen in the movie and McQuarrie Concept figures from over the last few years. The figure feels a lot like the vintage 1984 AT-ST Driver in terms of (not much) personality, as the face mask covers up emotions but it still has a sort of a creepy grin. All 5 joints move smoothly and the suit looks pretty good - it'a also a tiny bit more muscular than some other recent figures, which reminds me a bit of the figures of the 1990s. (I like them.)
Collector's Notes: I got this from Entertainment Earth. I started seeing this wave at Target and Toys R Us so far.
Day 2,134: March 31, 2015