The Force Awakens The Black Series 6-Inch Vehicle
Item No.: No. B3954
Includes: TIE Fighter, blaster
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: November 2015
Appearances: The Force Awakens
Bio: The elite starfighter pilots of the First Order have access to specialized craft, such as two-seater TIE craft outfitted with enhanced weapons and sensor systems. Pilots launch into combat aboard these advanced fighter craft, hunting down enemy vessels and protecting space around installations and warships. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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The figure itself is about as good as anything else in this line - although (and I can't believe I'm saying this) the 3 3/4-inch package is more fun. After all, the smaller TIE and pilot has gun storage and firing rockets - the large one is a tedious (but gorgeous) craft with the most beautiful interior I've ever seen in an action figure toy. It's also damn near impossible to fit the figure in there - I could not seat the figure inside without dismantling the seating and removing parts with a screwdriver. Perhaps your fingers are more nimble. This is no critique of the figure, but figure/vehicle compatibility has been a recurring problem since the 1995 relaunch and I don't get the feeling these things were fully tested.
Articulation is similarly on par with other figures - single-jointed elbows, double-jointed knees, and rocker ankles. I had to have him basically "kneel" to fit in the TIE Fighter, but he does fit and does look awesome through the cockpit's glass. His movement is a little bit better than his Stormtrooper companions, but I'd be lying to you if I said the belt and straps didn't get in the way of the hip movement. As a TIE Fighter with pilot - assuming the two were never meant to interact - this is a wonderful set. I don't believe any figure should require this much fidgeting and fudging to fit in his vehicle, mostly because it wasn't a problem for any toy that I can recall from my toy box in the 1980s. Figures fit, period. This TIE Pilot will look great on your shelf - which is where you may as well keep him, because really, why bother hiding it in the vehicle anyway? Unquestionably not worth the asking price of the whole set unless you really want the TIE (and despite its problems, I still do) but perhaps a clearance sale will flush these out of brick and mortar in the next few months - maybe. Then again, maybe so will the movie.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth, and so far I've seen them online, at Target, and mostly at Toys R Us.
Day 2,251: December 3, 2015