The Vintage Collection
Item No.: Asst. E5912 No. F1883
Number: #65 (reissue)
Includes: Blaster, removable helmet
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: February 2021
Appearances: The Empire Strikes Back
Bio: TIE pilots served in the Starfighter Corps of the Imperial Navy by piloting the various TIE Series starfighters. Distinguished by all-black flight suits and bulky, fully enclosed, vacuum-sealed helmets, the Galactic Empire at its height produced millions of TIE pilots and generally considered them expendable assets. The TIE pilots formed the elite of the Imperial Navy's Flight Branch. (Stolen from Wookieepedia. Packaging has no bio.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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Vintage pack-in Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot [FOTD #2,589] from 2018, but the head under the helmet is different. Aren't you sorry you asked?
For ultimate completism sake you'll want this, but if it's arguably interchangeable with the Walmart The Vintage Collection TIE Fighter pack-in pilot. With the helmets on, they're virtually identical with the lettering and silver stripe down the helmet's crest. The buttons and switches are colored the same, with the same outlines, although some may be sloppier than others because that's life.
I'm always riding for cool variations and the 3 3/4-inch line, but the fact that I had to squint at this figure and compare it against a parade of existing figures to realize that it's different - and how it's different - shouldn't be the way things are in any collector's line. If it's the same? Awesome. If it's clearly different and marked as such? Fantastic. It's also worth noting that the TIE Pilot is a veritable ship of Theseus, as this figure has been upgraded with new parts since its debut in 2004. It's not super-articulated, but it's good enough to fit in the pilot's seat and the holster for the blaster is adequate for when it was retooled over a decade ago. An all-new TIE Fighter Pilot mold could be an exciting prospect, but as a repaint of a retool of a repaint of a retool, it's great for anyone who needs a Pilot. But I assume something better will, some day, see production. (But I also thought that in 2004, and we're still dealing with that one's offspring.)
I you don't have a TIE Pilot, it's great! If you missed the 2018 TIE Fighter exclusive from Walmart, it's a good pilot substitute - heck, it's better! But if you've been doing this for 20-40 years and are looking for corners to cut, this may not be different enough to have been worth your creds.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,878: December 2, 2021