EZRA BRIDGER’S SPEEDER
STAR WARS: REBELS (HASBRO)
“Once a lone street urchin stealing to survive on Lothal, Ezra Bridger has been taken in by the crew of the Ghost and is now a determined freedom fighter who plays a critical role in the rebellion against the Empire. With the help of his master, Kanan, Ezra is well on his way to becoming a Jedi – he uses the Force to fight the Imperial opposition that threatens to destroy the galaxy.”
If there’s a competitor to Kanan Jarrus for the “main character” slot in Rebels, it’s his apprentice Ezra Bridger, who is essentially Aladdin in space. Cool? But, instead of a magic carpet, he’s got a speeder bike. So, that’s different, I guess. Let’s just review this toy already.
THE VEHICLE ITSELF
Ah, yes, who can forget the eternally memorable, unmistakably distinctive…speeder owned by Ezra Bridger. Okay, so I still haven’t actually gotten past more than the first season of Rebels, and I only watched it the once, so I don’t recall off-hand if this is actually in it. I want to say it is. But I doubt it’s a prominent fixture regardless. Anyway, this set was part of the smaller scale vehicle releases that hit on the first Force Friday, alongside the Force Awakens products. It was then re-released alongside the Rogue One product, which means it pretty much never, ever left store shelves. The vehicle is about 6 inches long and stands about 2 inches tall. It’s more of a basic seated bike than the ones from Return of the Jedi, which is fortunate given the reduced articulation of the figures. It’s a pretty decent sculpt, slightly softer on the details like prior vehicles, but it’s not terrible. It’s certainly sharper detailing than we saw on the Y-Wing yesterday, so that’s a plus. The paintwork on the bike is certainly unique. Green and orange is quite a unique combo. A hideous combo, but certainly a unique one.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Obviously, it would be odd to release Ezra Bridger’s Speeder without an Ezra figure, so here it is. Of course, as sensible as it may be in this particular case, he ends up in the same boat as the Kanan figure, since at this point we had a ton of Ezra figures already (and, like Kanan, there was a single-packed Ezra, released at the same exact product launch as this one). That said, this is actually the first figure of him I’ve gotten, so it’s not a total waste. The figure stands 3 1/2 inches tall and he has 5 points of articulation. The sculpt is largely the same as the first Rebels Ezra, but with the legs tweaked to add some pouches. The sculpt does a respectable job of capturing the show design, and I think it’s a slightly better sculpt than the Kanan figure. His paintwork is pretty clean, and pretty bright as well (this signifies that my figure is the later release; the earlier ones were rather washed out). Ezra is packed with his lightsaber, which, unlike Kanan’s has a removable blade, which is pretty cool.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Like Kanan and the Y-Wing, Ezra and his speeder were picked up in the TRU liquidation sales. I hadn’t really planned on getting it, but I didn’t yet have an Ezra figure, and this was the easiest way to get him. While it’s hardly the most thrilling set, I can appreciate it for what it is.