IMPERIAL ASSAULT TANK DRIVER
STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION (HASBRO)
The re-launch of The Vintage Collection after its six year hiatus was rather soft, with its first assortment being almost entirely re-releases from the Walmart-exclusive Black Series releases. Only Snoke was new, but, honestly, who really cared that much. Fortunately, the second assortment has flipped the script, with three new figures and only one re-issue. I’ll be looking at one of new releases, and perhaps the most popular figure in the assortment today. Without further ado, here’s the Imperial Assault Tank Driver!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Assault Tank Driver is one of the four figures in the second series of the re-launched Vintage Collection line, and is officially numbered VC126. He’s based on the driver seen during the Jedha sequence of Rogue One. It was one of the earliest figures we knew was coming from this line, as it was showcased alongside the line’s first vehicle, the Assault Tank. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and has 26 points of articulation. From a sculpting standpoint, the Driver has a lot in common with the Walmart-exclusive Scarif Stormtrooper from the 2016 Rogue One assortment. Given the similarities of the two designs, as well as the fact that the larger-scale figures did the same thing, it’s neither surprising, nor is it a bad choice. The sculpt was a pretty strong one the first time around, and it remains so now (in general, those Rogue One sculpts were the best to come out of that iteration of The Black Series). In order differentiate him a bit from his shore-dwelling brethren, the Tank Drive gets a new headsculpt and belt piece, patterned after his unique armor set. The helmet is particularly sharp, and ends up being a notable improvement over the somewhat softer Scarif Trooper helmet. We kind of saw this same thing occur with the main 3 3/4″ line’s versions of these two, so my guess is that the Driver’s helmet just better lends itself to a small-scale sculpt. The Tank Driver’s paintwork is some of the best we’ve seen from Hasbro, especially at this scale. They’ve used their printing technique to handle the weathering on the figure’s armor, which gives him a nice, worn appearance, matching the somewhat rundown nature of Jedha as we see it in the film. It’s similar to, but distinctly different from, how things were handled with the Scarif Trooper, and it really gives the figure a lifelike quality. The Tank Driver is packed with a standard Stormtrooper blaster. It’s molded in a solid grey, which was the slightest bit of a letdown when compared to the more detailed blaster we got with the Scarif Trooper. But, if they’re gonna cut paint apps, I’d prefer they cut slightly less essential ones like these.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
He’s been somewhat hard to find, but I actually didn’t have any real trouble with this guy. He was amongst the first case of them I found, about two months ago. The Tank Driver is a strong design, and I’ve loved him the two prior times I’ve bought him in figure form. This guy continues that trend, being another very solid offering in the more articulated Star Wars range. I hope that going forward, this figure represents the trend of figures to come.