SPEEDER BIKE (w/ SCOUT TROOPER)
STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
Just over a month ago, and then also two weeks before that, I took a look at the first and second releases of the Imperial Speeder Bike from Kenner’s Power of the Force II line. At this point, it can’t be too much of a surprise that I’m following those up with the final piece of the trio. I’ve looked and both Luke and Leia with their stolen rides, but why not look at the proper rider of the ride, the Biker Scout?
THE VEHICLE ITSELF
As I noted in the Luke review, the speeder bikes in these sets were all identical, meaning this one is exactly the same as the one I looked at alongside Leia back in March. I liked it then, I liked it the second time, and I still like it now. It’s hard to go wrong on this one.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
This was our first Biker Scout since the vintage line, and, unlike that one, this one was designed specifically with riding the bike in mind. To facilitate this, the figure’s articulation scheme is changed up a bit. Rather than the standard 6 points, he’s got 7, which includes movement at the knees, as well as a a hinge-style neck, allowing for him to look up and down. It’s the same articulation spread used for the Swoop Trooper, but I think it actually works a little bit better for this guy, since the configuration of the bike means he’s more likely to need to look upwards. Despite the extra articulation, he still ends up being rather pre-posed, even moreso than the other two Speeder Bike figures. He’s got a defined squat, and really deeply bent arms. It’s the arms that I think are the worst bit of it, because they don’t quite work as well with the bike as you might hope. It’s a shame they couldn’t also spring for elbow joints to match the knees. Despite its awkward stance, the costume details on this guy are at least accurate, if perhaps a bit on the soft side. His paintwork is limited to black detailing on a (very yellowed) white plastic, and it’s rather on the sloppy side. Like, even for this line, it’s really quite sloppy. While Luke and Leia both got accessories in addition to the bike, the Biker Scout was not so lucky. No comically enlarged comically small Biker Scout blaster I’m afraid.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Luke was the one I got as a kid, and Leia was the most recent addition. Where does this guy fit into it all? Well, not that far ahead of Leia, actually. I picked him up in the Farpoint 2018 Dealer’s Room, from one of the vendors I frequent. I’d long wanted one, and this one was a case of right price at the right time. Ultimately, he’s really the weakest of the three variants, though. The main figure’s just not as strong as a proper figure as the other two, nor is he a particularly endearing Biker Scout variant. It’s kind of a shame this was his only Power of the Force release, but there’s always the Power of the Jedi single-card.