STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
“Tatooine native and childhood buddy of Luke Skywalker, Biggs Darklighter holds off quickly advancing TIE fighters in the Death Star trench.”
There’s actually a decent chunk of material that was left on the cutting room floor when Star Wars made it to theaters. Perhaps the most pivotal blow is to the role of Biggs Darklighter. Luke’s best friend has a handful of scenes focusing on his journey from Imperial to Rebel pilot, but the final cut of the film just leaves him as one of Luke’s two wingmen (the other being Wedge Antilles) as he begins his trench run on the Death Star. His demise at the hands of Vader isn’t even dwelled on all that much, so the audience could be forgiven for not realizing he and Luke had any connection at all. Because he’s ultimately pretty minor, he was left out of the toy side of things until some of his scenes were reinserted for the Special Edition release in the ’90s.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Biggs was released in the 1998 assortment of Power of the Force II figures. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 6 points of articulation. He’s depicted in his X-Wing pilot garb, which was, at the time, the only thing we’d seen him in, so I guess it was sensible. Biggs is actually the first proper X-Wing pilot we got in PotF2, as both Luke and Wedge had been done in their insulated suits from Hoth. Biggs is comparatively a lot less bulky, and a little more in line with later offerings, though he still gets the permanently affixed helmet, which ends up looking a little bit under-scaled compared to some of the later offerings. What we can see of the face doesn’t really look much like Biggs’ actor Garrickk Hagon, but I guess it doesn’t look unlike him either. He’s got the mustache, which is really the most distinctive element. The paint work on Biggs is pretty decent, and sticks to the script for the pilots. The best work is definitely on the helmet, which has his unique patterning, which is pretty nifty. Biggs is packed with two differently styled blasters, you know, from all those times he used blasters. There’s a big one and a small one. Also, as a ’98 figure, he also includes a Freeze Frame slide, showing Biggs from the movie.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Despite collecting the line in ’98, I don’t actually have many memories of seeing that many of the new figures at retail at the time. This included Biggs, though I’ve subsequently seen him *a lot* over the years. This one came to me fairly recently, though its resided in the same house as me for some time. About a decade ago, my brother went through a Star Wars phase, and this is one the handful of figures he still had on-hand, which he gave to me a few months back to aid me in my mission to get a full run. I can’t really say there’s much special about Biggs. He’s just sort of there, but I guess he’s not awful.