REBEL ALLIANCE PILOT
STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
In my review of the Power of the Force II A-Wing Pilot back in June, I discussed how the Rebel Pilots gained unique uniforms in Return of the Jedi after they’d all shared the same basic look for A New Hope‘s trench run. But, they *did* all share a uniform originally, which means that toy makers will find themselves with a need to fill a few spots with generic guys in that same uniform. That’s where today’s figure comes into play!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Rebel Alliance Pilot was available exclusively with the Target-exclusive Y-Wing Bomber, released in 2000 as an exclusive part of the Power of the Force II line. Exclusively. Lot of excluding going on there. He was officially billed as “Unique Rebel Alliance Pilot,” which is rather amusing, because…well, he’s not. He’s just definitively a generic place holder figure for all of the various unnamed pilots seen in the movie, meaning he’s exactly the sort of figure you would have every right to own multiples of, and who would therefore not be unique in the collection. What’s more, even his molds aren’t really unique. From the neck down, he’s identical to the 1998 Biggs Darklighter figure, which is fair, since he was our first proper New Hope-styled pilot. The head is a new piece, at least in theory, though I myself remain unconvinced that it’s not just Biggs’ head without the mustache painted. I’d have to actually see the Biggs head sans paint to confirm this, of course, which is a bit much for me. Whatever the case, the two heads are certainly very similar, and this figure possess the same undersized helmet issue that Biggs had, which is consistent at the very least. May the Rebel Pilots are just pin-headed? For the most part, his paintwork matches Biggs, at least as far as the body is concerned, barring one color change-up on his chest monitor. The head is different, with the skintone being molded rather than painted, and his helmet having a more generic selection of details. Everything about the paint says “designed to fade into the crowd.” The Pilot included no accessories, really being an accessory himself and all.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
There’s not a lot noteworthy about this figure, and that kind of extends to how I got him. I picked him up alongside the carrying-case version of Wedge, back in December when I was on a PotF2 binge. He’s fine. That’s the best I can say about him. I’m sure if I had the vehicle he was originally packed with, he’d look nice piloting it. As it stands, he’s just one of those figures I have because I’m looking to get a full run.