WEDGE ANTILLES, TEN NUMB, & ARVEL CRYNYD
STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
“For generations, an evil power has spread throughout the galaxy. It began with Darth Sidious’ sinister plot to conquer the planet Naboo and peaked with the Empire’s domination of the galaxy. Throughout the era, brave starfighter pilots flew into space to fight this power. Naboo pilots braved impossible odds to save their planet from the superior forces of the Trade Federation. years later, X-wing pilot Wedge Antilles, B-wing Pilot Ten Numb, and A-wing pilot Arvel Crynyd were part of the assault on the second Death Star. Their success at the Battle of Endor released the iron grip on the galaxy.”
Several reviews in, I must admit, I’m running out of interesting things to say about Rebel pilots. There sure are a lot of them, which is probably a good thing, given their high mortality rate. Like other areas of the Star Wars ‘verse, they also get into the whole specialization bit that Lucas got particularly fond of, with each ship getting its own branch of pilots. A few of them were packed with their vehicles, but Kenner eventually went for broke and threw a handful of them together in one multipack. I’m looking at that set today!
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
These three were released as the “Rebel Pilots” Cinema Scene, released as part of the third year of Power of the Force II Cinema Scenes in 1999. Of all of the Cinema Scenes, they were the one that seemed to have the loosest grasp on the concept, since it’s not actually based on a particular screen grab from the film like the others. I think Kenner was just using the easiest excuse to put out these guys in a multipack. I’m certainly not complaining.
After being officially introduced to the line in 1997 as a pack-in with the Millenium Falcon carrying case, Wedge got his second figure in pretty short order as the real headliner of this set. While that figure gave us Wedge in his cold-weather gear from Hoth, and generally followed the stylings of the earlier figures from the line, this one gives us him in his more standard X-Wing pilot attire from both A New Hope and Return of the Jedi. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and has 6 points of articulation. From the neck down, he’s the same body as Biggs and the Rebel Alliance Pilot. It’s a fairly standard pilot attire and they had fairly similar builds, so it works fine for Wedge. He gets a new head, which marks a first in the line, giving a pilot a removable helmet. It’s a little oversized, especially when compared the admittedly quite undersized helmeted heads of the earlier pilots, but actually looks pretty decent. Under the helmet, there’s a decent likeness of actor Dennis Lawson, which looks closer than the prior attempt. It does, of course, benefit from being his whole head, rather than just the face. The paintwork on Wedge is pretty decently handled, albeit pretty basic in implementation. Interestingly, the various colors on his flightsuit have been slightly changed from Biggs and the Rebel Alliance Pilot, making Wedge a little bit more unique.
While everyone knows fellow Sullustan rebel Nien Nunb, he’s not the only one to figure into Jedi‘s climactic star battle. B-Wing pilot Ten Numb was also there, and so he got a figure. Yay. The figure stands 3 1/2 inches tall and he has 6 points of articulation. He’s an all-new sculpt, although a lot of his parts are unsurprisingly pretty close to Nien Nunb’s. It’s honestly not a bad offering. He’s not super posable or super detailed, but he’s a good match (at least sculpturally) for the character’s on-screen appearance. Like Wedge, he’s also got removable headgear, which is actually pretty impressive given how oddly shaped his head is. Ten’s paint is the subject of some scrutiny, because his jumpsuit is actually entirely the wrong color. In the film, he’s in red, but early promotional shots had the character in white, and that’s what his figures tend to be wearing. If nothing else, it makes him more easily distinguished from Nien Nunb, so I guess there’s that.
Okay, so this guy? Not actually Arvel Crynyd as it turns out. Arvel is an A-Wing pilot, and is notable for crashing into the bridge of the Executor. If a figure’s getting his name, it would make more sense for it to be the A-Wing Pilot. This guy on the other hand, isn’t an A-Wing pilot at all. He’s actually a Y-Wing pilot named Lt. Telsij. Talk about mistaken identity. Telsij is another all-new sculpt, and he’s pretty much on par with the other two, although he’s obviously a little closer to Wedge in terms of styling. He too has a removable helmet, which is another good fit. Beneath it is a nicely detailed, sufficently unique looking head. In terms of paintwork, Telsij is in a similar situation to Ten. His jumpsuit is red here, but should actually be grey to be screen accurate. What’s weird is even if this were Arvel, the red would be incorrect, so I’m not sure where the color came from. Whatever the case, it’s likely going to be hidden from view and he’s minor enough for it to be forgivable.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I didn’t have this set as a kid, but I knew of its existence, and have wanted it for a bit. I finally got it via a large Star Wars collection that was traded into All Time Toys. There were actually a few of this set mixed in with all the loose items, so I was able to fish out the best copies of each of them. It doesn’t fit the trend of the rest of the line, but I don’t really mind it, because this is actually a pretty dope set.