IMPERIAL SCANNING CREW
STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
In 1997, we got our very first Wedge Antilles figure, available exclusively as a pack-in with a figure carrying case shaped like the Millenium Falcon. Wedge’s placement in a case shaped like a ship that he never so much as stepped foot on during the original trilogy’s run was definitely an odd choice, so in 1998, when Kenner re-issued the case again, I guess they kind of took that to heart, and instead gave us someone who *had* actually stepped foot on the ship…like that’s literally the only thing he did. Yes, it was the Imperial Scanning Crew, one of those non-even-a-Stormtrooper guys who goes and checks the Falcon when it gets pulled onto the Death Star in the first film. Admittedly, not the biggest role, but he *did* interact with the Falcon!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
As touched on the intro, the Imperial Scanning Crew replaced Wedge Antilles as the pack-in figure for the Power of the Force II Millenium Falcon Carrying Case in 1998. There’s just the single version of the figure to keep track of this time around, though, which is honestly a little amusing, given the there’s room for multiple purchases on a figure like this. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 6 points of articulation. Like Wedge, the Scanning Crew figure makes use of some reused parts, with his torso, pelvis, and legs all being shared with the AT-ST Driver figure from 1997. There’s not really a lot you can do to mix up the basic grey jumpsuit, so the re-use is honestly pretty sensible here. He gets a new head and arms, which remove the gloves and helmet and give him that officers’ style cap that the crew sports in the movie. The whole sculpt would eventually see re-use again for a single carded Scanning Crew figure in the Original Trilogy Collection, so obviously Hasbro liked it. It’s not terrible, though it certainly shows all of the hallmarks of the mid-line PotF2 figures, with proportions that aren’t totally crazy, but are certainly a bit off, and some slightly softer sculpted elements. His paint work is rather on the bland side, but then that’s pretty accurate to the source material. Application’s still pretty clean, though, and there’s not obviously missing details. The Scanning Crew figure was packed with a blaster pistol and a scanning trunk, both of which are missing from my copy of the figure. The trunk is actually a nice, unique piece, and a sensible choice.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
After finally picking up a Wedge, I felt compelled to own this guy as well. Not really sure why, probably just that completist strain that runs through me. I ended up finding him loose last winter during a vacation, courtesy of my usual vacation stop Yesterday’s Fun. He’s not super exciting, and really anything to write home about, but he was unique, and honestly a decent choice for this sort of a pack-in figure, being non-essential, but still a nice background filler for a kid who bought the case.