STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
“Drivers of the dreaded AT-AT walkers, specially trained “ground pilots”, played a vital role during the Empire’s assault on Hoth.”
Didn’t I *just* review an AT-AT Driver? Oh, wait, that review ran like a month ago, didn’t it? Well, in my defense, it’s only been like a week and a half from my time, so, there’s that. Well, with it being the 40th Anniversary of Empire and all, I guess there’s no better time to double down on AT-AT Driver reviews, now is there? Great, let’s look at another AT-AT driver then, shall we?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
This AT-AT Driver was actually the second to be released in the Power of the Force line. The first was included with the AT-AT proper in 1997. There was, however, only one of them included, despite there being two drivers per AT-AT, and it wasn’t exactly economical to get a second AT-AT just for the driver. So, this guy got slotted for a standard release…in theory. In practice, not so much, as the AT-AT Driver became one of the four PotF2 figures who didn’t make it to retail in 1998, and instead had to be offered exclusively through the Star Wars Collector’s Club, which made him a little tricky to get a hold of, until the excess stock was unloaded to Toys R Us, and they were suddenly available for a lot less than retail. Quite a turbulent release path for a figure that’s not really much new. Okay, that’s not quite true. The figure was actually all-new, believe it or not, sharing no pieces with the pack-in figure from the AT-AT. They had very similar sculpts, of course, but they were just different enough to be different. The sculpt is pretty typical for this period of the line, being a fair bit bulkier than he should be, and a little lighter on the sculpted details than later figures would be. All that said, it’s still a pretty nice sculpt, and not anywhere near as ridiculous as the basic Stormtrooper was. In contrast to the pack-in, this guy has a little bit of pre-posing to him. It’s rather minor, but there’s a slight shift in his step. I kinda dig it; it makes him look a little more like a real person. The paint work on this guy is pretty straight forward. It’s rather on the basic side, although the head and the console on his chest both get a fair bit of smaller detail work that looks pretty sharp. The AT-AT Driver included a blaster and a Freeze Frame slide. Mine just has the blaster, I’m afraid.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
In my quest to complete my PotF collection, the Fan Club figures tend to be the ones I don’t run into quite as frequently, for obvious reasons. I did end up getting this guy loose, however, which worked well enough for me. Obviously, he’s not as impressive as, say, the Black Series figure, but he’s got his own fun little flair to him, and I can definitely dig it.