STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
NOTE: This review was written before June 6th.
“Following Admiral Ozzel’s fatal mistake during the assault on Hoth, Darth Vader promoted Captain Piett to the station of Admiral. Piett remained in command of Vader’s Executor until its destruction during the Battle of Endor.”
The Empire’s most visible and most marketable troops are certainly the Stormtroopers, but they aren’t the ones that get to make all of the decisions. That’s left to the far less marketable Imperial Officers. During the vintage toyline, Kenner didn’t actually make any named officers, giving us just one generic one to cover things. When it came time to fill things in for Power of the Force II, they rectified that by actually doing a few of the named officers. This included one Firmus Piett, the longest lived ranking Imperial in the films, serving as Admiral over both Empire and Jedi. But we’re not talking about that. No, we’re going before that, when he was just a Captain. For reasons.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Captain Piett was added to Power of the Force in 1998. Though he’s billed as a Captain, it’s notable that the bio describes his whole career path in the film, and we also never got an Ozzel, so he might as well just be an Admiral. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 6 points of articulation. Structurally, he’s quite similar to the Tarkin figure. It makes sense, what with them being in the same uniform, and having a rather similar build. It’s notable that they’re still totally unique from each other, though; no shared parts at all, even the ones that are almost identical. It’s a reasonable enough sculpt. Like Tarkin, he’s a little bulked up, but not nearly as much as earlier figures in the line. The head doesn’t really look much like Kenneth Colley, who played Piett in the film. Colley has some rather distinctly harsh lines on his face, and they aren’t really here. He’s also got a much stronger jawline than he should. Ultimately, he just looks much more generic. Not enough that I think the intent was for him to initially be a generic guy, but enough that he’s not immediately recognizable as Piett. The paint work is pretty standard, matching up with the other Imperial Officers from the line, and generally being pretty cleanly applied. Piett is packed with the same small blaster as Tarkin and Motti, as well as a baton (for all that baton stuff he does), and a Freeze Frame of Piett on the Executor…from when he’s an Admiral...
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Piett’s a character I always had a little bit of a soft spot for, since it’s hard not to feel bad for the guy the way he winds up in his position. I mean, he’s still a bad guy, like, through and through, but still. Despite that, however, I never actually had this guy as a kid, nor did any of my cousins. It’s probably because he’s not a super distinctive figure, I guess. He’s not bad, mind you, and actually works pretty well as a rank and file Imperial. So, if you want maybe a few of him, that’s maybe not the worst thing.