REBEL FLEET TROOPER
STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
“Aboard the Rebel Blockade Runner, Rebel freedom fighters begin their defense against an Imperial invasion.”
The Rebel Fleet Troopers are our first glimpse at the heroes of Star Wars. They are also our first glimpse at what happens to anyone who’s not a main character, as they are quickly dispatched in an uncharacteristic bit of spot-on marksmanship from the Stormtroopers. The greatest indignity of all, however, would come from Kenner, who didn’t grace those poor Fleet Troopers with a single figure during the run of the original Star Wars line. Fortunately, Power of the Force II would sort of make up for that, though with perhaps one of the line’s most infamous figures.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Rebel Fleet Trooper was released as part of Power of The Force II‘s 1997 line-up, alongside the Hoth-themed variant of the Rebel Trooper, amongst others. He is, of course, based on the dome-helmeted Troopers from A New Hope‘s opening sequence, though perhaps a bit more loosely based than some of this line’s offerings. The Trooper was one of the line’s biggest offerings (in more than one way), clocking in at over 4 inches tall. And he’s not just tall, he’s built. And when I say “built” I mean like a truck. If the actual Fleet Troopers in the movie had been anywhere near as big as this guy, maybe they wouldn’t have gone down so quickly. This guy’s sculpt definitely represents Power of the Force at the peak of its ’90s macho man insanity. It’s actually a little surprising to see when compared to the rest of the figures from this same year, who had started dialing these things down. At this point, it’s almost caricature. Like someone, somewhere along the line was trying to win a bet or something, and seeing how far they could get with this. Whatever the case may be, he’s perhaps the goofiest sculpt in the line, and that’s saying something. As far as paint goes, the Fleet Trooper is fairly standard for the line. Somewhat surprisingly, it’s actually a somewhat subdued color scheme compared to the movie, but the application’s clean and he’s close enough to work. The Fleet Trooper is packed with two blasters: the standard-issue Rebel blaster, as well as a re-pack of Han’s, because this guy wanted to feel more like a main character.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The Fleet Trooper was amongst the figures my cousin Patrick and I had shared custody of at my grandparents’ house back in the day. That one got lost along the way, so this one’s a replacement I picked up during one of Lost in Time’s sidewalk sales at the beginning of the summer. He is super, super goofy, and a prime example of PotF2‘s “worst”, but man oh man do I love this guy.