DEATH STAR GUNNER
STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
Why should the Stormtrooper derivations get all the fun? There was a time when they actually weren’t a major focus, believe it or not. One basic Stormtrooper in the vintage line was all we got, at least until the ‘90s hit. To fill out the Imperial forces, we got a greater variety of troops, such as the guy who pressed the button that fired the laser on the Death Star. Yes, his official title is “Death Star Gunner,” but that does seem to add a bit of excitement to his job that was never really there, right?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Death Star Gunner was released in the 1996 assortment of the Power of the Force II line, the same assortment that got us the Sandtrooper, it should be noted. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 6 points of articulation. The Gunner’s sculpt was all new to him, though he’s certainly got some similarities to both the TIE Fighter pilot and the standard Imperial Officer in terms of design. The main selling point of this particular design is the helmet, a unique design that never really cropped up, despite the franchise’s propensity for re-using such things. It’s a cool design, and brings to mine a knight’s helmet, with the under-biting faceplate. It’s a shame this guy never amounted to all that much. The sculpt is a pretty decent one. The best work’s definitely on the helmet, but the rest of the body is pretty respectable as well. He’s still undeniably bulky, but compared to earlier entries in the line, he’s fairly tame. He’s also not all that pre-posed, which is alright, I suppose. There’s some solid work on the folds of his uniform, showing some definite progress from earlier, much more simplistic figures. Paint is rather minimal on this particular figure. It’s a lot of black, but they do at least give us two different finishes, just like what we saw on the TIE Pilot. It’s a good way of keeping him from being too drab. The Gunner, living up to his name, included a pair of guns. There’s the standard Stormtrooper blaster, as well as a heavy blaster, which I quite like.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Like a lot of my Power of the Force figures, I got this guy courtesy of the Farpoint charity auction. It’s a good way of filling in holes in my collection, while also helping out a good cause, so definitely the sort of thing I’m down for. This figure is really similar to the TIE pilot. So similar that multiple times before writing this review, I had to double check that I hadn’t reviewed him before, because I kept thinking of the TIE pilot review. Of course, I liked that figure, so I guess that’s not the worst thing in the world. Ultimately, he’s not super stand-out or anything, but he’s decent for what he is.