REBEL SOLDIER — HOTH
STAR WARS: THE VINTAGE COLLECTION (HASBRO)
In the hiatus between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, Hasbro launched a brand-new style of Star Wars figure. They were higher quality sculpts, much more articulated than the standard faire, and, coolest of all, they had packaging based on that of the old vintage figures. The Vintage Collection ran for three series of four figures each, one assortment from each movie in the original trilogy. In 2010, the line was re-launched, with a more expansive selection of figures. It went on hiatus in 2012, and was in the mean time replaced by the smaller-scale Black Series offerings. Following the franchise’s 40th anniversary, however, the line has been brought back from hiatus! I’ll be looking at the first assortment’s one true “vintage” character, the Hoth Rebel Soldier!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Rebel Soldier is one of the six figures in the first series of the re-launched Vintage Collection. He, like all but one of his case-mates, is essentially a straight re-release of a prior figure, specifically the clean-shaven Rebel Soldier from 2010’s Target-exclusive “Defense of Hoth” boxed set. The figure was meant to see a single-packed release as a running change to The Legacy Collection’s bearded Rebel, but that never materialized, leaving this guy exclusive to a boxed item, and thereby difficult to acquire for the purposes of army building. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 22 points of articulation. While he’s not quite as mobile as some of the more recent offerings from Hasbro, he’s pretty good for a figure who was sculpted almost a decade ago. He’s well-proportioned, and his uniform is sharply detailed, matching up well with the film. The helmet is removable, albeit slightly tricky to get off the first time. I like it well enough, though I’m not super crazy about the scarf, as it seems to make him a little too specific for army building. The underlying head is distinct enough to look like a real person, while still being generic enough to allow for some army building. He’s not bearded, which is good, since most of the Hoth Rebels were not. The skirt piece is cloth, which looks slightly off when compared to the rest of the figure, but allows for much better posability, so I don’t mind it so much. The paintwork on this figure is clean, and well-applied. I generally like to see weathering on these sorts of figures, but for the Hoth guys, it’s not as big a deal, since snow’s trickier. The Rebel Soldier is packed with a blaster rifle, a pistol, and a survival pack, which is a pretty decent assortment of extras, especially given the smaller available area in the vintage packaging.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The Rebel Soldier’s been by far the scarcest of the new Vintage Collection, no doubt due to his army building potential. As such, finding one wasn’t exactly a walk in the park. I managed to track one down by scouting out an out of the way Walmart that had just put out its case. I’m glad I got him, because he’s a really strong figure, and the best Hoth Rebel out there.