Name: Rebel Fleet Trooper
Type: Mini Busts
Number: No. 80275
Edition Size: 700 (2012 PGM Exclusive)
Source: A New Hope
Availability: January 2013
License: Gentle Giant Ltd.
Loyal soldiers of the Alliance Navy, Rebel Fleet Troopers serve on ships large and small throughout the galaxy. Even against the incredible odds they face against the Galactic Empire, their unwavering devotion to the Rebellion gives them the inner-strength and will to do what is needed to win the war, even if it means sacrificing their own lives.
If there is one fault that we’d like to resolved with Gentle Giant Ltd., it’s that we’d like to see their releases arrive at least close to the estimated date that they announce. Star Wars collecting is a completely different environment today than it was at the opening of the new decade. Licensees are scrambling to secure factory space to make their products available to collectors. Unfortunately, the global economy has figured out the formulas to corporate greed and now space has decreased and cost has increased bottlenecking the hobby into uncertainty. Despite this current culture, some great products still manage to sneak out of the factories. The Rebel Fleet Trooper Mini Bust from Gentle Giant Ltd. is a perfect example of this. We’re thrilled to report that this Mini Bust is another excellent piece, exceeding most of our expectations which is something that is difficult to do with these high-end collectibles since they’re pretty much “what you see is what you get”. Thankfully what collectors get here is a stunning work of art. This was well worth the wait!
Interestingly chosen as one of the the few Premier Guild Member gifts by Gentle Giant Ltd., the Rebel Fleet Trooper really should have been released as a mainstream piece. Limited to only 700 pieces, we doubt that too many casual collectors will even know this Mini Bust got produced. it’s a shame because it truly is a fine example of brilliant workmanship. A new standard has been set for the Rebel Fleet Trooper character across all collectible formats. Sideshow Collectibles’ Militaries Of Star Wars Rebel Fleet Trooper, and to a lesser extent, Hasbro’s 2011’s TVC Rebel Fleet Trooper (VC52) figure focused on Lieutenant Pello Scrambas but 2013’s (it should have been available in 2012 but that didn’t work out) PGM Mini Bust interpretation seems that the intention was to focus on making this particular character’s likeness a bit more generic. It honestly succeeds on every level. It isn’t too often that you can claim a Mini Bust pose is captured right from a scene in a Star Wars film, but that can be easily asserted with the Rebel Fleet Trooper.
Status: Hand-crafted and rendered at 1/6th scale in high-quality polystone, this mini bust was created using digital scans of authentic costumes and the DH-17 blaster to ensure the utmost accuracy.
Exclusivity: PGM exclusive
Date Stamp: 2012
Retail: $69.99 USD
Market Value: Click here to check the latest prices based on listings.
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