Name: Imperial Trooper [Fans' Choice]
Collection: The Original Trilogy Collection
Number: OTC #38
Source: A New Hope
Availability: October 2004
The Millennium Falcon is caught in a tractor beam and brought onto the Death Star. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Chewbacca and the two droids hide from the Imperial scanning crew, who are sent onto the Falcon to find and capture its crew. After escaping capture, the heroes continue their mission to rescue the imprisoned Princess Leia.
The behavior of Star Wars fans is mind-boggling at best. In a very surprising move, Hasbro decided to add a last minute 38th figure to The Original Trilogy Collection lineup. Not an official Fans’ Choice Poll exactly, Hasbro wanted to illicit collectors’ opinions and set up a voting center on their website for Star Wars collectors from all over to choose their own poison for the final figure in the collection. Imperial Trooper unbelievably stole the show with 28.21% of the vote running up against the likes of 1998’s POTF2 Death Star Trooper (Freeze Frame), 1998’s POTF2 Ree-Yees (Freeze Frame), 1999’s POTF2 R2-D2 With Holographic Princess Leia, 2000’s POTF2 Admiral Motti and Han Solo (in Stormtrooper disguise) from 2003’s SW Death Star Trash Compactor Walmart exclusive. Inexplicably, collectors rushed to support the Imperial trooper (who was added late into the voting competition no less) with nearly a third of the vote. That’s quite staggering from our perspective. This minimally articulated and disproportionate action figure was so hard to find that collectors felt it necessary to have Hasbro release it any way possible. What they didn’t know at the time was that Hasbro was going to repaint the heck out of it thereby making the original release still wanted and extremely difficult to acquire. (If you’re interested, the results were: Death Star Trooper (5.84%), Ree-Yees (11.54%), R2-D2 With Holographic Princess Leia (14.27%), Admiral Motti (16.77%), Han Solo (in Stormtrooper disguise) (23.36%) and Imperial Scanning Crew Trooper (28.21%). Obviously his name changed prior to release.)
The poll ran from February 23, 2002 through March 5, 2004 and the Imperial Scanning Crew Trooper, now dubbed the Imperial Trooper swept the competition. The Original Trilogy Collection exceeded Hasbro’s expectations in many ways. As a result, they decided to make case ratios “thicker” for last dozen or so figures in the collection, especially since many had paint operation enhancements made to them like the Gamorrean Guard and Bib Fortuna. However, a case assortment which included one of each of the last figures in The Original Trilogy Collection lineup did make it out before it was “cancelled”. Then Hasbro made three unique remix cases available so that three of each of the “new” figures in that wave was more widely available. Although initially hard to find, the Imperial Trooper started popping up at retail more frequently. It even made its way to discount retailer KB Toys in 2005 for less that $3 a figure too. It was more plentiful than most collectors realized and this is really a shame quite honestly. Thinking it was going to be a straight repack of the pack-in figure that came with The Power Of The Force Millennium Falcon Carry Case, collectors were shocked (although it should have been expected at this point in the OTC lineup) to find out that Hasbro gave it a drastic all-new paint job. News like this is both good and bad for collectors that simply must have them all. But because distribution was very poor on this particular release of the Millennium Falcon Carry Case, it’s likely collectors would never have another stab at this version of it.
Status: Imperial Trooper is a rework of the pack-in figure from 1998's POTF2 Millennium Falcon Carrying Case. The new paint job is dramatic and meant to be the "other" Imperial Scanning Crew character. The paint job on this figure is fantastic.
Articulation Count: 6 points
Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: scanning case
Date Stamp: 1998
Assortment Number: 85447/84715
Retail: $4.99 USD
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