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Hoth Rebel Trooper - TLC - Basic (BD 42)

Name: Hoth Rebel Trooper
Collection: The Legacy Collection
Number: BD 42
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: May 2009
License: Hasbro

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To withstand Hoth's brutal climate, Rebel troopers wear polarized snow goggles, insulated jackets, heavy boots and white helmets. They also make adjustments to their weapons to ensure their blasters and cannons function in the subzero conditions.

The Hoth Rebel Trooper has finally been released and it is a blithe reception! Immediately becoming one of the best figures of all time and perhaps one of the top 10 best figures in The Legacy Collection, the Hoth Rebel Trooper should not disappoint in any capacity. We have wished for a while now that Hasbro would release a definitive version of the snowy Rebel trooper and it has finally come true for collectors. (Editor’s Note: A running change was due in the Attack Of The Clones wave, but it never came. As of Toy Fair 2010, Hasbro has yet to slot it into the line, although they claim it will be coming in an exclusive Battle Packs set “soon”. Only time will tell us if this ever comes to pass.) The Hoth Rebel Trooper has amazing quality as well as incredible super-articulation and is nothing less than delightful in every sense of the word. Over the years we received many inceptions of the Hoth Rebel Trooper/Soldier, but they all fell short in one way or another. The first one we got was of course in 1981 as the incorrectly labeled “Rebel Commander” from the vintage The Empire Strikes Back toy line. The next basic figure attempt was over a decade and a half later and released in 1997, but this time came with a beard. The figure was cool for the time, but a look at him by today's standards will clearly prove that he suffered from an awkward stance, large frame and bulky proportions that just don’t work (and apparently never did). The next version made available was a deluxe figure (similar to the 1997 carded version) but this time with painted on goggles for eyes and no facial hair. January 2004 arrived and we got the “Buzz Lightyear” version (also without facial hair but goggles up). A vast improvement from earlier designs, things were finally starting to look up for this action figure with this release. But just as time ages everything, we all came to realize that he was too under-articulated as well as “a little short for a Hoth Trooper” (actually – a lot) and the interest for him waned and made us hanker for a future update. That future update is here and Hasbro has delivered a gem of a figure that has exceeded the adjective 'excellent' to the point of being 'stupendous' and will no doubt provide parts or be the basis for many, many forthcoming Hoth officers and/or soldiers. At least we hope so, because he is that good!

Hoth Rebel Trooper has a remarkable sculpt and Hasbro has ‘spoiled’ us to the point that we really do expect this quality for every figure that they make for us. But this is a good standard to have and we believe it keeps Hasbro on their toes to ensure that this caliber of quality is maintained for future action figure releases. This Hoth Rebel Trooper dwarfs the 2004 version significantly and he has perfectly executed and extremely well-hidden 14 points of articulation. All 14 points function beautifully and you will be thrilled to know that their utility is nearly flawless. He can maintain poses as you desire and nothing makes a “fan boy” happier than an awesomely posed action figure. You may come across this figure without his “skirt” as this had been confirmed by Hasbro a while back. (Some had escaped the factory before they could be fixed.) We prefer to have the corrected version because, well, it is the correct version and rarely is less ever more in our Star Wars collecting universe. And it of course looks more accurate. But we suppose that the intense carded collector will want this version added to his catalogue of variations. Hoth Rebel Trooper comes with a removable helmet (a first for this character), blaster, removable backpack, and canon. All accessories function perfectly and are in exact scale to the figure. There is no “big hat” issue here at all. If we were to complain about anything, we would comment that his rifle is missing, but we will actually deal with this omission quite well. Besides, a rifle should be coming for the running change version if it ever gets released. When a figure has this much detail and function, it makes up for whatever accessories may have been missed. The figure's likeness is clearly a nod to the first neo-classic release we got (the 1997 POTF2 basic carded version) and it was thoughtful of Hasbro to go back and "update" this figure. Interestingly, and we won’t spend too much time on this, the second TLC running change looks as if it’s a revisit of the 2004 version. But we will have to wait until it’s officially out before jumping to these conclusions. And we hope the running changes don't stop there. We hope there is quite a few that will be considered over time.

His cannon is another great accessory and it fits his body size very well. You can pose him seated at it firing away at the Imperial army. And he can be posed in a way that is very authentic to what we saw in Episode V. Overall, this action figure will absolutely impress you. You will have to buy multiples to get a nice large group of soldiers in your collections. And there are ways you can add diversity in your ranks to build a nice big Rebel army. Clearly, the Hoth Rebel Trooper is a must-have for your collection – there is no other way to say it. And he has been a very strong seller since he seems to be the first to fly off of the pegs. We are already assured that he is being picked up out there and adding him to your collections. But if you are lucky enough to catch him in the wild, don’t hesitate to grab a few more as he is an army builder. Since swapping ball-jointed heads is extremely easy in this collecting day and age, the most rabid collectors will want lots of him to make a grand army for their Hoth dioramas. We have tried a few alternate heads on this body and many have worked very well for us. So you have options out there! There are a lot of ways you can make multiple soldiers. As one of the few completely new figures from The Empire Strikes Back themed wave (wave 6) of The Legacy Collection, we are confident he will bring a refreshing new look to your personal action figure collection. Loaded with articulation, great paint applications and a rather static pose (this is a plus, trust us), the Hoth Rebel Troopers satiates our ravenous appetite for awesomely made military action figures. And we are even more confident that he is destined to be a classic figure for collectors as he is easily one of the best Star Wars action figures Hasbro has created. We don't overuse this exclamation. We mean what we say and the Hoth Rebel Trooper indeed meets all of the requirements to fit this definition. He is a truly wonderful action figure!

Collector Notes

Hoth Rebel Trooper

Status: Hoth Rebel Trooper is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 14 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel forearms, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 5

Accessory Details: blaster pistol, blaster rifle, survival backpack, removable hat/goggle combination, heavy artillery machine gun

Original Droid Factory/Build A Droid Part: U-3PO right arm

Date Stamp: 2008

Assortment Number: 87851/87535

UPC: 653569359579

Retail: $7.99 USD

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The Legacy Collection Wave 6
Luke Skywalker (BD 38)
Emperor Palpatine (BD 39)
Captain Needa (BD 40)
Princess Leia (BD 41)
Hoth Rebel Trooper (BD 42)
Ugnaught (BD 43)
U-3PO (Build A Droid)

Added: June 6, 2009
Category: Legacy Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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