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Endor Rebel Soldier [Version 1] - SW [S - P1] - Basic (’02 #33)

Name: Endor Rebel Soldier [Version 1]
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: '02 #33
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: May 2002
License: Hasbro

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The Empire prepares to crush the Rebellion with a second, more powerful Death Star. As the Rebel fleet mounts a massive attack on the dreaded space station, Luke Skywalker confronts his father, Darth Vader, in a climactic duel before the evil Emperor. In the last second, Vader makes a momentous choice: he destroys the Emperor and saves his son. The Empire is finally defeated, the evil Sith are destroyed, and Anakin Skywalker is redeemed. At long last, freedom is restored to the galaxy.

When Han Solo, Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker land on the forest moon of Endor to destroy the shield generator protecting the Death Star II, they are accompanied by a squadron of commandos. Loyal and courageous, these soldiers are intrepid fighters for the cause of the Rebellion.

If you haven’t collected the figures in the Star Wars “Saga” line, you may want to know a few things about some of them before you do. Hasbro has made it a mission to reuse sculpts quite effectively in this line. What we mean by that is that collectors will often find “pairs” of action figures that share similar parts save for a few changes here and there. Some of the retooling is more aggressive, while others may simply utilize an all-new portrait to create a “new” figure. Some of these “pairs” share the same sequence number and function as running changes, while others are given two unique names and sequence numbers (for obvious and other reasons as well). One of the earlier “pairs” was found with the Endor Rebel Soldier figure. The first version, a dark-haired bearded fellow was released first and then a few waves down the road a lighter-haired second head sculpt was tooled and placed on the existing body to aid collectors in creating some diversity in their Battle of Endor dioramas. Both versions of the Endor Rebel Soldier look pretty good, but they sculpts also have limitations. And when it comes to army builders, very few collectors tolerate limitations.

The Endor Rebel Soldier is statuesque from the waist down. But you may also feel he is statuesque from the waist up despite possessing more articulation in the upper body. The appreciated, but restricting removable jacket that has been designed functions more like a straightjacket than a cool removable accessory. It essentially “cocoons” the Endor Rebel Soldier and stops any freeform movement in its tracks. It’s aggravating to say the very least. At face value, both Endor Rebel Soldier action figures appear to be nicely designed action figures. They each come with a decent amount of accessories that interact with them beautifully. They’re multilayered and give the figure an inordinate amount of realism. The removable sack backpack is a nice feature that we haven’t seen in the line until now (well, excluding the 1983 vintage Kenner Rebel Commando figure of course) and although it leave a big nasty hole if you remove it from the figure, it’s still nice to see it as a separately tooled addition here. The strapped blaster rifle and attachable blast effect are nice touches too, but the Endor Rebel Soldier is limited how he can position it in his hands. Lastly, a perfectly fitted helmet finished off the figure beautifully.

As we’ve already mentioned, Hasbro sculpted quite a bit of upper body swivel articulation into this figure, but the gesture is nearly moot as you cannot get any reasonable movement when the jacket is on the figure. Removing the jacket is possible, but you’re going to be left with an unfinished looking Rebel if you choose to do that. It’s not that he looks bad without the outerwear, it’s just that the jacket does a great deal to hide the mechanics of the figure, i.e. the backpack. Swivel shoulders, swivel elbows and two swivel gloves are available to you, but you’ll soon realize after one time in your hand just how unessential they are to this figure, save for maybe the elbow joints. It is possible to swing open both arms without any interference from the jacket, but how many shoulders do you know that wage war in this position? Obviously this figure has set limitations with looking aesthetically pleasing to the eye. We’re also not big fans of the lower body leaning in an action stance, but that’s how Hasbro decided to approach this action figure and we’ll have to wait for definitive updates to come. Both versions of the Endor Rebel Soldier action figures look great, but you’ll definitely be wanting more from them than what they can provide.

Collector Notes

Endor Rebel Soldier [Version 1]

Status: Endor Rebel Soldier [Version 1] is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 10 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, 2 swivel gloves, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 5

Accessory Details: removable helmet, blaster rifle, blast effect, removable backpack, removable jacket

Date Stamp: 2002

Collection: 2

Assortment Number: 84802/84861

UPC: 076930848029

Retail: $4.99 USD

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Star Wars [Saga - Phase I] Wave 7
Qui-Gon Jinn (Jedi Master) (’02 #32)

Endor Rebel Soldier [Version 1] (’02 #33)
Massiff (’02 #34)
Orn Free Taa (’02 #35)

Added: February 7, 2014
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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