Collection: Legacy Collection
Source: A New Hope
Availability: November 2009
An Imperial scanning crew checks the Millennium Falcon to make sure no one is on board. The two-man crew brings the scanner onto the ship and quickly discovers the vessel is not as empty as it first appeared to be.
The Imperial Scanning Crew member has had quite a history within the modern Star Wars action figure line. Originally starting life in 1998 as a carrying case pack-in as Imperial Scanning Crew Trooper (and it was actually only a retool of the 1997 POTF2 AT-ST Driver), the set was nearly impossible to find but ended up making rather frequent but elusive appearances at KB Toys and Toys R Us stores throughout its very short shelf life. Fast forward six year ahead to 2004's Original Trilogy Collection, the figure was renamed to a much-shortened "Imperial Trooper" then repainted and given blond hair, green eyes and a sparkling new paint job. It was finished off with a pretty nice dirty wash too. It actually did a lot to pick up the original details of the rather blandly painted original version. He was the winner of an unofficial fans' choice figure orchestrated by Hasbro and won the coveted 38th place in the collector-focused and fan favorite OTC line (beating out a few figures that we were sure would beat him but didn't). Of course a lot was left to be desired since it was a POTF2 sculpt, but it was all about the packaging back then and we all pretty much looked the other way....until now. Hasbro finally revisits the Imperial Scanning Crew in a new and fantastic way half a decade later, updating it beyond what words can probably express and by what collectors would ever expect from a simply outfitted Imperial officer/technician/trooper. Imperial Scanning Crew is indeed an awesome action figure and wholly outdates any previous Scanning Crew member you may have in your collection to this point. And we believe that this character will also satisfy anyone who is waiting for an Imperial technician figure. This character is rather generic and can be seen in a multitude of scenes throughout the Original Trilogy. So Hasbro has cleverly killed multiple birds with this stone. Imperial Scanning Crew is likely to be one of the hottest army building figures for 2009 and by the looks of it, it seems that everyone is indeed buying him in multiples.
Basically a guarantee, if Hasbro builds an action figure [of a previously attempted character] from the ground up that the new figure is going to be of the contemporary standards we have for our action figures. Of course there are some exceptions to this. But it is certainly true in the case of the Imperial Scanning Crew. Hasbro nailed it to perfection complete with intricate details and we now have our absolute definitive version. What's more, as of this posting and barring any potential factory screw-ups, Hasbro is releasing a second running change on him in early 2010 with a new portrait and scanning accessory. (But we know how Hasbro treats us in this area.) All kidding aside, we are tickled by a second running change and we cannot wait to add both to our collections and recreate that memorable scene with them and our newly tooled big Millennium Falcon. A figure like this reminds us how far the line has come and what expectations we have on our figures. And it is a distinct pleasure that so many of our expectations are met with this release. The Imperial Scanning Crew figure is not to be taken lightly. It is a beautiful figure that is thoroughly accurate and without a dramatic pose. He is lean and a very well proportioned Imperial, perhaps in better shape than the live action characters that we saw on screen in Episode IV. There is really only one complaint and that would be the color of the ankle joint used. It is gray like the rest of his uniform but instead should have been cast in black to match his boots. We still are waiting patiently for Hasbro to consistently get this chronic error right once and for all. Mismatched ankle joints are becoming quite a dilemma.
Status: Imperial Scanning Crew is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 14 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: BlasTech E-11 blaster pistol, scanning trunk
Original Droid Factory/Build A Droid Part: R3-A2 right leg
Date Stamp: 2009
Assortment Number: 91420/87535
Retail: $7.99 USD
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