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Hoth Survival Accessory Set (With Hoth Rebel Soldier) - SW [S - P1] - Accessory Sets (Exclusive)

Name: Hoth Survival Accessory Set (With Hoth Rebel Soldier)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: N/A
Source: The Empire Strikes Back/Expanded Universe
Availability: July 2002
License: Hasbro

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Three years after the destruction of the Death Star, the Rebel Alliance continues the fight against the Imperial forces and suffers a defeat on the ice planet Hoth. Luke Skywalker journeys to the planet Dagobah to train with Jedi Master Yoda, who has lived in hiding since the fall of the Republic. In an attempt to convert Luke to the dark side, the evil Sith Lord, Darth Vader, lures Luke into a trap in the Cloud City of Bespin. In the midst of a fierce lightsaber duel with Vader, Luke faces the startling revelation that the Sith Lord is in fact his father, Anakin Skywalker.

What’s worse than repacking a 1997 POTF2 figure into the Star Wars “Saga” line? How about kit-bashing TWO 1997 POTF2 figures and repackaging the “new” figure in the Star Wars “Saga” line. We have to tell all of you that the Hoth Survival Accessory Set is unequivocally the weakest of all four TARGET exclusive multipacks. As with anything that gets repackaged, it becomes boring for the collector right out of the gate. Star Wars collecting is and will always be a hobby that focuses on 3.75” basic figures, so when a new product comes out that includes a basic figure that is old and aged, it’s hard for the collector to express excitement over it, even if it comes with some new and never before released accessories. Sadly, not even the new stuff packaged along with the Hoth Rebel Trooper may be enough to sell you. But the kit-based Hoth Rebel Solider is and of itself the most awkward aspect of this release. Hasbro should know that a bad action figure plus a bad action figure does not equal a good “new” action figure.

The Hoth Rebel Trooper in this set is made from the head of 1997’s POTF2 Hoth Rebel Soldier figure and the body of 1997’s POTF2 Luke Skywalker (In Hoth Gear) figure. The new combination of parts have also been completely repainted as well, in a desperate effort to create an all-new character. Honestly, the final result is contrived, and, from the best of our knowledge bank, is completely inaccurate. This new figure isn’t even likeable as far as we’re concerned. We’re a little bit aggravated that Hasbro would cut corners so cheaply to deliver this set based on one of the most favorite battles in the entire Star Wars saga. With only six points of articulation, the “updated” Hoth Rebel Soldier certainly cannot obtain every last pose you desire, nor is it completely interactive with the rest of the accessories included in the multipack. If you want to know, the Hoth Survival Accessory set is the weakest of all four. In our opinion, it should have been the strongest. Hasbro certainly missed the mark here.

The all-new Hoth Sentry Droid may be the most interesting accessory here, but it’s screen inaccurate and perhaps another desperate attempt to add some value to this set. (Editor’s Note: The Hoth Sentry Droid is missing from the photo gallery.) It looks like a miniature turret (from the Battle of Hoth) on treads. It’s tank like features may interest some collectors, but overall it’s lacking. It fires “proton torpedo” projectiles which are also included here. Also included is a Hoth survival backpack (with awkward shoulder hooks), blaster rifle, scanner, two gas masks, and a power box. Believe it or not, the power box may be the most interesting piece included here. It is a hollow piece of plastic, but it fits in flawlessly with other things at Echo Base (or the Battle of Hoth) and has a nice outer sculpt. It’s clear to us that the Hoth Survival Accessory Set may have been rushed because there were so many better approaches that could have been taken here instead. It’s certainly an exclusive you don’t need to own.

Collector Notes

Hoth Survival Accessory Set (With Hoth Rebel Soldier)

Status: Hoth Survival Accessory Set (With Hoth Rebel Soldier) contains a Hoth Rebel Soldier action figure which is a kit-bashed figure that utilizes the head from 1997's POTF2 Hoth Rebel Soldier figure and the body of 1997's POTF2 Luke Skywalker (In Hoth Gear) figure. This new combination of parts has also been repainted.

Articulation Count: 6 points

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

Accessory Count: 9

Accessory Details: survival backpack, blaster rifle, scanner, 2 gas masks, 2 missile projectiles, Hoth sentry droid, power box

Date Stamp: 1997

Assortment Number: 32537/32532

UPC: 076930325377

Retail: $9.99 USD

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Star Wars "Saga" TARGET Exclusive Accessory Sets
Arena Conflict Accessory Set (With Battle Droid)
Death Star Accessory Set (With Death Star Trooper And Droids)
Endor Victory Accessory Set (With Scout Trooper)
Hoth Survival Accessory Set (With Hoth Rebel Soldier)

Added: March 30, 2014
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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