Name: Bespin Guard (Cloud City Security)
Collection: Power Of The Jedi
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: June 2001
The blue-clad Bespin guards commonly known as "Wing Guards" are the law enforcement officers of Cloud City. Under the supervison of Baron Administrator Lando Calrissian, they protect the floating metropolis from criminals and Imperial forces.
Crap. So close but no cigar. That’s about sums up how we feel about the Bespin Guard (Cloud City Security) figure from the Power Of The Jedi line. The first basic modern interpretation of the character, Hasbro decided to not update either of the vintage Kenner figures and instead develop yet another character from a different nationality than the figures from 1980 and 1982. That’s all fine and dandy. But it’s what they DIDN’T do to the figure that has us somewhat disappointed. Don’t get us wrong, we are indeed fond of this action figure, but Hasbro got a little bit sloppy with their decisions and didn’t replicate all of the important details perfectly. We will itemize them shortly. But this time Hasbro brings us a Bespin Wing Guard of Asian descent, a character that is very much in the background. In fact, every scene that we found him in was blurry. We couldn’t find a good facial shot of the character until we rooted through some behind the scenes production stills, in black and white no less. He is absolutely visible in The Empire Strikes Back. He stands behind Lobot as Lando confronts Han Solo on the Cloud City landing platform. But the shot is blurry and we haven’t noticed him in any other scenes after that. (That doesn’t mean he isn’t more visible in other scenes. It means we missed it.)
So what’s so bad about getting a relatively well-sculpted action figure of a character that hasn’t been released as a basic figure since 1982? Well, there are a couple of things. Firstly, while we love the removable cap, it’s huge and looks silly on the figure. It may have been wiser for Hasbro to sculpt a helmet on the head as a permanent fixture, so that the scale of it wouldn’t be compromised. Don’t get us wrong. Removable hats are wonderful, but only if they look authentic. Here it looks out of balance and ultimately hurts the figure’s aesthetics. Secondly, and we’re not sure why Hasbro would ever have decided that this was wise, they sculpted the figure with his jacket open. What gives? The Cloud City Wing Guards may be the most tightly groomed and dressed characters in the Original Trilogy. It looks like Bespin Guard (Cloud City Security) woke up late for work and didn’t have a chance to button his jacket. It looks wonky. It looks awkward. And it’s not an authentic appearance for these characters. These are two big issues for us, yet we still feel the figure has merit. We’re disappointed with the figure’s issues, but it’s still hard to “hate” this action figure. We’ll tell you why this is true.
Status: Bespin Guard (Cloud City Security) is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 8 points
Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips
Accessory Count: 5
Accessory Details: removable cap, removable jacket shell, blaster pistol, baton, shackles
Date Stamp: 2001
Assortment Number: 84455/84638
Retail: $5.99 USD
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