Collection: Legacy Collection
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: December 2009
The massive AT-AT walkers need skilled drivers to handle them efficiently in battle. AT-AT drivers are experts at operating these ground assault vehicles to keep them moving over rough terrain while pounding their targets with laser cannon fire.
The Empire Strikes Back wave of figures from the Legacy Collection is full of surprises. AT-AT Driver is one of these figures that has a few. Originally thought to be a super-articulated version of 2006's The Saga Collection AT-AT Driver (SAGA 009) figure, he is actually an all-new sculpt from head to toe. Hasbro studied all the details on this character and have gotten it right for the first time in the basic line. But hardcore Original Trilogy fans will obviously be disgruntled with this figure since he has a removable helmet and a clone head, but if you can get past this "linking" of original trilogy to the prequel trilogy, the figure is actually excellent. Loaded with 14 points of articulation, the AT-AT Driver is nearly definitive but of course it has one or two small issues that keep it from being absolutely perfect. We don't have any big complaints about this figure, but we do wish a few things got addressed before it was finalized. The AT-AT Driver is exactly proportioned to the pilot that we saw in Episode V. The colors, fine details (like on the helmet), and body structure in particular are nearly flawless. Faithful and accurate attention was paid to get all of his dimensions correct. Specifically, this means that he has a larger than normal helmet that looks slightly too big for the body, a thinner body and a tighter (not so baggy) flight uniform. (The same is true for TIE Fighter Pilots.) We personally count ourselves very fortunate that Hasbro nailed this on the figure. While you may initially think he looks big-headed, this is intentional AND accurate to the characters in the film. Just check out some reference photos in various Star Wars heirloom books or the Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary if you doubt this.
The new AT-AT Driver improves upon the 2006 in many ways. You may be surprised by this unless you have a flawless memory, but the 2006 TSC AT-AT Driver (SAGA 009) only has 11 points of articulation. We didn't have a clear memory of this either and were surprised ourselves. Adding two ankle joints in addition to a waist joint this time around, the AT-AT Driver gets super-articulated status and he is impressive will all of the points of articulation. Probably the most impressive update to this figure is his helmet. First, the helmet is now perfectly sculpted and accurate in size. Specifically, the portion of the helmet that houses the artificial air supply nozzles falls much lower than as seen on the 2006 figure. Also, the "eyes" on the face plate are simply perfect this time. These enhancements make the helmet top notch this time around. The bottom of the white chest portion is shaped with a curve, the 2006 figure had it shaped in a straight line and the uniform on the new AT-AT Driver is also cast in a lighter gray and from what we can tell from the pictures we have seen is more accurate. Hasbro has also improved their approach to making the 'cod sections' on action figures better than ever and not so boxy. Instead of a simple connection piece that attaches the legs, Hasbro is apparently doing a fine job to hide the joints as best they can. If you compare the 2006 figure to the new one, you will notice that the 2009 figure has a distinctly shaped rear whereas the 2006 figure has simply a "box" for a butt. (We apologize for looking at our figures in this much detail, but it makes a huge difference.) It actually is quite reminiscent to the vintage figure (who also has a distinctly shaped rear end as well). For goodness sake, are we really talking about action figure butts now in this column? We don't even think we mentioned this detail in the Princess Leia (BD17) figure review! But (no pun intended) this is fact and it truly adds unprecedented realism to the action figure.
Status: AT-AT Driver 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, ball-jointed torso, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: removable helmet/chest box combination, blaster
Original Droid Factory/Build A Droid Part: HK-50 body
Date Stamp: 2009
Assortment Number: 88336/87535
Retail: $7.99 USD
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