Leader’s A-wing Fighter
Collection: The Legacy Collection
Number: N/A (Walmart Exclusive)
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: November 2008
In a desperate sacrifice during the Battle of Endor, Arvel Crynyd smashes his A-wing into the bridge of the Executor, causing the warship to crash into the second Death Star – and turning the battle in favor of the Rebels.
The A-wing fighter has seen multiple releases since its inception in 1985 and with each release there have been unique attributes. It gets another shot at retail as a Walmart exclusive in The Legacy Collection for 2008 and instead of being a simple repaint, the quick vehicle gets some overhauls to make it better than ever. Specifically, Hasbro was kind enough to retool the cockpit and they absolutely did an excellent job with it. There are lots of painted details and it is very colorful, but it nonetheless looks great. Not including the vintage vehicle, this has been the third release of the A-wing and the third time a pack-in pilot has been included. In 1997's The Power Of The Force collection (general release) and in 2003's Star Wars "Saga" A-wing Fighter vehicle (TARGET exclusive), we both got generic A-wing Pilot figures. This release, however, we got a specifically named "Arvel Crynyd" figure. And he is essentially 2007's TAC Tycho Celchu (A-wing Pilot ) (30 44) figure with a new head and helmet. This of course is good news because he is a great action figure to use as a template for more pilots. Despite this however, we don't think that the action figure has a fair likeness to the actor who played Arvel Crynyd in Return of The Jedi (we think Hasbro is starting to get confused now to be honest). But another good point is that the pack-in figure fits perfectly well into this revised and new A-wing fighter. The TARGET exclusive from 2003 has a unique green paint theme with bizarre lightning bolt-like emblems. We think the red version interpretations of these vehicles are much better and course movie accurate. The Legacy Collection version of the A-wing is essentially a revisit of the 1997 version, as both have red markings on the body of the vehicle. The date stamp on the vehicle still says 1997, but Hasbro has made improvements that make this the greates A-wing Fighter ever.
Other than that, the A-wing doesn't have too much extra to offer the collector. We absolutely love the retooled cockpit and the update was long overdue. But with anything Hasbro, late is absolutely better than never. You should spend some time staring into the cockpit and check out all the new detail inside. We stated earlier that there are a lot of colors on all of the controls and the interesting choices work together quite well. The actual "paint" on the various buttons work so much better than any decal applications and we are so glad that Hasbro chose to go this route instead. Arvel Crynyd does fit into the cockpit, but you may need to spend a little more time futzing with him to get the ideal fit. We don't think this is an issue because he will fit in snuggly to allow you to do "space donuts" or 360s when you play with this toy so the pilot doesn't fall out. This is always an added bonus, right? Arvel Crynyd also has some impressive details on his uniform. His helmet in particular is done very well and when compared to Tycho Celchu, it is cool to see all of their individual uniqueness. There are many different shapes and sizes of Rebel Alliance pilot helmets and it is so great to know that Hasbro is taking note of all the various types and translating them very well into action figure form. It is also impressive with how many fine details Hasbro is able to capture on a helmet. It makes you wonder why other finer details are not included on some of the costumes of the action figures they make. But without complaining, we are very happy to get another super-articulated figure of a new and different Rebel pilot. In fact, we wouldn't mind getting these obscure Rebels pilots every year. They help round out the line very nicely.
Assortment Number: 87914
Retail: $29.99 USD
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Status: Green Leader's A-wing Fighter is a retool and repaint of 1997's POTF A-wing Fighter vehicle. This time the vehicle has been newly retooled and has an all-new cockpit.
Features Count: 3
Feature Details: pivoting laser cannons, retractable landing gear, opening canopy
Accessory Count: None
Accessory Details: None
Date Stamp: 1997
Status: Arvel Crynyd is a kit-bashed figure that utilizes the body of 2007's TAC Tycho Celchu (A-wing Pilot) (30 44) with an all-new portrait.
Articulation Count: 22 points (14 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), swivel left glove (1), swivel right glove (1), swivel waist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: removable helmet
Date Stamp: 2007
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