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The Power Of The Force “2” [Green/Freeze Frame]

AT-ST Driver - POTF2 [G/FF] - Basic

Name: AT-ST Driver
Collection: The Power Of The Force "2" [Green/Freeze Frame]
Number: N/A
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: February 1997
License: Hasbro

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Height: 1.8 Meters (Average)
Status: Imperial Guard- Assault Pilot
Classification: Human
Affiliation: Human
Weapon of Choice: Imperial Issued Blaster
(Green packaging only)

On a mission to disable the second Death Star's shield generator, Han Solo, Princess Leia and a small band of freedom fighters are ambushed by a full legion of stormtroopers. Looming over them stands an Imperial AT-ST walker. (Freeze Frame packaging only)

How does one of the most common green carded The Power Of The Force “2” figure become one of the rarest in the Freeze Frame packaging change? The same is true for other figures in the line like the Sandtrooper and Weequay Skiff Guard Figures. All of these characters were the picture perfect definition of common, but have since become some of the most difficult figures to find, thanks to the addition of a Freeze Frame action slide. We’re getting ahead of ourselves. In the early months of 1997, Hasbro began pumping out characters from the later two Original Trilogy films. AT-ST Driver was evidently one of their priorities. Part of the original 1984 vintage Kenner lineup, collectors were eager to get a modern interpretation of this classic figure. Sadly, the AT-ST Driver didn’t exactly turn out as collectors had hoped. Hasbro was kind of all over the place with the proportions they were giving their action figures. Some characters looked more streamlined, but others, like the AT-ST Driver, still couldn’t shake that muscular silhouette. As a result, the release of 1997’s POTF2 [G/FF] AT-ST Driver was more bittersweet than anything else. And we were soon waiting for the next update.

AT-ST Driver comes with six points of articulation. This includes a swivel head, two swivel shoulders, a swivel waist and two swivel hips. This is pretty standard for every POTF2 action figure, so there should really be no surprises here at all. Included with the AT-ST Driver are two weapons: a blaster pistol and blaster rifle. Because we didn’t see these characters wielding weapons in the film, it’s hard to know for sure whether these are screen accurate or not, but it’s likely at least one is a Hasbro convention. Both weapons fit nicely in the hands of the figure and outfit the action figure nicely. Weapons are standard for Imperial action figures, so it’s good that this tick has been checked with this action figure. The figure has a rather static pose so it’s very easy to sit him on a shelf. He can sit in an AT-ST vehicle easily and looks great piloting it. We would have loved to see a removable pair of goggles and helmet here, but this figure has no removable parts as far as the costume is concerned. Perhaps even a few extra places of articulation would have been a huge enhancement here. But the figure as is ranks as a decent update to the Star Wars line. We wonder though how many collectors will be wishing for more.

AT-ST Driver has a pretty nice paint job, although the paint scheme is rather simple and lightly colored. The deco is clean without any signs of over-spray or sloppiness. Overall, AT-ST Driver is a very nice looking action figure. For variation hunters, you’re only going to find multiple packaging variations because no variations exist on the figure itself. Originally released in Collection 2, it went through a series of packaging updates during the green phase of The Power Of The Force “2” line. However, when the figure was promoted to the Freeze Frame phase of the line, Hasbro changed the AT-ST Driver to Collection 3, which is fitting since this set of figures had been reserved for Imperials (villains). AT-ST Driver is one of the rarest Freeze Frame figures of the entire lineup. He isn’t nearly as impossible as the Weequay Skiff Guard, but he is a chore when compared to most other figures in the POTF2 Freeze Frame lineup. For trivia lovers, you can actually see a member of the production team of Return Of The Jedi sitting on a crate. You really have to look hard to see him but he is indeed there. The AT-ST Driver, a common POTF2 figure is made more sought after thanks to a packaging change. Only in Star Wars collecting do things like this happen.

Collector Notes

AT-ST Driver

Status: AT-ST Driver is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 6 points (6 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: swivel head (1), swivel left shoulder (1), swivel right shoulder (1), swivel waist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1)

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: blaster rifle, pistol

Date Stamp: 1997

Collection: 3

Freeze Frame Details: Assault against the Rebels on the moon of Endor.

Assortment Number: 69705/69823

UPC: 076281698236

Retail: $4.99/$5.99 USD

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Added: April 18, 2015
Category: Power Of The Force "2" [Green/Freeze Frame], The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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