Name: Wedge Antilles' X-wing Starfighter
Collection: Legacy Collection
Number: N/A (Exclusive)
Source: Expanded Universe (X-wing Rogue Squadron)
Availability: September 2009
Wedge Antilles (in action figure form) is very much an ignored character by Hasbro (as far as the basic line is concerned). While we have gotten multiple versions of him throughout the line, he has never seen the front lines in any basic figure collection. Never! Not once! While he came awfully close in 2005 as an OTC online exclusive, it was an exclusive and not considered a general release figure or part of the basic figure line. This is honestly quite perplexing to us because he is a character that has appeared in every chapter of the Original Trilogy, as well as countless Expanded Universe sources. For a character of this stature to not get time in the spotlight as a basic figure is almost unforgivable. To be quite honest however, we are just thankful to get Wedge (as many times as we did) and fans can be happier more than ever because a definitive version of him has been released. And fans love “definitive” versions of their action figures. Although this is for right now the definitive version of Wedge Antilles, interestingly, this TARGET exclusive appears to be based on the Expanded Universe source, X-wing Rogue Squadron (a source getting attention in the Hasbro line). If you aren’t a fan of the EU, we still think that this is a product you will thoroughly enjoy because you can pretend it is based off of A New Hope. It is close enough and if there are variances from the original scene in which it appears, just ignore them because this is a remarkable exclusive and you will miss out on all that it offers if you were to pass on it. It is our general assumption that most will be able to accept this vehicle as it pertains to Episode IV because it is definitely close enough. Besides getting two figures built with the best and latest sculpts and technology, you get another large-sized X-wing fighter thrown into the mix that is beautifully painted and one of the highlights of the exclusive program for 2009. Hasbro left nothing out and obviously changed their approach on weathering and battle-damage details.
This exclusive is awesome in every way, but you may be confused by one or two things included in it. One of the things that throws off the set (not in a bad way) is the “Astromech Droid” (which is actually named “Astromech Droid”) contained within it. (Editor's Note: In February of 2010, Hasbro contacted Lucasfilm, Ltd. prompted from their Q&A with the Star Wars fan sites and asked what the official name of this droid was. He is officially known as R2-A3 now.) It is a simply but beautifully colored R2 unit with awesome weathering details. It is modeled after the popular R4-G9 mold so it has optimal functionality and great accuracy to this type of droid unit. Once placed in the droid socket, we have to admit that the droid appears to be a little too small for the space provided. This isn’t a complaint of course, because we want our droids to fit in the places they should be. But is just seems like there is a bit too much airspace between the droid and the edges. Interestingly, the droid still fits tightly in place so we don’t think it should go flying out if you decided to make your X-wing do donuts in 'space'. The droid imitates the appearance of CB-3D that came in the Walmart exclusive General Grievous/CB-3D Droid Factory (1 of 5) set. They look so much alike that one looks like a clean version of the other, but after careful analysis you will find additional differences. Wedge Antilles is another awesome figure in the set. He is made up of new parts and old parts. Mostly an amalgamation of Nrin Vakil, from the Walmart exclusive Ibtisam/Nrin Vakil Comic Packs set, Wedge also has a new torso and head. The removable helmet is a marvelous repaint of the Snowspeeder Pilot helmets we saw first in the Evolutions line. The helmet is just plain awesome! As a compilation of already great older figures (in addition to new parts), Wedge is truly spectacular and is now our most definitive version of the character. The duo looks great together and it is believable that they have seen many a battle in their tenure together. As a bonus, you get two ladders that look fantastic for additional play value.
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