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Rebel Pilot Legacy - TLC - Evolutions

Name: Rebel Pilot Legacy
Collection: The Legacy Collection
Number: N/A (Evolutions)
Source: Return Of The Jedi/The Empire Strikes Back/Expanded Universe (Return Of The Jedi Deleted Scene)
Availability: July 2008
License: Hasbro

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The legacy of Rebel pilots is one of uncompromising independence and gritty determination. These are the pilots who crushed the Empire and became the architects of the elite squadrons to come. Dorovio Bold flies an X-wing against Imperial forces, going cannon-to-cannon against Imperial fighters. Wes Janson topples an AT-AT walker with a skillfully unorthodox maneuver. Ten Numb helped achieve victory flying a weapons-packed B-wing. From hotshots to heroes, Alliance pilots built a legacy that has given birth to countless tales of glory throughout the galaxy.

Overall, the Evolutions sets are some of the best multiple figure packs we have ever seen in collecting. While you may not know or like all of the characters contained within them, there is no denying that it is an awesome platform to introduce three super-articulated (for the most part, there are exceptions) all together and for a reasonable price (especially for the quality of the figures). The Rebel Pilot Legacy was one of the more eagerly anticipated sets because it was home for a fan favorite character (than ever appeared in the film in this outfit), the white-suited Ten Numb. And the Evolutions set also introduced a super-articulated snowspeeder pilot outfit and collectors started drooling over the possibilities to reuse this sculpt over and over again. It also introduced us to the first female X-wing pilot, a character that is arguably indeed in Return Of The Jedi, but speculation still exists as whether her image was cut from the final version of the film altogether. The Evolutions medium has been going strong since 2005 and Hasbro has steadily released the sets to fans (with one small break in 2006) and we can’t seem to get enough. Thankfully, Hasbro came back with a vengeance of phenomenal quality and great character choices. These sets will bring smiles to collectors faces.

Arguably, Ten Numb is the standout figure in the set. A Sullustan appearing in a red version of the B-wing pilot uniform appears in Return Of The Jedi and fans will likely forever argue if this is Nien Nunb or Ten Numb. But we do know that the version included in this set is Ten Numb indeed. The figure sports 14 points of articulation and has removable helmet but the breathing tube stays attached to the figure. Loaded with a ton of ball-joints, this figure will be able to attain most poses and some are almost unnecessary. The hands have been sculpted particularly well and he can hold his unique blaster pistol very well in his hand. We think Ten Numb’s coloring is a little bit too tan and many packaged samples show him with a chipped nose. We encourage you to check out his nose if you are a paint perfectionist. His black eyes are of course simple but beautifully painted and they each have two tiny white dots to give the illusion of a reflection of light. The figure is beautifully completed. Wes Janson will undoubtedly excite fans of The Empire Strikes Back. We heard his name called out in the film in addition to seeing him briefly during the Battle of Hoth sequence. An all new sculpt, Wes Janson is a snowspeeder pilot fan’s answer to prayer. He is beautifully colored and his helmet is nearly perfect to the prop. Hasbro has gone out of their way to create an awesome snowspeeder pilot body and they have succeeded unbelievably here. Dorovio Bold is the enigma in the set. Stills exist of her in the cockpit of an X-wing which were deleted scenes from Return Of The Jedi, but there are arguments which state that she can be seen in the film during the planning of the assault on Death Star II. We haven’t had a few free minutes to confirm this, so we will agree with Wookieepedia here (although they appear not too sure either). She has a unique female body and we expect that more female pilots will be on the way. Her likeness is not that great to the still in the film. It seems as if the actress looked a lot more like Carrie Fisher than some young boy (which is exactly what the action figure looks like), so we think a modified Princess Leia head would have worked much, much better.

Hindsight is always 20/20, but it seems like multipacks of pilots should have been a no-brainer years ago. Hasbro was always good about giving us army builders and even though we did get a Rebel Pilots Cinema Scene in 1999 from The Power Of The Force collection, it seems too many years went by to revisit this concept again. Boy, we just are never happy, are we? But no worries, Hasbro has made it all OK with the release of the Evolutions line. And to help put things into better persepective, remember that Cinema Scenes were $19.99 for three figures with only six points of articulation average likenesses. Evolutions are about a dollar or two more than this and bring a wealth of better things to the table. As a side note, while we are extremely happy to get three pilots at once, we don’t think the Rebel Pilots Legacy necessarily fits in that well with the line of thought for Evolutions. Evolutions should represent a metamorphosis or development of a character or character(s). By its very definition, it should showcase a growth of a soldier or the aging of an individual character from one film to the next. Many of the Evolutions sets do this, but others like this one are really just a collection of various pilot uniforms. Again, this isn’t a complaint. It is just an observation. Evolutions has the potential of really bringing us some exciting characters all at once that may not have the same success were they introduced as individual basic figures. For example, The Padmé Amidala Legacy is a perfect example of and Evolutions set that serves collectors best as a set and not as three separate figures. Your opinions may vary, but almost every Padmé Amidala basic figure has been a peg warmer. The Evolutions line has resolved this issue to a certain degree. The Rebel Pilot Legacy is one of the better Evolutions sets that we have received and we must give Hasbro the credit they deserve for bringing such a wonderful set to collectors. And we hope more Rebel pilots are on the way to us.

Collector Notes

Rebel Pilot Legacy

Assortment Number: 87602/87874

UPC: 653569300489

Retail: $19.99 USD

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Dorovio Bold (X-wing Pilot)

Status: Dorovio Bold (X-wing Pilot) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 14 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel gloves, ball-jointed torso, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: removable helmet, blaster pistol

Date Stamp: 2008

Wes Janson (Snowspeeder Pilot)

Status: Wes Janson is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 14 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel gloves, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: removable helmet, blaster

Date Stamp: 2008

Ten Numb (B-wing Pilot)

Status: Ten Numb (B-wing Pilot) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 14 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel gloves, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 4

Accessory Details: blaster, removable helmet, 2 life support tubes

Date Stamp: 2008





Rebel Pilot Legacy

The Legacy Collection Evolutions
Fett Legacy, The (See TAC Fett Legacy, The)
Imperial Pilot Legacy
Jedi Legacy, The (See TAC Jedi Legacy, The)
Padmé Amidala Legacy, The
Rebel Pilot Legacy
Rebel Pilot Legacy (Series II)
Sith Legacy, The (See TAC Sith Legacy, The)

Vader's Secret Apprentice (See TAC Vader's Secret Apprentice)

Added: January 12, 2010
Category: Legacy Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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