Collection: Legacy Collection
Number: N/A (Exclusive)
Source: Shadows Of The Empire/A New Hope*
Availability: November 2009
* The TIE Fighter Pilot is sourced from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.)
TIE Fighters swarm into space to attack the heroic Rebel Alliance forces! TIE Fighters are the standard starfighters of the Imperial fleet. TIE fighter pilots are highly skilled, but they are no match for the daring and resourceful Rebel pilots. TIE fighters waged a fierce battle to defend the first Death Star from the Rebel attack.
The Hasbro Imperial TIE Fighter vehicle has seen many releases throughout the years and has gone through many transitions. But it wasn't until the release of the 2009 TARGET exclusive that Hasbro got it all right. Not only has the vehicle been designed perfectly (which we'll get to in a minute), but the pilot is based on Black Three who just so happens to be the very first TIE Fighter Pilot that we see in the cockpit at the opening of the Battle of Yavin in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (see reference photo below). All the TIE fighter pilots have unique markings on their helmets just like their adversarial opposite X-wing fighter pilots and Hasbro (and Gentle Giant Ltd. for that matter) have taken notice of these fine details and we are now getting unique pilots of the Imperial army as well! Not a lot seems to excite collectors any more for we are truly a spoiled bunch (and we don't say this pejoratively). But little things like helmet difference on TIE fighter pilots are something that gets us going for sure! But no matter your feelings on if you want every TIE Fighter Pilot or not, there is no denying that you will be getting awesome versions of him going forward.
The latest Imperial TIE Fighter leaves us speechless. Had we known how many improvements Hasbro made as well as how much the upgrades make this the definitive vehicle, we would have raved about this much sooner. The vehicle has been colored flawlessly to match the ones seen in Episode IV. Sharp-eyed collectors may feel that this specific exclusive is based off of the TIE Fighters seen in the Shadows Of The Empire multimedia event (hence the red colored glass) and not Episode IV. We might agree, but we can confirm that the pilot is indeed from Episode IV. The new larger scaled wings are nothing new, but Hasbro has improved the way they attach to the fuselage section. Even the latest large-winged TIE fighters have not been made with this precision. The interior "glass" of the cockpit is colored in a clear red plastic. And the interior of the walls have decals that are black with red "lights" throughout. It is one sharp looking cockpit. The steering area has been completely redesigned and there are handles that the action figure can grasp to make for a very realistic piloting scenario. On top of that, the seat has also been redesigned and is now removable, most likely inspired by the scene where Biggs Darklighter ejects himself from a TIE in Star Wars Empire: Darklighter. Trust us when we say just how awesomely this has translated to toy form. It is just an amazing little add-on that Hasbro definitely didn't need to give us but did. The "ejecting" seat (metaphorical, not literal) is highlighted with red color to show the various buttons and control panels it has.
Assortment Number: 92777
Retail: $39.99 USD
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Status: Imperial TIE Fighter is a kit-bashed vehicle that utilizes the same wings from 2005's ROTS TIE Fighter vehicle but now comes with a newly tooled cockpit that includes a removable ejection seat. The "panes" on the cockpit have been colored translucent red for this release which sources the vehicle to Shadows Of The Empire.
Articulation Count: 5
Articulation Details: opening cockpit, 2 retractable cannons, 2 buttons to eject wings
Accessory Count: None
Accessory Details: None (Imperial TIE Fighter comes with an ejection seat.)
Date Stamp: 2009
Status: TIE Fighter Pilot is a repack of the figure from 2009's LC Imperial Pilot Legacy (Series II) Evolutions set.
Articulation Count: 12 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
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: removable helmet and chest box combination, blaster pistol
Date Stamp: 2008
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