Inferno Squad Agent (GameStop) - Hasbro - The Black Series [Phase III] (2017)
Return to the Main Jedi Temple Archives Home Page

Expanded Universe

Airspeeder - EU - Vehicles

Name: Airspeeder
Collection: Expanded Universe
Number: N/A
Source: Expanded Universe (The Art Of Star Wars)
Availability: August 1998
License: Hasbro

Review_AirspeederEU001 Review_AirspeederEU002 Review_AirspeederEU003 Review_AirspeederEU004
Review_AirspeederEU005 Review_AirspeederEU006 Review_AirspeederEU007 Review_AirspeederEU008
Review_AirspeederEU009 Review_AirspeederEU010 Review_AirspeederEU011 Review_AirspeederEU012
Review_AirspeederEU013 Review_AirspeederEU014 Review_AirspeederEU015 Review_AirspeederEU016
Review_AirspeederEU017 Review_AirspeederEU018 Review_AirspeederEU019 Review_AirspeederEU020
Review_AirspeederEU021 Review_AirspeederEU022 Review_AirspeederEU023 Review_AirspeederEU024
Review_AirspeederEU025 Review_AirspeederEU026 Review_AirspeederEU027 Review_AirspeederEU028
Review_AirspeederEU029 Review_AirspeederEU030 Review_AirspeederEU031 Review_AirspeederEU032
Review_AirspeederEU033 Review_AirspeederEU034 Review_AirspeederEU035 Review_AirspeederEU036
Review_AirspeederEU037 Review_AirspeederEU038 Review_AirspeederEU039 Review_AirspeederEU040
Review_AirspeederEU041 Review_AirspeederEU042 Review_AirspeederEU043 Review_AirspeederEU044

Model: Modified Incom T-47 Airspeeder Prototype
Type: Low Atmospheric Repulsor Craft
Length: 5.5 Meters
Affiliation: Rebel Alliance
Crew: 1 Pilot
Weapons: Twin Laser Cannons, Proton Torpedo Launcher

A series of publications called The Art of Star Wars unveiled how a group of artists whose talent for intricacies revealed a far-away galaxy that continues to capture the imagination of Star Wars fans everywhere. Several versions of the Incom T-47 airspeeder, also known as the snowspeeder, were created before deciding on the definitive model seen in The Empire Strikes Back. This vehicle was designed and built based on several production sketches by artist Ralph McQuarrie.

Although short-lived, Kenner/Hasbro got out three incredibly produced Expanded Universe vehicles out to collectors before cancelling the line. The concept Speeder Bike and the concept Cloud Car are two beautifully tooled toys, but the concept Airspeeder takes the cake as far as we’re concerned. Another stunning concept by artist Ralph McQuarrie, collectors can now add to their collections a physical toy of what the first snowspeeder vehicle looked like when it was designed for Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. What’s more, we also get a concept Airspeeder Pilot action figure that perfectly fits inside of the cockpit. Kenner’s/Hasbro’s Expanded Universe line provided collectors with a diverse cast of characters and vehicles, but they’ve only scratched the surface with what they made in this lineup. They could have chosen almost any other character or vehicle for this line, but they evenly balanced what they could across a total of a dozen items for this line. Of course, we all wanted to see more products made, but what we did get is a great start. Again, the Airspeeder is probably the best vehicle of the Expanded Universe line. Let’s find out why this is so.

The Airspeeder is the largest of all of the Expanded Universe vehicles. It also comes with the greatest amount of features. It’s also the only Expanded Universe vehicle to favor its onscreen counterpart the most. This doesn’t look all that different from the snowspeeders we see during the Battle of Hoth. There are obvious differences between them, but they look the most like each other. The Airspeeder comes with three distinct play features. These special play features include an open cockpit and an area where the pilot sits and takes the controls, assault wings that deploy during attack mode (they flip up with the flick of a button), and finally, a belly-mounted launcher fires proton torpedo with the press of an action feature button. Mostly gray, Kenner/Hasbro decorated the Airspeeder with dirt and grime, giving it a realistic and “lived-in” appearance. It’s also the only vehicle that comes with a decal sticker sheet, and these give the Airspeeder extra detail and color. Once added, the decals provide elements of beauty to this already attractive vehicle. When you assemble the vehicle, you have to add the wings and the lower landing gear in addition to the cannon and projectile. But it’s effortless to put together.

Of course the greatest addition here is the included Airspeeder Pilot. Looking like he’s ready for Hoth’s icy tundra, the Airspeeder Pilot is outfitted in white winter snow gear complete with cap, goggles and what looks to be some fancy ski design on his jacket. The figure comes with six points of articulation, the figure doesn’t move all that well, but he interacts wonderfully with the Airspeeder vehicle. When you open up the cockpit, there is the perfect amount of space to place the Airspeeder Pilot. The Cloud Car’s cockpit space was much too large for the vehicle, but the Airspeeder cockpit fits the figure in like a glove. Sadly, none of the pack-in figures in the Expanded Universe line come with any weapons, so the Airspeeder Pilot is also without one too. The sculpt, and the paint operations on the figure are very, very nice. And if you’re not into the concept vehicle approach, you can likely add the Airspeeder Pilot to any Echo Base diorama you create. Overall, the Airspeeder and the included Airspeeder Pilot are a real treat for the Star Wars toy line. And for us, it is the highlight of the Expanded Universe line. We hope one day Hasbro will return to making great products like this in the future.

Collector Notes

Airspeeder

Assortment Number: 69620/69774

UPC: 076281697741

Retail: $14.99 USD

Market Value: Click here to check the latest prices based on Click here to check the market value on eBay! listings.

Airspeeder

Status: Airspeeder is an all-new vehicle.

Features Count: 3

Feature Details: open cockpit and pilot takes the controls, assault wings deploy during attack mode, belly-mounted launcher fires proton torpedo

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: proton torpdo projectile

Date Stamp: 1997

Airspeeder Pilot

Status: Airspeeder Pilot 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: None

Accessory Details: None

Date Stamp: 1997







Expanded Universe Vehicles

Airspeeder

Cloud Car

Speeder Bike

Added: February 14, 2019
Category: Expanded Universe
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
Score:
blog comments powered by Disqus

Return to Research Droids Reviews Index

-Click HERE to return to the home page-

Channels

 

Follow Us

JTA Info

Affiliates

Hasbro

Gentle Giant

Sideshow Collectibles

Hot Toys

LEGO

Mattel

Disney

Disney Store

Acme Archives

Hallmark

Trading Cards

Store Reports

Research Droids Reviews

Visual Guides

Books & Novels

Convention News

Movie & TV News

Rants & Raves

Special Reports

       Facebook

       Instagram

       Pinterest

       Youtube

       RSS

Home

Contact

News Archives

Site Search

Image Use Policy

Privacy Policy

RDR Index

Visual Guide Index

Bantha Skull

Collector's Cantina

Jedi News

Star Wars Figuren

Star Wars New Zealand

Star Wars is a Copyright and Trademark of LucasFilm LTD. This site is intended for informational purposes only, and is not in anyway associated with LFL. All Visual Guides, images, and content are the property of JediTempleArchives.com, © 2004-2019 and may not be reused without permission. Please do not direct link to any of the content on this web site.