Name: AT-AT Commander
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: August 2010*
* Wave 1 of The Vintage Collection was available at some retail stores as early as June 2010
The AT-AT Commander may just be a figure that will stir up some controversy, but we hope it doesn't. While he isn’t the first “generic” AT-AT Commander figure we have received in the basic figure line (remember the 1998 POTF2 Imperial AT-AT vehicle pack-in figure?), it is more than evident that he is definitely NOT General Veers. If you go and dust off 2006’s TSC General Veers (SAGA 007) figure, you will notice immediately that it looks exactly like the actor in The Empire Strikes Back. But this new figure in the opening act of The Vintage Collection makes it clear that he definitely isn't Julian Glover. It just isn’t happening. (General Veers has four red squares above four blue squares on his ranking badge, but this figure only has three of each.) And since General Veers is the only AT-AT Commander we saw in the film, this more generic AT-AT Commander could be sourced to somewhere in the Expanded Universe. But don’t worry because we are not going there. For all intents and purposes, this figure is sourced from The Empire Strikes Back in our opinion. Besides, with all of the Imperials running around in the background on the Star Destroyer, we may have just seen this character and not known it. But what you can be confident of is that Hasbro culled together another stunning figure for the debut wave in The Vintage Collection. AT-AT Commander addresses all of the issues that General Veers had and more. And let us be clear. We absolutely love 2006’s TSC General Veers. But this figure is a significant upgrade (especially in sculpt, articulation and stunning deco). While we would have loved to see an upgraded General Veers, this figure may just do everything you need it to for your various dioramas (and especially for your new big AT-AT vehicle). We are honestly very happy that Hasbro is revisiting (and perfecting) figures that were just released in the basic figures less than half a decade ago. It shows us just how far technology has come and affirmed their commitment to collectors to make some pretty remarkable action figures and get the best possible versions out to us.
AT-AT Commander fills the space nicely for your “vintage to modern updates” checklist for this character. He is super-articulated with 14 points of articulation. And he is even more nicely accessorized. Coming with a removable helmet, removable chest plate, removable goggles, and an Imperial issue blaster, AT-AT Commander has all the bells and whistles you could ever want for a figure whose character had so little screen time in this outfit. But besides coming with a plethora of accessories, the details on them like the blue, red, white and silver markings are flawlessly painted and we have never seen a better execution of a paint job. These accents have been painted in such a way that we honestly don’t know how any human or machine could have painted it with such precision. Even the rim on the helmet painted in black in perfect with clean lines and also has beautiful silver details on the backside of it as well. Unfortunately, somehow Hasbro goofed with the color they chose for the uniform. It is definitely too light and the shade of gray used really needed to be darkened a few shades first before we can call this definitive. We’re actually surprised that this slipped by Hasbro and Lucasfilm, Ltd. In fact, the uniform is so light that you almost need to do a double take to ensure that it is indeed gray. AT-AT Commander still looks good though. He is complete with a lean frame and all the different points of articulation work well together to give you multiple posing options. Although his “skirt” is made of a very pliable plastic, it still inhibits full movement of his hips, but this is something that we often trade for authenticity. But again, the completed product of the AT-AT Commander is pretty darn good and we suspect that due to his generic presence in the line and the multitude of various portraits in our collections now that collectors will indirectly be army-building him.
Status: AT-AT Commander is a kit-bashed figure made utilizing the legs of the Janek Sunber from 2009's TLC Janek Sunber/Amanin Comic Packs set in addition to the arms and torso of 2009's TLC Captain Needa (BD 40). AT-AT Commander also has a new head, skirt, and rank badge and accessories.
Articulation Count: 14 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel legs, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 4
Accessory Details: BlasTech E-11 blaster pistol, removable helmet, removable goggles, removable chest plate
Date Stamp: 2008
Assortment Number: 97573/97568
Retail: $7.99 USD
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