Name: (Twin Pod) Cloud Car Pilot
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 (Twin Pod) Cloud Car Pilot action figure in The Vintage Collection is an equally surprising and equally expected release. With the release of the brand new Cloud Car, Hasbro had to release a figure to pilot it and instead of just repacking 2004’s The Original Trilogy Collection Cloud Car Pilot (OTC #19) figure, they made a new figure from the ground up. But what is hard to distinguish for sure until more reference photos surface is if the 2010 (Twin Pod) Cloud Car Pilot is based on the models from the original version of The Empire Strikes Back, the enhanced Special Edition or the concept art. We think that the action figure is a hybrid of a little bit of everything. But if you look closely in the reference photo below, you can tell that the helmet definitely resembles the latest action figure. Hopefully a question and answer with Hasbro will bring this information to full clarity one day. But until that happens, we will have to enjoy the (Twin Pod) Cloud Car Pilot for what it is. And the good news is that it is a wonderful action figure and it is so exciting to get the pilot for a newly made trademark Episode V vehicle in The Vintage Collection. While the Cloud Car Pilot doesn’t have all of the accessories of the original vintage figure or the 2004 figure, it certainly is a vast improvement in most other ways. While we love the Cloud Car Pilot, we don’t feel comfortable saying “this is the best action figure ever…” because we don’t know how to judge him from the reference materials. We effectively see a bobbing head in the film and so many of the large coffee table Star Wars reference books like The Star Wars Chronicles don’t even touch this character or give better details on what the uniform looks like. But we can confirm that the outfit has been perfectly matched to the concept art by Nilo Rodis Jamero. Whether of not the final “puppet” in the film is wearing the same outfit remains to be seen. But this figure is definitely more closely related to the concept art that the first two basic action figures (the vintage figure and the 2004 OTC figure).
(Twin Pod) Cloud Car Pilot has a wonderful 14 points of articulation. This is going to be perfect for setting him in the newly designed Cloud Car. And since he comes with a gun, you’ll also have the flexibility to set him in some battle sequences if you so desire. His outfit is primarily white (just like previous versions) but instead of a gray circle on his left breast, it is now a red circle with the same insignia that can be found in the concept art sketch of Nilo Rodis Jamero. And he has a yellow undershirt which was the perfect accent to his outfit. It just looks great. Instead of gray boots, he is really wearing gray sneakers and his pants have yellow calves with a yellow stripe going up to his knee in the front thigh on both legs. He also has yellow gloves and his arms and shoulders have thin red line accents which really make the figure pop and catch your attention. Hasbro decided to include facial hair (a moustache) for this figure. While we think it looks a little too like the late seventies or early eighties for us, it definitely doesn’t happen that often and we think it looks alright. His shirt continues below the swivel waist joint and hangs halfway below his cod section. This feature slightly inhibits movement in the legs, but it doesn’t prohibit putting him in sitting position. Vehicle fans can breathe a sigh of relief as you will be able to put him in your Cloud Car without issue. In the same section of the figure as the lower shirt, Hasbro has also designed a functioning holster for his gun and then a communications device with hanging cords (which are non-removable). These separately sculpted pieces are nice touches or additions, but we wonder how necessary they are especially since they can interfere with the aesthetics of the figure (especially those figures that pilot ships). Even so, this is not a knock on the figure. This is a very cool pilot and it is the definitive version and a definite modern counterpart to the vintage figure.
Status: (Twin Pod) Cloud Car 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: 2
Accessory Details: blaster pistol, removable helmet
Date Stamp: 2009
Assortment Number: 97584/97568
Retail: $7.99 USD
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