Collection: Star Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side]
Number: N/A (Vehicles)
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: August 2010*
* The "Shadow Of The Dark Side" line was available at some retail locations as
early as June 2010.
2010 is the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back and Hasbro has ensured that they celebrated it in grand scale with a focus of awesome new action figures and vehicles to commemorate this landmark event. With a large eleven figure first wave in the basic line, Hasbro also tooled an all-new Luke Skywalker’ Snowspeeder. We have been wanting a correctly scaled snowspeeder vehicle for years now but what a better time that Episode V’s thirty year anniversary! And it’s unbelievable how Hasbro has the ability to continually impress collectors with “stuff” we have seen before. Yes, we have seen the snowspeeder plenty of time, but not to this level of detail and exactness. Not only did they sculpt a beautiful all-new Snowspeeder, they have also reduced the scale of it as well. This not only provides collectors with an accurately scaled vehicle, but it also will look fabulously perfect next to the brand new Imperial AT-AT (All Terrain Armored Transport). While the Snowspeeder has been done plenty of times, this marks the first that Hasbro has managed to squeeze it into the mid-size vehicle assortment, an assortment that we think it should have been in years ago. But when Hasbro did decide to release it as an exclusive (like 2006’s TSC Rogue Two Snowspeeder at TARGET), they certainly packed it with extra things to make the inflated price easier to swallow. But with the release of the all-new Luke Skywalker’s Snowspeeder, Hasbro can leave the gimmicks behind in favor of an accurately sized vehicle and a beautiful new vehicle that will be the standard going forward.
For the 2010 version, Hasbro includes alternate guns, a set that is done in realistic style and another set that shoots projectiles. Hasbro also included and alternate rear gun as well, one that is accurately scale to fit the vehicle just like in Episode V and a second that will shoot a missile. This is certainly not uncommon and Hasbro seems as if they will be making it a standard with their vehicle releases. This same strategy was utilized for 2009’s LC AT-ST (All Terrain Scout Transport). This bodes well for both kids and collectors because it adds play value for the kids (and collectors) while simultaneously allowing for movie accurate display for the collectors. And we have to admit that results are pretty awesome. And this flexibility is great to have for a vehicle that will be the template for all future snowspeeder vehicles. Luke Skywalker’s Snowspeeder is such a vastly improved vehicle and we are so thrilled to have it updated. You already know that the scale has been perfected, but Hasbro has also improved the deco as well. The vehicle is loaded with Aurebesh characters and we bet it will take some time to translate them. The lines are crisper and more angular and Hasbro has included a few extra play features for the first time here. For example, the right side middle section of the side gun can be lifted off and a panel can be removed to show parts of the engine. Also, the tow cable can be wound up and held in a compartment at the bottom of the vehicle. The line can still be fed through the rear of the vehicle if you decide to launch the missile, so the design is flawless.
Star Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side]
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