Name: Captain Antilles (Rebel Captain: Tantive IV)
Collection: Militaries Of Star Wars
Number: Item #2165
Edition Size: 2500 (Regular)
Scale: 1:6 Scale Figures
Source: A New Hope
Availability: January 2009
License: Sideshow Collectibles
The Sideshow Collectibles 12" one-sixth scale Captain Antilles figure from the Militaries Of Star Wars collection is such a cool figure. If you're a collector with some longevity in the hobby, you first had the opportunity to get an Antilles figure in the Hasbro line in 2004. A rather unlikely choice for a 12" figure, Sideshow seems intent on bringing collectors obscure (or just not mainstream to be more accurate) characters from the Star Wars films in their totally awesome 12" line. Captain Antilles literally had just moments of screen time in Episode IV and we really didn't get a good look at his face. But with access to reference materials and the ability to communicate with both Hasbro and Lucasfilm, Ltd., Sideshow Collectibles is able to create authentic and extremely accurate versions of the characters we have grown to love and they almost never fail in the delivery of incredible likenesses and quality accessories and outfits. Cleverly utilizing smart move on their part, this Captain Antilles figure borrows some of the same design of the previously released Rebel Fleet Trooper. From the perfectly fitting helmet to the safari-inspired military uniform, Captain Antilles has a plethora of positivity to bring into your 12" collection and may just be one of Sideshow's most underrated figures of all time.
We couldn't help but notice that Captain Antilles has an uncanny resemblance to actor Robert Patrick. And X-Files fans who picked up the Sideshow X-Files 12" figures of Agent Dogget will definitely see the similarities. But whether you see the resemblance or not, Sideshow remains brilliant in their execution of getting human characteristics just perfect and it is quite an amazing thing how well they can execute it. Captain Antilles has the most incredible lifelike characteristics. From the color in his skin to the wrinkles in his face, Captain Antilles bring a humanity to the 12" figure line that hasn't really been captured as well on earlier figures. But perhaps a lot of this interpretation is due to the fact that we really didn't get a good look at his face in the film. But whether we truly know what Captain Antilles looks exactly like or not, it doesn't explain away how well Hasbro crafted his portrait. As a result, fans should expect to become more and more impressed with the selection of human characters Sideshow chooses to make and release. It seems things can only go up from here. Captain Antilles doesn't have the familiarity of an Imperial Stormtrooper or the main character status as Luke Skywalker or Han Solo, but he is truly nonetheless as important as all of them. The spirit of Star Wars collecting dictates that secondary characters are just as relevant as the main characters and Sideshow is making this a case and point in their 12" line.
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