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Battle Over Endor (1 of 2) - SW [SOTDS] - Exclusives

Name: Battle Over Endor (1 of 2)
Collection: Star Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side]
Number: N/A (Exclusive)
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: January 2011
License: Hasbro

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Bravery. Skill. Loyalty. These are defining characteristics of the starfighter pilots on both sides of the conflict at the Battle of Endor. Whether they are Rebels or Imperials, these elite pilots are all focused on the same goal: victory. They are deeply aware that they are deciding the future of the galaxy, and will do everything they can to complete their mission.

We would like to ask Hasbro when they make fantastic exclusives like the Battle Over Endor sets at Toys R Us, do they reflect back and consider why lines like Evolutions and Comic Packs flop? Because if they did, they should be able to figure out why they can’t make certain sub-lines as successful as they’d like to see them. We “whine and complain” about the exuberant prices for little product and they say they can’t afford to do it any other way. But then these great sets are released for an extremely fair price and we wonder why the same couldn’t have been done for a line like Evolutions. The Battle Over Endor sets each give us four never-before-released (i.e. all-new) figures with super-articulation (or optimal articulation in the case of the included droids) for less than $25 in compact packaging. This is the way to do multipacks and we hope that Hasbro just bites the bullet and continues to give us the most value for our dollar. Four figures for $25 is a steal in today’s economy and the burden is on Hasbro to ensure this continues as a trend and not the exception. Both sets are incredibly worthy purchases and we would love to see them create a few more from this climactic battle from Return Of The Jedi. These sets are that good. And it proves that Hasbro can indeed afford to create multipacks like this even though we hear them constantly say they can’t “cost it out”. Obviously, if you’re all “piloted” out, you probably won’t find a need to add these sets to your collection, but in our opinion that would be a mistake. Hasbro worked hard to bring a mix of movie-specific characters and those just “off screen” and as a package deal, there is a lot to enjoy here for sure!

In the Battle Over Endor (1 of 2) set there is really only one filler figure. Lt. Oxixo (TIE Fighter Pilot) is the same Imperial TIE Fighter sculpt we have seen 100 times before, but the figure has an all-new helmet design that has not been released before. The figure is a straight repaint of the Imperial Pilot (TIE Fighter) from the Imperial Pilot Legacy (Series II) Walmart exclusive Evolutions set. This time around Hasbro has painted a silver “Mohawk” on his helmet. While we love the figure, we wish Hasbro would make a super-articulated version of the Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot because we are long overdue to receive one. This figure needs better sculpted legs that aren’t so close together and articulated ankles to help them stand unaided better. Hopefully we are not too far away from one. Sila Kott (Red Two) (A-wing Pilot) is another wonderful addition to the basic figure line. To be quite frank, we aren’t exactly sure of this pilot’s sex. We see the shadow of facial hair on close-up movie stills from Episode VI, yet the facial structure of the “actor” and especially the action figure look extremely feminine. (Not that this truly matters of course, but it does cause some confusion.) The body looks to be a closer match to Jake Farrell (from the Rebel Pilot Legacy) (Series III) or Arvel Crynyd from Green Leader’s A-wing Fighter. These figures slightly vary from A-wing Pilot Tycho Celchu a little bit (not much). The paint job is beautiful and the details on the figure’s helmet are wonderfully executed. But if you take a moment to take in just how many awesomely sculpted A-wing pilots we have received since 2007, it’s quite boggling to the brain! (But we love it!)

The last two figures in the Battle Over Endor (1 of 2) set are intended to interact with each other. Lt. Ekelarc Yong (Gray Three) (Y-wing Pilot) is worthy of basic figure release thanks to a wonderful sculpt, likeness and stunning paint job. Hasbro captured every single detail of his detailed helmet and it fits and locks on his head perfectly. While the body isn’t anything new and have seen it many times before, it seems almost as if Hasbro had Ekelarc in mind down the road because it seems it was destined for him. Clearly our most favorite figure in the set, it’s a shame that Ekelarc Yong died during this battle because he shines as a hero not only in the film but in the action figure line as well. Hasbro ensured that all the figures has accurate and well done paint operations in these sets, but Ekelarc’s reigns as the winning champion as far as we’re concerned. His accompanying astromech is R5-P9. We’re being upfront here, but R5-P9 might as well be considered an Expanded Universe figure because it’s impossible to see this droid in Return Of The Jedi. But according to reference materials, the action figure is an accurate portrayal of the astromech and Hasbro did a phenomenal job on this figure. R5-P9 is a rework of 2006’s TSC R5-D4 (SAGA 032) figure and this time done in the colors of R5-P9 which includes a gray dome and legs with forest green detail and a white body with gray detail. It also has a realistic dirty wash. The Battle Over Endor (1 of 2) is a must-have for us and we bet you’ll be able to enjoy many figures in it as well. At $24.99, it’s a wonderful value (and high quality set). And it is our prayer that more continue because this is the way to treat collectors after years of loyalty. Thank you Hasbro!

Collector Notes

Battle Over Endor (1 of 2)

Assortment Number: 21451/97639

UPC: 653569574125

Retail: $31.99 USD

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Lt. Oxixo (TIE Fighter Pilot)

Status: Lt. Oxixo (TIE Fighter Pilot) is a rework of the Imperial Pilot (TIE Fighter) figure from 2009's LC Imperial Pilot Legacy (Series II) Evolutions set.

Articulation Count: 12 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

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: removable helmet/chest box combination, blaster

Date Stamp: 2008

Sila Kott (Red Two) (A-wing Pilot)

Status: Sila Kott (Red Two) (A-wing Pilot) is a retool of 2007's TAC Tycho Celchu (A-wing Pilot) (30 44) figure with an all-new head sculpt and removable helmet. The figure has been repainted.

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: removable helmet, blaster pistol

Date Stamp: 2007

Lt. Ekelarc Yong (Gray Three) (Y-wing Pilot)

Status: Lt. Ekelarc Yong (Gray Three) (Y-wing Pilot) is a retool of the Ten Numb (B-wing Pilot) figure from 2008's TLC Rebel Pilot Legacy Evolutions set. It now comes with a new head sculpt and removable helmet. The figure has also been repainted.

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: removable helmet, blaster pistol

Date Stamp: 2008

R5-P9 (Ekelarc Yong's Astromech Droid)

Status: R5-P9 (Ekelarc Yong's Astromech Droid) is a rework of 2006's TSC R5-D4 (SAGA 032) figure.

Articulation Count: 7 points

Articulation Details: swivel dome, 2 swivel legs, 2 swivel feet, 2 rolling wheels

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: removable antenna, removable third leg (with rolling wheel)

Date Stamp: 2004

   

   

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Added: January 23, 2011
Category: Star Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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