Name: General Rieekan
Collection: The Saga Collection
Number: SAGA 012
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: January 2006
General Carlist Rieekan is a wise, battle-tested commander who has to make quick decisions in order to ensure the survival of the Rebel Alliance. Once he receives word of an Imperial attack on Echo Base, Rieekan orders all transports to flee the base before it's too late. Although their base is destroyed, Rieekan's tactical escape moves prove to be the difference.
We have to tell you. Is there anything more discouraging than when Hasbro develops a stunning portrait for a Star Wars figure that they stick it on an inferior body? This is pretty much the summary of General Rieekan. Just look at that head sculpt. It looks exactly like him. For reasons unknown, Hasbro can easily master “older” characters in the Star Wars universe. The Episode IV Obi-Wan Kenobi figures always look fantastic and General Rieekan looks even more exact. An odd choice for the 2006 basic figure line, General Rieekan has the distinction of being the rarest figure in the entire The Saga Collection. Interestingly however, it didn’t stop him from being a peg warmer. Apparently not a lot of you wanted him or his action figure stand, exclusive to this release. He also comes with a gun, but he really should have come with nothing because he can’t hold it to save his life.
Originally released as 2004’s General Rieekan With Hoth Tactical Screen (Hoth Evacuation) in the Star Wars "Saga" Ultra line (you know, the super-sized action figure card backs), General Rieekan was one of the most exciting from the lot. He came with a nice and big tactical screen that looked like it was pulled right out of Episode V. He had limited movement (actually, as basic as action figures come) but when posed next to the big screen, no one really cared. All this has changed now that the focus has been taken off of the tactical screen and instead onto the actual figure. And because of this we are able to better find his faults. Don’t get us wrong, this figure has one fantastic head sculpt. But Hasbro needs to take it and put it on a new body with a lot more articulation that has no silly pointing poses. Despite essentially being an articulated statue, we have to give credit where credit is due. We have to acknowledge that Hasbro did a fine job on the uniform. It is indeed done very well.
Status: General Rieekan is a repaint of 2004's SW General Rieekan With Hoth Tactical Screen (Hoth Evacuation) figure. This time General Rieekan comes without the tactical screen.
Articulation Count: 5 points
Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel hips
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: BlasTech DH-17 blaster pistol
Date Stamp: 2003
Assortment Number: 85932/85770
Retail: $6.99 USD
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