Name: Special Action Figure Set (Rebel Set)
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: N/A (Exclusive)
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: May 2011
This brave trio combines their skills in an attempt to save the Empire from Darth Vader's forces. Princess Leia is the strong-willed leader of the Rebellion forces. The Rebel Commander defends the Rebel base against the Empire on the ice world of Hoth. Medical droid 2-1B sees to Luke Skywalker's recovery in the Rebel's secret base.
We have become so predictable to Hasbro that they actually now how to develop exclusives and guarantee their sell-through. They must sit and think like collectors because the multipacks they cobble together are hard to pass by, especially when one thing inside of it makes it hard to ignore. Clearly to be the “stinker” of the latest assortment of Special Action Figure Set multipacks, the Rebel Set includes a repack of 2010’s TVC Leia (Hoth Outfit) (VC02) and a repack of 1997’s POTF2 2-1B Medic Droid? Did we really need to see either again so soon? 2-1B may have not been around in years, but we certainly didn’t need it resurrected from the dead, especially when there is an amazing Episode II specific Surgical Droid 2-1B that they could have simply retooled to be Episode V specific. Despite this, how did they ensure this multipack would succeed at retail?? How about by including the “running change” Hoth Rebel Soldier figure that was supposed to come out as a basic figure in 2009’s The Legacy Collection but didn’t see released until 2010’s SW [SOTDS] Defense of Hoth TARGET exclusive? Yes, that’s exactly how Hasbro has made this a must-have purchase for collectors. We still think they are missing the boat by not adding this figure into the basic figure lineup but at least they are making an effort and getting him out again to collectors. Interestingly, the Rebel Commander in this set appears to have repositioned legs and they are not as wide as the first time this figure was released. Also, the blaster rifle has a new paint job (or is painted for the first time) and other parts of the figure has minor color vaiances.
It’s kind of hard to swallow getting three figures for $19.99 when in 2008 (only a short time ago from the release of the Special Action Figure Sets multipacks) we got five figures for the same price. Keep in mind however that action figures have reached a whole new premium in quality and they really have never been made better. So, for three [nearly] super-articulated figures (after all, not all sets include figures with the full 14 points), this is a more-than-fair price. We’re not even calculating the nostalgic value of the packaging into this equation yet. But as you could imagine, that appreciates the value of these sets even further. For the Rebel Set, we think the inclusion of 2-1B was a bad move (whose only difference appears to be the black accordion joints on the thighs - they're a lighter black now), despite whether you like it or not. But thankfully the elusive “running change” Hoth Rebel Trooper (called Rebel Commander here) kind of forgives that bad decision. Little to no paint job differences exist between the original releases of these figures and the ones included in the three-packs. And in true vintage fashion, Hasbro choose not to over-accessorize the figures and just pack them with updates to the weapons they had in the vintage era. (They made an exception with Rebel Commander and he comes with two weapons.) A great Hoth-centrically themed grouping of figures, the Rebel Set may hold a special place in the hearts of lovers of The Empire Strikes Back.
Assortment Number: 33196/32976
Retail: $19.99 USD
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Status: 2-1B is a very slight repaint of 1997's POTF2 2-1B Medic Droid figure. The only change is a lighter black paint was used for this release.
Articulation Count: 6 points
Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, swivel waist, 2 swivel "hips"
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: medical diagnostic computer
Date Stamp: 1997
Status: Leia (Hoth Outfit) is a repack of 2010's TVC Leia (Hoth Outfit) (VC02) figure.
Articulation Count: 12 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: blaster pidtol
Date Stamp: 2010
Status: Rebel Commander is a slight repaint of the Hoth Rebel Trooper that came in 2010's SW [SOTDS] Defense Of Hoth set. The legs also appear to be repositioned as well as this figure doesn't have as wide of a stance.
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: 4
Accessory Details: removable head gear, removable back-pack, blaster rifle, blaster pistol
Date Stamp: 2008
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