Name: Rebel Fleet Trooper
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Source: A New Hope
Availability: June 2011
You know, sometimes there are figures in the basic figure line that make the frustration and aggravation of collecting all worthwhile. The Vintage Collection so far has been really fantastic to collectors by updating figures that haven’t been revised or revisited in years. (And there have even been revisions just didn’t cut it as much as Hasbro tried.) Rebel Fleet Trooper is another standout figure that isn’t necessarily free from some mistakes, but it is nonetheless an incredible accomplishment that most collectors should find a pure joy. A definitive Rebel Fleet Trooper action figure must have ball-jointed hips. It's a must. This version does not come with this much needed enhancement. The very first Rebel Fleet Trooper action figure can be traced back to 1997 when he was part of the green phase of The Power Of The Force line. He was abnormally tall (he was taller than Darth Vader) and like most other figures from that era was unnecessarily muscular and inferiorly articulated. Hasbro made significant strides forward in 2001 and released an all-new sculpt in the Power Of The Jedi line (and released two variations of this figure in the 2002 Star Wars “Saga” line. (Hasbro incorporated angle-cut joints in the knees so you could make him kneel, but the included articulation was clumsy and was very hard to make the figure look natural in that pose). In the beginning of the 30 (77-07), Hasbro released the fan favorite Capture Of Tantive IV Battle Packs set and it marked the first time Rebel Fleet Trooper action figures came with removable helmets. Still, we needed yet another update with premium articulation and better proportions to have a definitive version in our collections. The time is now and The Vintage Collection brings us a near-perfect specimen.
The Rebel Fleet Trooper doesn’t have a holster and this is very unfortunate. But this doesn't make him inaccurate to the soldiers we saw in Episode IV. Some had holsters, but most did not (or at the very least their holsters were "hidden" under the black vests they were so you couldn't see them anyhow). So get it out of your head that this is an error. It's not. And the long staff that was show in preliminary production photos didn’t make the cut either. We really wanted this "fun" accessory. We'll say it again. If any figure in The Vintage Collection needed ball-jointed hips it should be this one. But alas, he comes with swivel hips instead. Despite this, we didn’t really experience too much trouble posing him kneeling. And these “missing items” really do not detract from how incredibly awesome this action figure is indeed. And there are many more things that make this figure rock anyhow. Rebel Fleet Trooper is colored beautifully. The bluish gray undershirt and the non-removable black vest work seamlessly together and keep the Rebel Fleet Trooper’s silhouette lean and athletic. His military pants have wrinkles in all of the right places and bunches up where needed atop his black leather boots. We think the boots are a little too shiny on the figure as they appeared much duller in the film. But do you really care? We don’t. His hands have been wonderfully sculpted to hold his all-new blaster and the scanning/tracker device that one of them had on the Tantive IV. (We need to do some research to see what this tool is really called.) The new helmet fits perfectly on top of his head and the chin strap is the perfectly designed to keep the helmet securely attached to his head.
Status: Rebel Fleet Trooper is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 14 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, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 5
Accessory Details: removable helmet, removable cap, Rebel blaster, tracker, ammunition garter
Date Stamp: 2011
Assortment Number: 28620/97568
Retail: $8.99 USD
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