Name: Rebel Trooper
Collection: The Saga Collection
Number: SAGA 046
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: September 2006
Hand picked by Han Solo for the mission to Endor, these troopers are the best and brightest of the Rebel Alliance. Survivors of some of the toughest battles of the Galactic Civil War, each one of them is a skilled marksman, expert in demolitions, and an easy match in hand to hand combat for any stormtrooper. Each of these men can survive in the wilderness for weeks at a time, remaining silent and unseen, until the command is given to strike.
Why does Hasbro sometimes go so far updating a figure in an effort to make it better, yet leave the old parts which ruin the update? Why they stop cold instead of finishing the upgrade is so frustrating to collectors. If they bother to take the time to retool or give a figure all new parts, then just finish it is what we say. A great update like super-articulated legs (with ball-joints) gets hampered by the fact that nothing was done to get the upper body to modern standards leaves the figure feeling flat. That’s sort of where we’re at with the 2006 interpretation of the Rebel Trooper, actually better known to collectors as the Endor Rebel soldiers. Hasbro’s toymakers (as well as collectors) have a penchant for all things Rebellion related and its evident by how frequently they bring out the different types to the basic figure line each year. And at first glance, the two new Rebel Trooper action figures in The Saga Collection look like great figures (and they’re good, we’ll give them that), but could have been definitive if a little more work went into the update!
Hasbro actually brought two unique types of Rebel Troopers into The Saga Collection and they’re from two completely different scenes in Return Of The Jedi. In a very clever move, Hasbro created the Rebel Trooper gunner (from the Millennium Falcon cockpit as well as the deleted scenes) and a general Endor Rebel ground soldier. Each has unique gear and colored clothing that makes them specific to their particular scenes. And if you’re just going to display them in your collections, they are actually two awesome action figures. But when it comes to posing and playing with them, well, you’re going to run into some trouble. Your options there are much more limited and despite having so many points of articulation, their upper bodies are literally frozen in a certain pose and you’re basically stuck with what you have out of the package. (It’s very frustrating because all these figures needed were ball-jointed shoulders and elbows and these would have been perfect.) But Rebel Trooper (the black guy) is still hard not to like and the paint job is excellent on him.
Status: Rebel Trooper is a kit-bashed figure that utilizes the upper body of 2002's SW Endor Rebel Soldier [Version 1] ('02 #33) with an all-new head sculpt and new fully articulated legs.
Articulation Count: 14 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket neck, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, 2 swivel gloves, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 4
Accessory Details: removable jacket, removable helmet, backpack, blaster
Date Stamp: 2006
Assortment Number: 86980/85770
Retail: $6.99 USD
Market Value: Click here to check the latest prices based on listings.
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