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Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear) - TVC - Basic (VC68)

Name: Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear)
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: VC68
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: October 2011
License: Hasbro

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Collectors can rejoice again with another vintage update released in the modern The Vintage Collection. Hasbro now issues us the Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear) as the modern replacement for the 1980 Kenner Rebel Soldier (Hoth Battle Gear) figure, a figure that has been years long overdue. But just like its wave mate Ponda Baba (Walrus Man) (VC70), the Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear) serves a very important purpose in the basic figure line for other reasons as well. It’s great to complete the original "Collect All 92!" vintage figures, but it’s also amazing to get a figure that has never been attempted in the modern line until now, especially one that has ties to the original 1980 The Empire Strikes Back collection. We have received multiple generals, officers and troopers based on the Hoth sequence of Episode V in the past, but one style of Rebel has remained elusive until now. Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear) is a wonderful action figure that we believe (and hope) Hasbro will utilize for other Hoth staff in the future. This outfit will beautifully work for the various deck officers and tauntaun handlers as well as many others if Hasbro should decide to develop more for our collections. This figure comes super-articulated and well articulated, although he may lack when compared to other action figures in the line. We see him as essentially perfect, so you’ll have to decide if multiple purchases are warranted. (We have our credit cards at the ready!)

Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle gear) shares more than just the same case assortment as Ponda Baba (Walrus Man) (VC70). Peculiarly, the Rebel Soldier appears taller than the average action figure and while he may be slightly, this illusion gives a much more drastic feel than it does in actuality. The Rebel Soldier is slim and athletic looking and from what we’ve been able to gather is the ideal body type for a plethora of army building. We see Army building Battle Packs in our future…. hopefully. The sculptors have etched and amazing amount of detail into this action figure. Whether it be the waffle texture of his vest or the bunching up and crinkling oh his pants, Hasbro shows us clearly time and again just how committed they are to developing brilliant action figures. And an additional detail like the functioning holster on his right leg for example is another great example of this commitment. It hangs closely to his body and seamlessly blends in with the rest of the figure. We sometimes take small things like this for granted. Do you remember the days of “sculpted” and “non-functioning” holsters that after a long time because “sculpted functioning” holsters? We have come so far in the basic figure line sometimes we have to take a step back and reflect on where we were just a few years ago.

The figure has one or two drawbacks. Hasbro just cannot seem to get the color of the ankle joints correct any more. It’s something we have learned to deal with unfortunately, but sometimes they look worse than others. The Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear) figure is an example of where it looks worse. This is coupled by the tragedy that the figure has a not-so-perfect center of gravity. The figure does fall backwards (often) and unless you bend him to lean forward a little bit, you’re going to be a frustrated collector because he falls over incessantly. With patience and proper positioning however, you can make him stand up (on a flat surface (but likely only after you have already gone mad. Hasbro has also updated the card back artwork on this figure to reflect what type of character this is meant to be. We see this as a major improvement, but some are purists and don’t want the card back art changed for any of the original Star Wars action figures. The original vintage figure incorrectly showed a picture of the Hoth Rebel Trooper (on the battle lines and in the trenches) instead of the plain Rebel Soldier with the vest. They’ve used the likeness of the Star Wars character Cal Alder for the photo, although we’re not so sure the action figure has a fair likeness to him. (He’s the Rebel who informed Major Bren Derlin that there has been no contact from Luke Skywalker or Han Solo.) Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear) is sorely needed for your collection. Don’t delay.

Collector Notes

Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear)

Status: Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 14 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel gloves, ball-jointed torso, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: goggles, blaster

Date Stamp: 2011

Assortment Number: 32239/97568

UPC: 653569610168

Retail: $8.99 USD

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Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear)

The Vintage Collection Wave 9
Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear) (VC68)
Bastila Shan (VC69)
Ponda Baba (Walrus Man) (VC70)

Added: October 13, 2011
Category: Vintage Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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