Name: Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear)
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: October 2011
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.
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
Retail: $8.99 USD
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