Name: B-wing Pilot (Keyan Farlander)
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: November 2011
* Wave 8 of The Vintage Collection was available through online retailers in October 2011
It took a quarter of a century for Star Wars collectors to get the long awaited modern update to the vintage Kenner B-wing Pilot action figure. It was nearly the poster child for a peg-warmer, but that didn’t stop us from thoroughly enjoying sticking him in the cockpit of our B-wing Fighter Vehicle however. Although Hasbro went off course with the Evolution’s line, some of the multipacks did bring us some very well made action figures. Simply known as Keyan Farlander in 2008’s TLC Rebel Pilot Legacy (Series II) Evolutions set, Hasbro dusts him off, changes a few of the paint operations and sticks in him a wonderful update to the 1984 figure in The Vintage Collection. To be quite honest with you, we’ve felt for quite some time that Hasbro would never (ever) attempt to reissue some of the less popular figures into The Vintage Collection. But the time was right and Hasbro needed to pad figures into their “Revenge Of The Jedi” promotion and the B-wing Pilot (Keyan Farlander) figure was a figure with the perfect fit to help with this. There is nothing revolutionary about this figure’s release this time around, but those who monitor ever change Hasbro makes to a figure, well, you can consider this one new.
The most noticeable differences between the 2008 Evolutions figure and The Vintage Collection basic figure are the pilot straps and hoses. Instead of the off-white color used on the Evolutions figure, Hasbro went with a “bleach” white tone instead. If you look at the reference photos of these pilots, you'll see that this was a much needed update and it makes the figure accurate to what is seen in the film. The Evolutions version was too yellowed by comparison. Either way, you have two distinct red B-wing Pilots now. The other difference is less obvious, but Hasbro changed the paint application ever so slightly on the beige boot coverings. If you compare the two figures side by side you’ll see the differences. We’ve seen a few variances in the helmet as well, but due to the dirty wash utilized here, we’re not exactly sure if it’s a unique change or just the randomness of the application. There has also been some tightening up on the paint operations for both the hairline and his eyes. It’s noticeable that Hasbro tweaked the processed for a cleaner look this time around and we’re very happy with the results. Overall, we do think that The Vintage Collection B-wing Pilot (Keyan Farlander) figure is the better of the two. Please don’t misunderstand us, many won’t even care about the differences, but we’d like to make it known that they do exist.
Status: B-wing Pilot (Keyan Farlander) is a repaint of Keyan Farlander that came in 2008's TLC Rebel Pilot Legacy (Series II) Evolutions set.
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: 3
Accessory Details: blaster pistol, removable helmet, removable hose
Date Stamp: 2008
Assortment Number: 36167/97568
Retail: $8.99 USD
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