The massive AT-AT walkers need skilled drivers to handle them efficiently in battle. AT-AT drivers are experts at operating these ground assault vehicles to keep them moving over rough terrain while pounding their targets with laser cannon fire.
Empire Strikes Back wave
of figures from the Legacy Collection is full of surprises.
AT-AT Driver is one of these figures that has a few. Originally thought
to be a super-articulated version of 2006's The Saga Collection AT-AT
Driver (SAGA 009) figure, he is actually an all-new sculpt from head to toe. Hasbro studied
all the details on this character and have gotten it right for the
first time in the basic line. But hardcore Original Trilogy fans will
obviously be disgruntled with this figure since he has a removable
helmet and a clone head, but if you can get past this "linking" of
original trilogy to the prequel trilogy, the figure is actually excellent.
Loaded with articulation, the AT-AT Driver is nearly definitive
but of course it has one or two small issues that keep it from being
absolutely perfect. We don't have any big complaints about this figure,
but we do wish a few things got addressed before it was finalized.
The AT-AT Driver is exactly proportioned to the pilot that we saw in
Episode V. The colors, fine details (like on the helmet), and body
structure in particular are nearly flawless. Faithful and accurate
attention was paid to get all of his dimensions correct. Specifically,
this means that he has a larger than normal helmet that looks slightly
too big for the body, a thinner body and a tighter (not so baggy) flight
uniform. (The same is true for TIE Fighter Pilots.) We personally count
ourselves very fortunate that Hasbro
nailed this on the figure. While you may initially think he looks big-headed,
this is intentional AND accurate to the characters in the film. Just
check out some reference photos in various Star Wars heirloom books
or the Star Wars: The
Visual Dictionary if you doubt this.
new AT-AT Driver improves upon the 2006 in many ways. You may be surprised
by this unless you have a flawless memory, but the 2006 TSC AT-AT Driver (SAGA 009) only has minimal articulation by conparison. We didn't have a clear memory of
this either but this new figure makes it crystal clear. Adding two ankle joints in
addition to a ball-jointed waist joint this time around, the AT-AT Driver gets super-articulated
status and he is impressive will all of the points of articulation. Probably
the most impressive update to this figure is his helmet. First, the helmet
is now perfectly sculpted and accurate in size. Specifically, the portion
of the helmet that houses the artificial air supply nozzles falls much
lower than as seen on the 2006 figure. Also, the "eyes" on
the face plate are simply perfect this time. These enhancements make
the helmet top notch this time around. The bottom of the white chest
portion is shaped with a curve, the 2006 figure had it shaped in a straight
line and the uniform on the new AT-AT Driver is also cast in a lighter
gray and from what we can tell from the pictures we have seen is more
accurate. Hasbro has also improved their approach to making the 'cod
sections' on action figures better than ever and not so boxy. Instead
of a simple connection piece that attaches the legs, Hasbro is apparently
doing a fine job to hide the joints as best they can. If you compare
the 2006 figure to the new one, you will notice that the 2009 figure
has a distinctly shaped rear whereas the 2006 figure has simply a "box" for
a butt. (We apologize for looking at our figures in this much detail,
but it makes a huge difference.) It actually is quite reminiscent to
the vintage figure (who also has a distinctly shaped rear end as well).
For goodness sake, are we really talking about action figure butts now
in this column? We don't even think we mentioned this detail in the Princess
Leia (BD17) figure review! But (no pun intended) this is fact and it
truly adds unprecedented realism to the action figure.
the figure is awesome, he is not without issues. He has a little trouble
standing on his own. Whether it is due to a poor center of gravity or
his much thinner and slightly odd shaped/positioned legs, this ultimately
may not be an issue for most collectors since you are likely planning
to seat him in your AT-AT vehicle anyway. We can certainly stand the
figure with just a little bit of patience, but we think it should have
had a more confident grounding than it does and he falls over a little
too easily in our opinion. There are definitely many more figures with
worse standing issues, so don't be alarmed. Also, believe it or not,
the 2006 figure has more detail on the back portion of the chest armor
than the new figure. We wished Hasbro would have transferred this incredible
'back plate' detail to the new figure. While we love the super-articulation,
it is easy to bump him out of a straight pose as his joints are ever
so loose that it makes it easy to knock him out of a pose you are trying
to achieve. But all of these "issues" are only very minor problems.
Overall, the AT-AT Driver is a marked improvement and it is hard to believe
how much further Hasbro has come in giving an action figure more and
more detail in only three short years since we got the 2006 TSC AT-AT Driver (SAGA 009) version.
It is the definitive AT-AT Driver for the time (and may be for a while),
but we believe purists will want Hasbro to tackle this figure again but
without a removable helmet. (And we also feel this way too.) Bonuses
like the extra movement this figure has in
addition to the removable chest box and helmet add a great amount of
play value and makes this figure worthy of it price. We still give this
figure the highest marks despite having a few very small issues and we
are proud to have it replace our 2006 TSC AT-AT Driver (SAGA 009) as the definitive
version for the time being. It certainly is worthy of inclusion into
your collection too.
Status: AT-AT Driver is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 23 points (14 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), swivel left forearm (1), swivel right forearm (1), ball-jointed torso (2), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: removable helmet/chest box combination, blaster
Original Droid Factory/Build A Droid Part: HK-50 body
Date Stamp: 2009
Assortment Number: 88336/87535
Retail: $7.99 USD
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