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The Force Awakens

Ezra Bridger’s Speeder - TFA - Vehicles (Class I) (Forest)

Name: Ezra Bridger’s Speeder
Collection: The Force Awakens
Number: N/A
Source: Rebels (Season 1 Episode 11: Call To Action)
Availability: January 2016
License: Hasbro

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Once a lone street urchin stealing to survive on Lothal, Ezra Bridger has been taken in by the crew of the Ghost and is now a determined freedom fighter who plays a critical role in the Rebellion against the Empire. With the help of his master, Kanan, Ezra is well on his way to becoming a Jedi – he uses the Force to fight the Imperial opposition that threatens to destroy the galaxy.

The Star Wars toy line has become one conglomerated mess. In all honesty, it may have felt like the toy line was always presented in this fashion, but it has never been so messy, yet under one banner, as it is today. Hasbro has a lot on its plate these days. They’re infinitely playing catch up, they trying to help market a television show and the first major Star Wars film in a decade while trying to create a Star Wars toy line that makes sense. But it doesn’t seem to be working out all that well. Now that they’ve been consistently cow-towing to Big Daddy Disney, they’re working within parameters that someone else wants to see them abide within and it’s done nothing but further complicate things. So how is all of this complaining applicable to Ezra Bridger’s Speeder, a Class I vehicle set under The Force Awakens banner? Well, that’s just it. As if the Rebels toy line wasn’t big cluster of a mess on its own, with many collectors still not finding a single figure from wave 1 of the toy line, now it’s been thrown into the mouth of an even bigger fish: The Force Awakens. How will this franchise ever stand on its own?

The good news is that Ezra Bridger's Speeder is a pretty decent toy which brings back some of the sparkle dust from what Hasbro used to put into the vehicle from collections that were released in years past. Don’t get us wrong. This is as simple as vehicles can get. And back in the day, you’d still pay somewhere in the same range of this vehicle to get the same amount of plastic and quality. In short, things aren’t so terrible with this release. From the Season 1 episode entitled “Call To Action,” Ezra Bridger's Speeder is nicely captured in toy format with some neat features to give it the right amount of play value for kids of all ages. Most importantly, the speeder has been brilliantly painted, faithfully from the television show, and beautifully decorated. In an era where we all cringe to see how badly Hasbro has painted something, it’s nice to see some things be issue free in this regard. Ezra Bridger's Speeder comes with an opening back hatch, articulated handlebars and sliding pedals. There is even a special place to clip on Ezra’s lightsaber when not in use, although its premise like this is a believable feature is sillier than anything we’ve seen to date.

You might be surprised to learn that Ezra Bridger is an all-new action figure. He borrows no parts from previous Ezra Bridger action figures released to date. If we had to complain about anything, we’d have to comment that his coloring is bizarre. His outfit looks a bit faded/dull and his skin color looks pale (especially when compared to previous versions of the character). His costume is unique too. This time he comes with a holster hanging from his belt. Most notable is a peg to hang his lightsaber hilt on when not in use. And that brings us to the lightsaber itself. It comes with a removable lightsaber blade. This is shocking to us because we never expected Hasbro to do this in the simple five points of articulation range again. We’re quite surprised by this turn of events. But back to Ezra, he has also been given scratches on his face from some apparent injury. It’s wonderful to get something 100% completely new in the Star Wars toy line. We feel strongly that the Rebels toys should have remained in their distinct line look to set them apart from The Force Awakens line look. They deserve their own attention, but now they’re just getting lost in the film stuff.

Collector Notes

Ezra Bridger’s Speeder

Assortment Number: B6113/B3716

UPC: 630509391110

Retail: $19.99 USD

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Ezra Bridger’s Speeder

Status: Ezra Bridger’s Speeder is an all-new vehicle.

Features Count: 4

Feature Details: lightsaber storage, articulated handlebars, opening hatch, sliding pedals

Accessory Count: None

Accessory Details: None

Date Stamp: N/A

Ezra Bridger

Status: Ezra Bridger is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 5 points (5 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), swivel left shoulder (1), swivel right shoulder (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1)

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: lightsaber hilt, lightsaber blade

Date Stamp: N/A



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Added: January 27, 2016
Category: Force Awakens, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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