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AT-AT Driver - TBS [TESB40] - Six Inch Figures

Name: AT-AT Driver
Collection: The Black Series [The Empire Strikes Back 40]
Number: N/A
Scale: 6"
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: March 2020
License: Hasbro

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AT-AT Driver is the misfit selection for the first wave of The Black Series [The Empire Strikes Back 40] line. There were so many other characters that deserved a slot in this collection before AT-AT Driver, and we don’t feel that Hasbro did their due diligence in terms of character selection. Why not update and Episode V-specific version of Darth Vader? Where is an Episode V-specific version of Boba Fett? And where the heck are bounty hunters Bossk and IG-88 (all of which were the first characters that got released in 1980's The Empire Strikes Back line. No, we have AT-AT Driver, a figure that isn’t necessarily perfect, and in need of at least an AT-AT Commander to help solidify its purpose in the line. That said, The Black Series [The Empire Strikes Back 40] AT-AT Driver figure enters the line once again with little to no changes from its original release. A decent interpretation of the on-screen character, the figure isn’t perfect, especially it’s “lanky” legs. While this character’s vehicle is likely 100% off-limits to produce in the 6” scale, getting the pilot and other Imperials from the Galactic Empire are eagerly embraced and welcomed by fans of the line.

JTA broke the original news of the AT-AT Driver coming into the 6” line. That was a while ago now. Like most other 6” figures, Hasbro doesn’t break too much ground, but the AT-AT Driver is a nice release despite its simplicity. Think back to 2015’s R AT-AT Driver (SL18) Saga Legends figure. This figure was one of the most accurate sculpts of the AT-AT Driver costume the Star Wars line had ever received. Sure, it lacked terribly with its shoddy and missing paint operations and lack of articulation, but there had never been a more accurate sculpt than this figure. You don’t have to spend much time at all comparing this 5POA figure to the new The Black Series [Phase III] 6” figure to see how they are nearly derived from the same digital blueprints. As a result, the 6” AT-AT Driver is the AT-AT Driver figure we never received in a 3.75” scale. And as much as that may not make much sense to you, this is the figure we should have received in 3.75” super-articulated scale, not the ones released in the Legacy Collection era. Some of its standout points include a non-removable helmet, a beautiful paint job, and articulation that would make any Star Wars collector who loves articulation weep with joy.

AT-AT Driver has a nice range of movement. Even with the helmet's hoses, you’re still able to turn his head left and right, up and down and all around. But that’s not the only benefit of this figure. With 28 points of articulation, the AT-AT Driver can be posed in an amazing array of options. The figure only comes with an E-11 blaster. We were so hoping to see the AT-AT Driver come with a strapped blaster rifle, especially in vintage Kenner-inspired packaging, to pay homage to 1981’s ESB AT-AT Driver figure. AT-AT Driver may have too small of a helmet sculpt. And the legs perhaps could be a little bit bulkier and not so lanky, but everything is in place as far as our opinion is concerned. From Hasbro paying attention very carefully and coloring his armor pieces light gray, to the expert paint applications added to his chest box, the AT-AT Driver has turned out quite beautifully. This version of the AT-AT Driver comes without the red stripe on the back of his helmet (like the vintage Kenner release did), so we hope that Hasbro finds another opportunity to rerelease this figure, and be sure to add that red stripe to his helmet. Hasbro also did a fantastic job with the vintage Kenner artwork here.

Collector Notes

AT-AT Driver

Status: AT-AT Driver is a straight repack of 2016's TBS [P3] AT-AT Driver (31) figure.

Articulation Count: 28 points (17 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), hinge-jointed neck (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), ball-jointed left wrist (2), ball-jointed right wrist (2), ball-jointed torso (2), ball-socket left hip (1), ball-socket right hip (1), swivel left thigh (1), swivel right thigh (1), double hinge-jointed left knee (2), double hinge-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed/"rocker" left ankle (2), ball-jointed/"rocker" right ankle (2)

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: E-11 blaster

Date Stamp: N/A

Assortment Number: E8079/E7549

UPC: 5010993660582

Retail: $19.99 USD

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Added: March 9, 2020
Category: Black Series [Anniversary Collection], The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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