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Rebel Fleet Trooper - TVC - Basic (VC52)

Name: Rebel Fleet Trooper
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: VC52
Source: A New Hope
Availability: June 2011
License: Hasbro

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You know, sometimes there are figures in the basic figure line that make the frustration and aggravation of collecting all worthwhile. The Vintage Collection so far has been really fantastic to collectors by updating figures that haven’t been revised or revisited in years. (And there have even been revisions just didn’t cut it as much as Hasbro tried.) Rebel Fleet Trooper is another standout figure that isn’t necessarily free from some mistakes, but it is nonetheless an incredible accomplishment that most collectors should find a pure joy. A definitive Rebel Fleet Trooper action figure must have ball-jointed hips. It's a must. This version does not come with this much needed enhancement. The very first Rebel Fleet Trooper action figure can be traced back to 1997 when he was part of the green phase of The Power Of The Force line. He was abnormally tall (he was taller than Darth Vader) and like most other figures from that era was unnecessarily muscular and inferiorly articulated. Hasbro made significant strides forward in 2001 and released an all-new sculpt in the Power Of The Jedi line (and released two variations of this figure in the 2002 Star Wars “Saga” line. (Hasbro incorporated angle-cut joints in the knees so you could make him kneel, but the included articulation was clumsy and was very hard to make the figure look natural in that pose). In the beginning of the 30 (77-07), Hasbro released the fan favorite Capture Of Tantive IV Battle Packs set and it marked the first time Rebel Fleet Trooper action figures came with removable helmets. Still, we needed yet another update with premium articulation and better proportions to have a definitive version in our collections. The time is now and The Vintage Collection brings us a near-perfect specimen.

The Rebel Fleet Trooper doesn’t have a holster and this is very unfortunate. But this doesn't make him inaccurate to the soldiers we saw in Episode IV. Some had holsters, but most did not (or at the very least their holsters were "hidden" under the black vests they were so you couldn't see them anyhow). So get it out of your head that this is an error. It's not. And the long staff that was show in preliminary production photos didn’t make the cut either. We really wanted this "fun" accessory. We'll say it again. If any figure in The Vintage Collection needed ball-jointed hips it should be this one. But alas, he comes with swivel hips instead. Despite this, we didn’t really experience too much trouble posing him kneeling. And these “missing items” really do not detract from how incredibly awesome this action figure is indeed. And there are many more things that make this figure rock anyhow. Rebel Fleet Trooper is colored beautifully. The bluish gray undershirt and the non-removable black vest work seamlessly together and keep the Rebel Fleet Trooper’s silhouette lean and athletic. His military pants have wrinkles in all of the right places and bunches up where needed atop his black leather boots. We think the boots are a little too shiny on the figure as they appeared much duller in the film. But do you really care? We don’t. His hands have been wonderfully sculpted to hold his all-new blaster and the scanning/tracker device that one of them had on the Tantive IV. (We need to do some research to see what this tool is really called.) The new helmet fits perfectly on top of his head and the chin strap is the perfectly designed to keep the helmet securely attached to his head.

Rebel Fleet Trooper definitely looks like a generic member of the Rebel Alliance, but he does have a minor resemblance to Pello Scrambas. We won’t say it’s him unequivocally, but it’s just one of the things that makes this figure so versatile and this is a great quality. This particular sculpt (along with its many accessories) has a utilization and importance that is incredibly multifarious. He is of average height and fits into the basic figure line very nicely. The articulation points for the most part are very tight and can maintain their poses quite well. And he doesn’t have any awkwardly sculpted parts that affect or compromise the integrity of his stature. Hasbro has really ensured a quality Rebel Fleet Trooper is now available now for our collections. Although, how many you/we can get into your/our collection will be solely up to how many Hasbro gets out in the market. The Vintage Collection case assortments so far have not contained duplicate figures (from what we have experienced so far). So trying to increase your armies may be quite a trying task right now. Hasbro has confirmed in recent Q&A sessions that they are looking to approach case ratios in very different ways. They know they are not meeting demand with the recent events surrounding the difficulty of finding figures like Wedge Antilles (VC29) and the Gamorrean Guard (VC21). Rebel Fleet Trooper will be a tough figure to locate at retail. Hopefully Hasbro can make this easy for us soon. But get yourself at least one as soon as possible. The Rebel Fleet Trooper is nearly perfect and let the missing holster go. It isn't incorrect. Check the reference photos for confirmation!

Collector Notes

Rebel Fleet Trooper

Status: Rebel Fleet Trooper is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 14 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 5

Accessory Details: removable helmet, removable cap, Rebel blaster, tracker, ammunition garter

Date Stamp: 2011

Assortment Number: 28620/97568

UPC: 653569622222

Retail: $8.99 USD

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Rebel Fleet Trooper

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Added: July 8, 2011
Category: Vintage Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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