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Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear) - TVC - Basic (VC68)

Name: Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear)
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: VC68
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: October 2011
License: Hasbro

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Celebrate the legendary Star Wars saga that changed the universe forever! This collection brings to life the incredible story of good versus evil that captured our imagination and took us to a galaxy far, far away. Iconic Star Wars heroes and villains are captured with incredible detail and premium features to commemorate each epic tale in the Star Wars saga. May the Force be with you!

Collectors can rejoice again with another vintage update released in the modern The Vintage Collection. Hasbro now issues us the Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear) as the modern replacement for the 1980 Kenner Rebel Soldier (Hoth Battle Gear) figure, a figure that has been years long overdue. But just like its wave mate Ponda Baba (Walrus Man) (VC70), the Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear) serves a very important purpose in the basic figure line for other reasons as well. It’s great to complete the original "Collect All 92!" vintage figures, but it’s also amazing to get a figure that had never been attempted in the modern line until now, especially one that has ties to the original 1980 The Empire Strikes Back collection. Although, some will argue this still isn't an accurate update to that classic vintage Kenner figure. We have received multiple generals, officers, and troopers based on the Hoth sequence of Episode V in the past, but one style of Rebel has remained elusive until now. Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear) is a wonderful action figure that we believe (and hope) Hasbro will utilize for other Hoth staff in the future. This outfit will beautifully work for the various deck officers and tauntaun handlers, as well as many others, if Hasbro should decide to develop more for our collections. This figure comes super-articulated and well articulated, although he may lack when compared to other action figures in the line. We see him as essentially perfect, so you’ll have to decide if multiple purchases are warranted. (We have our credit cards at the ready!)

The classic Kenner figure from 1980, although painted in a similar fashion to this new TVC figure, is really wearing a totally different costume. In fact, it's quite similar to the all off-white costume worn by the Rebel Commander figure from 1981. But in our hearts we believe that in 1980, Kenner was attempting to give us this new TVC figure from the start. So, for us, this figure is the modern replacement for 1980s vintage Kenner Rebel Soldier (Hoth Battle Gear) figure. Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle gear) shares more than just the same case assortment as Ponda Baba (Walrus Man) (VC70). Peculiarly, the Rebel Soldier appears taller than the average action figure, and while he may be slightly—this illusion gives a much more drastic feel than it does in actuality. The Rebel Soldier is slim and athletic looking, and from what we’ve been able to gather, is the ideal body type for a plethora of army building. We see army building Battle Packs in our future—hopefully. The sculptors have etched an amazing amount of detail into this action figure. Whether it be the waffle texture of his vest or the bunching up and crinkling on his pants, Hasbro shows us clearly time and again just how committed they are to developing brilliant action figures. And an additional detail like the functioning holster on his right leg, for example, is another great example of this commitment. It hangs closely to his body and seamlessly blends in with the rest of the figure. We sometimes take small things like this for granted. Do you remember the days of “sculpted” and “non-functioning” holsters that after a long time became “sculpted functioning” holsters? We have come so far in the basic figure line, sometimes we have to take a step back and reflect on where we were just a few years ago.

The figure has one or two drawbacks. Hasbro just cannot seem to get the color of the ankle joints correct any more. It’s something we have learned to deal with unfortunately, but sometimes they look worse than others. The Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear) figure is an example of where it looks worse. This is coupled by the tragedy that the figure has a not-so-perfect center of gravity. The figure does fall backwards (often) and unless you bend him to lean forward a little bit, you’ll be a frustrated collector because he falls over incessantly. With patience and proper positioning however, you can make him stand up (on a flat surface) but likely only after you have already gone mad. Hasbro has also updated the card back artwork on this figure to reflect what type of character this is meant to be. We see this as a major improvement, but some collectors are purists and don’t want the card back art changed for any of the original Star Wars action figures. The original vintage figure incorrectly showed a picture of the Hoth Rebel Trooper (on the battle lines and in the trenches) instead of the plain Rebel Soldier with the vest. They’ve used the likeness of the Star Wars character Cal Alder for the photo, although we’re not so sure the action figure has a fair likeness to him. (He’s the Rebel who informed Major Bren Derlin that there has been no contact from Luke Skywalker or Han Solo.) Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear) is sorely needed for your collection. If you choose for him to be someone else, he is dressed a lot like a tauntaun handler too. (See images for more.) Don’t delay and get this figure immediately.

Collector Notes

Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear)

Status: Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 22 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 glove (1), swivel right glove (1), swivel torso (1), 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: goggles, blaster

Date Stamp: 2011

Assortment Number: 32239/97568

UPC: 653569610168

Retail: $8.99 USD

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Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear)

The Vintage Collection Wave 9
Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear) (VC68)
Bastila Shan (VC69)
Ponda Baba (Walrus Man) (VC70)

Added: October 13, 2011
Category: Vintage Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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