This week's review is, as you can see, the Imperial AT-AT Driver
resculpt from the "Hoth Wave". Clicky the image above for the full review and enjoy!
My brief thoughts... There's a lot to love with this figure and very little not to. In 2006 we've seen a severely cut-back level of articulation across the board. Fewer figures are near super poseable this year than we got in 2005's Revenge of the Sith line. I for one was quite disappointed seeing that most figure's lacked knee arituclation, including some pretty great potential army builder fodder like Major Derlin and General Veers... Hell, Bail Organa gets it in 2005 and Derlin and Veers get shorted in 2006? bull****!
So that brings us to the AT-AT Driver... The sculpting's fantastic and shows again that what you were happy with from the POTF2 line maybe wasn't as cool as you thought. The great thing to me though is that, while the TIE Pilot resculpt really put its predecessor to shame, I find that the AT-AT Driver's resculpt blends in better with the POTF2 release figure. That's a great thing to me though.
The figure comes packed with articulation though, and that is where it truly shines. Ball/socket knees and shoulders, angle-cut elbow joints, wrists, neck, and waist make for a great poseable army builder.
If Hasbro made the AT-AT Driver's articulation the basic line's MINIMUM standard you'd read a hell of a lot more positive reviews out of me. The 2004/05 POTC Cantina Wave had that articulation (more or less), and they're great... Hasbro can make this a standard and if people would voice that they want it enough they'd cave and put out the effort we deserve.
Enjoy your AT-AT Driver people! He's great, and unfortunately he's not the norm for quality this year, so don't expect too many to rival him for greatness. Sad, but true. You'll still get figure's with legs no more articulated than the Han Trenchcoat you bought in 1983... Sucks ass when you think about it in those terms if you ask me.