Wow, 100 Reviews already... That's... a lot of writing. And a lot of time spent by not just me, but Jeff for coding it all, and our photographers for adding images to the mix. It's a real effort, so I really appreciate the help I get from Jeff and the gang to have my little effort at JD go live on the site.
Without further delay though, I bring to you my nemesis in collecting... The bane of the Hasbro line, and dare I say the bane of army builders in general. The figure that epitomizes collectors "settling" for second rate from Hasbro, only because it looks better than a figure that couldn't have gotten much worse...
Behold! The Rebel Fleet Trooper
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Yes, he sucks... And given his resurfacing in the Tantive IV Battlepack, I say a removable helmet does not improve him much even. The Fleet Trooper is a figure that lured fans into liking it because it was visually an improvement over his POTF2 counterpart who sucked so badly that any improvement was widely accepted as greatness...
This was looking at the figure from afar, however. Upon close inspection, flaws range from arms that aren't poseable, a "pre-posed" sculpt given to the figure's feet/ankles, a caved-in chest sculpt due to the arm pose... Not to mention little errors, a non-removable helmet, a non-working holster... This figure is littered with flaws.
Is it visually better than the original POTF2 Fleet Trooper? How could it NOT be, is the better question. Just because Hasbro got the pants color right and some sculpt details make the figure more accurate, doesn't mean this figure is a good army builder, especially today... Hasbro called him "decent" in a Q&A, but to me he doesn't hold a candle to army builders in the line now, and all 3 Rebel Trooper types are long overdue for a 100% resculpt. The Alliance needs good troopers too!
And here's to another 100 Reviews from JD... The 30th Anniversary Collection is just the place to start, now that they're shipping.