Star Wars Toy of the Week, Week 36, 2019, Part 2/2

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Star Wars Toy of the Week, Week 36, 2019, Part 2/2

Post by Pomse2001 » Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:04 am

Rebel Soldier (Hoth Battle Gear):
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Re: Star Wars Toy of the Week, Week 36, 2019, Part 2/2

Post by Snaketibe » Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:56 am

The Rebel Soldier (Hoth Battle Gear), or just plain 'Hoth Rebel Soldier' as I've always called it.

When the first 10 figures for 'The Empire Strikes Back' were released back in 1980, Kenner released a Han Hoth figure, but no Luke Hoth. They also released a Luke Bespin figure, but no Han Bespin in that same wave, which led to a requirement for some imagination to be used when playing with my figures and recreating scenes from the new film :-). The black and white clothed original 12-back Han had to suffice for Bespin scenes, but for Hoth ones, in the absence of a properly attired Luke, the good old Hoth Rebel Soldier had to be wheeled into action! Once stuffed inside my tauntaun (solid belly), he doubled as Luke as I manoeuvred him across the icy wastes of my bedroom carpet!

Fast forward 40 years and I no longer have to pretend that he's Luke, but he certainly does have some interesting variants, if you're into that sort of thing! The figure comes in some very different iterations, with different sculpts, paint jobs and plastic colours being used. Quite famously these days of course, he can be found in a much darker PBP brown vest than the regular Kenner versions, and the fact that this is the most obvious and sought-after variant I find a little ironic, given the fact that Kenner chose to illustrate the figure's cardback with the 'wrong' Hoth Rebel Soldier who isn't even wearing a brown vest! :lol: You could argue they made the wrong figure, but the fact remains that the brown vested version is the one we got, so here are mine.

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Hong Kong COO, cream moulded legs with brown paint, orange face, less detailed scarf knot, unpainted rank bar, jacket zip not joined at the bottom, square pelvis, mid brown paint on his cap, light brown plastic torso.

Hong Kong COO, cream moulded legs with brown paint, orange face, less detailed scarf knot, unpainted rank bar, jacket zip not joined at the bottom, square pelvis, darker brown paint on his cap, light brown plastic torso.

Hong Kong COO, cream moulded legs with lighter brown paint, pink face, more detailed scarf knot, unpainted rank bar, jacket zip joined at the bottom, rounded pelvis, light brown paint on his cap, light brown plastic torso.

Raised bar China COO, brown moulded legs with cream paint, pink face, less detailed scarf knot, painted rank bar, jacket zip not joined at the bottom, square pelvis, light brown paint on his cap, light brown plastic torso.

PBP Hong Kong COO, brown moulded legs with white paint, pink face, less detailed scarf knot, painted rank bar, jacket zip not joined at the bottom, square pelvis, light brown paint on his cap, light brown plastic torso.

PBP Erased COO, cream moulded legs with dark brown paint, white face, more detailed scarf knot, unpainted rank bar, jacket zip joined at the bottom, rounded pelvis, dark brown paint on his cap, dark brown plastic torso, metallic blue blaster.

PBP Erased COO, cream moulded legs with dark brown paint, very pink face, more detailed scarf knot, unpainted rank bar, jacket zip joined at the bottom, rounded pelvis, dark brown paint on his cap, dark brown plastic torso.
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Re: Star Wars Toy of the Week, Week 36, 2019, Part 2/2

Post by spoons » Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:11 pm

A lot of Rebels there Jeremy - love those Spanish ones

Here are a couple of mine, a baggie in an ESB Hoth 4 pack and one of only two of my childhood figures, which was found in a flower bed 16 years after getting lost. Interesting how only some limbs discoloured in the earth
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Re: Star Wars Toy of the Week, Week 36, 2019, Part 2/2

Post by Snaketibe » Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:23 pm

spoons wrote:A lot of Rebels there Jeremy - love those Spanish ones

Here are a couple of mine, a baggie in an ESB Hoth 4 pack and one of only two of my childhood figures, which was found in a flower bed 16 years after getting lost. Interesting how only some limbs discoloured in the earth

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Thanks, Andy.

That's a lovely 4-pack you have there, and very well done for having any of your childhood figures! I have none of mine, although I did keep all my annuals, books and posters :-)

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Re: Star Wars Toy of the Week, Week 36, 2019, Part 2/2

Post by TheJabbaWookie » Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:43 pm

Lovely Jeremy. I’m always on the look out for an early poch painted white legs Rebel Soldier under the radar. The DBRS is one of my favourite variants. Effortlessly cool, but so expensive. Great 4 pack Andy.

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Post by Snaketibe » Sun Sep 08, 2019 3:31 pm

TheJabbaWookie wrote:Lovely Jeremy. I’m always on the look out for an early poch painted white legs Rebel Soldier under the radar. The DBRS is one of my favourite variants. Effortlessly cool, but so expensive. Great 4 pack Andy.
Thanks, Jay.

Yes, the white-painted legs variant doesn't get the same love as the DBRS, but it's still a nice figure and just different enough to stand out next to a regular Kenner one.

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Post by Dr_Ball_MD » Sun Sep 08, 2019 4:31 pm

PBP with metallic blaster.

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Re: Star Wars Toy of the Week, Week 36, 2019, Part 2/2

Post by Snaketibe » Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:58 pm

Dr_Ball_MD wrote:PBP with metallic blaster.
A lovely example. Thanks for sharing :-)

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Re: Star Wars Toy of the Week, Week 36, 2019, Part 2/2

Post by Mini99 » Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:22 pm

No exotic metallic blasters or amazing four pack or lovey PBP variants - just an ESB MOC from me this time.
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Post by spoons » Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:34 pm

Looks a beauty Nick!

Liking that PBP too Dr Ball 8)
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Re: Star Wars Toy of the Week, Week 36, 2019, Part 2/2

Post by Palifan » Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:50 am

Here's a couple of my reseals with one needing some work.

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Re: Star Wars Toy of the Week, Week 36, 2019, Part 2/2

Post by Snaketibe » Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:23 am

Mini99 wrote:No exotic metallic blasters or amazing four pack or lovey PBP variants - just an ESB MOC from me this time.
But another terrific MOC! That's a lovely example.

Thanks for sharing :-)

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Post by Snaketibe » Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:25 am

Palifan wrote:Here's a couple of my reseals with one needing some work.

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Great stuff, Ian! You know how much I love a reseal, so thanks for sharing these :-)

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Re: Star Wars Toy of the Week, Week 36, 2019, Part 2/2

Post by TheJabbaWookie » Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:19 am

Some superb examples. Here’s my three.
L-R: moulded legs with HK coo; painted legs with MADE IN no coo (sometimes accidentally or deliberately mis-sold as Meccanno variant); PBP smooth no coo (unfortunately with glued left leg but at half the price)
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Re: Star Wars Toy of the Week, Week 36, 2019, Part 2/2

Post by Snaketibe » Mon Sep 09, 2019 12:44 pm

TheJabbaWookie wrote:Some superb examples. Here’s my three.
L-R: moulded legs with HK coo; painted legs with MADE IN no coo (sometimes accidentally or deliberately mis-sold as Meccanno variant); PBP smooth no coo (unfortunately with glued left leg but at half the price)
Three terrific figures. You'd never know there was anything wrong with the PBP's leg, and it looks like it displays fabulously!

Thanks for sharing :-)

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