The Eternal 8-Year Old: Resistance Pilot Tallie and A-Wing Fighter (Hasbro, 2017)

Way back in 1983, I turned 8-years-old, and I’ve been stuck that way ever since. I still love toys, old and new, especially when it comes to Star Wars. Since the release of The Last Jedi in December, I continue very much to be in a Star Wars mood.

I’ve seen the film three times now, and I still love it. If I had time, I’d make it four today. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to the Blu-ray release, currently rumored for late March. In fact, I’ve already pre-ordered the “steel box” version from Best Buy.

Outside of January 8, which was reserved for Elvis, I’ve primarily been playing Star Wars music since then, too. The John Williams soundtrack for The Last Jedi is as impressive as the movie.

Except for Star Wars soundtracks, which are always a given, I normally wait until after I see a movie before I buy any related merchandise. That is why I do not become wrapped up in Disney’s “Force Friday” events in September for movies that come out in December, though I understand the retail rationale.

Hasbro's Star Wars Resistance Pilot Tallie and A-Wing Fighter (2017), top view

Hasbro’s Star Wars Resistance Pilot Tallie and A-Wing Fighter (2017), top view

For The Last Jedi, my first toy purchase was Hasbro’s Resistance Pilot “Tallie” and A-Wing Fighter. The figure and vehicle set are in the 3.75-inch scale, which I gravitate towards as a first-generation Star Wars fan. At less than $20 US on Amazon in late December, I could not pass it up.

Hasbro's Resistance Pilot Tallie (2017) and Kenner's 1978 Luke Skywalker, X-Wing Pilot (1978) Star Wars figures

Hasbro’s Resistance Pilot Tallie (2017) and Kenner’s 1978 Luke Skywalker, X-Wing Pilot (1978) Star Wars figures

Tallie is short for Tallissan Lintra, Blue Leader, who is portrayed by Hermione Corfield in the new movie.

Her action figure features 5 points-of-articulation (POA), the same as the original Kenner line. I know some find this limited articulation a drawback, but when it comes to action figures, 5 POA is actually my preference.

As you can see when pictured next to 1978 Luke (above), there is slightly more detail in the 2017 Tallie figure, yet they still complement each other. As with that of Luke, Tallie’s helmet is permanently attached to the figure.

Hasbro's Star Wars Resistance A-Wing Fighter (2017), unboxed

Hasbro’s Star Wars Resistance A-Wing Fighter (2017), unboxed

The A-Wing, of course, has been around since 1983’s Return of the Jedi. Kenner did not release a toy version until 1985, though, as part of the Droids line, which was unfortunately near the end of the original toy series.

I do not yet have a 1985 Rebel A-Wing for direct comparison, but the 2017 Resistance A-Wing appears slightly streamlined in addition to having a different paint scheme. The fighter was easy to assemble and was much higher quality than I expected for the price.

Hasbro's Star Wars Resistance A-Wing Fighter (2017), side detail view

Hasbro’s Star Wars Resistance A-Wing Fighter (2017), side detail view

The fighter is sturdy and features a slightly-weathered/battle-hardened finish. Note the carbon scoring in the close-up (above).

Hasbro's Star Wars Resistance Pilot Tallie and A-Wing Fighter (2017), front detail view

Hasbro’s Star Wars Resistance Pilot Tallie and A-Wing Fighter (2017), front detail view

The Resistance A-Wing fires plastic projectiles, which seem slightly dangerous, but certainly give the fighter a nicer look than the Nerf-style projectiles some of the recent Star Wars vehicles have included.

Though it does not interest me, I should note that both the Tallie figure and the A-Wing can interact with the “Force Link” gimmick to play various sounds.

Check out the gallery below for the full range of pictures I took of this fun, value-filled set.


11 thoughts on “The Eternal 8-Year Old: Resistance Pilot Tallie and A-Wing Fighter (Hasbro, 2017)

  1. Great post! As an adult fan, it’s fun to collect toys that I didn’t have as a kid. I can afford more Lego sets now than I could get with my allowance money back then. ;) ha ha Buying them and assembling them brings me joy!

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    • Exactly! For the items that were around back then, it is a chance to go back and pick up some of those items longed for in childhood (thank you, eBay).

      Having additional funds certainly helps, but certain figures and items never seemed to be in stores around here when I was growing up, but the Internet has essentially removed those kinds of restrictions as well (though perhaps not as fun as the thrill of finding something in the store).

      I have found, though, that I have to place myself on a voluntary allowance as to not let this collecting stuff get out of hand…

      Thanks for commenting.

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      • Ha ha, yes, I have a regular monthly entertainment budget as well that is sometimes hard to stick to with all this fun new Star Wars stuff coming out. ;) One of my favorite pieces in my collection is a Star Wars Lego ship that I had wanted as a kid but was never able to get. Then, without even knowing how much I wanted it as a kid, one of my best friends got it for me as a birthday gift. It brought a huge smile to my face!

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        • I love that story – of all the Star Wars Lego sets, for that specific one to show up.

          For Lego, I have just a few of the smaller Star Wars ones. They are definitely fun and combine two of my childhood favorites. If I seriously get into those, I will need to significantly increase my Star Wars allowance – not to mention add a wing to the house.

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