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