BARON SOONTIR FEL & HOBBIE KLIVIAN
STAR WARS: COMIC PACKS (HASBRO)
On top of the usual movie faire, a lot of the success of Star Wars is due to its continued presence in other media during the periods between films. Star Wars has had pretty much a consistent comics presence ever since Marvel first adapted the first film. Dark Horse Comics took over in the ‘90s and had a rather lengthy and very successful run with the license. There were lots of different series over the years, but one of the most popular by far was X-Wing Rogue Squadron, which followed several of the X-Wing pilots we met throughout the Original Trilogy. When Hasbro renewed the Star Wars license following Revenge of the Sith, one of the ways they kept things fresh was with comic-based figures, and a number of them were based on Rogue Squadron, including the pair I’m looking at today.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
Baron Soontir Fel and Hobbie Klivian were pack 12 in Hasbro’s Star Wars: Comic Packs, and they were officially part of the 30th Anniversary line as well. The two included figures are based on their appearance in issue #24 of Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron, which was included in the set with them.
BARON SOONTIR FEL
Baron Soontir Fel. Now that’s a name I haven’t heard in quite some time. No, wait, scratch that, that’s a name I’ve heard never. Yeah, I got no clue who this guy is. Going by the gear, he’s a TIE Fighter pilot, so that’s cool. Obviously, he plays a part in Rogue Squadron, so…yeah. Anyway, the figure stands a little over 4 inches tall (he actually seems a little out of scale), and he has 16 points, which was really good for the time. The sculpt for this figure is actually pretty strong, but it’s also a little odd, because it feels less like a Star Wars sculpt and more like one of the GI Joe: 25th Anniversary figures. That’s not really a knock against the figure himself, since I quite liked a lot of the 25th Anniversary line, but it does make him stand out quite a bit from the rest of his peers. It may have to do with his pack-mate being a bit older in style (more on that in a bit). In terms of his sculpt, there’s a lot of cool stuff going on. His jumpsuit has some awesome texture work, and all of the various parts of his uniform are quite sharply detailed. His helmet and chest apparatus are removable, revealing his head and the rest of his uniform beneath. The head sculpt is sufficiently smug and Imeperial, so that’s cool. I also like that the helmet is pretty decently scaled to the body, and is probably one of the best trooper helmets I’ve seen at this scale. As far as paint goes, the Baron is pretty solid. He’s mostly grey and black, but all of the application is nice and clean, and he looks decent enough. In addition to the removable helmet and chest piece, the Baron is packed with a small blaster pistol, which is the same style as the Biker Scout. It’s a cool piece, and it can be stowed in his holster.
Okay, I kinda know Hobbie. I think. I recognize the name. He’s not really distinctive enough that I could point him out to you in the movies, but I know he’s in there, so that’s good, I guess. The figure stands just under 4 inches tall and has 10 points of articulation. He’s a lot stiffer than the Baron, which is a little sad. A lot of that has to do with being built on the body of the 2004 Dutch Vander figure. The line made a lot of leaps and bounds between Vander’s release and Hobbie’s, which made Hobbie feel a little out of place at the time. He’s not really helped by being packed with Baron Fel, who was rather ahead of his time. Nevertheless, Hobbie’s certainly not a bad figure on his own merits. He’s got all the basic X-Wing pilot gear, and the sculpt is really sharply rendered. I love the amount of detail they were able to get into all of the folds and wrinkles on the jumpsuit. Also, he comes from an era when Star Wars figures were really good at hiding articulation, so his sculpt is at the very least very aesthetically pleasing. His only truly new piece is his head, which is rather on the generic side. He’s sporting a cap under his helmet, which aids in the generic-ness. Honestly, this feels like the closest you can get to a straight up generic X-Wing pilot. In terms of paint, Hobbie is once again pretty solid. The colors all match up to what you’d expect from an X-Wing pilot. In particular, I rather like the custom details on the helmet. The figure includes his removable helmet, as well as a later pistol. No holster for this guy, but his arm’s in a permanent gun-holding pose anyway, so I can’t really see many people posing him without it.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
These two were a gift from Super Awesome Girlfriend. She got them for me last summer during a visit to Yesterday’s Fun. Honestly, they’re the sort of set I might have overlooked on my own. And that would have been too bad. They’re not going to blow anyone out of the water, but they’re certainly a fun little pair, and a worthy addition to my collection!