STAR WARS: COMIC PACKS (HASBRO)
When it comes to characters in fiction, I’m sort of odd about my favorites. Main characters are great and all, but my favorite characters, the ones that really stick with me, tend to be the ones just slightly out of focus. Most of my favorite Marvel characters aren’t going to be headlining their own movies any time soon, and my all-time favorite DC character is Elongated Man, who 90% of people have probably never heard of. So, it follows that my favorite character from the original Star Wars Trilogy isn’t one of the mains, but is instead X-Wing pilot Wedge Antilles. In Wedge’s defense, he’s one of the only background characters to show up and have dialogue in all three movies, and he participates in three major battles without dying, which is actually pretty impressive for a generally normal dude. He’s also been a rather prominent player in the Expanded Universe, which is how he got the figure I’ll be looking at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Wedge Antilles was released as part of the Comic Packs sub-line of Hasbro’s Star Wars: 30th Anniversary line. He was packaged with Borsk Fey’lya, as well as a copy of Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron #35. They were set 14 in the line. Wedge stands 3 3/4 inches tall and has 18 points of articulation. Wedge is seen here not in his usual pilot garb from the films, but instead in what appears to be a dress uniform, presumably from Rogue Squadron. It’s certainly a unique design, even if its not one I’m immediately familiar with. Wedge uses the legs and hands of the 2007 Training Fatigues Clone Trooper, along with a new head, torso, and arms. The end result is perhaps not the greatest sculpt that the Star Wars line ever put out, with arms that feel a little over-sized, and a slightly awkward bend to the legs. That being said, it’s not awful, and is certainly better than some of this figure’s contemporaries. The likeness presents a decent halfway point between Dennis Lawson and the comic depictions of Wedge, resulting in a pretty good likeness of the character, if maybe not the actor. Still, if you know who it is, you can see some of Lawson peeking through. Paint work on Wedge is pretty solid, if not amazing. The colors match up with what I’ve been able to find of the source material, and he’s a different enough palette of colors to stand out pretty well on the shelf. Some of the application is a little sloppy, but nothing incredibly bad. Wedge was packed with a rather basic rebel blaster, which he can hold or stow in his holster.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I’ve honestly been meaning to buy this figure since it was first released. I don’t really know the material he’s based on, but I like Wedge, so why not? I ended up picking him up from Yesterday’s Fun over the holidays. He was loose, which is why I didn’t also get his pack-mate. He’s a decent enough figure, and probably the best version of Wedge I own, even if he’s not from the movies.