Each week we take a close look at a comic book collectible. That means taking it out of the box. While Star Wars didn't get it's start in comics, the current ones from Marvel have been blowing people away. With the new movie out next month, this seems like a good time to look at the Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot from Sideshow Collectibles.
Check out our unboxing video to see how it looks out of the package.
The TIE Fighter Pilot always seemed a little more mysterious. I thought it was interesting that they were the only Stormtroopers that weren't white.
They have big helmets because thee need to be able to breath in space. They're vacuum-sealed so the TIE Fighter doesn't have to have life support systems in it. He also has a Vacuum G-suit along with a life support pack and gas transfer hoses.
It's also interesting that their helmets and uniforms bear the Galactic Empire symbol when the other Stormtroopers armor doesn't.
The figure comes with two guns. The first is the Blastech R-11 rifle.
Because the figure comes with different hands, you have a lot of choices in how you position him with the rifle. The detail on the rifle is great as well. It looks worn rather than being a simple black piece of plastic.
The rifle also fits in the holster at his side.
The second gun is an exclusive 'retro' pistol blaster. It looks a little odd but I like the smaller gun for a TIE pilot. You would think with all the other equipment he has on his suit, he'd want a smaller gun.
There's also some "positive gravity pressure boots" that's part of the outfit. They kind of look like regular boots to me.
There is a simple stand. It's pretty basic but does have the Star Wars logo on the bottom. The figure can stand on its own but obviously the stand helps to put him in different positions. And here you can see some of the other hands included.
The Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot figure is pretty sleek and doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles. It doesn't need them. This also means the price is a little lower. You can pre-order the figure from Sideshow Collectibles and get more information here:
The figure will cost you $199.99. It's expected to start shipping between November and December 2015.
There is just something kind of elegant for the outfit. The black really sets it apart from your typical average Stormtrooper, even though they were apparently considered expendable.
Thanks to Sideshow Collectibles for giving us an early look at the figure. Let us know what you think of the figure. Also, let us know which is your favorite type of Stormtrooper.