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Keeping in line with their pursuit of total world domination, Lego have produced a toy for pretty much every character, vehicle, machine and location in the Star Wars saga. Since they announced the launch of the now incredibly successful Lego Star Wars computer game with its brilliant interactivity and storytelling, Lego have made an abundance of products in this line.
One such product is this Rebel Commando figure. Surprisingly rare, you can pick one up if you buy the Battle of Endor construction, which will take 4 of you half a day to build, but gives you lots of characters. Alternatively, you can buy this character separately, although this is a lot harder to come by. At the moment, it costs around £8 on amazon. I'd shop around to find it cheaper elsewhere, or wait for a lower price to emerge, if I were you.
Is this because it's a rubbish toy? No, not at all. The only thing I'll say about it is that there is always a limit on a Lego character. All characters are essentially constructed the same in terms of head, body, arms and legs, the only differences being the artwork and then the accessories such as weapons and helmets. This Rebel Commando comes complete with beard and green camo uniform, although these are part of the artwork. You do get a weapon as an accessory, and a hat that covers down over the ears as well, but nothing else.
It's as interchangeable and playable as all other Lego characters, although his hands are grey to denote him wearing gloves, as opposed to the yellow Lego 'skin' of other characters. There is nothing particularly right or wrong about this character, although I do like putting Han Solo's hair on him sometimes, and giving him the Crash Test Dummy's legs. Part of the fun with these Lego characters is the fact that they are interchangeable. If they weren't I think it would be much less value and probably less popularity with them. The fact that they are all the same and can be mixed and matched makes playability that much higher.
I think it's nice that Lego make sure of a range of toys that include the minor characters as well as the more familiar ones. We have built up quite a Lego collection now, and although the majority of the bigger builds are all mixed up, the characters are quite noticeable from their top, bottom and/or head and accessories. I do recommend getting a good variety of them, including this one, but I certainly couldn't justify £8 for it. Recommended, but not at that price.
Yes, he looks like the kind of man who would be doing army training at your local boot camp. Probably called John. Rebel Commandos were two for a penny, popping up in the film 'Return Of The Jedi.' They helped defeat the Empire on the forest moon of Endor. You can identify them thanks to their green camouflage gear, which allows them to hide away in the bushes.
A figure was made by Kenner in the early eighties, quite a good figure too with a great suit and stern looking face. Hasbro followed the act with an updated figure many years later. Now Lego have got in on the act and made their very own Lego Commando. He is a pretty good adaption of the Commando from the films. The green suit is intact and has some very good articulation on the chest area. I love his military gear and is has been illustrated really well.
Care has also been taken to get his helmet spot on with a good shape and fit. It even has those dangling bits at the side where the strap is supposed to be. His face is stern again and he has a brown beard. I am not sure if there was a bearded commando, but nonetheless this adds to his character and makes him unique facially.
He comes with a blaster which he can grip in his claw like mits. Standing at about an inch in height, he is in line with all Lego figures. Price wise, expect to pay a few pounds for him, though as he is quite rare, prices do seem to be hovering at the higher end of the scale. Worth getting for Star Wars purists and Lego collectors though.