Star Wars: The Force Awakens First Order Tie Fighter Pilot Sixth Scale Figure by Hot Toys Review
I’m not gonna lie. This review may be irrelevant for many. The Force Awakens is almost two years old, and this figure is over a year old but I don’t care. I really like it and it needed to have it’s time on my site.
I love Troopers, so I didn’t mind doing the work to bring this review to my site and YouTube channel (vid embedded at the end of the feature). I was really impressed with Sideshow’s Tie Fighter Pilot from A New Hope, but seeing the photos and videos of this figure had me sold. It was only a matter of time before I parted with my money for it.
Thanks to Sideshow’s Spooktacular event, I couldn’t pass on the $30 off and the free International shipping. Hopefully a winter event will occur so I can snag the FO Flametrooper and Snowtrooper.
The packaging is the same we’re used to with Hot Toys and Sideshow. Everything was packed well and the figure had one of those awesome sleeves that features the figure. I love those things.
This is another 12″ figure that’s so visually impressive. I’ve said it with some other The Force Awakens figures in various scales, but I love how the designers of the outfits blended the old school with making things look updated. You can clearly recognize this is a Tie-Fighter Pilot but there are new features all about the figure that show that the Imperials have updated their army’s look.
The articulation with this figure is pretty good and I didn’t have any issues with joints being stuck or too loose. The only hindrance is found with the arms going out horizontally because of the shoulder armour, like the First Order Stormtrooper.
One of the things I really like about the figure is the updated armour. There’s no doubt this isn’t Tie Fighter armour but it features a few more bells and whistles on the front of it. The throwback to the original outfit is done so well. The breathing apparatus going from one pipe from two is an interesting choice. It works, but I think the old school look is cooler.
Speaking of cool, what blows me away with this figure more than anything is the under-suit. It is like a large snowsuit – something us Canadians know a lot about. I just think it is one of the most well done and designed under-suits in the sixth scale. The material and all the tailoring on it is top notch and it’s too bad that I think many won’t totally appreciate the work on it because of all The Force Awakens product Hot Toys released at once, that Sideshow still seems to be sitting on.
The helmet/face sculpt for the figure is excellent. I love the clean lines, the glossy look of it all, and the new visor piece looks pretty amazing. I would have loved to see this piece be moveable but I understand why it isn’t: I didn’t see it in the film, from what I remember. Still, it would have been a cool extra.
For extras, the figure comes with six extra hands for a total of eight. I didn’t have any issue with the level of quality of the hands or being able to swap any in and out.
The figure comes with a blaster that has the usual fine attention to detail that we’re used to with Hot Toys. I love having new blasters in this scale and this new one is a welcome addition.
The stand is similar to other Force Awakens baddies. It’s nothing really great but it does the job.
Although the figure/character is basically a pilot, it’s still fun to put in some poses. He may not be one that’s going to be in extravagant poses, but I think there’s enough here to make him look cool in your shelves.
As mentioned, some may pass over this figure because it’s not recent and it’s a part of a plethora of new Troopers that were all released at once. I think the figure is totally worth getting and I think Hot Toys did a fantastic job on it. I really makes me look forward to getting the other Trooper from The Force Awakens I missed out on the during their release.
Enjoy the video!