Gear4Geeks reviewer Starscream’s Toast looks at the Sideshow TIE Fighter Pilot
Hot Toys’ First Order TIE Fighter Pilot from Force Awakens was a so-so offering that didn’t really hit the mark so how do Sideshow fare with their Original Trilogy TIE Fighter Pilot? Surprisingly an awful lot better.
Right off the bat the figure has clearly nailed the look of the TIE Fighter Pilot and it’s hard not to fall immediately in love with it. As usual the base body isn’t up to Hot Toys’ standard with the figure’s legs being a little looser but it still stands unassisted and is a stable figure.
I was surprised by the addition of the holster which adds a nice extra level of detail for the E-11 blaster which now seems to be increasingly considered to be the ‘official’ blaster for the pilots rather than the smaller Power-5 or DL-44 (Han Solo’s blaster) that used to be more associated with the character. The leather look material has slight wear to it which makes it look used although the belt had some lines appearing on it right out of the box which was worrying as they’ll usually split.
For the helmet Sideshow have gone with the all over gloss black and haven’t added the graphite detailing, name badge, facial stripes or any of the other details seen on some pilots. A nice touch could have been including decals to add to the helmet but realistically a proper custom paint job would be far better if you decided you didn’t want the plain basic look.
The figure comes with 3 pairs of hands (closed fist, open and blaster grips) which gives a nice range of choices for posing and with just a jump suit and helmet, the figure has a decent range of motion in the joints although the head is understandably limited by the tubes. The base is a standard black and isn’t as detailed as what you’d get with a Hot Toys figure but then some of the Hot Toys Star Wars bases had issues with cracking so better plain than damaged.
Realistically Sideshow’s prices have shot up dramatically especially recently and when it comes to Star Wars, Hot Toys’ line is usually vastly superior, however with figures where there is no face sculpt Sideshow’s are very decent. The Sideshow TIE Fighter Pilot here is a good reminder of how good Sideshow’s 1/6 figures can be when they aren’t trying to capture an actor’s facial likeness. With Hot Toys also hiking in price it’s hard to argue with the value for money here – it’s a solid figure which will look at home with the more expensive Hot Toys and not stand out as being cheaper.
You can buy your own Sideshow TIE Fighter Pilot at Forbidden Planet.