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The Saga Collection

Major Bren Derlin - TSC - Basic (SAGA 008)

Name: Major Bren Derlin
Collection: The Saga Collection
Number: SAGA 008
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: January 2006
License: Hasbro

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Major Bren Derlin

Battle of Hoth

occupation: field officer

duty: in charge of security at hoth base

decides: to close base doors for the night

Major Bren Derlin has a tough call to make. With heroes Luke Skywalker and Han Solo stranded out in the frigid conditions on the ice planet Hoth, Derlin must side with caution and close the base doors for the night. He bravely takes responsibility for the decision and informs Princess Leia himself.

The background characters at Echo Base have not received that much love from Hasbro over the years, but when it was time to outline the group of figures that made up The Saga Collection, Hasbro repacked and slightly repainted one and then released an all-new sculpt for another. The all-new sculpt was Major Bren Derlin, a figure that should make Hoth enthusiasts very happy, but in all honesty lacks the excitement of many other action figures since it has limited articulation and just an alright likeness. You can decide for yourself of course, but while the portrait loosely resembles John Ratzenberger, the action figure looks “mean” and bug-eyed and we don’t think it accurately reflects the character at Echo base all that well, someone who was really more sympathetic than angry. To its credit, Major Bren Derlin has been sculpted in a very static pose which is perfect because he didn’t do anything but talk. He doesn’t have any wacky wide stances or is positioned in an action pose. As a result, he will complement any Hoth display of yours and will fit in rather quietly. In fact, he may be so quiet that you may not even notice he’s in your display.

Major Bren Derlin isn’t a bad figure at all, despite his bizarre expression on his face. But he isn't overly exciting either. He also suffers from swivel elbows (we will complain about this until we die) and while they work well to tuck his arms behind his back at attention, just like General Veers (SAGA 007), they become more of a problem than a help when you want to have him point or realistically hold his gun. His right arm has been designed to effortlessly hold his blaster pistol and he has a functioning holster so you can house it for later. A removable cap would have been splendid, but perhaps the figure’s other issues should be resolved before wishing for this amenity. Major Bren Derlin comes with only ten points of articulation, and the included points aren’t even of a quality caliber. He has the standard ball-socket head, but he is limited to swivel joints throughout the rest of his body including shoulders, elbows and gloves, waist and hips. While his stance is very straightforward, his feet aren’t flush with any flat surface you pose him on, so this makes it a bit frustrating for those of you who like to display your action figure. You may want to utilize the included action figure stand to make life a little bit easier on yourself.

His uniform is sculpted and decorated wonderfully. It lies flush against his body and isn’t bulky in the least. He is wearing a three-quarter length coat so it hangs over his belt line and onto the top portion of his thighs. As a result, movement in his hips is limited. But like we stated earlier, Major Bren Derlin serves the action figure community best by fleshing out dioramas and various other displays in an upright position. He isn’t meant to fight in battles, nor should he, and while we would love to see a super-articulated version of him one day, this figure will serve the purpose for the time being. You may not be aware, but the Expanded Universe goes on to explain that Major Bren Derlin, a survivor at the Battle Of Hoth, led the Rebel commandos at the Battle Of Endor. While he wasn’t seen or identified in Return Of The Jedi, it’s pretty cool that somewhere in the Expanded Universe he is acknowledged for his service in this battle as well. Major Bren Derlin is a welcomed addition to the basic figure line because it isn’t too often that we get specifically named Rebels from Echo Base made into action figures. Hasbro has many more to make for us and we hope they can keep the frequency strong. But if they do make more, we really need them either better articulated or super-articulated. There is no other way to do it.

Collector Notes

Major Bren Derlin

Status: Major Bren Derlin is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 8 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: BlasTech DH-17 blaster pistol

Date Stamp: 2005

Assortment Number: 85928/85770

UPC: 653569117902

Retail: $6.99 USD

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Major Bren Derlin

The Saga Collection Wave 2
General Veers (SAGA 007)
Major Bren Derlin (SAGA 008)
AT-AT Driver (SAGA 009)
R2-D2 (SAGA 010)
Snowtrooper (SAGA 011)
General Rieekan (SAGA 012)
Darth Vader (SAGA 013)
Power Droid (SAGA 014)

Added: March 24, 2011
Category: Saga Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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