Monday, February 25, 2008

Rebel Transport Vehicle (ESB)

The Rebel Transport was based on the vehicle shown in the Rebel Fleet and in the background on Hoth, particularly when many of the X-Wing pilots are shown outside packing up. The scale of the ship, like many of the big ships in Star Wars, is naturally scaled down from the movies.

The entire top half of the ship can come off, revealing a lot of space for figures, and two guns mounted on the back. The back also has a separate hatch in case you don’t want to take the whole top off. The black pod on top serves as the locking mechanism for the whole thing. If you give it a turn, you can pull the top off, or lock it down. In the movie this pod is featured near the rear of the ship and not in the middle. The toy also features an exit hatch at the bottom. It also came with Hoth Rebel backpacks and asteroid gas masks that were also mail-aways in the “survival gear” pack. It only came in an ESB box, with either a blue or yellow background (it had two variations).

Why should you own this vehicle? Five reasons:

1. Just another weird and wacky SW ship to display.

2. Doubles as a carrying case.

3. The guns in back can be fired from the ship (with the hatch off) or removed and fired from the ground.

4. When you tire of it as a toy, it can serve chips and dip (not recommended).

5. Good club for hitting intruders with.


The GR-75 medium transport was a favorite transport among the Rebels, because of its adaptability and cheap price. However, it was often needing repairs. The command pod on the upper rear housed a cramped crew of six. It was manufactured by Gallofree Yards, Inc (which sounds suspiciously like Doctor Who’s home planet), and had standard twin fire-linked laser cannon turrets (in keeping with the toy).

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