Saturday, February 13, 2010

INT-4 Interceptor (ESB)

You’ve got to love the mini-rigs. Even if you’ve seen every movie 30 times, you can still get a mini-rig and know you haven’t seen it in action. Besides the cheap cost, that was probably the best thing about the mini-rigs: you weren’t told or shown how to play with them ahead of time (i.e. the movies). It was all up to you. Now – down to the particulars of this vehicle.

The INT-4 (4 because, you know, they had to put a number in there) is short for “Interceptor.” What this is supposed to intercept is never made clear, but from the box you can guess it was to intercept Rebels on Hoth. Or Imperial Snowtroopers. Or AT-AT Drivers? And when you intercept them, what can you do with them? Only one guy can fit in the thing! Oh, who the hell knows. The INT-4 had a front swiveling laser cannon, an opening top-loading cockpit, and retractable wings. It also resembled the bastard offspring of a union between an AT-ST and a Cylon. The wings were “remote operated” because you pressed a button on it instead of moving each wing yourself. “Remote operated” – you gotta love it.

Why should you own this vehicle? Five reasons:

1. You’re not bound by rules of this vehicle does “this” or “that.” Do whatever the hell you want.

2. Cheap, and something for Snowtroopers to do.

3. Kind of looks like a Cylon Raider from Battlestar Galactica, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

4. Gun, moving wings. What’s not to like?

5. Doubles as a head for any one of a number of large robots in other toy lines.


The INT-4, according to Kenner, was for scouting out the Rebel base on Hoth. This seems unlikely given that the Probe Droid pretty much did this, but, whatever. Its only appearance in the SW Universe may be in the book, Lando Calrissian and the Starcave of ThonBoka, but this may be another type of INT vehicle.

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1 comment:

Jay said...

Man, this is one of my favorite mini rigs. I bought a few of them off of eBay a couple years back. I wish Hasbro would just do the obvious and make into the detachable/flyable "head" of the next AT-ST or AT-AT!