Thursday, February 23, 2012

Cloud Car Pilot (ESB 1980-82)

Let’s face it, if you didn’t have a Twin-Pod Cloud Car (notice - it will be much farther down the alphabet), you probably didn’t have a lot of use for this figure. If you did have a Car, you wanted two of this figure (frickin’ Twin!). The figure is based on the pilot shown in the cockpit of the model used for the movie. A pilot was never actually shown in Cloud City. Go ahead and watch it again – I’ll wait here.

The Pilot came with the same blaster pistol as the TIE Pilot, so they must have the same wholesaler. He also came with…catch your breath…a commlink! Often mentioned but never accessorized until now! Whew! The figure came out on both ESB and ROTJ cards, and, as you'll notice from the pciture, an offer for a mail-away Ackbar.

Why should you own this figure? Five reasons:

1. Gave you hope that you would own a Cloud Car some day.

2. Gave you hope that you would get another one just like it – “But Dad, the Car needs two Pilots!”

3. Only commlink ever made – at least in the vintage line.

4. Official Star Wars figure of the Tour de France.

5. Official Star Wars figure of accountants (the commlink looks just like a calculator – get it?).


There is no real backstory on the Car pilots, but since the Car was produced on Bespin for Bespin atmospheric use, it is presumable that the pilots were hired/recruited in Cloud City, trained, and sent out to patrol the City. For more info, check out the Twin-Pod Cloud Car entry.

Want more? Wookieepedia article

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