Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Star Wars Expanded Universe Jedi Master Corran Horn and Whistler Action Figures

Star Wars Expanded Universe Jedi Master Corran Horn and Whistler Action Figures
Corran Horn and Whistler
Welcome to a review of the Rogue Squadron pilot who would become a Jedi Master, Corran Horn and his R2 Whistler action figures from the Star Wars Expanded Universe. 

One of the saddest things about Star Wars Episode VII is that is disregards almost 20 years of incredible story-lines and characters. Seriously people who scoff at these books because "All that matters are the movies" should learn to read. 

While some (one) characters, like Grand Admiral Thrawn, have been revived from the discard pile, they're so far mere shadows of what they can be.

Meanwhile Corran Horn remains on the discard pile. Corran was a "police detective" of the Corellian Security Force. He ran afoul with an Imperial Intelligence Officer and went into hiding - later to join the rebellion. Following the Battle of Endor, Wedge Antilles  was mandated with re-building Rogue Squadron and Corran signed up and became Rogue 9. Personal ambition made him strive to be the best pilot in the legendary squadron but his ass was kicked by pilots Tycho Celchu and Wedge Antilles

MORE AFTER THE JUMP

Star Wars Expanded Universe Jedi Master Corran Horn and Whistler Action Figures Star Wars Expanded Universe Jedi Master Corran Horn and Whistler Action Figures Unbeknownst to Lieutenant Horn, his piloting edge was because he was Force sensitive and came from a long line of Jedi who were known for being unable to use Telekinesis, but were gifted in illusion casting and energy absorption. In the book "I, Jedi" Corran was able to absorb an explosion and channel that force into a giant illusion - creating the myth of a giant Green Jedi Knight. 

Lieutenant Corran Horn was instrumental in the liberation of Coruscant and the capture of the last Super-Star Destroyer, Lusankya - the sister ship of the Executor. During this mission, Corran discovered his Jedi legacy when he found himself in the remains of the Jedi Temple on Coruscant - where he found his Grandfather's lightsaber.  

Corran Horn would become an invaluable member of Luke Skywalker's New Jedi Order where he would rise to the rank of Jedi Master. 

Star Wars Expanded Universe Jedi Master Corran Horn and Whistler Action Figures
Rogue 9
Star Wars Expanded Universe Jedi Master Corran Horn and Whistler Action Figures
Lieutenant Corran Horn
WHAT'S TO LIKE ABOUT THE STAR WARS EXPANDED UNIVERSE JEDI MASTER CORRAN HORN AND WHISTLER ACTION FIGURES?

FIRST: The character. Corran Horn bears the stereotypical cocky smugness, disregard for authority and indifference to offs. Except he's a police officer.

So he's not beyond doing anything illegal to get his man - within limits of course.

His astromech droid, Whistler comes with a dry sense of humor; enhanced sensors for spying; security programming for slicing, and; the ability to analyze forensic data. Because Corran, like Luke, kept disregarding regular memory wipes, Whistler was one of those droids that started growing their own quirky personalities. In essence though he was a pretty good Detective's sidekick.

Get this, eventually Corran would marry a smuggler who, was also the daughter of a pirate (Reformed).

SECOND: Hasbro managed to copy just how cocky and smug Corran is in his facial sculpt:

Star Wars Expanded Universe Jedi Master Corran Horn and Whistler Action Figures Star Wars Expanded Universe Jedi Master Corran Horn and Whistler Action Figures Star Wars Expanded Universe Jedi Master Corran Horn and Whistler Action Figures

THIRD: Corran Horn's articulation is quite excellent: Here he is with his pistol.

Star Wars Expanded Universe Jedi Master Corran Horn and Whistler Action Figures Star Wars Expanded Universe Jedi Master Corran Horn and Whistler Action Figures
Star Wars Expanded Universe Jedi Master Corran Horn and Whistler Action Figures Star Wars Expanded Universe Jedi Master Corran Horn and Whistler Action Figures Star Wars Expanded Universe Jedi Master Corran Horn and Whistler Action Figures

His articulation is so good, he can dual wield his pistol.

Star Wars Expanded Universe Jedi Master Corran Horn and Whistler Action Figures

FOURTH: To our knowledge Corran Horn is the only other Rogue Squadron member wearing the pilot's uniform to bear a lightsaber - that, as you can see from the above pics, can be clipped to his belt. Jacen and Jaina "Sticks" Solo don't count as they don't bear the pilots uniforms.

Here's Corran using both his pistol and his lightsaber:

Star Wars Expanded Universe Jedi Master Corran Horn and Whistler Action Figures Star Wars Expanded Universe Jedi Master Corran Horn and Whistler Action Figures

Here he is with just his lightsaber. Corran Horn can dual wield his blade:

Star Wars Expanded Universe Jedi Master Corran Horn and Whistler Action Figures
I, Jedi
Star Wars Expanded Universe Jedi Master Corran Horn and Whistler Action Figures Star Wars Expanded Universe Jedi Master Corran Horn and Whistler Action Figures
Star Wars Expanded Universe Jedi Master Corran Horn and Whistler Action Figures Star Wars Expanded Universe Jedi Master Corran Horn and Whistler Action Figures
Star Wars Expanded Universe Jedi Master Corran Horn and Whistler Action Figures Star Wars Expanded Universe Jedi Master Corran Horn and Whistler Action Figures
Star Wars Expanded Universe Jedi Master Corran Horn and Whistler Action Figures
Jedi Master Corran Horn
And no, Corran Horn's lightsaber does not light up. That's sadly Photoshop.


Whistler comes with a little gimmick: twist his head and a sensor-scope pops up. He can't retract his middle wheel, but does roll nicely on his dowels.


Star Wars Expanded Universe Jedi Master Corran Horn and Whistler Action Figures
Horn has to fight when backed to a wall because... no telekinesis, no Force Jump
WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE ABOUT THE STAR WARS EXPANDED UNIVERSE JEDI MASTER CORRAN HORN AND WHISTLER ACTION FIGURES?

FIRSTCorran Horn can't close his legs - no pun intended. Nor can he kneel. He simply lacks the articulation for that. He still fits in an X-Wing cockpit - plastic is soft enough to do that.

SECOND: His peg holes are shallow - preventing us from mounting him properly to a stand

THIRD: Whistler's third leg. We really wish it could fold up into his body. Placed in an X-Wing - Whistler runs a bit high because the wheel. 

Corran Horn and Whistler are sold as a set in the "Star Wars Legacy Collection Exclusive Build A Dark Trooper Droid Action Figure 2-Pack Corran Horn and R2 Whistler (#5 of 5)" which is available on Amazon for US$ 70 (Roughly PhP 3,500 - wow - plus shipping).


I, Jedi indeed.

Star Wars Expanded Universe Jedi Master Corran Horn and Whistler Action Figures
Corran Horn and Whistler
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