Biker Scout Biker Scout 2013 The Black Series

This Imperial Biker Scout chases a Rebel strike team on the Endor moon.

The #07 Biker Scout is a repaint of the figure included in the 2012 Toys "R" Us exclusive Speeder Bike with Scout Trooper set. Before the second wave of figures in The Black Series hit store shelves in October, 2013, there were four distinctive variations released of this figure. Five if you include the packaging altered curved visor...

This figure, along with #01 Padmé Amidala from the Battle of Geonosis, #02 Clone Trooper Sergeant featuring the 2011 body buck, #03 Anakin Skywalker as he appeared in Attack Of The Clones, #04 Biggs Darklighter in his X-Wing pilot gear, #05 Luke Skywalker in his Yavin Ceremony outfit, #06 Darth Vader with Bespin Cloud City related accessories and #08 Clone Pilot in Phase I armor, made up the first wave of figures in Hasbro's Star Wars: The Black Series 3 3/4-inch action figure collection. The figures were originally planned to be released in the cancelled 2013 Droid Factory collection and were revealed to be repackaged as the launch wave for this new collector focused series. First revealed in their showroom at the 2013 Toy Fair, the first wave began shipping all over North America at the end of the following July.

Version 1 - Date Stamp: 31291
Version 2 - Date Stamp: 31291
Version 3 - Date Stamp: 31401
Version 4 - Date Stamp: 31751
Version 5 - Date Stamp: 31891
Original Straight Visor Head Sculpt - Versions 1-4
Curved Visor Head Sculpt - Version 5
 
U.S. Product Packaging
  
North American Tri-Logo Product Packaging
   
Product Information
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Year: 2013
Original Retail: $9.99
Assortment Number: A5080/A5077
UPC Number: 6 53569 88039 4
What's In The Box?
  • Biker Scout Figure
  • Blaster Pistol
Figure Variations:
  • VERSION 1 & 2: The earliest released version of the Biker Scout action figure had additional paint ops making it look more like the action figure included in the 2012 Movie Heroes Speeder Bike With Scout Trooper set. All known samples of this first version, easily recognized by the black paint on the front straps to the hip pockets, have the date stamp 31291 on both on the back of the figure's right leg and on the card back. At one point during this date stamp, the figure was marked with a grey ink stamp on the side of the left boot (Version 1). This part of the production process was quickly stopped, so most figures sporting this date stamp do not have the leg stamp (version 2).
  • VERSION 3: This version, which you can identify by the 31401 date stamp o.
  • VERSION 4: Figures marked with the 31751 date stamp have a darker torso paint application than the first three versions released. This change made the figure even less screen accurate, as that portion of the screen used costumes were made of white fabric.
  • VERSION 5: Due to a change in how the figure was packaged, most of the Biker Scout figures with the 31891 date stamp have a curved visor. When removed from the package, the visor retains the curved shape. To return it to its natural shape, simply put the head under very hot water.
  • Considering the loose blisters found on the early releases of the first wave of The Black Series, variation collectors will want to pay close attention to the date stamp, as it is all too easy to switch the figure out.
  • To correct the blister separation issue, Hasbro added a line of tape on the top of the blisters of all the remaining stock before implementing new procedures that solved the issue all together.
  • After fixing the separation issue, Hasbro altered the blister design by removing the impressed Imperial Light Piping on the right side.
Previous Versions:

Text & Photography by D. Martin Myatt

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