This Hoth Rebel Trooper was released in the Defense Of Hoth battlepack during The Shadow Of The Dark Side Collection in October 2010 as a Target exclusive. The set contained this Hoth Rebel Trooper, plus another Hoth Rebel Trooper, K-3PO, a laser tower and an anti-vehicle cannon. Hoth Rebel Troopers can be seen on the ice planet Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back.
The figure has the same body sculpt as the Hoth Rebel Trooper from 2009's Legacy Collection. This time however, Hasbro gave the figure an new head, and a new rebel hat. The figure is super articulated with 14 joints, including ball-joints in the neck, shoulders, elbows, knees and ankles. The forearms, the waist and both legs were given swivel joints. The figure stands quite nicely by itself, despite the additional weight of the backpack. The accessories (removable rebel hat, blaster rifle, blaster and backpack) are a good fit. The backpack plugs nicely into the back of the figure, and both weapons fit OK into each of the Rebel Trooper's hands. The small blaster is also a good fit for the holster on the right side of the belt.
The paint application on the Hoth Rebel Trooper is cleanly applied and looks good. The differently sculpted rebel hat and the new head sculpt are fantastic, because both changes distinguish the figure from previous releases, which adds some variety to the Hoth Rebel troopers in the collection. The super articulated sculpt has well hidden joints, which are stiff enough to keep the figure steady in even more dynamic poses. Overall, this Hoth Rebel Trooper is a fine figure and a fantastic addition to any Hoth inspired display, and a nice pack-in to an overall brilliant battlepack.
The Rebels defend their base on Hoth with every available weapon in their arsenal. They know they can't defeat the Imperial forces attacking them - but they need to delay them long enough to evacuate the base. Rebel troopers blast the enemy from laser towers that ring the base - and fire anti-vehicle cannons and medium repeating blasters at the snowtroopers and AT-ST walkers.