continued from previous toy blog post...
The First Order TIE Pilot comes armed with a Sonn-Blas SE-44C officer's blaster pistol but there is no holster for said weapon, unlike the First Order Stormtroopers who holster their pistols on their right thighs - see my action figure review of the Hot Toys MMS317 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 1:6th scale First Order Stormtrooper Collectible Figure HERE. The officer's edition of the standard stormtrooper sidearm is cast in dark plasteel as opposed to the white body of the infantry version. It would certainly look odd for the all black clad TIE Pilot to be holding a black-and-white pistol.
Why a pistol? Taking a leaf from the current practise for fighter pilots who may get shot down in enemy territory or find themselves being stuck on the ground after ejecting from their aircraft or landing in unfamiliar and dangerous territory, it's good to be armed just in case. Of course pilots also have their survival kit which is designed to help them survive while waiting for rescue from hostile terrains. So I guess the same holds true for TIE Pilots.
Here's the Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series MMS324 Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens 1/6th scale The First Order TIE Pilot Collectible Figure armed with his Sonn-Blas SE-44C officer's blaster pistol, the only real accessory he comes with, not counting the extra gloved hands and the figure display stand. This figure has more articulation than Hot Toys First Order Stormtrooper which is limited in his poses because of the black leather suit he wears underneath his armor (see my review posted HERE). The TIE pilot's black suit (supposedly flexible vac-suit or vacuum g-suit - fancy names to make it sound sci-fi) is made of a softer material (almost like the material used to make windbreakers / raincoats). There are two ejection harnesses that run down each leg, stopping just at the knees. The helmet and armor are all very nicely done with a hose (gas transfer hose) connecting the helmet to his chest / life support pack.
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Sideshow Collectibles Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot Figure - pictures HERE
Tie Fighter Pilot 12-inch Action Figure by Hasbro posted HERE