Kyle Katarn, who became part of history in the STAR WARS galaxy as the
"Aquisitor" of the plans of the first Death Star, is certainly
one of the most important figures of the "Expanded Universe".
First, he was a soldier of the Empire and go over to the Rebel Alliance,
after he was informed that his father, Morgan Katarn, was killed by the
Empire. He was it, who stole with the help of Crix Madine the plans of
the first Death Star and transmitted it via radio to Princess Leia on
board Tantive 4. His second job was the investigation and destruction
of the imperial "Dark Trooper" project, a new generation of
high shielded, heavy weaponed, flying trooper. His greatest adventure
was without any doubt the fight against the seven Dark Jedi, who wanted
to open in the "Valley of the Jedi" on Ruusan the crypt of the
Jedi Cemetery and so release the soul-energy of thousands of killed Jedi
and Sith push the galaxy through the misuse into the deepest and darkest
darkness of the dark side forever.
When the figure of Kyle Katarn was released by Kenner-Hasbro in the so-called
Expanded Universe"-line, I was very happy, nevertheless I don´t
like the edition with bandoliers and heavy boots, like we can see Kyle
in the first game (Dark Forces) I wanted much more the Kyle Katarn, like
we saw in "Dark Forces 2: Jedi Knight" Therefore, I customized
the existing figure. I cut the trousers and boots in shape, also the bandoliers
away. Also, the beard had to be changed a little bit, what later caused
a repaint of the face.
At last, I want to speak some nice words about the "Expanded Universe"-line
from Kenner-Hasbro: These figures were absolutely fabulous!
Dark Forces: Kyle Katarn and Dark Trooper
Heirs of the Empire: Grand Admiral Thrawn, Mara Jade, Space Trooper
Dark Empire: Leia Jedi, Dark Luke, Clone Emperor, Imperial Sentinel
Second, these cards were made so super, because on the backside is a little foldable paper-diorama, that could be easily opened with a scissor or a knife from the upper edge of the card and quickly, the super display for the figures opened.
Kyle Katarn stands in front of the landing ramp of an imperial shuttle
The Dark Trooper you see behind an Imperial Blaster, which Kyle Katarn holds in often time in the game in the typical ego-shooter way. On the sides, you see the values for life-points and blaster-energy.
To close this report, I want to express the hope that Kenner-Hasbro gets
another time the idea to produce further figures from the Expanded Universe.