The Bespin Guards were the original Star Wars trilogy’s first uniformed crew that left something to be desired. Think about it. Stormtroopers, Jawas, Sandpeople, Death Star personnel (Commanders, TIE fighter pilots, Gunners — the whole bit), Rebel pilots, Rebel Soldiers, Snowtroopers … these characters all had such eye-peeling, imagination-infused costumes. And thanks to those costumes we were utterly convinced that Star Wars was of a reality not at all connected to our own.
Then, in walked the Bespin Guards with relatively sedate blue suits and funny bucket hats. It was almost as if someone said, “Shoot, I’m tired of all these badass never-seen-it-before get ups. Let’s just make this crew look like ticket takers at a Knicks game.” Am I wrong?
All that said, the Bespin Guards actually made for great action figures. Nice sculpt, interesting paint variations, and remarkably sold in both Caucasian and African-American skin tones.