I've only watched a few episodes of the Star Wars Rebels show but I have played an awful lot of the X-Wing miniatures game. The latest wave of figures for the game includes Sabine's delightfully painted TIE fighter. Here it is:
Now, in the game it's usual to be able to field a ship with a variety of different pilots which are usually canonical. An X-Wing, for instance, can be piloted by Luke or Wedge or Jek Porkins or any one of a number of in-universe pilots or, if you prefer, a generic Rebel ace or rookie.
This poses a problem for Sabine's TIE because it's a very specific ship with a very specific paint job. As expected it doesn't come with any generic pilots, nor should it. I was, however, surprised to see that it does come with named pilots other than Sabine, namely:
- "Zeb" Orrelios
- Ahsoka Tano
- Captain Rex
Now, I know who Zeb is but I've never seen an episode of Rebels where he pilots Sabine's TIE. I have no idea who the other characters are but looking them up on Wookieepedia doesn't suggest they've ever piloted a TIE, let alone something as instantly recognisable as Sabine's specifically painted TIE.
I don't particularly care about the canonicity of the game but I was just interested as to why these particular pilots were picked for this model. So: has any of these three pilots ever flown Sabine's TIE or any TIE at all? And can anyone shed any light on why these three were picked?