Power of the Force Collection 2
Item No.: Asst. 69605 No. 69618
Includes: Diagnostic tool
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: January 1997
Appearances: Empire Strikes Back
Bio: 2-1B (or Too-Onebee) was a 2-1B surgical droid that joined the Rebel Alliance. (Stolen from Wookieepedia.)
Image: The toy shelves of Adam Pawlus.
Commentary: Starting in 1997, Kenner started making the figures just a little bit less beefy and a little more realistic. This is a good thing, because the first and only modern release of 2-1B was almost 9 years ago and the figure is still very, very good when compared to recent releases. While some improvements could be made, this release is quite good. His neck and shoulders are articulated nicely, with awkward hip joints making his legs move-- just not very well. The droid is very closely modeled after the prop which, by most photos I've seen, has no feet. His legs just end at a board. The metal paint job, clear torso, and clean paint make this a figure that's aged very well, despite the fact one could redo it nicely were they so inclined.
Collector's Notes: As I have no expectations that we'll ever see a resculpt, I highly recommend this release. And not because it's cheap. The figure goes nicely with the Power of the Jedi FX-7 and Bacta Luke action figures-- if you get one of those, I suggest you get them all. You'll be glad you did.
Day 138: September 21, 2006