Episode I Collection 3
Item No.: Asst. 84105 No. 84117
Includes: Ody Mandrell figure, CommTech Chip stand
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: Summer 1999
Appearances: The Phantom Menace
Bio: The Otoga 222 was a series of cheap repair droids, similar to the DUM pit droids used in podracing repairs. This type of droid performed heavy lifting and other jobs in spaceports and in Podrace hangars. (Stolen from Wookieepedia.)
Image: Adam Pawlus' toy shelves.
Commentary: I love Pit Droids-- but I don't like the Otoga 222 model. With four points of articulation and as a bonus figure with another, better release, it's a heck of a deal. If you were going to buy Ody anyway, the fact that instead of a grease gun, Hasbro gave you a whole extra figure is pretty impressive. Unfortunately, it isn't fun like the saucer-headed model. The head doesn't have much of a face to speak of, and it's not like we saw these guys doing wacky stupid crap in the movies either. Heck, I don't even remember this model doing much of anything in the comics. Still, the sculpt seems true to reference photos, the paint job was dirty and admirable, and short of an unreasonable demand for more articulation, there's really not much else Hasbro could do to sex this one up. It is what it is-- a droid. Not an exciting droid, but a droid. I wouldn't advise you run out and buy this unless you gotta have them all, love pod racing, or must have every droid ever made.
Collector's Notes: Another, similar droid was released in 2000. This one was packaged with an Anakin figure, was green, and could be taken apart quite easily-- it was more fun and distinctive than this release.
Day 396: June 6, 2007