Monday, May 11, 2009

Figure of the Day: Day 1,019: FX-6

FX-6 Medical Droid
The Legacy Collection Basic Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 87535 No. 87823
Number: #BD28
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Includes: Droid parts
Action Feature: Multiple gadget arms
Retail: $7.99
Availability: Fall 2008
Appearances: Revenge of the Sith

Bio: FX-6 is one of the medical droids that assist in the reconstruction of Darth Vader after the Sith Lord’s devastating duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi on Mustafar. The droid has multiple arms equipped with a variety of medical and diagnostic tools. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam's shelves or something.

Commentary: As far as movie-based toys go, Hasbro lives Revenge of the Sith. The most recent prequel gets a wave or two of toys a year as of late, and FX-6 is evidence, along with 2-1B, that they're running out of good options. The 2005 Revenge line was a massive undertaking packed with clones, Jedi, Sith, and aliens galore and now, a few years later, we're starting to see more refinements of existing figures alongisde the occasional new one like this droid. It's great that they made him, but sadly he doesn't seem to be as much of a quality figure as the 2001 FX-7 droid, nor is it particularly exciting. While important for any "birth of Darth Vader" diorama, it's basically a salt shaker with arms. After you plug in the multiple tool arms, really all there is for this guy to do is to stand around and look neat. There's a fair amount of color on this droid, and it does look fairly creepy for a medical robot. His moving arms add some variety to the toy, but after having it for a while I can't think that it would have been more at home in a Battle Pack or some other format. It seems to be selling well, but I honestly can't find anything particularly thrilling about this, the first and only plastic incarnation of the character.

Collector's Notes: Still available (if you're lucky), this guy has been around since last Fall as part of the final wave of 2008 basic figures. It wasn't a particularly interesting grouping of toys.

Day 1,019: May 11, 2009

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