Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Figure of the Day: Day 1,296: Rom Mohc

ROM MOHC and IG97 Droid
The Legacy Collection Wal-Mart Comic Packs
Item No.:
Asst. 93269 No. 93609
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Blaster pistol, IG97 with accessories
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $14.96
Availability: March 2010
Appearances: Tales

Bio: Rom Mohc is an Imperial general involved in the testing of advanced battle droids known as Dark Troopers. One of these droids ends up on Tatooine and becomes activated by scavenging Jawas. The Dark Trooper attacks three friends camping in the desert. But things change when the prototype encounters a clumsy IG97 Battle Droid on Tatooine, and the machines battle each other. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' desk.

Commentary: This Rom Mohc figure is a mishmash of existing figures, and the sum of its parts is pretty good. I mean, it's a new character, which is cool but it's not terribly authentic. For example, the torso is that of the Revenge of the Sith Grand Moff Tarkin, often cursed for his iffy arms and difference from traditional Trilogy-era Imperial costumes. The legs are from Janek Sunber, who we'll be looking at soon, and those are actually pretty good with their knee joints and whatnot. The head sculpt is new, but not exactly true to the game-- the character is generally portrayed as a little older, a little greyer, and a little fatter. So even though this is from the comic-- where he is a little younger and trimmer-- the figure itself looks to be in significantly better shape.

If Hasbro packed on a few more pounds, odds are this would be a pretty solid figure as resculpts go. It's certainly not awful, it's just not as accurate as one might expect from a new sculpt. Since the comic packs are generally made a little more cheaply as of late, it's no surprise that a minimum of new parts were employed to make this release. The head looks closer to an actual real-life person than it does the illustrations of Mohc, but eh, such is life when transitioning 2D stylized likenesses in to plastic. I really can't complain too much, and even though I had to chase this figure down quite a bit to find it, I think it was ultimately worth grabbing. It's not like we have a ton of non-movie Imperials, after all.

Collector's Notes: I hear that in some markets, this set is abundant to the point of being a pegwarmer. In Los Angeles, it sold through pretty much before I ever saw them and had to make a massive sweep of stores more than 20 miles away just to see it-- and I saw one, only once, and bought it. I just moved to Phoenix over the weekend and saw like a dozen so far. Is life fair? No, it is not.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,296: June 2, 2010

1 comment:

Bravo said...

Since Wal-Mart upped the price on their exclusives comic packs (and all comic packs left), they should've dumped the goofy battle droid and included the big Dark Trooper, maybe alter the deco to make the Droid Factory buyers not feel as cheated.

Would've been more appealling to almost everyone. But then, the comic packs were aimed at such a specific niche (people who like EU, basically), that I'm suprised they lasted as long as they did.