The Clone Wars Basic Figures
Item No.: Asst. 87638 No. 91279
Includes: Backpack, twin blasters
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: August 2009
Appearances: The Clone Wars
Bio: IG-86 assassin droids guard the lair of Ziro the Hutt on Coruscant. The lethal droids carry out Ziro's commands, which range from eliminating enemies to protecting their devious master - or capturing unwanted visitors who uncover information that jeopardizes Ziro's plans to seize his uncle Jabba's criminal empire. (Taken from the figure's packaging)
Image: Adam Pawlus' desk.
Commentary: While Hasbro continues to make revisions in some molds for The Clone Wars action figures, the basis for Ziro's Assassin Droid was basically perfected out the gate. The figure uses the same great IG-86 mold with tons of articulation-- more than mortals can handle. He even has clamp hands, bringing him up to 16 joints! If you have no versions of this mold, you really ought to get one-- I like this one because Ziro's entourage is woefully underrepresented and this droid does have a striking purple color, which is welcome given most figures in The Clone Wars are either white or Earth tones. The figure has a Black Sun logo on his chest, stripes, and red dots to represent his eyes, ears, and other "lights". The diodes are a nice touch. Also, he can do the splits, grasp weapons, and remind you how much your life sucks because Hasbro has not announced a Ziro figure yet, despite strong rumors of a Battle Pack in 2009 which never materialized and another rumor of a mail-in offer in 2011 or 2012. Here's hoping.
Collector's Notes: This figure was not super-easy to get and seemed to come and go quickly in the insane rush that was August 2009. On the bright side, despite being hard to find, he's cheap on eBay-- below retail if you want one.
Day 1,362: September 2, 2010