Monday, March 28, 2011

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,509: R7-P7

R7-P7 Ahsoka Tano's Astromech Droid
The Clone Wars Basic Figure
Item No.:
Asst. 94736 No. 26374
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #CW43
Includes: Stand, card, die
Action Feature: Hidden gadgets, removable third leg
Retail: $6.99
Availability: January 2011
Appearances: The Clone Wars

Bio: R7-A7 is Ahsoka's astromech droid. He joins her on many missions and provides navigational and technical support when Ahsoka flies her Jedi starfighter. Called "Arseven" by Ahsoka, the droid is her co-pilot during the mission to take out the Separatist blockade surrounding the planet Ryloth. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: In front of the "Dark Continent" Wall of Voodoo LP.

Commentary: It's been a while since we got Ahsoka's Jedi Starfighter, but Hasbro made good and gave us R7-A7 to fill the droid socket without making us wait too much longer! I'm thrilled-- I thought it'd be a few years before they cranked this one out. Using the 2008 R2-D2 body (as modified for the R3-S6 release), this figure has the same gadgets and gizmos you've become used to by now. Each of the side compartments pop open to reveal arms, and in the back is a tow cable which retracts when you twist the dome. It's a pretty amazing figure sculpt, and the original R2-D2 was one of my favorite molds of all time. This one is still excellent, and if you don't have any of the animated Astromech toys you really ought to get one-- this one or any of them. The maroon body and bright green details look fantastic, and it blends right in with Ahsoka's ship. I'd say be sure to get this one, but some of you don't love repaints so maybe you can live without it. But if you're a droid fan? You better get this one.

Collector's Notes: At press time there are two assortments with the wave containing most of the figures from this series-- R7-A7 only appears in one, while Obi-Wan, Cad Bane, and Hevy appear in both. As such, this guy is going to be harder to get.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,509: March 28, 2011

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