Star Tours Travel Agency Gift Set
Item No.: No. 33244
Includes: Base, four other figures
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: May 2011
Appearances: Star Tours
Bio: Ace-38 is the tour droid who pilots the Starspeeder 1000 on its daily trips. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's kitchen.
Commentary: Sometimes it's tough to tell the real name of a toy-- the packaging for this one says Ace-38 in multiple places, but Wookieepedia and other resources have him as the (more sensible) AC-38. What I can tell you without question, though, is that this newly tooled figure is actually quite nice. The short droid is about the same height as the Utai (so like R2-D2ish). He's got about 11 points of articulation, with swivels at the wrists, shoulders, hips, forearms, and neck plus bending elbows and bending (and rotating) knees. For an exclusive figure, it's quite good. The figure feels as if it were designed to be able to sit inside a hypothetical Starspeeder 1000 toy, and since there's a larger one in development (supposedly Hasbro-compatible but not a Hasbro product) it's nice to know that this figure may be able to sit in the pilot's seat with few problems. Maybe. I'm hoping.
The deco is great-- grey plastic with blue and orange, matching the motifs of the original (and now very 1980s) ride. He fits right in with the Star Tours Officer and Aly San San, so don't be afraid to set up a nice shelf with these guys on there. They'll match! He's also got a jointed visor on his head, which can be lowered over his eyes if you're so inclined. It's a cute little robot and I'd say it's right up there with Captain Rex (the Disney one) in terms of nifty-itude. It also has a unique torso that looks a little like C-3PO's in places, plus sports a tiny, tiny Star Tours logo on his chest. Due to how the light reflects on it, you can see it in the picture-- it's orange, if you can't tell.
The only thing about this figure I might gripe about is that the design has joints for the ankles and wrists, but the toy does not. It's not a huge loss-- 11 joints is plenty for a short figure-- but more is always better, isn't it? If you're collecting the Star Tours sub-line this is worth picking up. And as sub-lines go, it's getting pretty damned big! Hasbro made 12 individually carded figures plus a number of boxed sets, and depending on how you count that's a grand total of another 23 or so figures. (But that includes the Jedi Mickeys packaged with Yoda and R2-MK, which, really, shouldn't count.)
Collector's Notes: As a new set, it's showing up at various Disney parks right now. This sample was picked up by my pal Shannon at Disneyland a few days ago... and I just happened to be in Los Angeles for meetings so I got to make a hand-off. The set also includes the newly-sculpted Signal Droid, a repackaged C-3PO, and repainted figures Aly San San (WA-7 redeco) and an Utai Luggage Attendant. A companion "Ambush at Star Tours" set hit at the same time. Of the two sets, the Star Tours Travel Agency offers more bang for the buck with more figures, more NEW stuff, and more gear. Collect all 30-something Star Tours action figures-- that's close to what all of Indiana Jones ever got!
Day 1,563: June 10, 2011