30th Anniversary Collection Droid Factory
Item No.: Asst. 12980 No. 87757
Number: 4 of 6
Includes: R4-H5, piece of C-3PX, lightsaber, bendy wire robe
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: May 2008
Appearances: Clone Wars
Bio: Jedi Master Kit Fisto is equally comfortable in air or water. R4-H5 flies in Fisto's starfighter to help navigate to help navigate and repair the ship. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam Pawlus' shelf.
Commentary: One of the better Kit Fisto figures at the time, this edition was based on a 2003 version which took its inspiration from the original Clone Wars cartoon. In it, we saw Kit Fisto go swimming and do awesome Jedi things in the oceans of Mon Calamari (or Dac, whatever) and Hasbro was kind enough to make the figure. And then rerelease it in 2006. And again in 2008, which is this version. This one is significant due to a few key changes in deco and accessories. The figure itself has slightly darker skin and a slightly darker brown costume, as the bits on his hands and feet are a little more brown than red this time around. Also, the tips of his, uh, "hair" are more bluish grey with the color extending higher than the previous release, which was closer to a blackish grey. So in the deco department, it's quite different, just not in a way that will make you happy to know it.
The main reason to buy this figure are his Droid elements-- his own personal astromech is included, as is a piece of C-3PX. In addition to those, Hasbro introduced a swell Jedi Robe with a wire in the bottom of the garment so it could be posed in dynamic action displays. For some reason Hasbro abandoned this concept pretty quickly, so we still don't have a Vader with an awesome bendy wire cape. It's really cool and fun, and yes I would suggest you track Kit Fisto here down just so you can have one to play with. The Kit figure itself is neat because it's wort of weird, but with only 8 joints I can't imagine it's going to get a lot of love from most modern collectors.
Collector's Notes: These 2-packs are creeping up in price a bit, so it's closer to $20 now which, sadly, is probably what it would cost if it were new today. I really do like these sets and I would suggest you do go get 'em all to build C-3PX. Also, of all the swimming Kit Fisto figures based on this mold, this release is the best. And yes, it's because of the cape. The others are just the figure and a lightsaber, so this one gets you more bang for your buck.
Day 1,783: April 13, 2012