Solo: A Star Wars Story Force Link 2.0 Basic Figures
Item No.: Asst. E0323 No. E1638
Includes: Blaster pistol
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: April 2018
Appearances: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Bio: K-2SO (Kay-Tuesso), abbreviated K-2 (Kay-Tu or Kaytoo) or Kay, was a KX-series security droid originally created for use in the Galactic Empire's armed forces. (Stolen from Wookieepedia. Packaging has no bio.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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died. It makes sense that they'd want to bring him back again, but the timing is peculiar - why is he two per case for a Han Solo movie that has Han Solo at zero per case? And why did Hasbro change the sculpt from the 2016 K-2SO [FOTD #2,285]?
Part of the reason to change is the Force Link 2.0 chip - the figure has a slight rattle inside that I assume is the chip, plus a retooled sole of his foot. However, this 6-jointed figure has a few other surprise changes too. The back panel's raised elements are recessed and smaller this time. Details are overall much sharper, with smaller, more subtle vents and greeblies. K-2SO's Empire symbols are cleaned up and whole, rather than worn off a bit. His head seems rounder, as opposed to the slightly flatter 2016 release. He's the very definition of just different enough to make you mad, plus has a new weapon to boot.
The range of motion is unchanged - he has a wide sitting radius, with wide hips that will prevent him from ever sitting in a vehicle. Like the arms, his legs are pop-on ball joints you can use to easily dismember him if you want. The neck is a separate piece from the skull, so you can pose him to look inquisitively at other figures. This is a nice touch, and something I assume they'd put on a super-articulated figure some day.
I should note his blaster is cool, but you will misplace it. It's a very loose grip and it's a small weapon - if you aren't extraordinarily careful, it's going to get eaten by your dog or your Roomba. It's a nice design, but the figure could use tighter gripping fists.
This is not a bad figure - the toy itself is slightly better than the previous one, but not different enough to warrant a purchase unless you're all-in for weapons or Force Link. If you need a K2 figure, this is my favorite at the size. If you've got one, for now, you probably don't need this one too - but I should note his is one of the best sound chips since it's actually Alan Tudyk quotes from the movie and not a soundalike.
Force Link 2.0 Notes: "I'm K-2SO. I'm a reprogrammed Imperial droid." "Congratulations. You are being rescued." "I'm not very optimistic about our odds!" "There are a lot of explosions for two people blending in." And blaster sounds. There may be more, but the interface isn't helping and the app crashes.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,488: June 6, 2018