Droid Factory Solo: A Star Wars Story Boxed Set
Item No.: No. 63488
Includes: 3 more droid figures
Action Feature: Breaks down into 5 separate pieces
Availability: April 2018
Appearances: Solo: A Star Wars Story
Bio: All different types of Astromech droids populate the Star Wars galaxy. Each droid is different and has their own unique personality and colors. These four new Astromech droids are featured in Solo: A Star Wars Story. May the Force be with you... and your Droids! (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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The base body is the same Disney has offered us for years, complete with wheels in the feet and a lack of wires to boot. The left foot has a silver box painted, making it an asymmetrical but subtle detail on a body that's pretty paint-by-numbers otherwise. The eye has a silver box around it, which certainly makes it a little more distinctive but perhaps not enough to make it a must-buy, can't-miss, slam-dunk of a figure. It does seem to be true to the reference photos, but as of my writing this I have yet to purchase my copy of Solo for home viewing - so I can't find it in the movie, and there's no good reference outside the packaging. Seeing the contrasting oranges and silver rods painted on the removable central leg shows me that Disney is willing to make a set like this look as good as possible when compared to the available reference material - but that doesn't automatically grant it significance.
I find the set itself worth the $30, particularly if you're not overwhelmed in droids. I assume we'll stop seeing these if Episode IX is the last "new" movie for a while, as Lucasfilm has been uncharacteristically silent about its plans for new movies after 2019. Maybe instead we'll get some Indiana Jones figure sets. These have been interesting sets at really good prices - so I would love to see the format adapted to serve us more than just astromechs.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from eBay.
Day 2,517: September 18, 2018