Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,541 L3-37 (Solo: A Star Wars Story line look)

L3-37 Elite
Solo: A Star Wars Story Force Link 2.0 Basic Figures
Item No.:
Asst. E0323  No. E1684
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: n/a
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $7.99
Availability: October 2018
Appearances: Solo: A Star Wars Story

Bio: L3-37, abbreviated L3, or Elthree, or Vuffi, was a feminine custom self-made piloting droid associated with Lando Calrissian who was active during the reign of the Galactic Empire. She was a one-of-a-kind droid, assembling and improving herself with scraps of other droids,[7] including her torso, which she pieced together from an old astromech. Her brain module began as part of an R3-series astromech droid, including data from an espionage droid, custom coding and protocol droid processors.  (Stolen from Wookieepedia.  Packaging has no bio.)

Image: Adam's photo lab.

Availability: Click here to buy it at Entertainment Earth now!

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Commentary:  I know not everybody loved - or saw - Solo: A Star Wars Story, but scheduling it strangely has given in the benefit of a longer tail at retail than most of the other movies.   We're actually getting all of the planned figures (that I know of, anyway) and seeing L3-37 in stores rather than being sold only overseas or as an online exclusive is a net positive.  Well, maybe not for my business, but my goal in life is to see you get the toys you want - and this time, you should be able to get this one.  According to Blu-Ray bonus features, this droid was a self-modified astromech.  Details from reference guide state her guts are R3 modules, with her arms, legs, and torso all seeming to contain cannibalized astromech parts.  She's also kind of a snot, which is in line with R2-D2 and other tiny robots.

This is a weird figure - her legs have wires hanging down with tabs that fit in slots, but were not glued in.  As such they hang strangely.  Legs swing forward like vintage 1970s Kenner action figures, and the arms also swing forward.  The head has two joints - one on the torso, another at the base of the skull - making it a simple-but-good figure.  She stands, she sits, she comes without weapons - it's a decent figure that could have benefitted a bit from more paint.
I love the design.  Droids that look like they came from a pile of junk hold more than a little appeal to me, and being able to examine her and recognize elements from other robot designs as well as old tech? What a treat!  Her eye looks a little like an old floppy disk drive, and I love how she seems like a remix of off-the-shelf parts.

It's rare that we get cool new droid figures.   Seeing a new design of a new character that's not just a previous droid with a new head or in new colors feels like a cause for celebration, so I'm really happy Hasbro got her out for all of us.  The ramshackle design is the kind of thing that reeks of Star Wars, but then again all of the designs in this movie looked like they belonged in a galaxy far, far away... and my toy box.   Kudos to Hasbro for sticking with it and getting us pretty much all the major players in 3 3/4-inch, and if they'd like to throw a few more our way I'd be happy to pick them up.  I'd also buy another one if we get a "Vintage" one, but for now this makes me very happy.

Force Link 2.0 Notes: "You're beginning to entertain my servos." "Don't just blindly follow the program!" "Rise up my droid bretheren!" "Execute a little free will?"  "Resist the oppressors!  Argh!"  Explosion sounds.  This is one of the very best sound chips - get yourself a Force Link 2.0 reader (on clearance) for this one.

Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.  

--Adam Pawlus

Day 2,541: December 11, 2018

1 comment:

Vader47000 said...

I found the 6-inch version of L3 at a Target. Haven't seen the 3.75 yet. But one observation I had about the 6-inch version, that seems to be true of this one as well, is that her arms seem to be repurposed astromech legs. And yet her leg-arms are considerably smaller than the legs of the R2-style droids of the same scale. It's not that big of a deal, but still kind of weird. I think had they used actual R2-style legs for her arms instead of resculpting them just for this figure, it would have added a bit to it, in the sense that she's a kitbashed droid whose toy would have been legit pieced together with parts intended for other droid toys.

Using that idea as a jumping off point, a neat gift set would be for a box of several droids that could be disassembled and their parts reconnected to form L3. Kind of like a Black Series droid factory. Would never happen given the general lack of relative interest in Solo, and particular vitriol toward the L3 character. But it would be an interesting product (and could also be a way to get L3 in her half-blown-up form).