Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,603: Chopper (C1-10P, The Black Series 6-Inch)

The Force Awakens The Black Series 6-Inch Figure
Item No.:
Asst. B3834 No. E4084
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #84
Includes: Fire blast, fire cloud, spare left leg, central rocket leg, central wheel leg
Action Feature: Connects to blast base, rolling wheels, arm pops out of chest, arms pop out of dome
Retail: $19.99
Availability: June 2019
Appearances: Star Wars: Rebels

Bio: Chopper is the resident droid of the Ghost, assisting the crew in everything from ship maintenance to combat, even though he doesn't always want to.  After many years of repirs and patch jobs, Chopper has a beat-up, worn look that matches his sometimes cranky personality. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam's photo lab.

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

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Commentary:  Essential!   I didn't think Chopper (C1-10P) as a smaller droid could carry his weight as a figure.   I assumed Hasbro wouldn't shove enough plastic in the box to warrant the price of a standard figure.  I was wrong.  This is fantastic.   Hasbro's "realistic" take on Chopper from Rebels seems almost the same as the cartoon.   It also looks a bit like the full-size droid from Rebels Recon, although it's a bit lighter and a little less filthy.  Every element is where it should be, from the weird alternate leg to the panels that look glued on in the wrong place.  Some of the colors are a smidgen off, like the chassis body being lighter grey on the toy than the TV show, or the orange stripe over the chest arm being yellow rather than orange, but I'm picking nits here.  This is pretty gorgeous and I'm not going to dump on it for taking license on translating a cartoon character to a movie-compatible one.

The toy is positively loaded in moving parts.  The central leg is removable - you can elect to leave it out, or use a rocket leg, or a wheel leg.  The hips and ankles move, and the left leg can be replaced with a leg that better matches the right one if you're so inclined - a nice nod to an episode of the show where Chopper wants to get his leg fixed.  The dome rotates, as does the dish on top.  What surprised me was the leg in the body swivels out, as do the arms inside the dome.  Each arm has at least two joints, and there are ball joints on the head arms' elbows.
The colors largely match the TV show, with bright oranges and yellows against a sea of muted greys and greens.  I love how it turned out, complete with the blue dots inside the two remaining eyes.  The wires were painted, and so were tons of other details.  Hasbro even painted wear and tear on the figure's backside, and that's something we don't get very much.

Kudos to Hasbro for including environmental pieces.  The clear orange "blast" pieces work as a great display sand for the figure, making Yoda and R2-D2 seem like they need to up their game on the gear front.  A little white smoke paint dusts the blast, making it a pretty fantastic piece for a display shelf or desk.  If you already have the other Rebels figures, you'll be happy to get this one.   I should also note Ezra is a stunner.  Make sure you add these to your stash before the prices get stupid expensive - I assume Rebels kids will get older and want these eventually.  And be sure to get that Hondo from Galaxy's Edge while you're at it.

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

--Adam Pawlus

Day 2,603: July 16, 2019

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