Monday, June 7, 2021

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,823: L4-R6 (Droid Depot Line Look)

Disney Parks Exclusive

Droid Depot Droid Depot Droids boxed set
Item No.:
Manufacturer: Disney?
Number: n/a
Includes: n/a
Action Feature: Comes apart
Retail: $49.99
Availability: ??? 2020
Appearances: Galaxy's Edge
Bio: L4-R6 was an R-series astromech droid manufactured by Industrial Automaton who functioned as a repair droid. (Taken from Wookieepedia. Box has no bio.)

Image: Adam's photo lab.

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With a body that follows the pattern template of R4-M9 [FOTD #2,199], L4-R6 is a confusingly named droid that would be, by the old standards, an R4 unit - hence the cone-shaped head. The chest and outer limbs are painted like R4-M9 from the 2015 Disney set, but in blue, with added paint dirt. The central leg has dirt and silver. The dome is a completely new template, I believe, unless I forgot one some place. Look, I got a lot of droids here.

Making use of the Disney versions of the build-a-droid parts we've been getting for nearly a decade, there's not a lot new beyond color. The dome has a white box around a black eye, with nifty blue panels in an all-new pattern to match a set of robots outside of a store. So you go to a store, and sold nearby, is the stuff directly outside the store - there's not much to the robot beyond that. I like the colors. Blue and white look good on these guys. Disney applied a wonderfully weird pattern of dirt here that pops nicely on the body, while being a lot more subtle on the dome. There are, of course, other blue and white astromech R4 units, but this one can be had in a fancy box with more neat robots.

Articulation is nothing new, so this is best bought as a souvenir, or a fix for the hapless droid junkie. As I do not expect to be near a theme park this year, I/you may be best served ordering online. I can say it's good and durable, with nice deco that changes it up just a bit so it isn't yet another pallet swap. It's also bright enough to fit in with your cartoon figures, if you had any. Should this set come across your desk for a fair price, I'd suggest that you buy one.

Collector's Notes: I got this from eBay for about $63 delivered. I was not happy to overpay by $13, but after tax and shipping, it wasn't too bad. It's still cheaper than paying the theme park parking rate were I still relatively local.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 2,823: June 7, 2021

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