The Black Series The Force Awakens-Era Line Look, 6-Inch Figure
Item No.: Asst. B3834 No. E4079
Includes: 2 dome panels, 2 dome guns, 2 leg covers, 2 leg blasters
Action Feature: Opening chest compartments, rotating dome lowers third leg, dome panels pop off so you can place guns, leg panels come off for even more guns
Availability: June 2019
Bio: A hostile astromech droid, BT-1 (Beetee) works with Doctor Aphra alongside the protocol droid 0-0-0 on destructive missions. The black metal-plated droid is heavily armed with flamethrowers and other destructive weapons. (Taken from the packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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What's more, R2-D2's prequel arm rockets are left out but the hooks are still there. Now you can add extra weapons in there, although you'll need to find somewhere to store the extra panels. If that weren't enough, the retractable third leg is present, as are the opening chest panels with the claw arm and datalink arm accessories.
As a resculpt of a resculpt, I particularly enjoyed the unpainted, outer R5-style eyes on the dome on the split panels and I always got a kick out of giving an R2-style robot a complete arsenal at his disposal. As a kid, I often played with R2-D2 as a cannon - just flip the body up, and it looks like it could shoot projectiles. This takes that idea and pushes it to an almost ridiculous level, resulting in a striking and admirably goofy concept that looks like it could have been made in the 1980s or 1990s. Since it came out in 2019, it shows there's still an appetite for fun in the world for those who get lucky enough to pre-order it online, otherwise it costs too much. If you can get it at a fair price, snap one up immediately - even if you don't like the comics, it's a great little bit of worldbuilding and a distinctive personality from the publishing program.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth in 2019.
Day 2,849: August 24, 2021