Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 108: R2-D2

R2-D2 Dagobah
Original Trilogy Collection
Item No.:
Asst. 84715 No. 84781
Number: OTC-04; n/a
Includes: Base
Action Feature: Press button for authentic movie sounds, and lights
Retail: $4.99
Availability: June 2004
Appearances: The Empire Strikes Back

Bio: The brave droid R2-D2 has helped the Rebel heroes many times. He goes with Luke Skywalker to the planet Dagobah, where Yoda teaches Luke the ways of a Jedi Knight. Luke tries out his new skills by lifting R2-D2 into the air using only his mind, causing the droid to scream in surprise. When Luke leaves to save his friends from the evil Empire, R2-D2 goes with him, ready to help the Rebels once again. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' toy shelves.

Commentary: As far as evergreen figures go, few are as popular as R2-D2. While essentially the exact same robot in all 6 movies, there have been dozens of unique action figures each with unique "dirt," or action features, or electronics. This one has true-to-film sound effects, a blinking eye, a revised sculpt, and so much dirt you wouldn't believe it. Except you can see it, so you can probably believe it. Fun for kids and adults (and diorama builders), this R2-D2 has pretty much everything you could want short of head articulation and a third leg. For fans of Dagobah, this is a must-buy, as it looks great and has marvelous sound effects. If dirt and noise don't appeal to you, though, this figure really doesn't have a lot to offer.

The display stand, featuring Dagobah's swampy ground, is also notable in that it connects to other, similar bases. The same base is also packaged with Yoda and the Spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi from the OTC line, and all of these stands can connect to one another.

Collector's Notes: This one isn't dirt cheap, but can be had for a fair price. Like most OTC figures, it sold briskly at retail and most fans loved snapping them up for their unique packaging. Due to the nifty cardback, you might want to buy two-- the packaging is just that great.

Day 108: August 22, 2006

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