Sunday, October 22, 2006

Figure of the Day: Day 169: R3-T2

R3-T2 Astromech Droids Series #1
Saga Collection Entertainment Earth Exclusive
Item No.:
Asst. 87055 No. 87056
Number: n/a
Includes: n/a
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $39.99
Availability: January 2006
Appearances: Star Wars

Bio: Has adapted for survival on Tatooine. Its owner is still a mystery. (Taken from the figure's box.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' toy shelves.

Commentary: Sometimes a figure works, sometimes it doesn't. As one of the 10 figures in the Entertainment Earth Exclusive Astromech Droid Packs I helped bring to life, this figure did not turn out as anticipated. (It's a long story.) The figure doesn't look a lot like the images from the film, sets, or elsewhere, as can be seen on the very bland body with the incorrectly colored dome. In its own right, as a random Expanded Universe droid, it's very interesting with its pale colors and striking white, but as an authentic recreation of R3-T2 (and sadly, likely the only one we'll ever get) it doesn't do the job well. The figure itself is based on the R4-G9 mold, which means he's well designed and his third leg retracts/extends when you twist the dome on top of the figure. It's a great addition to any diorama and droid fans everywhere should get this one-- it really is a nice figure in its own right, it just isn't as authentic as it should be-- which is kind of a problem when you're dealing with figures designed to appeal to collectors.

Collector's Notes: At this time, this figure is still available from Entertainment Earth. Those uninterested in buying the 5-pack would be well-served to go to eBay, as fans break up the set and sell the figure for a few dollars.

Day 169: October 22, 2006

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