The Clone Wars Basic Figures
Item No.: Asst. 87638 No. 87859
Includes: Backpack, two pistols
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: September 2008
Appearances: The Clone Wars
Bio: An IG-86 Assassin Droid lies deactivated in a Trandoshan trader's cargo hold until a buyer can be found for the dangerous droid. But he is accidentally reactivated by a clumsy astromech droid, and the lives of everyone on board the ship are in peril. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's floor.
Commentary: Of all the droid figures, it seems Hasbro has the strongest affinity for droids like IG-86 (and his ancestor/descendants) as of late. This is the very first figure to use this mold, three have so far, and it looks like the designers went to town here. The legs have a ton of articulation including lateral hips, the hands can open and close, plus there's a nice level of grit. The dirt can be a pro or a con, given it didn't look too filthy in the show and a later release with more subdued damage looked more cartoony-- this one is almost realistic. (Not that this is a terrible thing, of course.) Few figures showcase this range of movement, and I would suggest buying some form of this figure just to get a good look at what Hasbro seems to be capable of doing these days. It doesn't hurt that it's a cool design.
Collector's Notes: The first shipments of this figure had grey blasters. Later ones have blue. The mold was also used to make Ziro's Assassin Droid and another IG-86 in the Ambush on the Vulture's Claw Battle Pack in 2009. No doubt, it'll be used to make another figure again. It's also worth noting that IG-88 appeared on the original Droids cartoon series in 1985, so it seems he's a good choice for cartoons given there's little backstory for the design as far as the movies and TV series are concerned. (The books are another, often goofy, matter.)
Day 1,172: December 10, 2009