Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Figure of the Day: Day 1,316: R4-P44

R4-P44 Astromech Droid
The Legacy Collection Build-A-Droid
Item No.:
Asst. 87535
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: n/a
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: n/a
Availability: October 2009
Appearances: Revenge of the Sith

Bio: R4-P44 was a R4-series astromech droid that was assigned to Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi's clone trooper forces while stationed on Utapau. It was used aboard an ARC-170 starfighter of the Fifth Fleet. The droid, like R4-P17, had the dome of a R2 unit. (Stolen from Wookieepedia.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' place.

Commentary: If you need another droid, R4-P44 is a good one. His pieces came mostly with Cantina people, and unlike many other droids he's green. With jointed ankles and legs, plus the dome, there's not much surprising about this one other than the fact that Hasbro plucked a neat design from obscurity and translated it into plastic. There's not much to say here other than it seems pretty much spot-on to the digital model except the action figure is far cleaner, without the grease, grime, and blast marks of war. I like it, I assume you will too.

Collector's Notes: At press time I see people paying $4.99 or more per piece (there are 4 pieces), which is ridiculous. You can get the figures WITH the pieces for $4.99 in the sales that started in May, so whatever you do, don't pay more than $5 per piece. Complete droids go for as little as $8, which is reasonable if you don't want Leesub Sirln, Concept Ki-Adi-Mundi, the Jawa, or Hrchek Kal Fas. And, between you and me, you should get those.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,316: June 30, 2010


Bravo said...

I'll miss Build a Droid because it got me some astromech droids, mostly mismatched ones, (I should've gotten Mundi). But I otherwise haven't gotten an astromech since that black R5 unit from 2006. They too much of a prop for the regular figure price.

Unknown said...

Wintergreen-flavored Astromechs(TM)!

Get yours before they...and the clean, refreshing taste...are gone!

I don't own this figure but it's clearly one of the crispest and best-looking astromech toys to come down the pike. I would have loved to see a 12"-scale version of this one...but I guess those days are long gone.