Thursday, March 15, 2012

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,762: R4-H5

R4-H5 Wal-Mart Exclusive
30th Anniversary Collection Droid Factory
Item No.:
Asst. 12980 No. 87757
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: 4 of 6
Includes: Kit Fisto, piece of C-3PX
Action Feature: Removable third leg, rotate dome to raise sensorscope
Retail: $9.99
Availability: May 2008
Appearances: Clone Wars

Bio: Jedi Master Kit Fisto is equally comfortable in air or water. R4-H5 flies in Fisto's starfighter to help navigate to help navigate and repair the ship. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' boxes.

Commentary: People love Kit Fisto, which means Hasbro made him a couple (yes, two) Jedi Starfighters plus an Astromech Droid named R4-H5. It stands as a pretty great monument to Hasbro's line, you've got several characters who get their own personal squad of vehicles. Captain Kirk only gets the Enterprise, so screw you Kirk!

From 2006-2008, we got an amazing run of vehicles and droids that belong to major and semi-major characters. Fisto's droid came in a Wal-Mart 2-pack with a repaint of Kit which came with a unique robe, and R4 has never been reissued. This was also, I believe, his first full-body appearance as he didn't show up much in the comics or TV shows. Fisto's Starfighter had a built-in droid, so this guy's not exactly necessary unless you want to use this movie-style figure for the animated 2010 Clone Wars vehicle.

Based on the Vintage 2004 R2-D2 body, the figure has a glued-in instrument panel and a rotating dome with a pop-up sensorscope. His third leg is removable-- not retractable-- and he has a wicked cool green and orange paint job. Just in terms of the fact it looks sort of like a pile of vegetables, I can't not love this figure.

Collector's Notes: These 2-packs, and a lot of items from this era, are all pretty cheap. If you can get all 6 C-3PX "Droid Factory" sets for $60 or less, just get the lot of 'em. It's worth it for the droids alone, but hey I'm biased. I love robots.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,762: March 15, 2012

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