Thursday, December 20, 2012

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 1,962: Pit Droid

PIT DROID  with Ratts Tyerell
The Vintage Collection Basic Figures and also Discover the Force Mos Espa Race set
Item No.:
Asst. 37499 No.  26973  
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #VC77
Includes: Goggles, blaster, other figure
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $9.99
Availability: January 2012
Appearances: The Phantom Menace

Bio: Celebrate the legendary Star Wars saga that changed the universe forever! This collection brings to life the incredible story of good versus evil that captured our imagination and took us to a galaxy far, far away. Iconic Star Wars heroes and villains are captured with incredible detail and premium features to commemorate each epic tale in the Star Wars saga. May the Force be with you!  (Taken from the figure's packaging.  No specific character information.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' yard while under construction.  Yes, that is a pile of dirt.

Commentary: So while comparing this Pit Droid which came with Ratts Tyerell with the pair that came in the Mos Espa Arena Walmart Exclusive Gift Set, I found out they're all the same figure.  Harumph.  The Mos Espa Race packaging shows a Pit Droid with different deco, but that's not what you get.  You get this.  The mold is based on the infamous "Bonus Pit Droids" of 2000, a mold so rare fans actively lobbied for Hasbro to bring it out to the USA and they sort of succeeded, and the story goes (if I recall correctly) that Hasbro had to actually recreate the tooling to bring them back.  They did a nice job, it's a cute little figure.

The engineering is the same as before, and its fatal flaw is in the legs: they bend out of shape easily, and with no foot pegs he may fall over.  He has swivel shoulders and hips, plus a ball-jointed head.  The figure is filled with personality and can move his head around to emote in numerous fun little ways.  Well, a couple.  The figure has no accessories of his own, but is a nice bonus in any set.  The light, maroon-ish head has a lot of dirt and soot on it which makes this relatively simple design look amazing.  Sure, the sculpting is good, but the paint adds a lot of dimension to this otherwise more-or-less same figure.  I like it. It's cute.  More please.

Collector's Notes:  The set was widely available in 2012 at various points in the first half, so you should have got one at retail by now.  You might still be able to find it but I wouldn't hold your breath for too long... you're in the end of "crazy parents who will buy anything" season and that usually serves as a decent correction to any unsold pegwarmers.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,962: December 20, 2012

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