Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,056: FA-4 (2013 Legacy Collection Droid Factory)

FA-4 New!
Legacy Collection Droid Factory
Item No.:
Asst. - No. A6729
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: TC-70 torso, five other figures
Action Feature: Removable limbs
Retail: $59.99
Availability: October 2013
Appearances: Attack of the Clones

Bio: FA-4 is Count Dooku's Pilot Droid on board the count's solar sailer, an interstellar sloop and a gift to Dooku from the Geonosians.  When Dooku makes his escape from Geonosis after battling Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Yoda, it is the Pilot Droid FA-4 who operates the controls of Dooku's interstellar ship. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam's photo lab.

Availability: Click here to buy it at Amazon now!

Commentary: Originally FA-4 was to be doled out in segments as a build-a-droid figure, instead Hasbro just carded him as part of this special set.  I'm OK with that - it's a very nice figure.  Given 8 points of articulation, the figure moves better than I'd have guessed with joints at the hips, elbows, shoulders, and two neck joints.  You can pop off the arms, legs, and head and swap them with parts of other build-a-droid Protocol Droid bodies if you want, and the Pilot Droid arms do look quite nice in that style of body.

There are precious few 100%-newly-sculpted figures in the line this year, and I believe this may be the first completely new character to be released on a single blister card this year.   Thankfully it looks good - the squat little guy comes up to a Stormtrooper's shoulder, with a bronzey paint and a few painted details.  Eyes, some light silver, and a bit of black bring this silvery-grey robot to life.   Were this figure sold in stores, I'd want more of them because the various parts and pieces really are fun to swap with the other build-a-droid bits.  The figure has more moving parts than I'd expect and looks like it would fit perfectly in the Solar Sailer vehicle... that will never, ever be made.

You won't find a lot of excessive detail here, but as the only genuinely new figure in the wave it's the reason you will want to buy this set.  I almost bought one off of eBay until the flood of them made me think better of it, and I'm glad I waited.  $30 is too high for this figure - as is $60 - but the entire set is arguably "worth" it.   Barely.   It's still an expensive and decreasingly rewarding time to be an action figure collector.

Collector's Notes: I got this figure online from Amazon, and so should you. The packaging is unique for many reasons - not only is it based on the abandoned 2013 "Droid Factory" Legacy Collection concept, but the item is not six figures in a box - it's one figure with six items inside it.  The carded figures have no SKU and no UPC.  The P/N on the cardback is a Part Number, and that "part" that it represents is the actual cardboard piece - not the product itself.  As such this item was designed specifically to be an online exclusive, a retail store would likely never stock an item in the 21st century without a unique UPC unless it sold the entire 6-figure set, in its white mailer box, as a single unique item.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 2,056: November 13, 2013

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