Rogue One Basic Figures
Item No.: Asst. B7072 No. B7277
Includes: Zipline claw accessory
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: September 2016
Appearances: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Bio: A reprogrammed Imperial security droid now loyal to the Alliance, K-2SO is an alarming sight standing within a secret Rebel base. The pragmatic droid is an effective insertion agent, as he can blend in perfectly at Imperial installations and outposts. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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He only has 6 joints - 2 at the neck - but he makes up for it with pretty good deco. Scraped-up silver knees and elbows are matched with appropriately worn Imperial symbols on his shoulders, plus little silver highlights with detail around the fax joints, eyes, mouth, and wires. There are even orangey/rusty rings around the hips and shoulders that seem close to the color of some existing Imperial Astromechs stationed on the second Death Star. The proportions seem very new school, but other than that the visual language seems pretty close to being similar to the original trilogy. I could see this guy banged up and rusted out, serving some limited function in Jabba's Palace.
His accessory is a "zipline" - a claw on an arm-mounted gadget that extends a rope out a few inches and he can zip up it, if he holds on. I wish it was a backpack. It looks OK, but if you lost it you probably won't miss it. It's fun enough, but safety prevents us from getting long strings so figures can really go places. It's only slightly longer than my water glass.
Unless you've got an allergy to the new movie, this is an awesome looking new droid and a worthwhile addition to your Imperial stash. Even if the movie is weak, I assume this droid will still be welcomed by Imperial army collectors as one more addition to shelves or dioramas. It looks good, it's real big, and I don't have a lot quite like it. So, I approve - I know we all wish it were super-articulated, but given the history of Battle Droids maybe it'll be more sturdy as a limited articulation release. We'll see how the 6-inch one plays out. The new Empire figure designs seem pretty strong so far, so go ahead and get them. Just don't expect this one to stay standing for long - its weighty torso makes it easy to accidentally knock down.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,285: October 4, 2016