Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 2,763: R3-H17 (Droid Factory Line Look)

Disney Parks Christmas Exclusive

Star Wars Droid Factory
Item No.:
Manufacturer: Disney
Number: n/a
Includes: Mistletoe, arm
Action Feature: Comes apart
Retail: $12.99
Availability: October 2017
Appearances: n/a
Bio: All different types of Astromech droids populate the Star Wars galaxy. Each droid is different and has their own unique personality and colors. This festive Astromech is optimized to serve the Royal Advisory Council at the palace on Naboo. May the Force be with you... and your Droids! (Taken from the figure's packaging.)

Image: Adam's photo lab.

Availability: Click here to buy it at Amazon now!

This is a good one - but not too flashy, and not too expensive. R3-H17 does some things differently - it has the clear R3 dome revision, which is good, and it's mostly painted up - which is unusual. The central eye is clear too, with white, gold, and green all over.

The general build is the same as usual, with a mostly white droid body and limbs with a very unique dome and accessory. The claw arm isn't new - we've seen it before with candy corn, for example - but the mistletoe is. Presumably they want a kiss. On the... well, there's no mouth or cheek, so you figure it out. Don't tongue the holo projector. Or the Burtt Acoustic Signaler. (I just found out it had a name. Ben must be so proud.)

The deco is distinctive, with numerous gold panels looking like bar graphs around the base of the dome, covered by a green band with an unpainted section on top. I've got hundreds of droids, and they don't look a lot like this. Were it not for the alternating colors of panels under the dome, this probably wouldn't register as a "holiday" droid.

It might not be worth the secondary market mark-up, but this is another nifty droid that doesn't look out of place in my droid stash. Well, OK, the mistletoe is weird, but I'll allow it. The arm grips it well, so hopefully you won't lose it when you move the figure around your various displays.

Collector's Notes: I got this from my pal Shannon.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 2,763: December 24, 2020

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