The Retro Collection 3 3/4-Inch Action Figure
Item No.: Asst. F0937 No. F2021
Includes: Black pistol and black rifle
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: April 2021
Appearances: The Mandalorian
Bio: IG-11, also known as Eyegee-Eleven or simply as IG or Eyegee, was a masculine-programmed IG-series assassin droid who was a bounty hunter during the New Republic Era. IG-11 was programmed to follow protocols of the Bounty Hunters' Guild, and had a built-in self-destruct mechanism to prevent himself from being captured while working as a hired gun. (Stolen from Wookieepedia. Packaging has no bio.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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Hasbro's sculptors seem to be working from digital scans of the original Kenner figure, but with some flaws. The arms are quite similar to the Kenner original, but the old silver droid had fake joints sculpted on the clawed hands. The new IG-11 lacks those marks, adding in thicker and more substantial (but inaccurate to the show) hands. He can hold the weapons fairly well, but the Kenner original does a better job holding the original Kenner blasters. It would be nice if the hands all fit the weapons like a glove - there's no reason to not give them a perfect fit.
I like this figure - but don't love it. It's a quickie retool, and Kenner was generally not keen on those outside of R2-D2 and C-3PO. Precious few parts are reused, but at least they made the deco interesting. The "lava reflection" color choice is gorgeous, and it's consistent with the "Credit Collection" IG-11 in The Black Series. It's a good figure design, but the execution needs some work. It's also noticing that the blasters are remarkably similar to IG-88's, but they're changed enough so a fan with a good eye will see different cuts and unique choices. It won't hold up as a good copy against a Kenner original. That's this line in a nutshell - it's arguably too good and not good enough at the same time, but packaged collectors will undoubtedly get a kick out of it. Minus the big sticker, anyway. Get it if you can.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,818: May 25, 2021