The Vintage Collection 3 3/4-Inch Action Figure
Item No.: Asst. E7763 No. F4462
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: December 2021
Appearances: The Empire Strikes Back
Bio: Never far from Baron Administrator Lando Calrissian's side was Lobot, Calrissian's aide and Cloud City's computer liaison officer. (Taken from marketing copy. There is no bio.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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While Bo-Katan Kryze has the best new articulation I've seen, and the Mythrol has some of the best 2016-2021 style articulation I've seen, Lobot is something in the middle. The hips are somewhere in between - the legs don't quite swing forward without a fight, but look like an evolutionary step closer to what we got with Bo-Katan and Kuiil. It's a ball-and-socket joint, but you have to twist the thigh to get them to swing forward. Functionally, it's decent. It looks great. But the user experience is a bit more fidgety than I would like, making it a good-but-not-great one. (It's not like you're going to play with him much, anyway.)
So you've got a good figure, with a confusing accessory - Hasbro opted to do the Disney-era Stormtrooper blaster rather than the Original Trilogy version. There are some minor changes, like the extra bit hanging off the side, that lets you know this isn't the correct one from the movie. For all I know it has to do with legal reasons, but given how many incorrect lightsaber hilts we've seen over the years it's probably just an oversight in production. It's also better than no accessory.
Seemingly not essential if you've got a Lobot, this is a really good update of a character that hasn't got a lot of attention over the years. It's his fourth 3 3/4-inch figure, and it's the best - if you feel like getting one, you should. He sits, he stands, he looks good - there's not much more you can ask for here. Maybe in 15-20 years we'll see Hasbro innovate more and come up with another version, but I assume this is going to be the last Lobot most fans will ever need. (Unless he shows up in a new costume, played by a new actor.)
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,894: January 27, 2022