Thursday, November 16, 2023

Star Wars Figure of the Day: Day 3,082: R6 Droid (Advent Calendar 2022)

R6 DROID Droid Cosplay
Star Wars Droid Factory
Item No.:
Manufacturer: Disney
Number: n/a
Includes: Silver BB droid, Nutcracker R5 droid, Gold R4 droid, Giftwrapped Power Droid with bow, Elf R6 Droid with hat, C1 droid
Action Feature: Comes apart
Retail: $69.99
Availability: August 2022
Appearances: n/a

Bio: All different types of astromech droid populate the Star Wars galaxy. Each droid is different and has their own unique personality and colors. Open up teh Sandcrawler to reveal and build 6 new droids to celebrate along with them for 25 days this season. May the Force be with you... and your droids!" This droid is optimized to function in the sparsely settled, unspoiled frontier world of Vandor. Join R6-SNO on their adventures throughout the galaxy! (Taken from the packaging. Yes, the one quotation mark and reference to R6-SNO, who is not included, was on the box in three languages.)

Image: Adam's photo lab.

Availability: Click here to buy it at eBay now!

Commentary: The holidays continue! This Advent Calendar R6 Droid is elfin, complete with belt buckle deco and hat. Unlike the last one, this one's a bit more obvious with a green body, black feet, plus other highlights. For all I know I have it wrong, but I'm going to say no, I don't. As always, it keeps the same basic build with removable arms (and third foot), a removable dome, and a hole for an optional hat. You know them, you love them, probably.

I liked most of the holiday droids because they didn't seem too Earthy - this one veers more toward a holiday decoration, something you probably couldn't actually work in to a shelf of normal action figures. This is the one you put next to your Holiday S.L.U.G. Zombies or your The Black Series holiday edition figures. It's vibrant, charming, and as a nice hat - there's a lot to like here in terms of creativity. It makes sense that there would be figures that use the droid body as a base on which to make decorations or artist figures, and I'm surprised there aren't actually a lot more of them yet.

The paint is nice and thick, so there's not a lot of plastic showing through The details on the dome are few and far between, with a painted eye, a blue light, and a red line around the neck - because the rest of the figure got all the paint. I really do like the vibrant colors, and the artist behind it came up with a good color layout. But what do I do with an elf droid on December 26? That I haven't figured out yet as the parts don't particularly lend themselves to other environs. I think it's an admirable design but if it weren't part of a bigger set with other, more normal droids I could see letting this one go. I probably sound pretty wishy-washy here, but it's a hard figure to recommend if you want to collect figures that belong in the Star Wars universe. This is one for your holiday displays, and little else.

Collector's Notes: I got mine from some guy on eBay for a lower price!

--Adam Pawlus

Day 3,082: November 16, 2023

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