STAR WARS: LEGACY
So, I gave Star Trek its due, why not the other “Star” franchise? Regular readers of the site will no doubt be aware of my less than stellar opinion of the three Star Wars prequels. That said, regular readers will also be very likely to know that I don’t hate everything that came out of those movies. Generally, it’s the stuff at the forefront of the screen that I don’t so much care for. That stuff in the background? Usually pretty cool. Case in point: FA-4, the subject of today’s review. Most people have no clue who this guy is. Heck, I had no clue who this was, at least prior to purchasing this figure. As it turns out, he’s the pilot of Count Dooku’s ship at the end of Attack of the Clones. Far from a pivotal role, but literally everyone in Star Wars gets an action figure at some point.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
FA-4 was part of the final “Droid Factory” series of the Star Wars: Legacy line. Due to the move to The Black Series in 2013, the series was put on indefinite hold, until Amazon decided to pick it up as an exclusive item. FA-4 was originally intended to be one of the Build-A-Droids, but was made into a single release figure instead when a few assortments were combined to form this last series. The figure stands about 3 inches tall and he has 8 points of articulation, which is pretty good for the design. The sculpt on this figure looks to be unique. It’s quite nice, though it appears some liberties have been taken to make the design just a touch sturdier. While I personally find it enhances the design, sticklers for screen accuracy might be a little letdown. While FA-4 was a pretty basic design, the sculpt still manages to work in some cool small details, especially around there areas of the joints. FA-4’s paintwork is quite nicely handled. He’s molded in a basic gunmetal grey, with bronze accents, which look really sharp. Despite his duller palette, I think he still manages to stand out. FA-4’s only accessory is TC-70’s torso piece. I’m not really planning on finishing him, so it doesn’t do a whole lot for me, but I can’t really think of much else FA-4 could have included.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
FA-4 was purchased for me by my Super Awesome Girlfriend, back in July. He has the distinction of being the last figure that I purchased from All Time Toys prior to the Ellicott City Main Street flood, which has closed down them and several other businesses for at least the next few months. With that in mind, this figure has quite a bit of weight to bear. Fortunately, I think he delivers. He’s a really fun, unique figure, who’s been made all the more special for me.