STAR WARS: ELITE SERIES
By now, it shouldn’t surprise anyone to pull up the site at see K-2’s name at the top of the page. He was by far my favorite part of Rogue One, and one of my favorite parts of the Star Wars universe in general. I’m steadily working my way to owning every possible action figure version of this guy. I’ve already gotten the obligatory 3 3/4 inch and Black Series figures, plus the Lego Constraction figure, and even the Pop! figure. The line I almost always overlook is the Disney’s in-house line of die-cast figures, available exclusively at the Disney Store, but, as with Poe, I did track down the die-cast K-2 figure, which I’ll be looking at today.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
K-2 was part of the assortment of Rogue One-related Star Wars: Elite Series released back on Rogue Friday. The figure stands about 7 1/2 inches tall and has 19 points of articulation. If you read my Poe review, you’ll probably remember that he was in a 7-inch scale. Now, if you reference my Black Series K-2 review, you’ll note that I gave that figure’s height at 7 1/2 inches. No, I didn’t mess either measurement up; these two figures are the exact same size, which means this guy’s actually 1/12 scale, and thus not actually in scale with the rest of the Elite Series figures. In Disney’s defense, in order to be in proper scale with the rest of the Elite Series, K-2 would have to be almost 9 inches tall; the materials cost alone would mean he’d have to be in his own unique price point. At this size, he’s still about a half inch taller than Poe, meaning he won’t look horribly out of place. The flip side of all this is that this figure is perfectly scaled with The Black Series, so if you aren’t happy with your Black Series K-2 or are unable to find that particular figure, you have a second option. In terms of construction, K-2 is mostly metal, with plastic being used only for his head and hands. Like Poe, this means he’s a little more restricted in terms of motion than, say his, Black Series counterpart. However, unlike Poe, where the there were some issues with looking a little too soft due to the metal parts, K-2 seems to do alright on the details. If anything, he’s the one figure that it makes total sense to do in die-cast, being a droid and all, and his more geometric stylings lend themselves far more to this style of figure. Another improvement over Poe: all those pesky screws on the back now have covers. You can still see where they are, but they stick out a whole lot less. In terms of accuracy to the source material, I think this figure’s actually a little closer to the movie design than the Black Series figure. The head’s certainly superior on this figure at least. The rest you can sort of chalk cup to differences of materials. About the only real negative is the way the neck articulation has been implemented; rather than sticking with the movie design, there’s now a trench running just above the neck, allowing you to place his head straight up, which is just the most unnatural looking thing. In terms of paint, this K-2 gets the proper gunmetal grey finish that his other figures have lacked, and also gets the proper grey detailing on the shoulder joints. Aside from that, though, he’s a bit of a step down from the Black Series figure, loosing out on a lot of that figure’s really cool weathering, and also getting an inaccurate Imperial logo on both shoulders. K-2’s only accessory is a display stand, which is the same as Poe’s.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
K-2 was picked up for me by my Super Awesome Girlfriend while we were out at the mall. I caught sight of him through the window of the Disney Store on the way to another store and made a note to go back for him, but she snuck off later and grabbed him for me. I’m a little disappointed that he’s not truly in scale with the Elite Series not because scale matters all that much to me, but more because him being the same size as the Black Series figure now leaves me eternally wondering which one I prefer. If you want posablity and playability, go with the Black Series, but if you just want a cool looking K-2 for the shelf (and something you can possibly fend off home invaders with), you could do a lot worse than this guy.