IG97 & ROM MOHC
STAR WARS: LEGACY COLLECTION COMIC PACKS (HASBRO)
“Rom Mohc is an Imperial general involved in the testing of advanced battle droids known as Dark Troopers. One of these droids ends up on Tatooine and becomes activated by scavenging Jawas. The Dark Trooper attacks three friends camping in the desert. But things change when the prototype encounters a clumsy IG97 Battle Droid on Tatooine, and the machines battle each other.”
The Star Wars Expanded Universe may not be as “official” as it once was, but when it was in full swing, it encompassed a whole lot of stuff. TV, video games, novels, and of course, comic books. There are many, many unique characters there-in, with many of them remaining exclusive to one medium or the other. Only a handful of characters have made appearances in multiple forms of media. The set I’m looking at today includes one of those cross-over characters, as well as a character that only has one appearance to date. Without further ado, let’s take a look at IG97 and Rom Mohc.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
This pair was released in 2010, during the Star Wars: Legacy Collection line. They were part of the Comic Packs sub-line, and were offered as a Walmart-exclusive set. The two are based on the Star Wars Tales #4 story “Sand Blasted,” in theory at least…
IG97, or IG-97 as he would be if he followed the usual droid naming conventions, is the less frequently appearing of the two figures included in this set. In fact, his only appearance is in Star Wars Tales #4. While he’s not the most major player in the story, he’s a fairly sensible choice. The figure stands about 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 12 points of articulation. He’s surprisingly posable for a figure of his scale, and definitely a lot of fun to play with. IG-97 is built using the body of the 2009 Legacy Collection version of the Battle Droids from the prequels. It’s a pretty close match for the design of the droid from the comic, and it was one of the best droid bodies Hasbro had at the time (and even now, it really hasn’t been topped). He gets a new head, which is based on the art from the book. This is a point of contention for some, who find him to be too cartoony and goofy to truly fit in with the rest of the figures of this era. Personally, I rather like him, and enjoy the character and expression present in the head sculpt. I certainly prefer this look to the basic Battle Droid head. For a figure that’s largely a pale tan color, the paint on this guy is surprisingly well-done. He’s molded in the base tan, and then has a darker brown wash, which brings out the details of his sculpt very nicely, and also helps to replicate the line-art from the comic. IG-97 included a standard Battle Droid blaster, as well as both the standard and commander back-packs from the Battle Droid.
Rom Mohc is a character with a decent chunk of appearances, in a number of differing mediums. He first appeared as the antagonist of the Dark Forces video game. Subsequent appearances have been related to that, by and large. Him getting a figure isn’t that odd, but it being part of a set based on “Sand Blasted” is somewhat strange, given that he only appears in about 3 panels of the story at the very beginning, and he’s almost completely divorced from everything else that’s going on. But, he’s here nonetheless. The figure stands about 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 14 paint of articulation. Despite technically having more articulation than his pack-mate, he’s much stiffer, and way more limited in posability. The figure is largely re-used, with his upper torso and arms coming from the Revenge of the Sith Tarkin (which also served as the basis for the previously reviewed Comic Pack Tarkin) and his legs coming from Janek Sunber. He gets a new head to top it all off. While the actual quality of the pieces used isn’t bad, they don’t add up to a figure that looks much of anything like any of Mohc’s appearances; certainly not the comic that this guy was actually supposed to be based on. A lot of it comes from the re-used body, which just doesn’t have the right build for Mohc. All of the available Imperial officer bodies were on the skinny side, so there’s not much Hasbro could have done, I guess. The paint on Mohc is decent enough. It’s not terribly exciting, being mostly drab colors, but it gets the job done. He’s packed with a SE-14C blaster, which he has a little bit of trouble holding.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I wasn’t super familiar with either character in this set prior to acquiring it, but I’m always a sucker for a cool robot toy, meaning this sets been in my sights for a little while. I spotted the two at Yesterday’s Fun, and Super Awesome Girlfriend insisted on getting them for me as an early birthday present. I can take or leave Mohc, since he’s not super exciting. Still, he works as a nice generic Imperial Officer, so that’s something. IG-97 more than makes up for any of Mohc’s shortcomings, and is easily one of my favorite Star Wars figures I’ve gotten in a while.