STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
After some rather goofy offerings to kick off the deluxe sub-set of their Power of the Force II line, Kenner followed up with some downright sensible offerings. In the ‘90s. I know, it was weird. I was there, and I thought so. But that’s not the point. The point today is that I’m reviewing the very first figure of the Imperial Probe Droid. Woooo!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Probe Droid was released in the 1997 deluxe assortment of Power of the Force II figures. It’s based on the droid’s appearance in Empire, which was, at the time, its only canon appearance. The figure stands 4 1/2 inches tall and has 6 points of articulation. Not above the norm on movement, but a bit surprising, given the different anatomy of the design. It also gets more mobility, since the limbs are all on ball-joints, which is pretty cool. The figure has a sculpt that was, up until very recently, the only Probe Droid sculpt out there. It’s not 100% accurate to the model from the film, but it’s certainly good for this era of figures, especially when compared to some of the humanoid figures from the line. There was definitely a reason this sculpt stuck around. There were some minor fixes to the proportions that were fixed on the more recent one, such as a slightly smaller head, and slightly longer legs. The legs in particular have been tweaked so that it can actually stand on them, rather than relying on a flight stand like the more recent figure. It’s the biggest departure of the figure, but it’s sensible from a practicality standpoint. The paintwork on the Probe Droid is pretty decent, especially for the time and design. Technically, the base plastic should be a little darker, but it works alright, and there are lots of small little details. The Probe Droid features two different action features. The first is a “Photon Torpedo,” which is just a fairly standard missile launching feature, which fires from its eye. It has the side effect of making the central eye bright orange, which is kind of weird, but there it is. The second feature is a “Self-Destruct Exploding Head” which works in a similar fashion to the missile launcher above, just at a slightly larger scale.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The Last Jedi release was my first Probe Droid, and I liked him enough to be on the look out for this figure. I ended up grabbing it from Lost in Time Toys, during one of their winter sidewalk sales. Though the newer one is still the superior offering, there’s still a lot to like about this release.