STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES
“A rusty droid with insectile features, 4-LOM was originally a protocol droid, but logic glitches allowed him to escape his programming and become a bounty hunter. That proved a perfect occupation for the cold, calculating mechanical.”
Aw yeah, are you guys ready for a review featuring the absolute bestest, coolest Bounty Hunter in the whole Star Wars universe? Okay, okay, you guys got me. I’m not reviewing the “bestest, coolest bounty hunter in the whole Star Wars universe” today. I already reviewed IG-88, back when his Black Series figure was released in 2015. Guess I’ll just have to settle for the second bestest bounty hunter! Oh, wait, darn it, I forgot, I already reviewed Bossk back in 2014. Well, as luck would have it, the number three slot’s still gone un-reviewed. Let’s look at 4-LOM!
THE FIGURE ITSELF
4-LOM is figure 67 in the Star Wars: The Black Series line. He shipped to stores in the revision case that also gave us Solo‘s Qi’ra. 4-LOM is the fourth of the ESB bounty hunters we’ve gotten in this line, following Boba Fett, Bossk, and IG-88. It’s interesting that 4-LOM hit before his partner Zuckuss, who’s usually the frontman of the two, but I’m hardly going to complain. The figure stands 6 inches tall and he has 23 points of articulation. As a protocol droid, it’s not a huge surprise the 4-LOM shares some pieces with the Black Series C-3PO, though perhaps not as many as you might expect. It’s really just limited to the legs. This is for the best for a number of reasons. First of all, though they are similar, 3PO and 4-LOM aren’t identical, so this allows 4-LOM to be more screen accurate. Secondly, this gave Hasbro a chance to go back and fix the biggest problem with the 3PO figure: lack of elbow joints! That’s right, 4-LOM can move his elbows! How about that? It’s not a whole lot of range, of course, but it’s certainly better than nothing, and it was definitely a pleasant surprise when I cracked this guy open. 4-LOM’s new pieces match well with the 3PO legs, and he once again shows just how great Hasbro is with the robot and alien sculpts for this line. The detail work is superb, especially on the head, and I really appreciate how well they’ve captured the slightly different construction of his upper body when compared to 3PO. After some rather basic paint jobs in this line, Hasbro finally seems to be learning (for now, anyway), and 4-LOM definitely benefits from this. The coolest bit is definitely the head, which was cast in translucent green plastic, allowing the eyes to have a slightly see-through appearance. The brown wash on the figure’s body also does a nice job of accenting the smaller details of the sculpt, and keeps him from looking too clean in this grimy, broken-in universe. 4-LOM includes a larger blaster, which appears to be the same one that was used for the Sandtrooper, way back in Series 1.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I have yet to see 4-LOM once at regular retail. I’ve seen his case-mate Qi’ra quite a few times, but never the LOMster. I had almost given up hope on finding him, when my friends at Cosmic Comix randomly got in a few cases of Black Series figures, 4-LOM included. I’m quite happy to have found this guy, and he’s definitely a favorite of mine. I look forward to the release of Zuckuss and Dengar to round out the set!