STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
“From the newly-created footage in Star Wars: A New Hope – Special Edition.”
Those words are proudly splashed across the front of this figure’s packaging. Remember when that actually would have excited people? Remember before Lucas kept changing and changing them, and just generally ruining everything? Pepperidge Farm remembers. And me; I also remember, which I guess is more relevant for this site, isn’t it?
The ASP-7 was one of the many additional CGI characters added to the original trilogy during Lucas’ first CG-laden Special Edition fever dream, and is, admittedly, one of the less offensive additions. He just hangs in the background and carry’s some metal bars around. At least he doesn’t dance in front of the camera…or shoot first…or sound like Temuera Morrison. Point is, things could have been way worse for old ASPy here.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The ASP-7 was released in the 1997 assortment of Power of the Force II, right on top of that whole “Special Edition” thing. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has…articulation. An exact count’s a little tricky, because it’s hard to tell what’s actually a proper joint, and what’s an un-articulated joining of the plastic. The general gist is that this guy’s just not terribly mobile. His sculpt was an all-new offering, and has remained unique to him. It is simultaneously a product of its time and completely different than the rest of the line it hails from. He’s honestly far more screen-accurate than a good chunk of the Power of the Force figures, but at the same time, that’s not saying a lot. As a mid-90s CG model, the ASP-7’s movie counterpart was pretty devoid of detailing, and was quite rudimentary. This figure follows suit, so while he may not have the wonky proportions of a lot of his compatriots, he also lacks a lot of the fun detail work that really allows most of the line to shine two decades later. The paintwork on the ASP-7 is decent enough. Like the sculpt, it matches very closely to the on-screen appearance. Those rather generic filler gradients of the animation model come through perfectly clear here. On the plus side, this is undoubtedly an area where it looks better on the toy than in the movie, because this styling of paintwork is fairly common place, especially in toys of this era, so he ends up looking alright. He’s packed with a single accessory: a pile of bars, just like the ones he’s seen carrying in the movie. I don’t think you can come up with a better accessory than that, can you?
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The ASP-7 is the penultimate figure in the selection of them I grabbed over the summer during one of Lost in Time’s sidewalk sales. He was grabbed first and foremost because he was a figure I didn’t already have, but also because, hey, kinda nifty robot, right? I know the actual review segment here was kind of rough on him. He’s not the finest offering this line had, not by a long shot. But, as with so many of the figures in this line, I still can’t help but kind of love this little guy, warts and all.