STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“Chopper is the resident droid of the Ghost, assisting the crew in everything from ship maintenance to combat, even though he doesn’t always want to. After many years of repairs and patch jobs, Chopper has a beat-up, worn look that sometimes matches his cranky personality.”
No Star Wars story is really complete without a stubborn droid or two. And while most of the main-series uses R2 and 3PO for that role, there are occasionally times where they’re not available, due to continuity stuff. Rebels was one of those times (well, apart from a cameo appearance early on), so we got an all-new droid, C1-10P, better known as Chopper. Chopper takes the usual stubborn droid traits and amps them up to 11, which has made him quite the fan-favorite. With that in mind, the only thing that’s truly surprising about him getting a Black Series figure is how long it took for him to finally make it into the line-up.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Chopper is figure 84 in the Black Series line-up, part of the most recent assortment of figures, where he shares the Rebels spotlight with the Ezra figure from yesterday and the astromech spotlight with BT-1. The figure stands roughly 2 1/2 inches tall and he has 13 points of articulation, which is pretty darn impressive by astromech standards. As a droid, Chopper is the member of the Ghost crew who required the least changes to make him workable in a more realistic line, so he actually stays pretty close to the show’s design for him. Many of the recent Star Wars offerings have made use of Ralph McQuarrie’s design work for the original film, and Rebels had that in spades. Chopper himself makes use of a lot of elements from McQuarrie’s R2 design, being more squat and utilitarian than the final R2 design. This makes Chopper more divergent from the other on-screen astromechs, which honestly isn’t that out of place given his characterization. The figure follows the lead of the main Black Series R2 and his various attachments. However, unlike R2, who had lots of clip-on parts, most of Chopper’s parts are internal and can fold out. By far the most impressive example of this is the arms on the head, which are completely articulated and fold back into the head totally flat. It’s actually so convincing that I myself almost missed them when opening my figure. There’s another arm at the front, which is pretty cool too, if slightly more simplistic in its implementation. Chopper’s paintwork is true to this design on the show, so he’s plenty colorful, and all of the small details are there. Of course, Chopper’s hardly a brand-new model, so the figure is sporting a fair bit of muck and grime, which is handled via the same technique they’ve been using on the faces recently. In addition to everything packed into the main figure, Chopper’s got a few add-on parts as well. His third leg can be swapped out for a rocket booster, which also includes a rocket blast effect piece to keep him elevated. He’s also got an extra left leg, which is paired with his right, so as to allow him to match, as seen in “The Forgotten Droid.”
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
Since I was already picking Ezra, it wasn’t too hard to convince myself to pick up Chopper too. Honestly, he’s probably the strongest figure in this line-up. The fold up arms are fun, and his animation-true design is a very clean look. It’s a nice change-up from the more formulaic figures of the line. He’s just a lot of fun, and I’m happy to have added him to the collection.