BB-8, R2-D2, & D-0
STAR WARS: GALAXY OF ADVENTURES (HASBRO)
The less-than-human-sized robots of Star Wars always prove to be something of a challenge when it comes to toys, since they don’t easily fit into the assortment-based structure that Hasbro and Kenner before them like to use for the toylines. Do you over charge for them and sell them by themselves? Do you try to shove them in with another figure? Or do you just go for broke and do a multi-pack of some sort? Well, for their latest go-round, Hasbro’s throwing all of the droids into one pot and making them one single, slightly more deluxe release.
THE FIGURES THEMSELVES
BB-8 has been something of a marketing darling for the new trilogy of films, so it’s kind of surprising that he only had one figure available at launch. Not world-breaking, I suppose, though, since even during the Force Awakens launch, he was surprisingly scarce. Interestingly, in the last year, his only figures have been of the animated variety, with Toybox, Resistance, and now this figure. This one doesn’t diverge too much from the established norm for BB-8 figures, apart from being in a new scale, and even then he’s pretty close in size to the Toybox figure. Of all the figures in the line, BB probably has the most prominent action feature, and in fact the only one in this set. The panels on either side are attached to string, which is on a pulley system. The can be pulled out, simulating his grabbing attachments like we saw in TFA, and there they are. Push the button on his underside, and the head spins and the panels are retracted…in theory. It doesn’t work super consistently on mine, but it’s not like it breaks the toy. He’s still a pretty solid BB-8.
Easily the star piece of this set is the R2 figure. R2’s had a lot of toy coverage over the years, ranging all sorts of quality, but this is probably the most straight-forward playable he’s ever been. Certainly it’s the most posable. He gets movement at the dome, “shoulders” and “ankles”, plus there’s third leg, which is articulated itself. The cool thing about the joints on the standard two legs is that they’re ball joints, which means that they offer a greater range than we usually get out of an R2, and in fact more closely capture the movement he tends to have in the movies and cartoons. It also makes him a lot of fun to mess with. R2’s design is not affected much by the stylization of the line, but there are a few spots, most noticeably the eye, which are slightly changed up from his “real world” look. R2’s paint is generally pretty good, apart from having an inaccurately colored top to his dome; it should be blue, it’s silver. Oh no, whatever will we do? Guess we’ll just have to live with it.
Of the three droids, newcomer D-0 has made out the best at product launch, with figures in two of the three main scales, one of which is right here. Given how little moving parts there are for there to be on this little guy, there are a surprising number of them on this figure, with movement on the neck, the wheel, and all three of his antennae. That’s a lot. Beyond that, he’s a just a fairly basic little droid. He’s a little hard to keep standing, but there are two ridges on the wheel section designed to help with that a little bit, so that’s good.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
When I went on the Walmart run that ended with me having all of the figures, I was initially thinking I might get this set and maybe one basic figure. Ultimately, Super Awesome Wife bought me this set and two basic figures. Because that’s just how she do. As I noted in the main review segment, R2 is definitely the best piece of this set, and after getting as many R2s as I have, I can’t stress enough that he’s the best I’ve owned. The other two droids aren’t slouches either, just not quite as impressive a package as R2. Still, this is definitely a good set, and putting all of the droids together was a smart move on Hasbro’s part.