STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
“As the cyborg administrative assistant to Cloud City, Lobot made certain that Lando Calrissian and his Rebel companions would safely escape the Imperial occupied city.”
That he sure did. Yeah, so, it’s, uhh, Lobot. You know? Lobot? The cyborg administrative assistant to Cloud City who made certain that Lando Calrissian and his Rebel companions would safely escape the Imperial occupied city? Like it says in the bio? …Yeah, I don’t have a ton to say about Lobot, I guess. He’s the guy with the funny looking techno earmuffs who dresses like he’s going out to the discotheque. Seems like he’s pretty fly. And hey, he’s had a few toys, so how about that?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
Lobot was released as part of the basic Power of the Force II line in 1998. It marked his second figure, following his vintage release. He’d get one more in 2004, and then that would be it for poor Lobot. I guess not everyone’s rushing out to get those funky techno earmuffs. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 6 points of articulation. Sculpturally, this figure feels like something of an anomaly for the year he was released. By 1998, Power of the Force had lost a lot of its early installment weirdness, what with the wonky proportions and the goofy posing and all. The original likenesses for both Luke and Leia had been dropped in favor of slightly more accurate ones, and in general earlier core figures were getting reworked into slightly less weird monstrosities. But Lobot? Well, you’d be forgiven for assuming Lobot was a year one figure. He’s oddly proportioned, rather light on detailing, and one of the more heavily pre-posed figures to come out of the line (further highlighted by the fact that Lobot never does much other than just stand there, making the usual Star Wars pose kinda perfect for him). He’s got a disco-esque pose that rivals the original Lando, further pushing that “year one” feel on this guy. You almost have to wonder if Kenner knew that Lobot was destined to stand right next to that Lando, and rather than doing an updated Lando so that neither would look out of place, they opted to instead make Lobot a proper companion piece. Alternatively, maybe he was just a leftover sculpt from earlier in the line that took a while to get a proper release. It could really be either. Whatever the cause, it’s really darn goofy looking. I do have to give them some credit on the paint front, though. He could have been quite bland, but there’s quite a bit of detailing going into the headset, and it actually looks pretty cool. Lobot is packed with a blaster pistol and data pad, for both sides of the sensible disco cyborg’s life.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
My first introduction to Lobot as a kid was not via the movies, or even via this figure, but rather via Lego’s Cloud City Car set, which I got as a birthday gift the year it was released. I had no clue who the heck this guy was, and the internet wasn’t quite the fountain of knowledge that it is today, so I went a little while without knowing anything about him, until I noticed him in one of my rewatches of Empire. This particular figure was another from the large batch of figures I picked up a couple of falls ago, as I was working towards filling in my PotF collection. He’s sooooooo goofy, but if I’m honest, after a bunch of “they’re fine figures, but a bit boring”, Lobot’s something of a breath of fresh air. I mean, at least he’s memorable.
Thanks to my friends at All Time Toys for setting me up with this guy. They’ve got a decent back stock of Power of the Force, and other cool toys both old and new, so please check out their website and their eBay Store.