STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
“EV-9D9 is ideally suited to its job as cyborg taskmaster in Jabba the Hutt’s palace. It was one of many droids in service to the crimelord.”
Hey, remember how I was reviewing Star Wars stuff all week? Well, get settled in with that, because we’re just gonna keep that rolling one day further. Of course, it’s no fancy Black Series offering today. Nope, we’re instead going back to my old mainstay, Power of the Force. I mean, hey, at least it’s somebody who hasn’t gotten any Black Series love, just to keep things different and interesting. And it’s someone with a speaking role, even! Let’s look at EV-9D9, shall we?
THE FIGURE ITSELF
EV-9D9 was added to the Power of the Force line-up in 1997. He was one of a handful of Jabba’s Palace denizens added to the line-up that year, so he was quite at home (although he wouldn’t get an 8D8 to boss around until the next year). This marked his second time getting a figure, following the vintage release, as well as his final time in figure form. Poor EV, getting no modern day figure love. That feels downright criminal. The figure stands 4 1/2 inches tall and he has 5 points of articulation. The design doesn’t quite as easily lend itself to a waist swivel, so he doesn’t get that. Sadly, he also lacks the moving mouth of the original release, which is definitely a sad omission. On the plus side, the figure’s nice and stable when it comes to standing, so he won’t be faceplanting nearly as often as some of the figures from this line. He also avoids the pre-posing of earlier entries, making him a nice basic figure. The sculpt is quite nice, doing a respectable job of capturing the design of the prop from the film, while also being sharp and clean on the details. It’s just a really nifty little sculpt. The paint work is also pretty decent for this era of figure. All of the important details are there, and there’s even some pretty nice accenting on the bronze sections of his body. EV-9D9’s only got one accessory, but it’s a pretty good one: it’s the podium he stands behind when administering R2 and 3PO’s jobs. Pretty central to the character, and rather sizable to boot, so it’s a winner in my book.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
EV is another of the large batch of figures I picked up in late 2018 when I really started trying to fill in my collection for the line. It’s definitely a figure I didn’t think much of when I grabbed it, but he’s a pretty solid figure, especially given the lack of further coverage of the character.
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.