STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“RX-24, more commonly known as Rex, has given up the pilot’s life and has reimagined himself as DJ R3X. Behind his DJ table, he spins and plays upbeat music as he watches over the crowd of the cantina.”
Back before Disney owned Star Wars outright, they licensed the property out for Star Tours, a simulator attraction that took riders on a tour of the Galaxy Far Far Away. When it launched 1987, the ride’s central character was the StarSpeeder 3000’s Paul Reubens-voiced bumbling pilot, RX-24, aka Captain Rex (back before that name was more widely associated with an entirely different character). Rex was removed from the ride with the Adventure Continues update in 2011, but with the larger Galaxy’s Edge attraction, he’s made his way back, this time repurposed as a DJ. And wouldn’t you know it, there’s also an action figure. That’s just how these things roll. I certainly can’t complain.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
DJ R3X was originally packed alongside C-3PO, R2, and BB-8 in the “Droid Depot” boxed set, one of the Black Series sets originally available exclusively through Disney’s Galaxy Edge attraction. However, with the parks being shut down for a good portion of this year and people trying to refrain from unnecessary travel, Hasbro’s partnered with Target to split off a few of the single figures from the park sets as part of an exclusive “Trading Outpost” subline of figures, and R3X found himself in that line-up. He stands about 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 17 points of articulation. For his reappearance in Galaxy’s Edge, R3X’s design was tweaked a bit to match his new speciality. His eyes now have a set of lenses over the optics, simulating some stylish shades, his mouthpiece looks like a microphone, and his ear pieces have been tweaked to look like headphones. Minor enough tweaks, each of them, but they give him a nice little flair. The sculpt on this guy does a pretty solid job of replicating the design of the actual prop from the attraction, and I really dig how all of his limbs and the spinning sections of his torso work. His neck also has a periscopic action to it, allowing for more emoting, I suppose? That’s pretty neat. As a DJ, R3X’s paint scheme has also changed up a bit, to be something slightly more eye-catching and worthy of the party. Now he’s predominately orange, with a little bit of blue accenting. It’s a good look, and the figure adds in a bit of weathering to it, which suits that used future look of Star Wars well. R3X gets no accessories, but I can’t say I can think of anything to give him off the top of my head. It’s worth noting that he comes in a larger than standard package, so it still feels like a good deal even if it’s just him by himself.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
I always really liked R3X as the captain of the StarSpeeder, and he was my favorite thing about the ride the two times I did it. I was bummed when he was removed from the main ride in 2011, so I was happy to see him find a new profession, and even happier about the figure. When he was only part of the three pack, I was planning to have my brother snag one for me on his planned trip this year. That, sadly, got cancelled, but then Max was able to hook me up with the single release of this guy, so it doesn’t feel like a total loss. This figure’s a ton of fun, and I’d love to see him get retooled into a classic Rex at some point.