IG-86 ASSASSIN DROID
STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS (HASBRO)
“An IG-86 Assassin Droid lies deactivated in a Trandoshan trader’s cargo hold until a buyer can be found for the dangerous droid. But he is accidentally reactivated by a clumsy astromech droid, and the lives of everyone on board the ship are in peril.”
In addition to fleshing out the prequel-era characters, The Clone Wars also placed a focus on more directly tying the two trilogies together. We got handful of younger OT characters featured, as well as a few lineages, and predecessors to things seen in the OT. Amongst those predecessors, a recurring feature were the IG-86s, precursors to IG-88 and other Assassin Droids of the same model. They never really step beyond bit player, but they help to more fully fill-in the world around the characters, and they always make for a good toy.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The IG-86 Assassin Droid was released in 2008 as part of the first year of Hasbro’s Clone Wars tie-in line, where he was figure #18. The figure saw a few multipack releases as well during the line, with minimal deco changes, as well as one more widely changed version in the form of Ziro’s assassin droid, added to the line as figure #37 in the following year (that’s the one pictured next to Wilson over on the right). All of the releases used the same mold. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 26 points of articulation. The IG-86 mold was one of the most posable molds in the whole line, with universals on the shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees. He’s also got posable hands as well, making for far better gripping of the weapons. The point is, there’s just a lot you can do with this guy, and it’s a lot of fun. The sculpt is one of the best from the line. It’s a great recreation of the animation model, with a nice merging of function and form. Figures like the most recent Vintage Collection IG-11 are totally still banking on how this figure worked. For the first release, IG-86 got a tarnished and dirty finish, a stark contrast to the usually more clean Clone Wars offerings. It was a really impressive set-up especially for the time, and captured the whole “deactivated” thing quite well. Ziro’s assassin droid trades in the grime for a unique set of markings, as well as a less metallic finish than the original release. It’s suitably different, but cool for its own set of reasons. Both versions of the Assassin droid, included two droid-style blasters, as well as a backpack for storing both of them.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
The standard IG-86 was one of my earliest purchases from the line, shortly after he hit retail. I’ve always had a soft spot for IG-88, and I liked seeing the elements in animated form. The sculpt, form, and function all just really work, making him one of the line’s very best. I like him so much that I wound up snagging Ziro’s assassin from a collection that came into All Time, just so I could get another chance to mess with it. They’re both really fun, and I love the two different decos. Seriously top-notch.