STAR WARS: POWER OF THE FORCE II (KENNER)
“Originally designed to work in smelting factories, 8D8 worked under EV-9D9 in Jabba the Hutt’s droid operations center.”
There are a lot of droids in Star Wars, of all sorts of differing models and styles. When in doubt about what to do for a Star Wars line, they can always bring out the driods. During Power of the Force II, one of the running sub-goals of the line was re-creating the line-up of the original vintage toyline. That was a large contributing factor to today’s figure, 8D8, finding his way into the line.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
8D8 was released in the 1998 assortment of Power of the Force II. He’s the second figure of 8D8, and also the final figure of 8D8. Why no updates since then? Well, I’m gonna get to that. The figure stands 3 3/4 inches tall and he has 5 points of articulation. Movement-wise, this guy’s not ideal. He lacks the at the time standard waist joint, which is sort of odd, since the design clearly would have allowed for it. The design of the hips compared to the arms means that the movement on both the shoulders and the hips is quite restricted. Guess it all hinges on that sweet neck movement? Yay? The sculpt was unique to this figure, and though it comes from later in the run, it’s still kind of plagued by pre-posing. He’s like, mid-stride, or something. Whatever the case, he has a lot of trouble standing, and the pre-posing means that his already limited articulation is even further limited if you want to keep him standing. On the plus side, the actual sculpt is a solid recreation of 8D8 as seen in the movie, and there’s plenty of sharp and clean detail work going on. The paintwork is also pretty decent. He’s mostly just molded in an off-white sort of color, but he’s got some silver accenting and his red detailing from the film. Like the sculpt, it matches up pretty well with what we see on the screen. 8D8 has an “action feature” of light-up eyes. Nothing super fancy, just a basic light-piping feature, but I guess it gives him a little extra pop. 8D8 is packed with the droid branding device we see him using in the movie, which is one of the better extras from the line. Also, as a 1998 release, he included a Freeze Frame slide, showing him in the actual movie.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
8D8 is from a recent run on Power of the Force I did, in my ever-expanding mission to get a complete collection of the line. I got him from my friends at All Time Toys, for essentially nothing, since I was grabbing so many others. Ultimately, I can’t say he’s a particularly great figure, and I think it’s really just a design that doesn’t so much lend itself to toy-form, which is probably why it hasn’t shown up again.