STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES (HASBRO)
“A “self-made droid” built from astromech and protocol parts, L3-37 is an enlightened navigator who cares deeply about droid rights.”
If there’s one thing that Star Wars has been consistently good at, it’s making up robots that viewers feel compelled to go out and own. Since R2 and 3PO first strutted across the screen, there’s been an un-ending stream of new wacky, zany robots, all vying for our attention. The new movies have followed suit. Previous Star Wars Story offering K-2SO is definitely a favorite of mine, but last year’s Solo certainly gave us another fun one in Lando’s co-pilot, L3-37. She was absent from early product shipments, but has finally started showing up in all of her plastic-y glory.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
L3-37 is figure 73 in the ongoing Black Series line-up. She’s the third of the four Solo-based figures in this latest assortment, and the final piece of our main heist team from the film. She stands about 6 inches tall and has 21 points of articulation…I think. Getting an accurate count is a little difficult due to the nature of her design, which has a number of the joints obscured by various wires and plating. There’s some definite restriction going on with the movement, especially on the elbows, where you’ll be lucky to get even 90 degrees of motion, and even then, the stress on the joint will slowly reset its position over time. Obviously, this is largely to do with L3’s design, which at a full-scale wouldn’t be contending with nearly as much resistance from those wires. On the plus side, mobility throughout the rest of the figure is surprisingly good. I was happy to find that my figure doesn’t have nearly as much trouble standing as I’d expected. You’ll still need to place her feet carefully to keep her upright, but she does seem to be pretty well balanced. I would imagine that L3’s late arrival to the toy line is an attempt on Hasbro’s part to keep her as accurate to her final design as possible. I’m happy to say it was a worthy effort, as her sculpt is pretty much spot-on to L3’s appearance in the film. I’m not seeing any of the slight proportional changes like we saw on the BS K2 figure, and she certainly doesn’t skimp on the specific details of the model. The wires may be a little clunky, but apart from making them smaller and potentially much easier to damage, I don’t know that you can do a whole lot about that at this scale. L3’s paintwork is decent for the line. Prior droids have had a tendency to be little lacking in painted detail, but L3 not only gets her base colorwork, but also some simulated wear and tear. In some spots, the damage is a little heavy handed, especially when compared to the movie. That being said, at this price point and scale, Hasbro has done an admirable job. The one area where this figure really lacks are the accessories. L3 is completely without any sort of extras. I know that options for her are slightly limited, but some extra hands in different poses, or at the very least the communicator she uses during the raid on the refinery would have been appreciated. As it stands, she’s yet another very light offering in this assortment.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
L3, like the rest of her assortment mates, is a joint gift from my parents and my Super Awesome Fiancee. As I’ve said many times before, and I’ll no doubt say again, I’m a sucker for cool robots, and L3 definitely falls into that category. I loved the character in the movie, and I’m happy she’s finally made the transition into action figure. I wish she had some extras to offer, and the articulation in the arms is somewhat limiting, but on a whole, I’m very happy with this figure, and I’m thrilled to round out my crew from the movie.