Ya know though I do get to post this stuff eventually though so you don't have to prod me on it.
Anyway, new week and a new review... Depending on my schedule here and that of my coworkers I should have another one up next week however it may take a slight break too. It'll just depend on everyone's time is all.
This week we're taking a look at Hasbro's most asked for resculpt of all time I think. Yes my implied ask for a new Fleet Trooper with every post on every forum I'm on doesn't even hold up to this figure who fans thought sucked from day one and haven't stopped asking for a new one since...
Irony of ironies is Hasbro's perfected this figure's style pretty much but one of the most noticeable ones of its kind in the films hasn't had a decent figure yet in the modern line. Amazing... I could only be talking about:R5-D4 Clicky button, ready review
The figure is pretty decent overall in this reviewer's opinion, but Hasbro does shortchange the fans a bit with it, and with Hasbro having a better astromech sculpt available to them in the E3 Sneak Preview Droid's sculpt, one can't help but wonder if this figure could not yet have been that much better.
That said, Hasbro mainly re-used the VOTC R2-D2 sculpt, even incorporating the "head turning" action feature to raise a "bad motivator" on this figure as opposed to a sensorscope. The feature is nice though, and thank god for no blasters or missles on him this time.
The figure's sculpt isn't bad, I just feel the Preview droid was better overall... And if we are to get the VOTC sculpt, I'm a tad annoyed when they glue the body panel onto the figure and refuse to include the "opened" body panel with little extender tool arms.
Did R5 use them? Of course not, but that's not the point... This figure comes with no pack-in and it's mostly re-used stuff. Hasbro makes out like bandits on it in the long run then, and even if they slipped the tool accessories into the packaging they'd still be using something they already have molds for and the figure would be an improvement.
Hell the Gonk Droid came with a treadwell pack-in... The preview droid came with a holographic planet of Utapau... Why can't R5 come with something too, to make the $7 for a pintsized figure a bit easier to choke down?
Still, this is a pretty great resculpt/repaint... Hasbro nails the detail, the feature works great, and the 3rd leg is removable (if unfortunately not retractable, which is better IMO)... I think they did the figure some justice, they just cheaped out a little to save that extra bit and any figure purchased in this day and age is just a little rougher to take with the less it has... And R5 has nothing.
I think fans will be happy though and customizers will buy multiples to paint up because we've gone a long time without a good R5. Now I just want Hasbro to repaint this badboy in sherbet orange for the Mos Eisley R5, as well as black, red, and white for Red Leader's R5...
Must have repaints NOW! But for god's sake include a repainted Hoth Box, or something... Anything... You're killin' us here with this price lately.