Just wanted to pass along a truly strange story that borders on creepy.
I may have mentioned this before (I'm too lazy to look), but about a month ago, I picked up a Super Battle Droid figure at Target and when I opened him up, I noticed that he had two left hips. His lower legs were correct, but where his right hip should have been was a backwards left hip. I found this pretty odd, but nothing too disconcerting as he could still stand on his own rather well, and since I have multiple SBDs, it did kind of add a bit of variety to the stances.
Well, yesterday, I walked into a local Wal-Mart and bought another SBD. When I got home and opened him up, I noticed that, shock of shocks, he had two RIGHT hips. Again, his lower legs were correct, but in place of his left hip was a backwards right hip. EXACT OPPOSITE OF THE PREVIOUS FIGURE.
The obvious question is to the customizers who might be reading this thread: I've found that the hips pop off pretty easily without any boiling/whatever/etc, but I'm having trouble figuring out how the knee joints are connected and if they are easily removed/replaced. Now that I have both sets of hips, I can make two correct SBDs without backward hips, but I'm about as skilled in customizing as Ben Affleck is in dramatic acting, so any advice before I destroy a figure would be appreciated.
The second thing is that this is the most bizarre thing I've ever had happen to me through the many years I've been collecting SW toys. I mean, one backward hipped figure is kind of weird, but to get another figure, in another area, at another retailer, and have it with not only the same problem, but have it be the exact reverse of the previous figure, essentially giving me the tools to correct said problem on both figures, is ******* creepy.