Quick & Dirty Review: Wal-Mart T.V.C. Death Star Droid

by Beedo Sookcool
on 2021-10-10, 09:34:59

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This arrived in a rotten, stinking bubble-mailer, so the lovely retro card was slightly dinged, and the bubble lightly crushed in one corner. Thanks, Wal-Mart! Oh, well, at least it arrived, instead of being cancelled for no apparent reason. And no, I will not let it go.

Blah, blah, blah, repro of vintage card front with LFL 50th Anniversary Logo . . .

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. . . yada yada yada, "Collect These, Too" and scads of legal-fegal palaver on the back, yakkety schmakkety.

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And I don't know if it's just me or mine, but the cardstock feels rougher and more matte on this one than the usual TVC releases, even compared to its wave-mate, the Tusken Raider.

As for the figure itself, it's just a re-release of the Build-A-Droid version of the RA-7 body type, with noticeably shinier silver paint and some black weathering and details. Very nice if you missed out on this guy's previous releases, but nothing particularly amazing if you've seen it before.

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To be fair, it's even shinier than I had thought it would be -- though the photos aren't really doing the glossiness justice -- but we're still not talking anywhere near the OG vac-metal levels of bling.

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And speaking of the OG Death Star Droid, this TVC DSD has a strangely hybrid paintjob, where they tried to give him "realistic" weathering, but kept the inaccurate black accents on the face and shoulders from the original figure, which the real RA-7 droid from the Jawa sandcrawler didn't actually have . . . but were later partially done as a tribute on KMD-RA-71 in Star Wars: Rogue One. And now I need a drink.

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This figure comes with no accessories per se, but you do get a nice, tedious sheaf of even more lawyerly boringness, like with all the other TVC figures, these days.

However, since it's the Build-A-Droid version, you can pull him apart:

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What miffs me most about this figure isn't the paintjob, or that the head sculpt looks slightly too tall and narrow -- although those irk me a little bit -- it's that there aren't any tweaks to the mould, such as improved neck, wrist, hip, or ankle articulation. Even the recent Tusken Raiders got updated arm sculpts and elbow joints! This was Hasbro's chance to make a definitive, super-articulated mould that could re-use parts for all kinds of future releases -- but they didn't.

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Is it worth buying? If you don't have either of the previous releases this mould already, sure! But if you already have the Build-A-Droid version and / or the "Android Set" 3-Pack version, I don't think it'll be worth the hassle and expense to track down.

Come to think of it, I may take one of the previous versions and tart it up a bit with a Molotow Liquid Chrome paint pen, for a truly shiny Vintage tribute. We'll see how things go. In the meantime, I can still have fun with this guy . . . .

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