Collection: The Original Trilogy Collection
Number: OTC #27
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: September 2004
The droid IG-88 works as a bounty hunter throughout the galaxy. He is hired by the evil Imperial leader Darth Vader to capture the Millennium Falcon and its crew of Rebel heroes. He is a dangerous and deadly droid that is feared by all. In the end, IG-88 fails to capture the Falcon's crew first, losing the contest to the bounty hunter Boba Fett.
Out of all six bounty hunters from The Empire Strikes Back Executor meeting scene, only IG-88 and Bossk were the lucky ones to be chosen for the collector-focused The Original Trilogy Collection line. This collection of figures with packaging inspired from the classic card back from the vintage Kenner era was a sudden announcement by Hasbro and they only had a few short months to organize it and get product out to the market in time for the first time release of the Original Trilogy on DVD later in the 2004 year. Because Hasbro hasn’t revisited IG-88 all too often in the modern line, they had to use 2000’s POTJ IG-88 (Bounty Hunter) figure with a slightly revised paint job (negligible at best) and released again for The Original Trilogy Collection. Although too short and very limited in its articulation, this particular sculpt of IG-88 still looks pretty good. And since it’s a character that really doesn’t do anything but stand around on the Executor bridge in Episode V, it still holds up well today. (Of course this figure isn’t definitive by any means.)
For reasons unknown, Hasbro can’t seem to give us a “completed” version of IG-88 despite its multiple releases. Sure, Hasbro includes the obligatory removable bandolier and the large blaster rifle, but where is the BlasTech E-11 that the original vintage Kenner figure had? And why couldn’t Hasbro make an exception and include it here, especially since The Original Trilogy Collection is meant to pay homage to the Kenner line? It still wouldn’t be fair to criticize Hasbro efforts without stating what’s positive about the figure, so we’ll do that next. IG-88 actually does look pretty good. He has some issues standing upright (for which you can blame his limited articulation). When you try to balance him you’ll find that one foot has difficulty standing flush to the ground surface on which you’re trying to stand him and you become increasingly frustrated by this. IG-88’s articulation includes a swivel head joint, a swivel neck joint, 2 swivel shoulders, swivel waist and 2 swivel hips. Obviously IG-88’s cybernetic structure is intended to have many more points of articulation, but Hasbro simplified it for this sculpt.
Status: IG-88 is a slight repaint of 2000's POTJ IG-88 (Bounty Hunter) figure. The differences are negligible.
Articulation Count: 7
Articulation Details: 2 swivel head sections, 2 swivel shoulders, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: blaster rifle, removable bandolier
Date Stamp: 2000
Assortment Number: 85377/84715
Retail: $4.99 USD
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