Collection: The Black Series [Phase II]
Source: Expanded Universe (Return Of The Jedi Deleted Scene)
Availability: October 2014
An R5-series astromech droid stands in the briefing room as Rebel Alliance leaders Mon Mothma and Admiral Ackbar outline the planned attack on the second Death Star.
Have we hit rock bottom as collectors when the opening figure for the collectors’ all-new line look is a poorly painted Build A Droid astromech droid? We should have been thrilled. The Black Series gets an aggressive transition visually for the 2014/2015 product year. Gone is the dull and drab orange-and-black line look and in its place is a card design that harkens back to the glory days of The Legacy Collection (the first blue phase), but better. It’s been rumored that a main character in Star Wars: Rebels (perhaps a disguised character) is a TIE Fighter Pilot, which is the reason that the updated line looks has become what it has. (Take that as you wish.) Whatever the reason, we’re just thrilled to see the orange and black go because the new packaging makes you feel like a Star Wars collector again. The figures are a completely different story however. It’s no secret. The Black Series has had a rough uphill battle. Poor initial wave choices and poor distribution has really halted the line's success. As a result, Hasbro's initial plans for The Black Series [Phase II] line has taken a back seat, and things that were planned have been cancelled and/or delayed. Figures that were unofficially confirmed are now indefinitely in limbo. And the figures most of us expected to see, or have leaked on Hasbro's lists (that our eyes weren’t really meant to see) have been so completely shuffled that all of their fates are essentially unknown anymore. With Episode VII around the corner, it may be the most realistic to believe that Hasbro is just treading water until the new film explodes, which we all hope and pray reinvigorates Star Wars to unprecedented levels. (We’ll see.)
Oh yeah. So back to this figure. Apparently it was the will of the Force that R5-G19, a very simple Build A Droid figure, be cast as figure #01 for The Black Series [Phase II] line. Is it just us, or could there not be a more odd choice than this? Confirmed by Jedi Temple Archives at 2014’s San Diego Comic Con that this figure would indeed utilize the Build A Droid sculpt, we were however told a COMPLETELY different story at 2014’s NY International Toy Fair. Hasbro’s Jeff Labovitz and others who oversaw the Star Wars brand at that point confirmed that R5-G19 would be an all-new sculpt, despite the shown prototype being a Build A Droid sculpt as well. (They even confirmed that the figure shown was “just a prototype” and that we should expect an all-new figure.) Clearly all of this has changed. While we do appreciate the uniformity that the Build A Droid sculpt brings to the basic figure line, we felt that the time has come to introduce an all-new sculpt to the collecting community. We personally had high hopes, and now they’ve been crushed. Well, that might be an exaggeration. What some may not know, and not to kick Hasbro when they’re down, they’ve also picked the “wrong” droid (in our opinion) for The Black Series [Phase II] line as well. And their choice of card back image proves that this is indeed true. There are multiple astromech droids in the Home One sequence of Return Of The Jedi. And oddly enough there are a pair of R3 and R5 units that look similar to each other respectively on each side of the conference area. The ones on our left of the screen are visible in the film, but the ones on the right weren’t and weren't even known to exist until they were revealed by StarWars.com.
Status: R5-G19 is a repaint of the R5-series Build A Droid sculpt first utilized with 2009's TLC R5-A2 (Build A Droid) figure.
Articulation Count: 8 points (8 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: swivel dome (1), swivel left leg (1), swivel right leg (1), hinge-jointed left ankle (1), hinge-jointed right ankle (1), rolling left leg wheel (1), rolling right leg wheel (1), rolling third leg wheel (1)
Accessory Count: None
Accessory Details: None
Date Stamp: 2008
Assortment Number: A7261/A5077
Retail: $10.99 USD
Market Value: Click here to check the latest prices based on listings.
The Black Series [Phase II] 3¾" Wave 1 (Wave 6)
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