Name: 2-1B (Surgical Droid)
Collection: 30 (77-07)
Number: 08 06
Source: Revenge Of The Sith
Availability: February 2008
Works in an Imperial rehabilitation center
Various surgical appendages
Palpatine takes the gravely wounded Darth Vader to Coruscant. A team of surgical droids, including a 2-1B series droid, uses diagnostic and surgical equipment to treat Vader's injuries, attach mechanical limbs, and encase him in the black armored suit that he'll wear the rest of his life.
It is very interesting when a character (or a version) of a character itself is non-canon in the Star Wars universe (without the aid of an Expanded Universe tale's indifference to plunder the films of their original plot). 2-1B (Surgical Droid) from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith is recognized by this full name while 2-1B from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is simply known as that, 2-1B. And Wookieepedia has them listed under two separate entries with nearly no reference to each other at all. We find this very bizarre and we don't understand why there aren't more factors that tie them together better or why 2-1B from Episode V is simply "2-1B" and 2-1B from Episode III is "2-1B (Surgical Droid)". It is quite perplexing, especially since these are two unique models of medical/surgical droids. And since both droids look nearly identical to each other besides some small differences, we are further confused that they are identified as such. Perhaps there isn't a firm definition for both droids at Lucasfilm, maybe they don't even know. But we can tell you that the action figure is an accomplishment that elates us in ways we cannot explain.
The action figure is an answer to prayer. But collectors were initially critical of it. Many collectors immediately noticed the diminished size of this figure to the previous Episode V incarnations. When compared against each other, it is evident that the new figure is quite smaller. But Hasbro defended the figure and explained that it is true to scale to all the recent Star Wars action figures. We agree. When we watched the pivotal "Franken-Vader" scene over again carefully, we noticed just how small in stature 2-1B (Surgical Droid) indeed is. What's more, Hasbro has managed to incorporate an unprecedented amount of articulation into a figure that was smaller, thinner and overall more delicate that the previous releases. Hasbro managed to squeeze in 11 points of articulation into this wonderful figure and we have to say that we are quite a bit more than just impressed with this feat. And the figure has multiple ball-jointed points, not simple swivel joints. It is our hope that the same approach is used to design the 2-1B from Episode V. The biggest difference between the droids (Episode III versus Episode V) is the left arm. The 2-1B from Episode III has a needle on the end of his arm while the Episode V version has two claw hands. There are also some aesthetic design differences on the body but for all intents and purposes, the characters don't differ much beyond that.
Status: 2-1B (Surgical Droid) is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 11 points
Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 hinge-jointed elbows, 2 ball-jointed hips, 2 hinge-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: None
Accessory Details: None
Date Stamp: 2008
Assortment Number: 87546/87500
UPC: 6 53569 28975 3
Retail: $6.99 USD
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