Name: Plo Koon/R4-F5
Collection: 30 (77-07)
Number: 1 of 6
Source: Revenge Of The Sith
Availability: June 2008
Jedi Master Plo Koon flies his Jedi starfighter into battle against Separatist forces, aided by is astromech droid R4-F5..
The Walmart Droid Factory sets from the 30 (77-07) were released during early summer 2008 and provided collectors with clever updates to some of our favorite Star Wars characters and then paired them with a "new" droid or a droid that has been updated to fit in the modern line better than ever before. They all contained droid parts to complete another figure of C-3PX. It is an awesome exclusive and for the Plo Koon/R4-F5 set, updates were made to the 2005 ROTS Plo Koon (III 16) figure. Hasbro gave him better coloring all around. But most importantly, the set introduced R4-F5 for the very first time in the toy line. Definitely another winner of a set, it doesn't necessarily rival all of the other two-packs but remains a very strong one. The Droid Factory appealed to every type of collector out there. The characters in the two-packs were evenly pulled from all different Star Wars sources, from the films, to the comic books and introduced us to many never before made characters. And since these sets retailed for under $10 each, they provided incredible value for your dollar. When all was said and done, you got 13 figures for a grand total of $59.94 (or $4.61 per figure), a value we didn't even see in The Power Of The Force line that restarted it all in 1995.
Plo Koon has been given a significantly extreme makeover as far as his paint job is concerned. Whereas the 2005 figure has a bright flesh tone to it, the newly enhanced Droid Factory version has a bronze wash or hue to it. Other details on his costume have been repainted as well and we have to say that this sculpt has never looked better painted in this fashion. Maybe he is decorated in a bit of an exaggerated way (with a muddy look), but Plo Koon still becomes more authentic than ever and we think it is a vast improvement from the 2005 figure. We take exception however with Hasbro's disregard to paint the neck the same color as the rest of his body. It doesn't match at all with his face and hands and we find this to be a little setback. Thankfully the neck is hidden for the most part under the head so maybe this is the reason that Hasbro didn't feel the need to repaint it. Still, the figure looks pretty good and we are glad that Hasbro did something with him than nothing at all. (Editor's Note: Hasbro must have thought that they did this figure proud because he was added to the Saga Legends in both the blue phase of The Legacy Collection a few short months late as well as the Legacy Collection red phase.)
Assortment Number: 87759/12980
Retail: $9.99 USD
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Status: Plo Koon is a repaint of 2005's ROTS Plo Koon (III 16) figure. This time he comes with a non-detachable bladed lightsaber.
Articulation Count: 12 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 swivel elbows,, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, ball-jointed right knee, swivel left boot
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: lightsaber
Date Stamp: 2005
Status: R4-F5 is a rework of R2-D2 (Artoo-Detoo) from 2005's TSC Early Bird Figures set.
Articulation Count: 9 points
Articulation Details: swivel dome, 2 swivel legs, 2 swivel feet, articulated sensorscope, 2 wheels
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: detachable third leg (with third wheel)
Date Stamp: 2004
Collection Droid Factory
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