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The Black Series [Phase III]

Droid Depot - TBS [P3] - Six Inch Figures (Exclusive)

Name: Droid Depot
Collection: The Black Series [Phase III]
Number: N/A (Galaxy’s Edge Exclusive)
Source: Galaxy's Edge
Availability: June 2019
License: Hasbro

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A fastidious and worry-prone protocol droid, C-3PO lonhs for more peaceful times, but his continued service to the Resistance keeps him in the front lines of galactic conflict.

R2-D2 is a plucky and loyal Astromech droid that aids the Resistance in their conflict against the First Order and takes part in many of the momentous events in the galaxy.

A skittish but loyal astromech, BB-8 accompanied Poe Dameron on many missions for the Resistance, helping keep his X-wing in working order.

RX-24, more commonly known as Rex, has given up the pilot's life and has reimagined himself as DJ R3X. Behind his DJ table he spins and plays ubeat music as he watches over the crowd of the cantina.

Meh. The Black Series [Phase III] Droid Depot Galaxy’s Edge exclusive doesn’t feel that much different from a 3.75” STAR TOURS version released years ago, with a couple of changes, of course. Droid Depot brings together three of the Star Wars saga’s most-popular droids and then adds a “new” character, although not technically new at all, and packages them together to create a 6” version of the multipacks received years ago before the Disney takeover. Droids are always huge sellers in any toy line, so it was smart of Hasbro and Disney to compile a set of Star Wars characters that fit into this identity. BB-8, R2-D2, C-3PO and “new” character DJ R3X are all part of this multipack. The latter is a transitioned version of RX-24 “REX” from the original STAR TOURS attraction and toy line. Per the bio on the packaging, this droid gave up piloting and has moved on to entertainment and serves as a DJ in the local cantina in Galaxy’s Edge (or Batuu). For us, this exclusive is a bit boring (and expensive for the contents inside). But undoubtedly there will be new Star Wars fans excited to pick up the droids in all one place, and that might save this multipack from certain doom by collectors unwilling to purchase it for all of its repetition.

BB-8 is a repaint of the figure from 2015’s TBS [P3] Rey (Jakku) & BB-8 (04) two-pack. This time Hasbro gave the figure a little more deco and battle-damage. But other than that the figure received no other enhancements. The figure only comes with two points of articulation, and still possesses a wonky balance and it’s difficult to stand BB-8 upright without any leaning. The 3.75” versions of the droid function much better this way. Hasbro, intent on releasing and re-releasing the 6” astromechs in an embarrassingly small scale, once again adds the same old R2-D2 into the line with a different paint job. They excluded all of the dome attachments this time and instead only added the dome panels and leg panels, so the figure is complete. The battle-damage on R2-D2 looks fantastic, but it’s easy to overlook it because you’ll be annoyed by his small stature. C-3PO, while not perfect but still looking decent, is a slight repaint of the Walgreen exclusive figure. (We are still perplexed how the “normal” version of C-3PO was a retailer exclusive. (You’d have to ask if Hasbro knows their customer base at all.) It’s nice to see this figure again. He comes with a decent likeness and good articulation. And he’s a wise addition to this multipack.

So. What about DJ R3X? Was there a need to reinvent the “Pee-wee Herman” character to keep him distant from the STAR TOURS attraction. We’d be lying if we said we weren’t a tad miffed that they didn’t keep this character pure to its origins. Why must everything be reinvented in Disney Star Wars? Why can’t characters appear as cameos, unchanged, and add their original character’s stardust to the new Entertainment? They can evolve the character’s story, fine. If there aren’t anymore Starspeeder 1000s in Galaxy’s Edge, that’s fine. But why must RX-24 be completely repainted, dumbed-down from pilot to “DJ” status and give him a bio that he makes his own decisions about the paths he takes in life? He’s a droid and follows commands (unless he got new programming too). So, we can’t get behind the 6” figure all that much because we’re disappointed to see all the changes made to the classic droid. Instead of a flip-up visor, DJ R3X now has an articulated headset on (so he can “spin” as well as possible. He has an orange, cream, and gray color scheme, and is decorated beautifully. The figure also comes with an impressive amount of articulation, and we would have loved to see the 2002 POTJ RX-24 “REX” STAR TOURS figure get the same treatment. Maybe that will happen one day.

Collector Notes

Droid Depot

Assortment Number: E5158

UPC: 630509803972

Retail: $69.99 USD

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BB-8

Status: BB-8 is a repaint of the figure from 2015's TBS [P3] Rey (Jakku) & BB-8 (02) two-pack.

Articulatirom Count: 2 points (2 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: double ball-socket head (2)

Accessory Count: None

Accessory Details: None

Date Stamp: N/A

R2-D2

Status: R2-D2 is a repaint of 2013's TBS [P1] R2-D2 (#04) figure. This time the figure has a battl-damage paint job and doesn't come with any of the dome attachments.

Articulation Count: 17 points (17 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: swivel dome (1), swivel left leg (1), swivel right leg (1), hinge-jointed left foot (1), hinge-jointed right foot (1), hinge-jointed third foot (1), rolling wheel A (1), rolling wheel B (1), rolling wheel C (1), rolling wheel D (1), rolling wheel E (1), rolling wheel F (1), slide-out third leg (1), opening front left panel (1), opening front right panel (1), hinge-jointed utility tool A (1), hinge-jointed utility tool B (1)

Accessory Count: 5

Accessory Details: removable left leg panel, removable right leg panel, removable dome panel A, removable dome panel B, removable dome panel C

Date Stamp: N/A

C-3PO

Status: C-3PO is a kit-bashed figure that utilizes the portrait, torso and legs of 2016's TBS [P3] C-3PO Walgreens exclusive figure with the arms of 2018's TBS [P3] 4-LOM (67) figure. The figure has also been repainted as well.

Articulation Count: 26 points (19 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), hinge-jointed neck (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), swivel left bicep (1), swivel right bicep (1), hinge-jointed left elbow (1), hinge-jointed right elbow (1), ball-jointed left wrist (2), ball-jointed right wrist (2), ball-jointed torso (2), ball-socket left hip (1), ball-socket right hip (1), swivel left thigh (1), swivel right thigh (1), h the arms of hinge-jointed left knee (1), hinge-jointed right knee (1), ball-jointed/"rocker" left ankle (2), ball-jointed/"rocker" right ankle (2)

Accessory Count: None

Accessory Details: None

Date Stamp: N/A

DJ-R3X

Status: DJ-R3X is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 23 points (21 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: swivel headset (1), ball-socket head (1), swiel/slide-out neck (2), swivel collar/body post (1), swivel upper body section (1), swivel middle body section (1), swivel lower body section (1), swivel platform (1), ball-jointed shoulder arm A (2), swivel elbow arm A (1), hinge-jointed claw arm A (1), swivel shoulder arm B (1), hinge-jointed elbow arm B (1), hinge-jointed wrist arm B (1), swivel hand arm B (1), hinge-jointed claw arm B (1), swivel shoulder arm C (1), hinge-jointed "bicep" arm C (1), hinge-jointed elbow arm C (1), swivel hand arm C (1), hinge-jointed claw arm C (1)

Accessory Count: None

Accessory Details: None

Date Stamp: N/A







The Black Series [Phase III] Galaxy’s Edge Exclusives

Droid Depot

First Order, The

Smuggler’s Run

Added: June 15, 2019
Category: Black Series [Phase III], The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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