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HK-47 - TLC - Build A Droid

Name: HK-47
Collection: The Legacy Collection
Number: N/A (Build A Droid)
Source: Expanded Universe (Knights Of The Old Republic)
Availability: June 2009
License: Hasbro

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Oh boy! Are KOTOR fans going to be happy! HK-47 is a sight to behold and even if you are not a fan of Knights Of The Old Republic, you will quickly and easily become a fan of HK-47. This figure is simply the best Build A Droid figure in the blue phase of The Legacy Collection. Hasbro has apparently upped the ante with this figure's tooling budget and has given it all the bells and whistles you have come to expect and then went a miracle mile further with the figure's paint application. HK-47 is a beautiful rusty reddish-orange color with piercing deep set red photo receptors (or eyes for the layperson). The droid has dark gray details throughout its frame and then exquisitely stunning silver accents throughout to show battle-damaged scratch markings. The figure is super-articulated and has an incredibly well-hidden waist joint that you won't know is there until you start 'playing' with it. Hasbro has come so far with the development of their Build A Droid figures and this droid is a testament to a well thought out plan and design template. We just hope the protocol droid shapes keep coming to us with this astonishing quality. HK-47 is just plain amazing; there is not much more to say than that. Actually, there is quite a bit more to say....

HK-47 is the first Build A Droid figure to come with a weapon. The gun gives the droid just the right amount of extra attitude and confirms that he is a character you best not come face to face with at any point. Another thing that adds more 'attitude' to this figure is his stance. His legs are angled perfectly looking like a soldier of war. If only most other action figures could stand like this we would be thrilled! And one of the most remarkable aspects of HK-47 is his weight. This action figure has quite a bit of mass and upon first inspection you might almost think it was cast in some metal substance. And although you will quickly realize he is indeed plastic, his thick and solid density certainly will fool you for a second or two. But the nice thing about this heaviness is that he will definitely survive the years much better than some of the other shoddily assembled droid action figures we have received. Although HK-47 is primarily one color, he has so much detail that we never expected Hasbro to pay attention to or pick up on and translate into the action figure. And with their cries of "too high tooling costs" we are shocked that this figure has all the detail it does. Once again, this figure is so impressive, we are truly stunned, it would be a mistake to pass over this figure.

HK-47, whose name was inspired from the AK-47 assault rifle, is an ethnocentric assassin droid who refers to organic beings as "meat bags." Created by Darth Revan, HK-47's mission was to destroy the Jedi so he could dominate the universe. Probably a figure that will be very hard for Hasbro to outdo, HK-47 has raised a whole new bar for the Build A Droid series. In fact, after assembling his parts, you are likely not going to want another astromech or simple protocol droid for the next Build A Droid. You will probably yearn for new droid types. And since Hasbro has proven that they can paint the Droid Factory figures excellently with fine finishing details, (like this HK-47's battle-damage for example - apologies, but we can't stop raving about it), it really makes us a bit blue that Hasbro left other Build A Droid figures like R5-A2 so pristine and clean. If they feel like it, Hasbro knows how to paint a figure well (so please cut costs somewhere else, Hasbro). (But we are nonetheless happy to have these droids "clean" than not at all.) We are happily anxious to see what direction Hasbro will take with the Build A Droid pack-ins because they just seem to be getting better and better. HK-47 is a testament to this fact.

Collector Notes

HK-47

Status: HK-47 is an all-new figure that utilizes the HK-series protocol Build A Droid sculpt. It can be built from 7 individual parts split across the following figures:

Obi-Wan Kenobi (BD 44) – HK-47 head/rifle

Beru Whitesun (BD 45) – HK-47 body

Owen Lars (BD 46) – HK-47 left leg

Captain Typho (BD 47) – HK-47 right leg

Episode III Concept Art Anakin Skywalker (BD 48) – HK-47 right arm

Tarados Gon (BD 49) – HK-47 left arm

Anakin Skywalker (BD 50) – HK-47 head/rifle

Jango Fett (BD 51) – HK-47 body

Clone Pilot (BD 52) – HK-47 left leg

ARC Trooper (BD 53) – HK-47 right leg

Spacetrooper (BD 32) – HK-47 left arm

Hoth Rebel Trooper (BD 42) – HK-47 right arm

Articulation Count: 14 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, ball-jointed torso, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: rifle

Date Stamp: 2008

Assortment Number: None

UPC: None

Retail: $0.00 USD

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The Legacy Collection Wave 7
Obi-Wan Kenobi (BD 44)
Beru Whitesun (BD 45)
Owen Lars (BD 46)
Captain Typho (BD 47)
Episode III Concept Art Anakin Skywalker (BD 48)
Tarados Gon (BD 49)
Anakin Skywalker (BD 50)
Jango Fett (BD 51)
Clone Pilot (BD 52)
ARC Trooper (BD 53)
HK-47 (Build A Droid)

Added: July 5, 2009
Category: Legacy Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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