Name: R4-M6 Mace Windu's Astromech Droid
Collection: The Saga Collection
Number: SAGA 074 (Walmart Exclusive)
Source: Clone Wars (Volume 2: Chapter 23)
Availability: February 2007
R4-M6 Mace Windu's Astromech Droid
What do you give the Jedi who has his own signature lightsaber, starfighter, and clone battalion? A color-coordinated astromech of course! It’s borderline surprising that Hasbro gave us his astromech last, something that was actually seen in a multimedia event, unlike the cool clone trooper battalion we received in the Battle Packs collection. Today we take a look at one of those EU/off-screen creations that Hasbro likes to throw our way every so often: R4-M6 (a.k.a. Mace Windu's Astromech). R4-M6 is essentially your run-of-the-mill astrodroid. No frills, no tweets and beeps and no accessories (other than the display stand - more on that in a bit). It utilizes the often praised ROTS Sneak Preview R4-G9 sculpt as its base which features rolling wheels, articulated legs and "ankles" and a retractable/deployable center leg when the dome is rotated. And like R4-G9, R4-M6 also uses the R2-series dome rather than the typical conical R4 dome configuration. Sadly, Hasbro felt the need to omit the "light-pipe" feature the sneak preview figure had and instead painted over these transparent sections. Maybe they didn't want to recast that section of the mold in purple-tinted plastic to make it functional. Too bad - but it’s not a deal breaker.
The rest of R4 is painted in a vibrant purple with sparse silver accents, and on various panel recesses, a darker wash that gives the mold some added depth and detail. As it stands, it looks very good, but if there was any one issue with the paint it's the panel surrounding the "eye". In most cases, that panel would be the same accent color as the rest of the figure - purple in this example. This is odd as Hasbro did paint this area on the R4-M6 plug* that came with the Mace Windu Jedi Starfighter. Again, not a deal breaker. (*Note: despite the best of efforts, R4-M6 will not replace the plug included with the Mace Windu starfighter as this figure's particular sculpt will not fit in the droid socket - at least not convincingly.) Until Hasbro develops a larger scale starfighter at this point (unlikely), or offers up a new mold for R4, it looks like our astromechs won’t be fitting like glove in their corresponding droid sockets.
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