Collection: Legacy Collection
Number: 3 of 5
Source: Expanded Universe (Star Wars: Droids – The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO)
Availability: August 2009
In the animated television series Star Wars: Droids – The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO, Boba Fett acquires BL-17, a Battle Legionnaire battle droid creted to serve Mandalorian Protectors during the Clone Wars. The bounty hunter uses the droid on espionage missions while hunting fugitives.
It is extremely exciting to get something finally from Hasbro that is based upon the Droids television series, especially since those lines dies (may they rest in peace) all the way back in 1985. After years of getting consistent “no” responses from Hasbro about receiving possible action figures based on the Droids and Ewoks cartoons, Hasbro finally decides to cave and come through for fans to make our wishes true. Appearing in an episode called “A Race To The Finish” (its one and only appearance), Hasbro decides that their first character in mind is a relatively unknown droid named BL-17. You may be surprised to find out that BL-17 doesn’t have a great likeness to his animated counterpart, but we have to remember that the action figure is “realism” based, so some artistic license applies. But in particular, we think it is the character’s eyes that throws off the ideal likeness of the droid in the cartoon. BL-17 appears in the cartoon with almost human eyes and it is a quality that we don’t see often in droids. But Hasbro decided to make the action figure look more like a distant cousin of C-3PO than anything else. We guess you could say that the animated version of BL-17 almost looks like a human with a droid suit on. Hmm, isn’t that what C-3PO is now that we think about it? We’re confused, but despite this ambiguity, the Boba Fett/BL-17 Droid Factory two-pack is a very welcomed addition to the action figure line and we also think it is a great nod to the vintage expanded universe lines. It is our hope that this set opens the door for additional Droids characters. (And hopefully Ewoks action figures aren’t too far behind either….)
The two figures complement each other excellently and the colors between them interact very well. Boba Fett is a repack of 2007’s TAC Animated Debut: Boba Fett (No. 24) basic figure but with weapons from the Evolutions Boba Fett part of The Fett Legacy set. We were shown at San Diego Comic Con 2009 that this figure was going to be repainted dramatically from the original, but alas, we were simply given a repack of an old figure. We are not sure the reason of this sudden change but the choice of this Boba Fett figure does look very faithful to his appearance in the Droids series. If Boba Fett was to be repainted as was shown, he would look a great deal more like his comic book or movie appearances. So we commend Hasbro on at least getting “most” of the colors right for this release. Of course, BL-17 is the reason to get worked up (in a good way) over this set. This droid utilizes the arms and legs from 2007’s TAC 4-LOM (No. 41) figure, but has been given a whole new torso and head. What’s more, this figure has an “optical illusion” so to speak. If you look at the torso as a whole (from the neck down to his groin disregarding limbs and head) you will see a pattern that looks a lot like the visage of Boba Fett (his trademark helmet). Was this intentional? It is visible to a much lesser degree in the animated cartoon, but clearly present on the action figure. Is this some sort of Boba Fett branding to advertise ownership? We don’t know, but it is very cool and we are not so sure if Hasbro is even aware of what they’ve done. (Actually, we believe they are well aware of this.) The coloring on BL-17 is fantastic and looks right in place with all the other Droids characters out there. Hasbro went the distance and gave this droid the perfect balance of wear and tear to show that he has seen some action. He is bright and if you look closely at his paint job, you will see that the paint used is full of metallic elements that make it gleam and glisten.
Assortment Number: 91931/14860
Retail: $16.99 USD
Original Droid Factory/Build A Droid Part: Dark Trooper Phase III jetpack
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Status: Boba Fett is a very slight repaint of 2007's TAC Animated Debut: Boba Fett (No. 23) figure. The biggest difference is that his gun now sports a flat black paint job.
Articulation Count: 14
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel gauntlets, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: blaster rifle, blaster pistol
Date Stamp: 2004
Status: BL-17 is a kit-bashed figure that utlizes the arms and legs of 2007's TAC 4-LOM (No. 41) figure with an all-new body and all-new head. The figure has also been repainted in the colors of the character from the Droids television series.
Articulation Count: 13 points
Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: None
Accessory Details: None
Date Stamp: 2007
Collection Droid Factory
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