Welcome to another one of our JTA Presents: Evolutions features! Let’s check out how close or far we are from having an ideal Hasbro 3.75″ 8D8 action figure. Have we arrived at definitive status yet? Weigh in and let us know what conclusion you’ll come to by clicking through and adding your two cents in the comments!
Who could forget the threatening torture droid making the life of a Power Droid miserable in Jabba’s dungeon? We’d soon discover that the droid’s name is 8D8, and we wanted it in our collections immediately. With a toy line over 40 years old, it’s difficult to process that there is only one vintage Kenner version and only one modern version. And it goes without saying that we need a definitive release for our collections as soon as possible.
8D8 from 1984’s Return Of The Jedi line
1984’s Return Of The Jedi 8D8 figure was an excellent release for its time. Released around the same time when The Terminator film was released in theaters, many of us and our young minds couldn’t get past the resemblance 8D8 had to the exoskeleton of the T-800. Well, that’s been expressed by more than one Star Wars fan we should probably clarify. 8D8 didn’t come with any accessories, and the droid didn’t do much but stand around, but for many, it was a very well-liked action figure and remains a favorite today.
8D8 from 1998’s The Power Of The Force “2” [Green/Freeze Frame] line.
For the modern line, Kenner/Hasbro released 8D8 with a pretty incredible torture rack. The action figure was a huge update from the 1984 release, but it still lacked the articulation that many people would have liked to see added to the figure. But with incredible detail and a “light-port” action feature, the 8D8 holds up well in spite of its articulation. However, we need a definitive version of 8D8 and released in The Vintage Collection. It’s become desperate at this point.
8D8 Group Shot
Questions for discussion:
1. In your opinion, do we have a definitive version of this figure?
2. If we don’t have a definitive version of this figure, should Hasbro tool a new figure from the ground up again, or should they tweak a current sculpt to perfect it instead?
3. If the figure ranks as definitive for you, do you want to see it repackaged in vintage Kenner packaging (The Vintage Collection) if it isn’t already?
4. Add any other points of note or interest in the comments about any of these versions of 8D8 action figures.
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