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The Black Series [Phase III]

DJ R-3X - TBS [P3] - Six Inch Figures (Exclusive)

Name: DJ R-3X
Collection: The Black Series [Phase III]
Number: N/A (TARGET Exclusive)
Scale: 6"
Source: Galaxy's Edge
Availability: August 2020
License: Hasbro

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Rex was recently programmed to be a DJ in Oga's Cantina. Today, he can be found playing the latest hits from around the galaxy in the heart of Black Spire Outpost.

Many The Black Series 6” collectors panicked when Disney Parks offered exclusive figures only available in select multipacks created by Hasbro. But as with most exclusive figures, they find their way to broader availability, whether through direct re-solicitation or exclusively through another method. Disney and TARGET worked together to produce a novel and boutique line of Star Wars collectibles through the Galaxy’s Edge Trading Outpost shop, available at all TARGET locations throughout the USA. Nothing more than an endcap display that focuses on products formerly only available through Disney Parks, the exclusive line helps get the Disney Parks experience into the hands of those not local to the parks. While the products vary to one degree or another, it helps bridge what seems like a great divide between Disney Parks and the average Star Wars action figure collector. To date, Hasbro added about a half-dozen The Black Series 6” figures to the Galaxy’s Edge Trading Outpost subline, and from what we can tell, it’s going over quite well.

One action figure that started off life as a Disney Parks exclusive was DJ R-3X. Disney teamed up with TARGET to produce a small subset of 6” figures through the Galaxy’s Edge Trading Outpost sub-line. Releasing them this way will offer The Black Series 6” collectors another opportunity to acquire them through another channel. DJ R-3X has its roots deep in the Disney Parks attraction, years before Galaxy’s Edge. But Disney utilized a slightly different version of the characters in its early years. If you recall, “REX” was a character introduced into the first STAR TOURS attraction. For Galaxy’s Edge, the character has gone through a significant metamorphosis, albeit a different character altogether. But longtime collectors know who this character is based. No longer a tour guide through the STAR TOURS adventure, the droid is now reprogrammed, repainted, and restyled to be a DJ in the local cantina in the heart of Black Spire Outpost. Honestly, the action figure looks a bit silly. But if you like novelty characters like this, then this one is for you.

Was there a need to reinvent the classic “Pee-wee Herman” character to keep it 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 any more Starspeeder 1000s in Galaxy’s Edge, that’s fine. But why must RX-24 be repainted entirely, 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? Perhaps a refresh is good for some characters. Some characters may experience different things along the hero’s journey. But we wished that the classic characters would remain as pure as possible. We’re disappointed to see all the changes made to the classic droid. Instead of a flip-up visor, DJ R-3X now has an articulated headset on (so it can “spin” records as stylishly as possible). The character comes with an orange, cream, and gray color scheme and is decorated beautifully. The figure also comes with an impressive amount of articulation.

Collector Notes

DJ R-3X

Status: DJ R-3X is a straight repack of the figure from 2019's TBS [P3] Droid Depot Disney Parks exclusive multipack.

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

Assortment Number: E9625

UPC: 5010993729623

Retail: $24.99 USD

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Added: December 1, 2020
Category: Black Series [Phase III], The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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