Thursday, February 15, 2018

Road to Solo: Medical Droid #212 from POP! Star Wars by Funko

  This past weekend I was out and about and stumbled across this very cool Medical Droid POP! vinyl from POP! Star Wars by Funko. Wait...Medical Droid? Yup, Funko is calling this guy a Medical Droid rather than the more familiar name 2-1B. Interestingly, the 2-1B from The Empire Strikes Back is both a 2-1B model of surgical droid with the designation of 2-1B, so calling this guy 2-1B would have been correct if it were referring to the specific droid we're most familiar with or to the model in general. Considering that 2-1B had a vintage Kenner figure, I'm really surprised that he didn't get his vintage name. Anyways, I'm not going to get too hung up on that but just know I'm calling him 2-1B. I've always liked 2-1B; he's a cool model with a great color scheme. Plus, he treated Luke Skywalker's after a nasty Wampa attack, so that's something too. Oh, and gave Luke a new hand. Dang, 2-1B. You're a boss! Let's check this guy out after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 3 3/4ths inches

Articulation: Bobbling head.

Accessories: Display stand

Non-Scalper Price: $10 dollars

 The Positives:

* The head sculpt is great on 2-1B. It looks just like him! The paint scheme is excellent, too. I love that metallic blue. It's such an appealing color.

* 2-1B has a vocoder unit where a human mouth would be and it's connected to his chest by a cord of some sort. The cord is actually made of a rubbery plastic and it really looks impressive. I don't see this sort of effect of an extra piece that attaches the head to the body on POP! vinyls often.

 * 2-1B's grippers look great. They're extremely detailed and look rather intricate.

* The legs are also nicely sculpted. The figure can absolutely balance on his own without the stand if you so desire.

 *  2-1B comes with the same stand that all of the Star Wars POP! figures come with, and I still like it. These are really cool. I kind of wish every POP! came with a stand. It just makes them look so much better and display so much more securely on the shelves.

   I just kind of stumbled upon 2-1B (I wasn't actively seeking him out) and I'm quite glad I did. He's an excellent POP! vinyl of a character who ticks off so many boxes on the Star Wars list of greatness: ESB character? Check. Droid? Check. Had a vintage Kenner toy? Check. Metallic blue? Check. 2-1B is a really fun figure and looks awesome hanging out with other droids. There isn't an FX-7 POP! vinyl, but it's only a matter of time, right? Maybe we'll see one at Toy Fair 2018!

This is the first 2-1B Medical Droid figure I've reviewed. For more POP! Star Wars reviews check out the following:
Aayla Secura #217
Ahsoka #130
BB-9E #202
Ben Kenobi #99
Boba Fett #102 
C-3PO [Unfinished] #181
Captain Cassian Andor #139 
Captain Phasma [Chrome] #91
Captain Rex #164 
Chewbacca #63 [Flocked]
Chirrut Imwe #140
Count Dooku #233
Darth Maul #165
Darth Vader [Bespin] #158
General Grievous #129
Grand Moff Tarkin #159
Greedo/ Hammerhead/ Walrus Man 3-Pack
Hera #136
Hoth Han Solo with Tauntaun #125
IG-88 #103
Imperial Death Trooper #149
Jyn Erso #138
Jyn Erso #148
K-2SO #146
Kanan #132 
Luke Skywalker with Speeder #175
Obi-Wan Kenobi #214
Poe Dameron with X-Wing #227
R2-D2 (Jabba's Skiff) #121
R5-D4 #180
Red Snaggletooth #70
Sabine [Masked] #131 
Sabine #135 
TIE Fighter Pilot #89

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