Sunday, November 8, 2020

Action Figure Review: DJ R-3X from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro


   Today I'm excited to look at my first Star Wars: The Black Series review from the Target Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Trading Outpost subset. When Galaxy's Edge opened last year Hasbro released a few sets of Black Series figures available at the park. One of those sets was the Droid Depot set which included a re-released R2-D2, re-released C-3PO, re-released BB-8, and a brand new DJ R-3X. Yeah, with most of the sets you had to buy a couple figures you already owned to get someone new. I'm sure it was a hit with visitors to the park who were casual fans or Star Wars fans who just didn't collect the Black Series but for those of us collecting the line since the beginning it was frustrating and not worth a purchase. Fortunately, Hasbro partnered with Target and we're getting most of those exclusive figures available in single packages. Today I'm looking at the only Galaxy's Edge figure I have so far: DJ R-3X. Who is DJ R-3X? Originally R-3X was RX-24, the pilot for the 1987 ride Star Tours. Referred to as Captain Rex (but not this Captain Rex), he was voiced by Paul Reubens (who voiced the character again the Rebels episode "Droids in Distress." In the books and comics released surrounding Galaxy's Edge, RX-24 is reprogrammed as a DJ, now called DJ R-3X, who manages the beats at Oga's Cantina at  Blackspire outpost. It's a cool way to fit the character in with Disney's newest Star Wars attraction and offers up a unique character for the line. Let's check out DJ R-3X after the break...

The Facts:

Height: 4 1/2 inches (w/ neck extended)

Articulation: Swivel base, swivel bottom 3 swiveling midsection rings, lower arm w/ swivel shoulder, two hinged elbows, swivel grip, and hinged pincer, middle arm with swivel shoulder, swivel arm, 2 hinged elbows, swivel grip, and hinged pincer, upper arm w/swivel/hinge shoulder, swivel grip, and hinged pincer, swivel extending neck, balljointed head, and swiveling headphones. 

Accessories: None

Non-Scalper Price: $25 dollars

The Positives:

* R-3X has a very unique body design. We've gotten a decent amount of droids in the Black Series but most have been astromechs and protocol styled droids, so it's always cool to see one with such a unique design. DJ R-3X has a great silhouette and will really stand out on your shelf for sure.



* The figure looks excellent. R-3X has been given a orange and dark grey paintjob and there are lots of nice paint effects to make him look worn and weathered in places. The sculpt is also extremely detailed with lots of little droid elements.


* The headsculpt is excellent the paintwork and the headphones. The head is balljointed and the headphones swivel up and down, too, which is also kind of cool.


* On the body there are some cool details like the detail on the shoulder and the Aurebesh on the body. It translates to RX-24, R-3X's original designation. There are actually two different sets of Aurebesh characters for numbers: Basic numerals and technical numerals. The last two are the technical numerals for the 24 in the droid's designation.

* DJ R-3X has some of the most unusual articulation on a Star Wars figure but it's really, really cool. He has three rotating cylinders around his body that each have an arm attached and each arm is loaded with more joints than Willy Nelson's glove department. Unusual stuff like an extending neck, a balljointed head, and swivel headphones means this is a figure you can really mess around with, even if he's not exactly built to take crazy poses.


The Negatives:

* The actual droid has lots of cool lights and such on these panels but Hasbro didn't add any paint apps here. That's kind of unusual as the Black Series usually is pretty on point when it comes to detail like this so I imagine this was dropped because the figure was originally just intended as a Disney Parks exclusive to a limited audience.

   In a year with many incredible Star Wars: The Black Series figures, DJ R-3X is a cool novelty but only a Good figure. He's fun, unique, and a cool tribute to another area of the Star Wars galaxy, but with the heightened price and without any accessories, he's just not at the top of the heap this year. Still fun, though, and much better than having to track down the full set from the Disney Parks with three other figures you already have. At the very least he adds another unique droid to the Black Series collection and that's something to celebrate.

This is the first figure of DJ R-3X/ RX-24 I've reviewed on the site. For more figures from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III check out the following:

0-0-0 (Triple Zero)
442nd Siege Battalion Clone Trooper, 212th Attack Battalion Utapau Trooper, Coruscant Guard ---(Phase II), and 501st Legion Clone Trooper 4 pack
Admiral Ackbar and First Order Officer
Admiral Piett
Ahsoka Tano 
AT-AT Pilot 
Battle Droid
Baze Malbus
BT-1 (Beetee)
C-3PO & Babu Frik
C-3PO (Resistance Base) 
Cal Kestis
Captain Cassian Andor (Eadu) 
Captain Phasma
Captain Phasma (Quicksilver Baton)
Captain Poe Dameron
Cara Dune
Chewbacca (Target Exclusive)
Chewbacca (The Force Awakens)
Chewbacca & C-3PO
The Child Chirrut Imwe 
Chopper (C1-10P)
Clone Captain Rex (HasCon Exclusive)
Clone Commander Bly
Clone Commander Gree
Clone Commander Fox
Clone Commander Obi-Wan Kenobi
Clone Commander Wolffe 
Constable Zuvio
Count Dooku
Darth Revan 
Darth Vader (Emperor's Wrath)
Death Star Trooper
Dewback/ Sandtrooper
Director Krennic 
DJ (Canto Bight)
Doctor Aphra
Dryden Vos
Elite Praetorian Guard
Elite Praetorian Guard (with Heavy Blade)
Emperor Papatine and Throne
Enfys Nest's Swoop Bike/ Enfys Nest
Ezra Bridger
Finn (First Order Disguise)
Finn (FN-2187)
Finn (Jakku)
First Order Flametrooper
First Order General Hux
First Order Jet Trooper
First Order Snowtrooper
First Order Snowtrooper Officer
First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter
First Order Stormtrooper
First Order Stormtrooper Executioner 
First Order Stormtrooper (with Gear)
First Order TIE Fighter Pilot
Gamorrean Guard
General Grievous
General Leia Organa
General Veers
Grand Admiral Thrawn (SDCC Exclusive)
Grand Moff Tarkin 
Guardians of Evil 4-Pack
Guavian Enforcer
Han Solo (Exogorth Escape)
Han Solo (Mimban)
Han Solo (Solo)
Han Solo (The Force Awakens)
Heavy Battle Droid
Heavy Infantry Mandalorian
Hera Syndulla
Imperial AT-ACT Driver
Imperial Death Trooper
Imperial Death Trooper, Captain Cassian Andor, and Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha) 3 pack
Imperial Hovertank Pilot 
Imperial Jumptrooper
Imperial Patrol Trooper
Imperial Probe Droid
Imperial Shock Trooper 
Imperial Royal Guard 
Inferno Squad Agent
Jaina Solo (Legends)
Jango Fett
Jedi Knight Revan
Kanan Jarrus
Knight of Ren (Vicrul)
Kylo Ren 
Kylo Ren (SDCC 2016)
Kylo Ren (The Last Jedi) 
Kylo Ren (Starkiller Base)
Kylo Ren (Throne Room) 
Lando Calrissian (Solo)
Lando Calrissian (The Empire Strikes Back)
Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard)
Luke Skywalker 
Luke Skywalker (Death Star Escape)
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight)
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master) 
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Master)- Ahch-To Island
Luke Skywalker (Skyalker Strikes)
Luke Skywalker (Yavin Ceremony)
Mace Windu
Maz Kanata 
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Force Spirit)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Padawan) 
Obi-Wan Kenobi (SDCC 2016) 
Offworld Jawa
Padme Amidala
Phase 1 Clone Trooper Commander, Phase II Clone Trooper, Imperial Stormtrooper, and First Order ---Stormtrooper Officer four pack
Poe Dameron
Poe Dameron and First Order Riot Control Stormtrooper
Princess Leia (Bespin Escape)
Princess Leia Organa 
Princess Leia Organa (Hoth)
Purge Stormtrooper
Qi'ra (Corellia)
Qui-Gon Jinn
R2-A3, R5-K6, and R2-F2
Range Trooper
Rebel Trooper
Red Squadron (R2-D2, R5-D8, and R2-X2)
Resistance Tech Rose
Resistance Trooper
Rey & D-O
Rey (Island Journey)
Rey (Jakku) & BB-8 
Rey (Jedi Training)
Rey (Jedi Training)- Crait
Rey (Starkiller Base) 
Rey's Speeder (Jakku)
Rio Durant
Sabine Wren
Sandtrooper Sergeant, Crimson Stormtrooper, Lieutenant OXIXO, and R2-Q5
Scarif Stormtrooper
Scarif Stormtrooper Squad Leader 
Second Sister Inquisitor
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Eadu)
Sergeant Jyn Erso (Jedha)
Shadow Stormtrooper
Sith Trooper
Stormtrooper (Mimban)
Stormtrooper (With Blast Accessories)
Supreme Leader Snoke (Throne Room)
Tobias Beckett
Tusken Raider 
Val (Vandor)
Vice Admiral Holdo
Wedge Antilles
X-34 Landspeeder & Luke Skywalker (SDCC Exclusive) 
X-Wing Pilot Asty 
Yoda (Force Spirit)
Zorii Bliss

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