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Friday, February 5, 2016
Action Figure Review: IG-88 from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase II by Hasbro
Height: 6 7/8ths inches
Articulation: Hinged ankles, double hinged knees, swivel thighs, swivel hips, swivel/hinge mid-torso, swivel/hinge shoulders, swivel/hinge elbows, and a swivel head.
Accessories: Modified E-11 blaster rifle, modified BlasTech DLT-20A, blade extension, and a bandolier.
Non-Scalper Price: $20-$22 dollars
* IG-88 has some really unusual articulation and frankly, some of it is very cool. He's just really uniquely constructed which makes perfect since for the character. I'm going to mention his hips below, as they're pretty disappointing, but overall he moves in the same ways as most figures, just differently. I adore his oddly hinged chest, as it looks like a mechanically rotating device rather than just an action figure joint.
One of the cooler points of articulation are IG-88's elbows. They are swivel/hinge joints underneath a rubbery covering that really matches what is visible on the film character. The range of motion is a bit more limited than I would have liked but the presentation and appearance is incredible.
* IG-88 has always been a Star Wars character whom has had really nicely sculpted figures. The original 1980 Kenner figure (which I have standing on a shelf) is absolutely a highlight of that line but for the Black Series Hasbro has really gone all out. IG-88 is a tough character to get a good look at but from reference photos I've seen, he looks pretty accurate. The film IG-88 was really a hodge-podge of various parts (including one of the decanters in Chalmun's Cantina) which makes him really tough to replicate in the form of a plastic action figure. Hasbro did an admirable job, though, and while each and every little bit and bob isn't 100% spot on, overall it's pretty impressive.
* IG-88 comes with his two rifles, both of which are modified versions of weapons we've seen with plenty of other Stormtrooper figures. They're a bit smaller, which means they weigh less and can work nicely in IG-88's smaller, spindlier arms. They're also specially design to fit in the proper hands: The E-11 (Stormtrooper blaster) fits in the right hand while the DLT-20A (longer rifle) fits in the right hand.
*IG-88's third accessory is his blade extension. This is something that exists on the model used in the film and as a picture in The Complete Visual Dictionary but I'm really unsure as to how it works. Even though there's a peg on the end (which is accurate to the prop) there's really no way to plug this in anywhere on IG-88. He can't hold it, so it's simply a cool looking prop that fits nicely in his bandolier.
* IG-88's final accessory is his bandolier. It's a nicely sculpted piece with a pack for storing a blaster rifle, some clips to hold the blade extension, and two concussion discs for messing up fools who try to get in IG-88's way.
* There's actually a plug on the part of the bandolier that rests over IG-88's right shoulder. The plug fits in to a small hole in IG-88's right shoulder which keeps the bandolier firmly in place. I'm really glad it doesn't just float around, as that would have gotten annoying.
* The bandolier is awesome because it also holds the blade extension and one of the rifles. I think it's intended to hold the E-11, but I managed to fit the DLT-20A in there with no problem.
* I really like how Hasbro designed IG-88's grip. Since he has pincers that would make it incredibly difficult for the figure to hold a weapon, Hasbro placed some small pegs on his wrists that plug into the small holes on the back of his two blasters. This is a fantastic way to give IG-88 the ability to securely hold his accessories without sacrificing the integrity of the sculpt. Well done!
* IG-88's legs are molded in a softer plastic that arrived bent in the package. This makes it really, really tough for him to stand up properly. In addition to him being tall and thin, the softer legs really add to the danger of him tipping over. I'm going to be using one of my smaller Kaiser stands to help keep him upright.
* The most disappointing thing about this figure is that the hips are simple swivel joints. That's completely unusual for The Black Series and I'm not sure why the decision was made. It's not like we ever saw IG-88 move in the film, so this isn't achieving any sort of accuracy. It just seems to artificially limit the figure's mobility. Believe me, considering we've seen other Assassin Droids move in the Clone Wars, I think it would have made sense for IG-88 to be fairly spry.
I've reviewed plenty of other figures from Star Wars: The Black Series, including:
Star Wars: The Black Series (6 inch) by Hasbro (2013)
Luke Skywalker (Bespin Outfit)
Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Revenge of the Sith)
Princess Leia (Slave Outfit)
Star Wars: The Black Series Phase II (6 inch) by Hasbro (2014)
Boba Fett (Prototype Armor)
Clone Commander Cody
Clone Trooper Captain
Clone Trooper Sergeant
Han Solo (Stormtrooper Disguise)
Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III (6 inch) by Hasbro (2015)
First Order Flametrooper
First Order General Hux
First Order Snowtrooper Officer
First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter
First Order Stormtrooper
First Order TIE Fighter Pilot
Imperial Shock Trooper
Kylo Ren (Starkiller Base)
Phase 1 Clone Trooper Commander, Phase II Clone Trooper, Imperial Stormtrooper, and First Order ---Stormtrooper Officer four pack
Poe Dameron and First Order Riot Control Stormtrooper
Rey (Jakku) & BB-8
Sandtrooper Sergeant, Crimson Stormtrooper, Lieutenant OXIXO, and R2-Q5