Unfinished C-3PO POP! vinyl I looked at yesterday was one of two POPs in the July Smuggler's Bounty box, so today we will be looking at the second: R5-D4. While R5-D4 is a pretty minor character, he gets more credit than most other droids because: A. He actually affects the plot, and B. He had an action figure in the vintage Kenner line. He also had a cool as heck missile firing variant in the Power of the Force 2 line, but I think that figure only resonates with a few of us. Overall, I'd wager R5-D4's enduring popularity (granted, I'm not sure I'd call him mainstream or anything) can mostly be attributed to having a vintage Kenner figure. If you scored a vintage Kenner figure, you're guaranteed to be loved forever. Let's take a look at this very cool R5-D4 POP! vinyl after the break...
Height: 3 1/2 inches
Articulation: Bobbling dome
Accessories: Display stand
Non-Scalper Price: Included with the July Smuggler's Bounty box that retailed for $25 bucks and contained two exclusive POP! vinyls, a t-shirt, a patch, and an enamel pin.
* R5-D4 has a great sculpt! I really like the look of this guy as it's a nice blend between the droid's film appearance and the POP! styling. It's kind of funny that Funko took R5-D4's three optical ports and made them larger with the standard "soulless black eyes" that most POP! vinyl figures have.
* There's a really nice covering of sandy paint on top of R5-D4's dome. One of the weaker aspects of the recent Black Series R5-D4 is the lack of weathering, a weakness that Funko avoided here. Funko really made sure that this guy looks like he's been cruising around Tatooine with a bunch of Jawas for a minute.
* While the proportions of the body are stylized, the details are all present and accounted for. This is a great astromech droid body. Is it reused? Probably. Does it accurately resemble R5-D4? You bet it does.
* The back further shows off the tight paint apps on this guy as well as the heavy weathering. While he's not "realistic" I find myself liking this guy a bit more than the Black Series version.
* Nearly every Star Wars POP! includes a display stand just like this
(although the peg placement varies based on the character's design)
which I think gives the collection a nice bit of uniformity. The simple
black and silver looks very clean and classic and adds to the prestige
of any collection of little vinyl Star Wars toys.
If you're an R5-D4 fan, make sure to check out my review of the Star Wars: 40th Anniversary Series R5-D4.
If you want to check out more Star Wars POP! vinyls, why not peruse my other reviews?
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
Darth Maul #165
Darth Vader [Bespin] #158
General Grievous #129
Grand Moff Tarkin #159
Greedo/ Hammerhead/ Walrus Man 3-Pack
Hoth Han Solo with Tauntaun #125
Imperial Death Trooper #149
Jyn Erso #138
Jyn Erso #148
Luke Skywalker with Speeder #175
R2-D2 (Jabba's Skiff) #121
Red Snaggletooth #70
Sabine [Masked] #131
TIE Fighter Pilot #89