WARS - STAR TOURS FIGURES
For years, anyone with any enjoyment of Star Wars action figures who has visited either Disneyland or Walt Disney World and ridden the STAR TOURS attraction has probably wished that Hasbro would consider making action figures of some of the cool droids unique to this attraction.
Well, somebody must've called upon the Genie from "Aladdin", because their wish has been granted. Now available, exclusive to the Disney theme parks, is an assortment of STAR TOURS ACTION FIGURES!
Fortunately, I have a friend who frequents Disneyland in California, and has thus far been able to get the first two assortments of Star Tours action figures for me. There are three figures in each assortment, and a third assortment is expected.
These are not cheap theme park souvenirs. They are made by Hasbro with the same degree of quality as standard Star Wars action figures, and I've never had any major complaints with that. They are packaged on the recently-discontinued-everywhere-else green cards of Star Wars toys, with a photograph of the character to the side of the package. A special STAR TOURS logo in on the bubble, and the back of the card discusses the Star tours attaction. Proper copyrights for Hasbro, Lucas, and Disney are also present.
The toys are not inexpensive. They're $10.00 apiece, but then, for years, that's also been the price of standard Star Wars figures in Disney parks. Disneyland and Walt Disney World are very cool places to visit, and I recommend them both to the highest possible degree -- but they're not cheap.
Anyway, for those unfamiliar with the STAR TOURS attraction, a brief explanation is in order. You're on line at a travelport to board a StarSpeeder that is supposed to take you on a grand tour of the moons of Endor. Unfortunately, your pilot droid is a first timer who ends up taking you on a wild ride through a storm of comets and right into the middle of a pitched battle between the Empire and the Rebellion, with the Death Star involved on top of everything else!
While you're waiting on line
to board the ride, which is a nicely done motion-simulator attraction,
you walk through two main passageways where a wide variety of assorted
droids are working. Many of these are unique to the Star Tours attraction,
including some rather stumpy, almost skeletal robots that manage to
be cute, and according to one source are actually stripped
Frankly, waiting on line and watching these droids in action is almost as much fun as the ride itself. So it's no wonder that there's been a longtime demand for action figures of them, and it's finally happened.
The first assortment of three
includes RX-24 "REX", R3-D3, and G2-4T. "Rex" is
also known as "Captain Rex", and is certainly the central
character droid of the Star Tours attraction. He's your pilot on board
the StarSpeeder. Within the ride, he's a nicely designed Audio-Animatronic
robot that interacts with the riders, providing a running commentary
of what's going on, even as he tries to fly the StarSpeeder along some
rather unique detours. The figure is an excellent likeness, with plenty
of articulation in the head and the three limbs. R3-D3 is a slight disappointment,
as it appears the
The second assortment of
STAR TOURS figures came out more recently, and includes a nice threesome
consisting of R4-M9, WEG-1618, and DL-X2. The R4-M9 robot is a recoloration
of the Imperial Astromech Droid released in one of the last "pre-Episode-2"
assortments of Star Wars figures. Frankly, the new
There are still three droids
yet to come in this collection, although I
Granted, acquiring these
figures will not be easy. They're selling well and selling quickly,
and there's no definitive word if Hasbro intends to keep producing them
or if each assortment is a limited edition. This could get expensive
unless you have a friend in the California or Florida region who is
fairly close to the parks. If you CAN get them by some reasonable means,