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Star Wars Empire Strikes Back Saga Collection
3 3/4 Inch Scale
By: Hasbro (Kenner?)

Back in 2007, Hasbro was working hard on revamping their Star Wars line with Saga Collection packs that recreated old figures. They went the full gamut with it, offering retro Kenner packaging just as they had in the 1980’s when these figures originally came out. Instead of just repacking the vintage figures, they offered new versions of old classics with better sculpting and articulation. This would actually be the genesis of the 25th Anniversary GI Joe figures.

IG-88 was an assassin droid line designed by Holowan Laboratories. The IG-88 line was a derivative of the IG-100 MagnaGuard droids used as bodyguards by General Grievous and the IG Lancer Droids used by Durge during the Clone Wars. IG-88 later became one of the galaxy’s most infamous bounty hunters. However, the bounty hunting was just a cover for the droid’s grand plan—the Droid Revolution.

Hearing that, you’d think IG-88 was a big character in the original Star Wars trilogy or at least some of the prequels. Nope, instead he was basically just trash propped up in the background for a few shots. Lucas (with a heaping of help form Hasbro) has made sure that anyone who appeared in even a single glancing frame of the Star Wars films has a novel’s worth of backstory. It’s pretty amazing on one hand and utterly lame on the other. IG-88 thankfully retains a lot of his coolness though, since he was one of the early Kenner figures to strike a chord with many people. How is his updated figure?

The more of these old packages I look at, the more I realize how much better packages were in the 1980’s. No twist ties, no rubber bands and great simple designs. I think that’s part of the reason we’re seeing so many toylines do this “retro” packaging in order to recreate the image.

I’ve been sitting on this figure (not literally) since K*B Toys was going out of business a year or two ago. I bought this as they were clearancing their shelves, but at the time you can see they were charging $7.98 for it. Anyway, these came in out protective clam shells. To preserve the integrity of the card and figure underneath.

Presumably you can remove that outer shell without tearing it up, but damned if I could figure it out. I had to hack through it with a pair of scissors. I thought they were just supposed to open? Oh well. The inside card takes you right back to Christmas morning 1982! Well, not me, but some people.

The back isn’t as retro, but it shows off the other figures in the series and the classic figures. It also explains what the purposes of these cards are. Notice that the figure’s peg hole is unpunched as well. Nice touch.

I’m a fan of the IG designs. I loved the IG-86 figure, I liked the original IG-88 and I have a couple of IG Lancer droids as well. It’s just a neat looking robot. This one is just like the one from Empire Strikes Back. It’s a classic!

If you have the IG-Lancer, this is made of a lot of the same parts. For whatever reason though, the few differences here do make it the superior figure in my view. Maybe it’s just that the design is timeless, but I prefer this figure to the Lancer.

There is a ton of detail on this guy. IG-88 has never looked better. To be completely honest, the original IG-88 was one of Kenner’s better works, so this guy didn’t need an updating as bad as so many others. Still it’s an impressive feat for a figure to look so screen accurate.

The paint work is surprisingly strong, with little bits of rust and flakes painted on. It gives IG the appearance of being battle tested and worn. Maybe a super hardcore purest could find something inaccurate about this figure, but for most of us… This guy is perfect. If you need one IG-88 in your collection, then yeah, this is it.

The original IG-88 didn’t have a lot of articulation. Because of his design it was almost impossible to give him a ton of joints in the 1980’s. Now we’re able to give him quite a bit, though his structural design does still limit him more than many others.

You can create the exact pose from the card art though. That’s pretty nifty.

Surprisingly, IG-88 comes with a fair amount of accessories. First he has both his blaster and his rifle, as well as a belt. In the back of his belt he has a holster and a cool knife blade. I can’t get the guns to fit in the holster, but I assume one should.

It’s enough to stop him from getting kidnapped by Jawas.

If my match is correct, $7.99 in 2007, before the crash of the American economy works out to about $3,000 now? Something like that. Either way, you can get this guy off of Ebay for about $10 which isn’t bad at all. I don’t know exactly what I paid for him, but I picked up a couple so it must have been cheap. Because I’m a cheapskate and I love robots.

Yeah… We went there, and you like it.

Score Recap:
Packaging – 8
Sculpting – 9
Articulation – 7
Accessories – Rifle, Blaster, Knife, Belt
Value – 8
Overall – 8 out of 10

It’s IG-88 and he’s perfect. What more can you ask for? Whether you’re an old school guy who just thinks IG-88 is a random bounty hunter or if you’re one of the new kids who knows all about IG-88’s hundreds of clones and time as Queen Amidala’s personal massage wand, this is the IG-88 for you. Hasbro did good work with this figure and I can’t imagine they can improve upon it.

5 Responses to Star Wars: IG-88 Figure Review

  • zedhatch says:

    Probalby my fav from that era, really one of the best figs of the star wars line even. good review works great for this month's theme. IG lancer and IG-86 are pale comparisons IMO, but I did end up grabbing those too cause they are IG's

  • Lt. Clutch says:

    By far the best plastic version of this character I've yet to see. Iggy here was always cool even when I had no idea as to what part he played in TESB. Half of Lucas and Hasbro's success with the franchise has been milking the hundreds of background characters while creating ever-evolving origins. But the bounty hunters have always ruled from day one. Agreed on the packaging: As you've noted below, retiring the old plastic bubble coffins has done little to prevent shoplifting. Love that "Super Value" sticker, too. LOL!

  • Newton says:

    Yeah no doubt. Sometimes I think it's really cool that they fleshed out some of those background characters, but as I said, sometimes it ends up as pretty lame too. Not everyone needed to be so important. That said, I agree completely. The Bounty hunters were always cool and IG-88 was distinct looking enough that he was always a cool cat.

  • Thanks. I appreciate it.

  • LEon says:

    I am pretty sure this version is the best IG88 so far. Good that you got that and thanks for sharing. 🙂

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