It’s easy to forget the darker elements of the “Star Wars” universe compared to the likes of the cherubic Anakin Skywalker’s bare-knuckled pod races and Luke Skywalker’s endearing claim that he used to bullseye womp rats in his T-16 back home, but at its heart the film series is about a galaxy rapidly being consumed by a fascist regime.
Two droids, 0-0-0 (Triple Zero) and BT-1, are at the heart of that regime as Darth Vader’s personal assassins and torture bots, and now they’re getting their due as commemorative statues just in time for this year’s Star Wars Celebration.
The figures are produced by Kotobukiya for the company’s ARTFX+ series. Triple Zero stands at 6 1/2 inches tall, while BT-1 measures 4 1/2 inches. Both stand upright with the aid of magnets embedded in their feet, which attach to their accompanying metal display bases. The set also includes a commemorative collector’s coin and exclusive art work by Adi Granov.
Granov was the cover artist for several issues of the “Darth Vader” comic book series that first introduced the murderous droid duo. First appearing in “Star Wars: Darth Vader” #3, Triple Zero and BT-1 are activated by rogue archaeologist Chelli Lona Aphra, who eventually comes to serve under the Sith Lord Darth Vader.
Triple Zero is a protocol droid designed to specialize in etiquette, customs, translation and torture. BT-1 was created under the Galactic Empire’s Tarkin Initiative, a secret, advanced weapons think tank within the Empire, and boasts an array of hidden, deadly weapons.
The “Star Wars: Darth Vader” comic books series was written by Kieron Gillen with art by Salvador Larroca and Leinil Francis Yu. The series, which ran from February 2015 to October 2016, explored the “Star Wars” story from Darth Vader’s perspective between the events of “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” and “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.” During this time, the Sith Lord was largely concerned with learning more about his adversary, Luke Skywalker, and consolidating his power within the Empire. The series also spent time inspecting the Galactic Empire’s underworld and its mundane day to day politics.
The Kotobukiya ARTFX+ Triple Zero and BT-1 Star Wars Celebration statue set is currently available for preorder and will begin shipping in April 2017.
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