Star Wars: 4-LOM Sixth Scale Figure by Sideshow Collectibles Review
Sideshow Collectibles’ latest 1/6 sixth scale figure has arrived and fans of bounty hunters, specifically those gathered on Darth Vader’s, will be happy to see we’re getting the first ever figure of 4-LOM! There’s a video review from my YouTube channel at the end for those who just want to watch.
4-LOM, along with Boba Fett, Dengar, Zuckuss, IG-88, and Bossk, were gathered by Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back to help hunt down and deliver Han Solo to him. Sixth scale fans have already had the opportunity to grab Boba Fett, IG-88, and Bossk, while Zuckuss and Dengar are up for preorder currently on Sideshow’s site.
I never did any research prior to getting this figure because I was happy to just a bounty hunter with a huge, unique head. According Starwars.com, 4-LOM is “a rusty droid with insectile features… originally a protocol droid, but logic glitches allowed him to escape his programming and become a bounty hunter. That proved a perfect occupation for the cold, calculating mechanical.” Well, that puts things into perspective for me. I also read on various sites that he was also partners in crime in some instances with Zuckuss.
4-LOM comes in the regular packaging we’ve seen from Sideshow with their Star Wars figures. The flap is held in place by a magnet and you can open it up to see the figure if you’re someone that keeps your sixth scale figures minty fresh in the package. There are various pictures of 4-LOM on the packaging as well.
4-LOM measures 12” and has a very familiar look to him. If you don’t notice right away, from the neck down, this is basically Sideshow’s C-3P0 figure just with a different paint job.
The head sculpt is what makes this figure worth picking up. He’s just so unique looking. I find it so odd that a droid would be created with an insect-like head. I love the look of the translucent green eyes but question the functionality of a droid having compound eyes. Perhaps the compound eyes can provide a massive amount of data to 4-LOM about its surroundings.
There seems to be a breathing apparatus or vent in the front of the face but if the character is a droid, it doesn’t need to breathe. Perhaps it’s a vent of some sort. I have no clue what the long rods are that seem to be sticking through both sides of the lower jaw area. I think it looks really cool.
You can see in the video at the end of this feature there is something wrong with the head. It is VERY hard to turn completely. At first, I could move it almost to face its right shoulder without any problem, but turning the head right after putting it back in the forward facing position, it feels like it is locked in place. You REALLY have to put pressure on it to turn it. I did it once but I didn’t want to put more pressure on it, fearing it would break. Once I forced it to look to its left, it cut off the motion to look right. I’m not sure how to fix this and will have to look on forums. If you know, please share in the comment section.
As mentioned, this figure is basically C-3P0 but with a different head and different hands (and without our golden friend’s colours). If you don’t have the Sideshow C-3P0 figure and haven’t seen my look at him (or anyone else’s) , you have to know he’s very hard to pose. The reason is because the pistons on either side of each are embedded into a tracks and they can be very stiff. If you put too much pressure on them while trying to pose the arms, there’s a possibility the pistons will snap (or maybe pop out of the track).
I’m happy to report that this figure doesn’t have that issue. Yes, you still haven’t to be careful not to put a lot of pressure on the arms while posing BUT the pistons slide up and down the track without any resistance.
There’s a little bit of movement to be found in the waist but nothing to make a real difference when posing this figure. Even with the articulated knees, the legs are hindered due to the outside casing hitting the crotch piece. You just aren’t going to get a lot of posing options (or at least action poses) with 4-LOM. There are also screw in the middle top part of the leg pieces that C-3P0 didn’t have. I don’t know if the character in the film had that or Sideshow added it for a different reason. I point it out in the my video review.
4-LOM gets the shaft when it comes to extras. He only comes with two extra hands. That means we get a pair of hands that can grip his weapon and two open hands. The hands are also not articulated like C-3P0’s.
The only weapon the figure comes with is his BlasTech DLT-19 heavy blaster rifle. This weapon is basically the same weapon that came with the Han Solo & Chewbacca Hot Toys set. I’m not sure if they share sculpts or pieces, but they are almost identical except the long barrel.
With the blaster rifle being so long and the figure having the pistons on its arms, you’re really limited on how the figure can hold the blaster.
The hexagonal stand that we’ve gotten with past Sideshow Star Wars releases also comes with the figure. It’s a bit of a disappointment after getting some excellent stands recently from Hot Toys. I suppose it provides consistency for people that use them for their figures, though.
Just for comparison, here’s a shot of C-3P0 and 4-LOM together just so you can see the similar bodies painted differently.
Ever since I started collecting the sixth scale figures, I’ve dreamt of having The Empire Strikes Back bounty hunters all together and the release of 4-LOM put us collectors one step closer to doing it. While the figure is cool looking and will be a great piece in my display cabinet, I find he is overpriced for the amount of reuse and lack of paint and accessories compared to other figures. The issue with the figure’s head also brings the figure down a bit in my books as well. Enjoy the video!