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Retro Review - 1988 ED-260

March 1, 2018

 

 

You have 20 seconds to comply! ED-209 has arguably got to be one of the most revered, robotic droid built law enforcers to have appeared on the big screen. Most who are familiar with the RoboCop franchise can probably attest to that statement. Ultimately, this enforcement droid was deemed a failure due to a deadly mishap. Despite his mechanical setbacks and ultimate destruction, ED-209 has been, and still is, overwhelming popular.

 

Kenner took up the license a year after the film and went with the title RoboCop and the Ultra Police. This toy line was based more on the animated series as the ED-260 in the show was mentioned as being an improved model, hence the model ED-260 rather than ED-209. ED-260 looks identical to his movie counterpart. That's probably why most still refer to Kenner's rendition to ED-209, not ED-260. Other than RoboCop himself, ED-260 is the only recognizable character produced by Kenner, from the film. That makes him the pick of the series. He isn't to difficult to find, but can be relatively expensive. Loose $35-$40 and MIB as high as $100.

 

 

Design & Durability

Now, let's get to it. At a quick glance, ED-260 looks fantastic! He weighs next to nothing but very robust. ED-260 comes with stickers via sticker sheet, which are applied to various locations on the main fuselage. Features like tactile rivets, mesh front sonar screen, and ratcheting legs and torso, give this figure an incredible display presence. Movement as you would expect for a 1988 toy, is somewhat limited. Torso and upper legs are the only articulated parts of ED-260. Sadly no arm or knee movement.

 

 

Features

The gimmick that carried through the whole toy line, is the cap firing function. Like all the other action figures in the Ultra Police line, ED-260 came packaged with paper caps. Caps are inserted in the back, and with a ratcheting mechanic, they fire one by one as you pull back the small metal lever. I remember getting this new and cared less for that hallmark, but I'll give Kenner thumbs up for creativity.

 

 

Overall

Kenner's ED-260 was a favorite with not just kids but also adult collectors. For many years, he was the only commercially made model available. I displayed mine from the time I got him back in '89 and today he still looks desirable! Unlike other "film to toy" products Kenner has done, except for a few, this movie accurate figure is definitely one of Kenner's finer moments.

 

 

 

 

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