The Light FX figures have already become a universally loved new advancement in Disney Infinity’s never ending line up of better and greater things. With the addition of Light FX in the Star Wars line up, we anxious await new and cooler ways the glowing affect will be added to future character.
We’ve already went into a little detail on how these new glowing characters work when they first came out. Our previous uneducated understanding of how these Light FX figures work seemed to be pretty accurate (although we picked the wrong leg).
With a spare Light FX Anakin in our collection and the guidance of our new glowing figure wizard Fernando Velez, we decided to crack into the figure and do a full tear down to see what variations had to be made between the original and the new FX.
The tear down was quite the learning experience. Starting with a Non FX Anakin, we took our time and really disassembled as much as we could without completely destroying the figure. A soaking in very hot water loosened the very strong glue allowing us to slowly pull apart every piece… Surprisingly, the one piece that survived after the most abuse was the lightsaber.
Regular Anakin Figure Tear Down
Next we set our attention on Anakin’s Light FX variant. This one was a little more tricky to tear down for a few reasons. First, the wire running through the tiny channels was glued very firmly in place, adding some extra struggle in separating each piece. And it quickly became apparent why the sculpt of each figure had to change.
Where previously the pieces were fitted together with large pegs, to make room for the wiring, the pegs had to shrink. To keep the figure stable, they widened these pieces to allow for a slightly larger peg, allowing for more surface area for the glue to bond to.
Anakin Light FX Figure Tear Down
The wiring for the lightsaber ran up through the straight leg of the figure, across to the alternate shoulder and down through the gloved hand of the figure. A small channel for the wire was easily traced and very apparent as each part of Anakin was slowly removed.
A major change to the lightsaber design took it from two pieces (solid hilt and clear plastic blade) to a three piece design (clear plastic blade, hollow hilt, and slide in filler to sandwich the LED in place).
Side By Side Comparison Of Regular & FX Pieces
As a whole, the figures look different side by side. If you remember our original gallery when these figures were first released, our side by side comparison shots really show how the sculpt was changed and how the new figure’s pose was subtly different.
It’s easy to spot the differences between the figures when they are fully assembled, because the small changes of every piece don’t add up until everything is put together. The little bit of bulk needed for added strength to a joint or the widening of a piece to make room for a wire aren’t very noticeable when you are looking at the separate pieces all laid out in front of you.
Here is a quick side by side comparison of each of the pieces modified or changed between the two designs. It’s interesting that when you just take the single boot and lay it next to the other single boot, it’s difficult to see where any of the changes really were made.
The most noticeable difference was the addition of the thick black ring to the base of the figure. This ring makes room for the much larger NFC Chip / Antenna Combo with it’s simple circuitry to be hidden just below the decorative figure base. The clear plastic bottom of the figure is there primarily to add compatibility to stacking power discs.
Each figure’s decorative base had to be redone to allow room for the capacitor, which you can see when comparing the design of the FX (left) and the original (right).
The boot and leg were slightly shortened and thickened to compensate for the wire and to add stability.
The inside of the Light FX’s torso figure got eaten up by the channel for the wire. Because of the reduced space to secure and glue pieces into the body, Anakin’s head got a little bigger.
And finally the lightsaber saw the second most notable upgrade to it’s design. The original saber was split into only two parts (hilt & blade) but to make room for the LED and wiring, the new saber was broken down into three. The LED’s wiring enters from the side of the saber, and the LED itself tucks up nice and snug inside the hollowed out hilt. A tiny black piece is used to wedge up along the hollow channel that holds the LED in place and fills the rest of the hilt for strength.
The final product of all these pieces assembled it really amazing, and we look forward to seeing how the team prepares for Light FX technology to be integrated with the figures in the future. Will new figures be designed to match down to the tiny details or will the Light FX tech always be an after thought to the design, calling for slight changes or modifications.
We can’t wait to see whats in store next!
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