This star wars papercraft is the IG-88 assassin droid bounty hunter, designed by Noturno & Sukhoi Cuguel. IG-88 was an assassin droid line designed by Holowan Laboratories. The IG-88 line was a derivative of the IG-86 sentinel droids used during the Clone Wars. IG-88B later became one of the galaxy’s most infamous bounty hunters. However, the bounty hunting was just a cover for his master, IG-88A, and his grand plan – the Droid Revolution.
Moments after activation, the original massacred the scientists and transferred his consciousness into the other three. They then escaped the lab. It was possible it was the droid’s incompletely formed identity that made him obsessed with hunting and killing.
Assassin droids were banned even before the Empire came to power, possibly by Palpatine himself when he was still Chancellor, although many beings continued to use them. The very nature of their job necessitated highly adaptive, autonomous programming that unfortunately caused them to frequently turn on their masters. The droid programmers at Holowan Laboratories, however, developed new programming methods that they felt confident would keep their new line of assassin droids in check, even with their new sentience programming. Thus, the development of the IG-series assassin droids – also known as the Phlut Design Systems Project Phlutdroid – would become well known as an idea that went wrong with disastrous results. The droids were also similar to IG-72 and IG-97, but the IG-88 line was by far the most infamous.
Evolving from Phlut’s contract with the InterGalactic Banking Clan, IG-88 was a natural design evolution from the IG-100, IG-86 and IG lancer combat droids that had made their mark during the violent Clone Wars. Only four of these droids were ever created, and all were completely identical. While these creations were supposedly subservient to their masters, when IG-88 was activated, the sentience programming–designed to make the droid a more adaptive and resourceful assassin–had results far outstripping their expectations. Within a few seconds, he had chewed through the data files in the computer, realized he was an assassin droid, and reasoned his superiority to the biological creatures who had created him. The designers only had time to decide to deactivate the droid and find out why he was outperforming their expectations–which the droid decided he would not allow. He then proceeded to slaughter his makers with his bare hands, copy his programming into three other IG-88s, kill the majority of the guards in the Holowan Labs complex, and escape. Before making his escape, he also freed the droid designated IG-72. It should be noted that he did not copy himself over into IG-72′s programming, as the latter droid expressed a desire to maintain its own individuality, whereas the other three droids had empty memory cores.
IG-88 designated himself as ‘A’ and the rest in activation order “B,C and D”. They worked in tandem, while IG-72 went his own way. They traveled to Mechis III and conquered the droid factory there, killing all of its biological occupants. To throw Imperial investigators off their trail, IG-88B worked as a bounty hunter, killing various former employees of Holowan to prevent discovery.
The IG-88 designated “B” operated as a bounty hunter, with his appearances throughout the galaxy serving as cover for their real operations on Mechis III. One assignment saw the droid bounty hunter hired by Zatec-Cha, vizier of Tammuz-an, to track down the missing Prince Mon Julpa. IG-88 tracked Julpa to Tyne’s Horky and followed him to see if the lost Prince would lead him to the Tammuz-an Royal Scepter. During the course of this assignment, IG-88 would cross paths with the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO.
At some point, IG-88 would team up with Bossk and Dengar, having been hired by the Hutts to locate the Yavin Vassilika. Eventually, IG-88 turned on his teammates, attempting to claim a bounty on them which was recently posted by rival bounty hunter Zuckuss.
After the Alliance’s Renegade Squadron caused a stir in the Alderaan system, the Empire started actively hunting them. This led one of the IG-88s to pick up the bounty on the Squadron, finding them on Ord Mantell and attempting to capture or kill all he could. However, due to the actions of Han Solo, they were able to temporarily defeat the droid and escape.
At some point during 1 ABY, IG-88A set up a droid factory on Lok where he planned to manufacture a plethora of battle droids and droidekas for his own nefarious purposes. However, with the help of Nym, a group of spacers were successful in foiling his plans and seemingly destroying the droid and the factory. Sometime later, IG-88 reactivated a Clone Wars-era droid factory on Corellia.
In 3 ABY, IG-88 was commissioned to find the Millennium Falcon. However, IG-88 was beaten to the Han Solo bounty by Boba Fett. IG-88B was destroyed on Bespin by Fett in retaliation for attempting to track him. IG-88s C and D engaged Fett in orbit over Tatooine in identical models of the IG-2000 in attempt to steal the carbonite containing Solo, but were defeated. C was destroyed first. IG-88D then launched a surprise attack, but in the end its ship was also destroyed by Boba Fett’s Slave I, in a maneuver in which Fett pretended to have been killed. Unbeknownst to Fett, IG-88D somehow survived the encounter, but was later destroyed by Dash Rendar while looking for repair parts for his ship in an Ord Mantell junkyard while Rendar searched for information on the carbonite-frozen Han Solo.
At some point, one of the IG-88s came under the employment of the Zann Consortium criminal organization, apparently owing the second-in-command of the organization a favor. He hacked into Bespin’s central computer and retrieved information on the planets on Zann’s “hit list”. He was also possibly involved in the Second Battle of Kuat and Zann’s sketchy deal with Grand Admiral Thrawn over a Sith artifact. During his employment in the Zann Consortium, IG-88 possibly became one of the commanders of the organization. Despite his feud with Boba Fett, IG-88 assisted Fett on a mission against the Shell Hutts.
Just before the Battle of Endor, IG-88A was hired for one last mission. Vader hired the droid to deal with the Renegade Squadron once more, who had attacked Sullust in a diversionary attack. He was defeated again however, despite being equipped with a lightning-powered shield generator.
About the paper craft:
• Format: PDF and PDO
• Scale model: 1/6
• Contents of zip Pack: Model Instruction and Images
• Difficulty: 123 456 (7) 8910
• pages: 4
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