Monday, December 29, 2008

Figure of the Day: Day 924: Super Battle Droid

SUPER BATTLE DROID with Obi-Wan Kenobi (Force Jump Attack)
Revenge of the Sith Deluxe Figure
Item No.:
Asst. 85182 No. 85431
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Obi-Wan Kenobi figure
Action Feature: Falls apart when hit
Retail: $9.99
Availability: April 2005
Appearances: Revenge of the Sith

Bio: As a General in the Clone Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi leads clone troopers into battle against the droid armies. He uses his skill as a Jedi Master and his control of the Force to defeat the deadly battle droids. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' toy shelves.

Commentary: For Hasbro's deluxe figures, the company often pairs figures together so one figure takes some form of action on the other. This Super Battle Droid exists solely to be sliced and diced by Obi-Wan Kenobi. You can pose its arms and legs, and you can also tear off a chunk of him at the hip. Thankfully, Hasbro decided to make it slightly more interesting than just to act as a prop. There's a lot of dirt and detail, plus a few dents here. The hands are posed in a pleasing way, and despite not having any foot pegs he has the ability to stand on his own. (This, of course, is an important feature.) It isn't super-poseable, nor does it have any particularly striking accessories to make it extra fun. So what's the point of having these? Armies. There are so many unique Super Battle Droids that, if you bought one of each unique version, you'd have quite the army. This makes unique poses important, and this one is particularly notable in its distinctive pose. Be sure you get one if you build armies. If you don't, well, I can't really give you much reason to get this one.

Collector's Notes: In 2005, this figure sold really well. In most areas, he sold through long before the clearance sales, probably in part because it looks like a two-pack, and two figures for ten bucks ain't bad. For $10 or less, it's probably worth getting, if for no reason other than to add to your droid stash. It's pretty cheap on eBay.

Day 924: December 29, 2008

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