Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Figure of the Day: Day 931: Super Battle Droid

SUPER BATTLE DROID with Yoda with Force Powers!
Saga Deluxe Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 84859 No. 84900
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Blaster effect, crane, base, Yoda
Action Feature: Falls over, generally sucks
Retail: $9.99
Availability: Spring 2002
Appearances: Attack of the Clones

Bio: The oldest member of the Jedi Council, Yoda is a powerful Jedi with enormous powers. Engaged in battle against a formidable and deadly Super Battle Droid, Yoda reveals his superior skill in the Force as well as his dexterity and fighting prowess. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' desk.

Commentary: With Episode II, Hasbro had another army-builder-tunity with the Super Battle Droid. They made a version with Play-Doh you could mold, another one blew up, and then there was this one-- the crappy one Yoda could beat up. The sole purpose of this figure is to be a target for Yoda to knock over, and it isn't much of a challenge. You see, the figure really can't stand on his own. The Yoda in this set included a magnet, so he could be moved around and look all cool. This droid just falls over due to how the legs were designed. He desperately needs a display stand, yet does not have one. So really, this figure is best as a sort of a filler in a diorama, as his deco is OK but there's not much he can do other than aim or fall over, so he'll need your support. With only four points of articulation, this figure does not impress and it's a shame Hasbro carded a new version individually in 2005. It's not good, and I don't like it. I don't expect you will either. All I ask for is a figure that can stand... and I don't get it here.

Collector's Notes: As the Yoda this figure came with is nothing special, there's not much to go crazy for here. This Super Battle Droid figure has been offered a few times with different paint, and still basically sucks. The 2007 mold is way better, and the 2008 Saga Legends version is arguably the best overall.

Day 931: January 7, 2009

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