Friday, January 23, 2009

Figure of the Day: Day 943: Battle Droid

BATTLE DROID Sith Lord Attack
30th Anniversary Collection Battle Packs
Item No.:
Asst. 87503 No. 87195
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Backpack, blaster, blast effect, 4 more figures
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $19.99
Availability: November 2006
Appearances: The Phantom Menace

Bio: The simple-minded drone warriors of the Trade Federation were easily dealt with by the Jedi, but were nonetheless fearsome because of their overwhelming numbers. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' desk.

Commentary: In this Battle Pack, most of the figures were pretty much straight reissues or had a new accessory. This Battle Droid is a modified version of at least one previously released figure, seeming to be the most like the 2000 "Boomer damage" version of the trooper. With about 9 points of articulation, this figure will stand out as a similar-but-different trooper in your growing separatist army. If nothing else, he's like the Boomer figure minus the dirt damage and "energy" pieces. His added blast-effect gun is nice, and for those who have to have everything I'd consider this one different enough to be a worthy addition to your horde. You basically know what to expect in articulation-- shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, and head-- and that's about it. He may have some difficulty standing, but at least he has a few more joints than other, recent Battle Droids from the 2-packs. It's not a particularly stunning Battle Droid, but it's one of the better ones. As such, buy if you can get it at the right price, or need other figures from the Sith Lord Attack Battle Pack anyway.

Collector's Notes: First released in late 2006, the set includes Darth Maul (POTJ 2-pack), Red Security Battle Droid (POTJ), Obi-Wan Kenobi (modified 2000 soft goods version) and Qui-Gon Jinn (2000 soft goods version). It's not stunning, but it does look nice in the box. Loose figure fans won't have much to get excited about here.

Day 943: January 23, 2009

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