Thursday, March 19, 2009

Figure of the Day: Day 982: Super Battle Droid

The Clone Wars Basic Figures
Item No.:
Asst. 87638 No. 87814
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: #12
Includes: Two rockets, two wrist-mounted rocket launchers
Action Feature: Firing Missile Launchers!
Retail: $7.99
Availability: September 2008
Appearances: The Clone Wars (Film, 2008+ TV series)

Bio: A super battle droid is harder to destroy than its more vulnerable predecessor. This powerful droid has a protectiove body case and built-in double-laser blaster. Once it is unleashed on a target, a super battle droid does not cease advancing and firing its weapons until the object of its attack has been eliminated. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Commentary: There have been many ups and downs in the development of the Super Battle Droid. The first version in 2002 was nothing short of awesome-- subsequent releases have been all over the place in terms of deco, ability to stand, and accessories. This animated version is fairly solid, with a massive, exaggerated armored body and removable wrist rockets that don't get in the way of the figure's look if you leave them on or take them off. That's a win-win. While this figure has no knee joints, it does have ball shoulders and elbows, really awesome hands, an actual waist joint, and swivel hips. It's not a ton of joints, but these guys shouldn't really be super-poseable given they're essentially walking tank-bots. I love this figure's look, and he's sturdy enough to stand and can sit fairly easily. This is one of those rare figures that Hasbro managed to tweak to be a really good toy and an awesome collectible/denizen of your desk at work. If you don't like it's look, well, I understand-- it's very much stylized. But if you like the look and not the figure then you, sir, are a terrible human being. You need to get one or more of these.

Collector's Notes: A version of this figure with slightly worse paint applications was included in the exclusive Target battle pack called "The Battle of Christophsis." You really can't tell much of a difference, although the exclusive version is missing the firing wrist rocket launchers. They aren't a necessary accessory for full enjoyment of this toy, but the basic carded figure gives you the most stuff.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 982: March 19, 2009


Ben Carthage said...

Completely agreed. The Clone Wars versions of the Separatist droids so far have pretty much been the best versions in every case, and this guy is no exception. A terrific version of a figure we're arguably seen too much of and well worth getting.

Soja Rinn said...

This is an awesome sculpt. If GG or Koto made a statue out of this, I'd probably buy it instead of the usual large-format clones I buy.