The Clone Wars Basic Figures
Item No.: Asst. 87638 No. 87814
Includes: Two rockets, two wrist-mounted rocket launchers
Action Feature: Firing Missile Launchers!
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.
Day 982: March 19, 2009