Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Figure of the Day: Day 1,280

BATTLE DROIDS Tan Variant, Sliced
Saga Legends
Item No.:
Asst. 85770 No. 87340
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: Blaster, second figure, coin
Action Feature: Remove limbs and reassemble!
Retail: $6.99
Availability: Fall 2007
Appearances: Attack of the Clones

Bio: The Separatists utilize battle droids as their primary infantry forces. When assaulting strategically important worlds, these droid forces can be painted with special markings to help them blend into their environment. Though not individually a threat, attacking en masse these droids can become a formidable fighting force. (Taken from the figure's cardback.)

Image: Adam's desk.

Commentary: What, another Battle Droid? Crap. I love buying these things but am getting pretty sick about writing about them. This mold started life in 2002 as one half of a deluxe figure, and then had a second life as a series of action figure 2-packs which, as far as I can tell, are getting yet another refresh this August. I really dig the mix-and-match limbs, which, as you recall, can connect with a couple of C-3PO action figures. You can also cobble together some pretty cool "junk droid" figures, which I really love. They're a little bendy, unfortunately, so you'll want some display stands or, perhaps, just to use them as "junk" in dioramas. The concept was a strong one, and I'm glad Hasbro keeps these in circulation so those of us who feel we simply must buy new Saga Legends figures for whatever the new gimmick is can get a few more of these rather than yet another Darth Vader.

Collector's Notes: He was packaged with another tan droid with "blast marks." A very similar variant exists, basically the same exact figure but without the "slice" marks. So if you want to army build a mold, you can really go nuts with this one.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,280: May 11, 2010

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