Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Figure of the Day: Day 1,311: Destroyer Droid (Battlefront II)

30th Anniversary Collection Previews Exclusive
Item No.:
Asst. 87561 No. 87478
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: 2 rockets, additional figures
Action Feature: Firing rockets
Retail: $39.99
Availability: Late 2007
Appearances: Star Wars: Battlefront II

Bio: The droideka (a compound word combining the Basic word "droid" with the Colicoid suffix eka, meaning "hireling" or "drone"), also called the destroyer droid (Destroyers for short), wheel droid or roller, was a type of heavy battle droid used by the Trade Federation and the Confederacy of Independent Systems. (Stolen from Wookieepedia.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' place.

Commentary: People like to poke at Hasbro for "mistakes" (which are quite often just design decisions) but once in a while, we get a figure that's so ass-backwards we can't help but make a joke about it. Specifically since, over the past decade, Hasbro has made two figures which are literally assembled with their butt section reversed-- one of which is this Destroyer Droid. Chewbacca must have been in a hurry putting this one together because, like C-3PO in The Empire Strikes Back, he's backwards-- but just the area around its legs. The design is normally two legs in front, one in back-- this has one in front, two in back.

The mold is the Revenge of the Sith Destroyer Droid, just assembled incorrectly. It has firing rocket arms with the red rockets, and, well, that's pretty much all that's worth noting beyond that it's a pretty good sculpt and basically true to the films. It isn't a bad figure, but the assembly error is the reason to get it-- just to take note of a figure where the entire run was made incorrectly.

Collector's Notes: This item comes in a set that seems to get cheaper all the time, and the rest of the set is, for that lower price, arguably worth it. Snag it if you can, especially under $20.

--Adam Pawlus

Day 1,311: June 23, 2010

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