The Clone Wars Battle Packs
Item No.: Asst. 87752 No. 87780
Includes: Lightsaber, 2 STAPs, Battle Droid
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: July 2008
Appearances: The Clone Wars
Bio: Jabba the Hutt's kidnapped son is being held in a B'omarr monastery built on top of a sheer cliff. Anakin begins the difficult ascent up the cliff with battle droids firing down on him, and droid-piloted STAPs racing into combat, laser cannons blasting. Casualties are mounting, so Anakin makes a daring move. He leaps into the air to take command of a STAP and dispatches battle droids with his lightsaber, clearing a path to the summit. (Taken from the figure's packaging.)
Image: Adam Pawlus' desk.
Commentary: Hasbro did three figures (so far) with this Anakin Skywalker mold, each slightly different. This was the first release, and it was notable at the time because he had jointed knees and ankles, a first for the animated-style Anakin Skywalker design. It keeps the same basic head, arms, and body as the previous issue but adds cloth elements for the lower robes and, of course, more joints. If you're going to get only one animated-style Anakin, this one isn't bad. It's easily distinguished from other releases of the mold because he doesn't have a significant scar near his eye-- the others look a little more worse for wear. I'd strongly suggest getting one (or more) of this version to go inside your various vehicles. This is clearly the best "pilot" Anakin figure in the first couple of years of the line.
Collector's Notes: This set came and went, but its elements aren't particularly unique enough to track down. The Battle Droid is similar to others with new wrists. This Anakin has been used for other releases. The STAPs are unique, but if you don't do vehicle variations, you can skip this one. (I do vehicle variants.)
Day 1,330: July 20, 2010