The Clone Wars Toys "R" Us Exclusive Ultimate Battle Pack
Item No.: No. 20850
Includes: Stand, third leg, game card, tons of other toys
Action Feature: Pop-out arms, removable leg, pop-up scope
Availability: August 2010
Appearances: The Clone Wars
Bio: R8-B7 was Mace Windu's astromech droid for a brief period during the Clone Wars. (Stolen from Wookieepedia.)
Image: Adam Pawlus' floor.
Commentary: Hasbro really knows how to push my buttons in terms of big and expensive releases. This R8-B7 astromech droid belonged to Mace Windu and was dispatched mere minutes after his introduction, serving largely as a device to show how much trouble our hero R2-D2 was in during an investigation of a fallen ship.
The body is based on the R2-D2 mold from 2008, complete with pop-out claws and even (and this is the surprising part) the holes in the legs for the arm jets. The arm jets were not included, but it still looks really cool with its blue dome, grey body, and school bus-yellow markings. If you love droids, this gift set is really going to hurt at $100 or more, but at least you get two new vehicles, Bossk, and Boba Fett with it.
Collector's Notes: I ran out and bought this set early, at full price, because I am stupid. Hasbro and Toys R Us routinely do big sets for Q4 and they almost always put them on sale with a significant discount. I do believe I got my money's worth with 3 new figures, a new Starfighter repaint, and a big Slave I... but if you weren't excited about the vehicles this isn't exactly a bargain. Be wary of the packaging-- people tended to steal the figures from the set at retail.
Day 1,675: November 15, 2011