Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Figure of the Day: Day 965: Super Battle Droid

30th Anniversary Collection Toys "R" Us Exclusive Battle Packs
Item No.:
Asst. 87604 No. 87754
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Number: n/a
Includes: STAP vehicle, additional toys
Action Feature: n/a
Retail: $24.99 (part of a set)
Availability: May 2008
Appearances: Clone Wars

Bio: Battle droids swarm into combat on Geonosis, a vast army under the control of the Separatists. Armed with blaster rifles, the battle droids face the clone troopers in combat: two forces both programmed to act with unwavering loyalty toward their creators. (Taken from the figure's box.)

Image: Adam Pawlus' carpet.

Commentary: Fact: Hasbro loves this Super Battle Droid mold. Since its movie-colored debut in 2008, we got a brown repaint, this silver repaint, a really hard-to-get shadowy Mygeeto version, a blue remold, and probably another I'm forgetting. It makes sense, though, because it's a pretty fantastic figure just a few notches short of being perfect. While the coloring doesn't really look like anything from the movies (or comics, or elsewhere) it's still pretty neat. There's some mud on its feet, and a fair amount of grime all over. It retains the articulation you've come to expect-- ball shoulders, swivel and bending elbows, waist, knees, and hips-- but keeps the holes for reasons I can't really fathom. The unique texture of this droid comes through from its silvery plastic, which I really hope doesn't become horribly brittle and shatter over time like other gold or silver toys have been known to do. (Be careful with this one.) There's not much here you haven't seen if you're keeping up with your army droids, so get it if you like the color or also want the STAPs and Battle Droids from the set. It's worth it for what you get.

Collector's Notes: Nearly 9 months after hitting stores, you can probably get one at your local Toys "R" Us. These things tend to sit, despite being pretty great.

Day 965: February 24, 2008

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