Name: Destroyer Droid
Collection: Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D] (Discover The Force)
Number: 3 of 12
Source: The Phantom Menace
Availability: February 2012
Destroyer droids charge into battle on Naboo. Also known as droidekas, these deadly droids roll into position then spring open to reveal weapon-lader arms. The Gungans and the Jedi fight them during the Invasion of Naboo.
Wow. Either Hasbro has a fantastic memory or they actually do listen to us and take copious notes from the Q&A sessions! If you’re a relatively new Star Wars collector and didn’t collect the 2007 30 (77-07) line (you poor, poor child), you probably don’t remember the Destroyer Droid (No. 59) figure from it. It was the first time Hasbro developed an energy shield for the droideka and it actually had great potential. The problem was that the shield was too opaque and should have been more translucent to show the figure underneath of it. Now that we think about it, the included accessory actually aggravated collectors more than made them happy. You see, only half of the energy shield was included, so you had to purchase two Destroyer Droid figures to compete the sphere. The same is true for the 2012 version of the Destroyer Droid, part of the Walmart exclusive Discover The Force promotion. We’re actually just fine with having to buy two of the figures to complete the energy field sphere. We think that would be expecting way too much from Hasbro to include both halves. That’s a lot of plastic for the cost of a basic figure.
Hasbro did make some of the requested enhancements to the energy shield. It took a half of a decade to get a revised version of it, but now it’s translucent and crystal clear in comparison to the one that came with the 2007 TAC Destroyer Droid (No. 59) figure. The Destroyer Droid itself has also been repainted. The paint jobs are very similar, but there are obvious differences and you’ll find it very easy to tell them apart. This figure actually has an earlier history than the 2007 release. Originallu released as 1999’s EI Destroyer Droid figure, it was one of the finest figures of that lineup. It’s a surprisingly solid sculpt and has stood the test of time extremely well. Obviously an all-new sculpt would be very different and much more accurate (we’re sure), but until that happens, you’ll have no problem including this figure with the other super-articulated and incredible modern sculpts released in The Vintage Collection for example. The Destroyer Droid also comes with two blasts effects that attach to the cannons on his arms (just like the 2007 figure did too) but they appear to be cast in a clearer red plastic. (It’s noticeable to us at least and you may not care at all about this detail.)
Articulation Count: 12 points
Articulation Details: hinge-jointed head, 2 hinge-jointed elbows, 2 hinge-jointed elbows, bendable spine (wired), 3 hinge-jointed hips, 3 hinge-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 3
Accessory Details: energy shield half, 2 blaster effects
Date Stamp: 1998
Assortment Number: 38597/38601
Retail: $8.99 USD
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