Name: Grievous's Bodyguard
Collection: Revenge Of The Sith
Number: III 8
Source: Revenge Of The Sith
Availability: April 2005
General Grievous is surrounded by droid bodyguards. They protect the commander of the droid armies with impenetrable electrostaffs as the Republic forces attempt to stop this dangerous and deadly enemy.
Every Prequel Trilogy Star Wars film has brought us one new and exciting droid after another. And by new we really mean unique to that film because the Battle Droids from Episode I were carried forward to Episode II and both the Battle Droids and Super Battle Droids were carried forward to Episode III. Episode For Episode III, perhaps the neatest and most interesting droid was designed for this film. The Star Wars fan base was introduced to the stealthy IG-100 MagnaGuard, the first Separatist member of the droid army that were actually a threat to the Jedi (and other opponents) because of the high technology electrostaffs they used as weapons could block the blade of any lightsaber. (it was definitely very important to the plot because we just assumed that lightsabers could cut through anything. Once a Jedi was able to disengage the electrostaff from the MagnaGuard however, there was really no contest and these droids could be easily defeated. But the MagnaGuard is easily the most exciting of all three for a few the reasons.
While they were first introduced in Boba Fett: A New Threat, exactly a dozen of them made a much bigger splash in Volume 2 of Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars micro-series trying to defeat Shaak Ti and prevent her access from the “kidnapped” Chancellor Palpatine. What’s really cool about them is that they have a fascinating backstory. The IG-series 100 MagnaGuard (also called Prototype Self-Motivating Heuristically Programmed Combat Droids) were manufactured by Holowan Mechanicals specifically for General Grievous. Grievous became frustrated with the Separatist Droid army because they were controlled in one centralized location and were incapable of “learning” from their mistakes. So a more “intelligent” droid was designed for him for direct protection wherever he went. That is why these droids have the Kaleesh insignias on their capes. The Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith: The Visual Dictionary identifies IG-101 as the blue/gray MagnaGuard, so it’s quite plausible that Grievous’s Bodyguard (the name Hasbro have given this figure) is meant to be this character, but also a generic army builder as well. To help clarify things a little bit more for you in case you’re not aware, there are many, many IG-100 MagnaGuards. So if you see a droid with a designation with anything besides 100, that means that it’s the actual droid’s name/identifier.
Status: Grievous's Bodyguard is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 9 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel forearms, 2 swivel hips
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: electrostaff, removable cape
Date Stamp: 2004
Assortment Number: 85202/85174
Retail: $5.99 USD
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