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STAP Attack - TAC - Battle Packs (Exclusive)

Name: STAP Attack
Collection: 30 (77-07)
Number: N/A (Battle Packs) (Exclusive)
Source: Expanded Universe (Hasbro Concept)*
Availability: May 2008
License: Hasbro

*This Battle Packs set is sourced to Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones, but STAPs only appeared in Episode I. This set however has clearly been inspired by the Battle of Geonosis.

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Obi-Wan arrives on Geonosis just as the Separatists pledge their support to Count Dooku. The Jedi is there as part of his investigation into the clone army's creation, and accidentally uncovers the movement's existence. He also discovers the huge droid manufacturing facilities on the planet and their dark purpose: to build a massive army for the Separatists to use in their quest to overthrow the Republic. Kenobi manages to relay this information before he is captured. The Jedi Council launches a rescue, which triggers a series of events that culminate in the first battle of the Clone Wars.

With all of the wonderful actual scenes in the Star Wars films, why does Hasbro take it upon themselves to develop their own concepts in the toy line? Take for instance the STAP Attack Toys R Us exclusive Battle Packs set. STAPs were not even seen in Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones. While it’s certainly more than believable that somewhere off screen during the Battle of Geonosis that Battle Droids were indeed steering STAPs around, it certainly wasn’t the Battle Droid pilots with the blue markings doing it. (By the way, Battle Droid pilots can be seen in Episode II, but not on STAPs.) Hasbro would have been much better off created an Episode I themed Battle Packs set here instead and maybe throw in a generic Gungan Warrior for good measure. But they didn’t. So while the packaging clearly sources this set to Episode II, it isn’t entirely accurate. Battle Packs can be really good or really bad. This one is a bit of a conundrum for us. We’re happy the get two Battle Droid pilots here, officially called OOM pilot battle droids if you’re interested, but even they aren’t accurate as is. You see, OOM pilot battle droids do not wear backpacks. Obviously Hasbro didn’t want to pack in two Battle Droid action figures with huge holes in their backs without a remedy to hide it, so we understand why they’re included. We just think it’s a little unfortunate that they could have made a great screen accurate set had they just thought about it a little more.

On the bright side, Hasbro has made some great enhancements to the STAP/Battle Droid interaction and it honestly makes this set a worthwhile purchase, from a certain point of view! We have to give credit to Hasbro for sprucing up 1998 sculpting the way they did. First, Hasbro has given the STAP vehicles brilliant new paint jobs. There are signs of wear and tear and the metal parts glisten in silver metallic paint. The STAPs are still too big and still have the silly missile firing action by pressing down on the platform, but we have to admit they look pretty good. Each comes with a clear display stand that holds them up at the perfect angle so you can set them up in a believable manner in your collection. The paint jobs on the Battle Droids are splendid. They are covered in a dirty wash and the blue color flashes on their bodies is neatly applied. We’ve already explained that the backpack in inaccurate to include with this level of Battle Droid (the OOM pilot), but for reasons unknown Hasbro painted the “antenna” portions in bright silver. It definitely looks a little odd to us. The best part about the Battle Droids is the tightened points of articulation. This sculpt can actually stand unassisted and the hinge-joints work flawlessly. They move, yet can hold their position. (One of our Battle Droid figure had one loose arm, but overall the updates are very positive.)

We are perhaps most impressed with the updated Super Battle Droid. It’s been painted in a beautiful nickel/silver color and the final result is a very bright yet very naturally looking action figure. Very few people are aware of this, but early shipments of the STAP Attack Battle Packs set came with a Super Battle Droid figure with holes in its chest. Because the figure is a repaint of 2007’s TAC Super Battle Droid (No. 08) figure, the holes were drilled in the chest to accept the “flames” attachments that were ignited by R2-D2 to escape the droids’ clutches in the early part of Episode III. But later shipments of this Toys R Us exclusive came with a Super Battle Droid that had these holes filled in to create a nice, smooth and unadulterated contour. This “retooled” version of the Super Battle Droid was also used for 2008’s TAC Battle On Mygeeto Battle Packs set. And it likely will be the “go to” figure for future Super Battle Droid releases. So, if you need a reason to pick up the STAP Attack Battle Packs, the Super Battle Droid is it. This set shipped alongside the Hoth Patrol set and both didn’t move very briskly off of store shelves. Then like so many other TRU exclusives, it just disappeared overnight. It’s hard to say which set is better, but we can tell you if you’re a “one of everything” collector, you’re going to need it since these figures are unique.

Collector Notes

STAP Attack

Assortment Number: 87604/87754

UPC: 653569278641

Retail: $24.99 USD

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Battle Droid [A]

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.

Status: Battle Droid [A] is a repaint of the figure that came in 1998's POTF STAP And Battle Droid (Sneak Preview) set.

Articulation Count: 10 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, hinge-jointed neck, 2 hinge-jointed shoulders, 2 hinge-jointed elbows, 2 hinge-jointed hips, 2 hinge-jointed knees

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: removable backpack

Date Stamp: 1998

STAP [A]

Single Trooper Aerial Platform (STAP) vehicles are used for reconnaissance and patroled by battle droids. These lightweight crafts are armed with blaster cannons, so they can also be deployed as support vehicles for larger crafts, as they are during the Battle of Geonosis.

Status: STAP [A] is a repaint of the vehicle that came in 1998's POTF STAP And Battle Droid (Sneak Preview) set.

Articulation Count: 2 points

Articulation Details: swivel handlebars (connected), swivel platform

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: 2 projectiles, display stand

Date Stamp: 1998

Battle Droid [B]

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.

Status: Battle Droid [B] is a repaint of the figure that came in 1998's POTF STAP And Battle Droid (Sneak Preview) set.

Articulation Count: 10 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, hinge-jointed neck, 2 hinge-jointed shoulders, 2 hinge-jointed elbows, 2 hinge-jointed hips, 2 hinge-jointed knees

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: removable backpack

Date Stamp: 1998

STAP [B]

Single Trooper Aerial Platform (STAP) vehicles are used for reconnaissance and patroled by battle droids. These lightweight crafts are armed with blaster cannons, so they can also be deployed as support vehicles for larger crafts, as they are during the Battle of Geonosis.

Status: STAP [B] is a repaint of the vehicle that came in 1998's POTF STAP And Battle Droid (Sneak Preview) set.

Articulation Count: 2 points

Articulation Details: swivel handlebars (connected), swivel platform

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: 2 projectiles, display stand

Date Stamp: 1998

Super Battle Droid

Bulkier and stronger than a battle droid, a super battle droid also has a built-in arm blaster. A hardened armored body-case reduces its vulnerability during combat. In all, it is a formidable opponent for anyone encountering it on the battlefield.

Status: Super Battle Droid is a retool and repaint of 2007's TAC Super Battle Droid (No. 08) figure. While original samples came with the chest holes too (just like the 2007 figure for the "flames" attachment) it's worth noting that Hasbro made a running change to ensure subsequent figures had the holes filled.

Articulation Count: 9 points

Articulation Details: 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 hinge-jointed elbows, ball-jointed torso, 2 swivel hips, 2 hinge-jointed knees

Accessory Count: None

Accessory Details: None

Date Stamp: 2007



30 (77-07) Battle Packs Wave 1
Battle On Geonosis
Jedi Training On Dagobah

30 (77-07) Battle Packs Wave 2
Capture Of The Tantive IV

30 (77-07) Battle Packs Wave 3
Jedi Vs. Darth Sidious (See TSC Jedi Vs. Darth Sidious)
Jedi Vs. Sith (See ROTS Jedi Vs. Sith)

30 (77-07) Battle Packs Wave 4
Betrayal On Bespin
Clone Attack On Coruscant (See ROTS Clone Attack On Coruscant)
Droid Factory Capture
Hunt For Grievous
(See TSC Hunt For Grievous)

30 (77-07) Battle Packs Wave 5
Battle On Mygeeto

30 (77-07) Battle Packs (TARGET Exclusives)
Ambush On Ilum
ARC-170 Elite Squad
AT-RT Assault Squad
Attack On Kashyyyk
Betrayal On Felucia

30 (77-07) Battle Packs (Toys R Us Exclusives)
Arena Encounter
Bantha With Tusken Raiders
Hoth Patrol
STAP Attack

30 (77-07) Battle Packs (Walmart Exclusives)
Treachery On Saleucami

Added: June 12, 2012
Category: 30 (77-07)
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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