Name: Super Battle Droid (Training Droid)
Collection: Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D]
Source: The Clone Wars (Season 3 Episode 1: Clone Cadets)
Availability: May 2012
Super battle droids are used for target practice in clone trooper training. Battle simulations are as real as possible to train clone cadets for the rigors of combat. Captured and reprogrammed, the super battle droids have targets placed on areas where blaster fire will result in the most destruction.
You know the drill by now. Repacks and repaints are an inevitable part of collecting Hasbro Star Wars figures. It’s a way that Hasbro can save on tooling costs while still brining collectors new or “new enough” figures for your collection. Some are obviously going to be better than others, but if done right, many can nearly rival the original sculpts from the sculpts where these “newer” figures were based. Such is true for the Super Battle Droid (Training Droid) figure. Chronologically, it’s part of the 27th wave of The Clone Wars line (which happens to be 25 waves out and four years after its original sculpt was first released; 2008’s TCW [F/S1] Super Battle Droid (No. 12) figure). Hasbro hasn’t changed a thing except for its paint job, but the new paint job easily makes it the best release to date. Based on the season 3 premiere episode Clone Cadets, the Super Battle Droid (Training Droids) were utilized to teach the clones real life battle with the Separatist army. It’s actually quite surprising that based on the popularity of that episode that it took Hasbro a long time to release this character, especially since it is such an easy repaint.
Like so many recent figures in the 2012 The Clone Wars line, Super Battle Droid (Training Droid) has a gorgeous paint job. The figure is mostly white (with a filthy wash to finish it off) with contrasting dark gray colored plates to help break up its mostly solid palette. There are details added to the paint job which we find especially impressive. The bull’s-eyes found on the “forehead”, “biceps”, “abs” and “hips” of the droid have been expertly recreated. While they may look slightly off color to what was scene in the television episode, they look great nonetheless. Actually, this brings us to another point. We believe the color of the droid in general looks incorrect. These droids appeared more light gray than white. But maybe that’s why Hasbro added the final dirty wash to this figure to help take away the prominence of white. Either way, the Super Battle Droid (Training Droid) still works in our opinion and we’re particularly happy with the way it came out. It was a repaint that made sense and while we think the delay was much too long, anything is better late than never!
Status: Super Battle Droid (Training Droid) is a rework of 2008's TCW [F/S1] Super Battle Droid (No. 12) figure. It has been repainted in the colors of the training super battle droids seen in The Clone Wars season 3 episode entitled Clone Cadets.
Articulation Count: 12 points (7 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), ball-jointed torso (2), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1)
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: removable missile launcher, projectile
Date Stamp: 2008
Assortment Number: 37742/37290
Retail: $9.99 USD
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