Name: Mace Windu/Battle Droid Commander
Collection: Legacy Collection
Number: 3 of 6
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: October 2009
The Jedi Knights rush to Geonosis to rescue Obi-Wan, Anakin and Padmé from execution. The Jedi brandish their lightsabers against the Geonosian warriors and the massive army of battle droids, super battle droids and droidekas. All hope seems lost that any Jedi will survive this battle, then Yoda arrives with an army of clone troopers. Although many Jedi are lost that day, others survive this climactic battle that ushers in the Clone Wars.
One thing we can definitely say about Mace Windu is that his appearance remained relatively the same throughout the Prequel Trilogy. So it would make sense for Hasbro to reuse the better-than-good 2007 TAC Mace Windu (No. 06) action figure sculpt (based on his Episode III look) for this Geonosis Arena Showdown two-pack. And because he seemingly remains so similar from film to film, you may overlook the fact that this figure is completely repainted from the 2007 version. Not only is his skin tone, boots and belt significantly darker, his tan Jedi robes are much lighter. The last noticeable difference (besides his outer cloak missing) is that his undershirt went from yellow on the original figure to white on this figure. This figure fits our definition of new enough and fans of repaints should count your selves lucky that Hasbro humored us by revisiting his original paint applications. This was a treat and gave us extra reason to purchase this set for something else besides the awesome Battle Droid Commander (more on this droid in a moment). You already know that Mace Windu is super-articulated and that his leg movement is inhibited by his inflexible long lower front robes. Why Hasbro used such a tough plastic here surprises us, but if you just want Mace to stand around, then this is the perfect action figure for you. His hip joints basically are unable to move at all, although there is very nice articulation in the knees and ankles. Unfortunately, we would like to point out that mace will not be able to be placed in any pose you desire. Despite this problem, Mace is still one of the finer sculpts we have ever seen and he has so many other positives that very much outweigh his limitations.
You may already know by now that the reason to buy this set is for the incredibly fantastic Battle Droid Commander. He is everything and more you have already heard and then some! Surprisingly tall, he exceeds Mace Windu in height and is colored jaw-dropping perfectly! We are not sure if he is a bit out of scale, but the droid is excellent in every way and we are completely blown away at Hasbro's execution of it. The maroon colored metal is flawlessly interpreted to the images we saw on screen and Hasbro gave it one of the best final washes we have ever made available on an action figure. We would like to quickly acknowledge two very small issues on the figure and that would be his eyes (which are painted on too big) and his loose joints. The joints are not entirely loose, but we wish they had a little more resistance than what the final product has given us. Battle Droid Commander has 12 points of articulation including ball head joint, sliding neck joint, two shoulder joints, two elbow joints, and two of each of hips, knee and ankle joints. On top of all this marvelous articulation, the Battle Droid Commander has an accurate wide-legged stance that allows his to be posed in an infinite variety of ways and looks exceptionally stunning as a result. He also correctly doesn't come with a backpack, but rather just the antenna and his hands have been designed to fit his droid blaster very well. Bottom line: Battle Droid Commander is an absolutely amazing battle droid and is the best sculpt to date we have yet to receive. If Hasbro can apply fixes to the photoreceptors (reduce size) and joints (tighten them up a bit) the action figure will be without any faults. Keep in mind that since this battle droid has articulated ankles, it makes posing it that much easier. This of course makes us extremely happy. We didn't realize how sorely we missed not having them. This figure proves that there is no other way to go.
Assortment Number: 91760/91751
Retail: $12.99 USD
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Status: Mace Windu is a repaint of 2007's TAC Mace Windu (No. 06) figure.
Articulation Count: 14 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, ball-jointed torso, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: lightsaber
Date Stamp: 2007
Status: Battle Droid Commander (along with the Battle Droid) is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 12 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket neck, sliding neck post, 2 ball-socket shoulders, 2 hinge-jointed elbows, 2 ball-socket hips, 2 hinge-jointed knees, 2 hinge-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: droid blaster, communications antennae
Date Stamp: 2008
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