Name: MagnaGuard Fighter
Collection: The Clone Wars [Film/Season 1]
Source: The Clone Wars (Season 1 Episode 7: Duel Of The Droids)
Availability: May 2009
IG-series 100 MagnaGuards – the droid bodyguards for General Grievous – fly specialized fighters as part of their protetcive duties for the cyborg general. The agile fighters respond to the demands of their droid pilots and are armed with missiles to repel attacks from Republic forces.
If Hasbro named the MagnaGuard Fighter by its original name, probably most of us wouldn’t be able to identify it with what was seen in The Clone Wars. So Hasbro played it safer and renamed the Rogue-class Porax-38 (P-38) starfighter to a much easier name. Clearly, simpler is better here. A very sleek and sexy ride, the MagnaGuard Fighter is a fine design. And this thing is fast. When the vehicle was originally crafted, designers copied its look and name from the classic World War II P-38 Lightning vehicle. The MagnaGuard Fighter should have been called P-38 Greased Lightning then. Capable of speeds of 61,000 km/h, this is one vehicle not to race against. While most vehicles of this size aren’t loaded with bells and whistles, the MagnaGuard Fighter does have some cool features. For example, on each wing are opening hatches which can be used to hold the MagnaGuard's vibrolances. What's more, both the realistic and animated styles can fit inside of the vehicle's cockpit which is awesome in and of itself. While for us the Magna Guard Fighter feels like an odd choice for the Mid Size Vehicle assortment lineup, these droids are popular with fans of The Clone Wars television show.
At first glance, the shape of the MagnaGuard Fighter is reminiscent of General Grievous’ Fighter. Of course there are many, many differences, but we see some striking similarities. Its two chunky side wings and wide canopy are particularly responsible for this resemblance. The vehicle has been cast in a metallic purple and has the Kaleesh logo emblazoned on its wings. It looks very sharp and it is one of the coolest vehicle we have seen that isn’t from the Original Trilogy. We also find it interesting that these expendable droids get their own ride. But if you think about it, it is eerie for a droid who brandishes a weapon that is capable of blocking a lightsaber blade to have such a potent and fast vehicle like the Porax-38. What you may or may not know, this ia a vehicle that is based on the films. First seen in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith, the vehicle only makes repeat appearances in The Clone Wars television series. As a result, it makes it a bit awkward and confusing that it has been first released in The Clone Wars packaging and line look. But the good news is that the MagnaGuard Fighter also works with the General Grievous’ Bodyguard figures that were released in the Revenge Of The Sith line.
Status: MagnaGuard Fighter is an all-new vehicle.
Features Count: 5
Feature Details: opening cockpit, firing missiles, retractable landing gear, positionable thrusters, MagnaGuard staff storage
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: 2 projectiles
Date Stamp: 2008
Assortment Number: 87969/87870
Retail: $21.99 USD
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