Name: Radio Control Hailfire Droid
Collection: The Clone Wars
Number: N/A (Vehicles)
Source: Attack Of The Clones*/The Clone Wars**
Availability: August 2010
*The Hailfire Droid has yet to make an appearance in Filoni's The Clone Wars television show
** Clone Trooper is from The Clone Wars (Film)
Clone troopers beware – the hailfire droid is rolling into battle, packed with missiles and ready to attack! It cuts a fearsome path as it moves over the ground, blasting anything in its way. Watch out – this mobile battle droid easily changes direction to keep the clone trooper army on the run!
Fans love the vehicles that Hasbro makes for them usually. But what happens if Hasbro attempts to get a little too adventurous and make that vehicle a little (a lot) more interactive thus sacrificing authenticity? Well, we’d say that you get the Radio Control Hailfire Droid. We certainly don’t want to steal a young child’s thunder and say that this is a piece of junk because it certainly isn’t. But when scale and proportions get compromised for the inclusion of electronics (or other play features), we have to say it’s a sacrifice not worth making to the vehicle. The Radio Control Hailfire Droid will absolutely be a load of fun for the kids (and many more bigger kids), but the significant price hike, coupled with diminished aesthetics, really don’t make this a collector friendly toy. Originally retailing for $59.99, it’s quite a leap from the rest of the vehicles we refer to as mid size and judging by its performance at retail, it seems that the interest wasn’t entirely all there. We don’t criticize Hasbro for making an effort to bring us a piece with more electronic bells and whistles, but we are sure most of us would have been content with one or two smaller electronic enhancements instead of what this vehicle brings to the table (and keep it at the more than 50% reduced price point).
Between the remote control and the vehicle itself, the Radio Control Hailfire Droid requires nine batteries. That is quite a bit of power required to get this thing moving along. The remote control is pretty standard. It allows your vehicle to go straight, turn left and right, left and right spin and reverse. All of the included steering options are of course very cool, but again, the vehicle has wonky proportions and out of scale features that don’t make it look all that pretty. The Remote Control Hailfire Droid holds 18 missiles, but comes with a nice additional supply in case you lose one or two in battle and lock firmly in place. There is a “Fire Button” on the top right of the remote control and if you hold it down, the vehicle has the ability to shoot multiple missiles. This is probably the best feature to this vehicle and we had a lot of fun tormenting the included Clone Trooper. The included Clone Trooper is a repaint of 2009’s TCW Clone Trooper (212th Attack Battalion) (No. 19) figure. It really is the perfect addition to this set and we think it was wise for Hasbro to include this exact figure in this set due to its limited availability elsewhere in the “Shadow Of The Dark Side” phase of The Clone Wars line.
Assortment Number: 93974
Retail: $59.99 USD
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Status: Radio Control Hailfire Droid is an all-new vehicle.
Articulation Count: 3 points
Articulation Details: 2 wheels (move via radio control), rotating chin gun
Accessory Count: 23
Accessory Details: 22 red projectiles, remote control
Date Stamp: 2010
Status: Clone Trooper is a repaint of 2009's TCW Clone Trooper (212th Attack Battalion) (No. 19) figure.
Articulation Count: 14 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 ball-jointed wrists, ball-jointed torso, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles.
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: DC-15 blaster
Date Stamp: 2008
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