Name: Separatist Droid Gunship
Collection: The Clone Wars
Number: N/A (Vehicles)
Source: Revenge Of The Sith
Availability: April 2011
HMP (heavy missile platform) droid gunships are designed for planet bombardment. They are heavily armed with bombs, missiles and cannons. Adjustable wings give them maneuverability, which allows them to position themselves for maximum impact. The control pod has a cockpit area for a battle droid to provide support during more complex operations.
Is it better to expend energies being aggravated that movie based mid size vehicles are being marketed as items for The Clone Wars line or is just being happy that the vehicles are getting released taking the higher ground? Hasbro has sneakily released multiple vehicles that have only appeared in the Prequel Trilogy (to date) but are only available and sold as products from The Clone Wars television show. Such is true for the Separatist Droid Gunship. This round vehicle looks more like a flying saucer than a Separatist weapon, but its lean design lends for a very unique look and overall cool vehicle. These vehicles can be seen in the air during the Battle of Kashyyyk in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith as the Droid Army ascends from the waters to attack the Wookiees (and the subsequent 41st Elite Corps). Their extremely brief appearance not only makes them an odd choice for the toy line, but it further pokes holes in Hasbroâ€™s longstanding argument that vehicles must be aggressive, widely seen and part of an important storyline. (Well, one out of three isn't bad, right?) The Separatist Droid Gunship is definitely no where near being the most memorable vehicle in Episode III, but its realization in the toy line may bring it newfound popularity.
Officially known as a Heavy Missile Platform (HMP), this droid gunship has modular wings that enables it to host a wide array or ordnance. Ammunition includes concussion bombs and electromagnetic pulse missiles. Hasbro ensured that they carried over some of this distinct weaponry into the toy interpretation of the vehicle and we have to say that it is a pleasant surprise. This vehicle, that actually started out life as early concept sketches for the Episode II Republic Gunship, has quite a few features in the cockpit that resemble that latter vehicle. The two front turrets and the chin gun are immediately reminiscent of the Republic Gunship and the torpedoes on the underside of the vehicle reinforce this comparison even more. This vehicle is neat, but we donâ€™t think it will be the most required purchase for your collection. But since Hasbro releases fewer and fewer movie based vehicles these days, that may be reason enough to pick it up. While the vehicle is difficult to see in Episode III, it appears that Hasbro has replicated its coloring and other details quite well to the multiple stills we have found in various reference materials.
Status: Separatist Droid Gunship is an all-new vehicle.
Articulation Count: 8 points
Articulation Details: 2 side guns, 2 side chin guns, center projectile firing chin gun, landing gear, opening canopy, 2 rotating turrets
Accessory Count: 7
Accessory Details: 4 torpedoes, 3 projectiles
Date Stamp: 2009
Assortment Number: 94082/94804
Retail: $24.99 USD
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