Droidekas, also known as destroyer droids, are deceptive in their movements. Appearing awkward on their three legs, they can curl into a ball-shaped form and roll swiftly toward their targets then spring open to fire their laser cannons.
Clones Wars wouldn’t be The Clone Wars without
Separatist droids now, would it? And Hasbro has ensured that they
got them in early and with a steady pace into the basic figure line.
In a line that will undoubtedly continue to see an infinite amount
of clone troopers, it is refreshing to see action figures based characters
that are on the other side of the fence. Although not bubbling with
personality, the Destroyer Droids (or droidekas) are always an impending
threat to the Jedi and have served the Separatist movement very hard
to decimate large numbers of clone armies serving for the ultimate
good of the Republic. While they can be “slow pokes” while
they trot along on their three feet into battle, they can however
roll at incredibly high speeds when transformed into a ball of destruction
and protect themselves with an impenetrable energy shield. The animated
version of the Destroyer Droid doesn’t necessarily have all
of these features, but it nonetheless has been designed large and
in charge as a terrible adversary for your Galactic Republic clone
troopers. While you can make whatever action you want happen with
your figures as you desire, the Destroyer Droid will make sure that
you have true droid diversity in your varying ranks. The new animated
look of the droideka has its day in the sun and the final product
is more impressive than you may first think. Yes it is a bit bland
that the more typical action figure, but it is designed excellently
and we believe you will be impressed with it. Looking a bit chunkier
than his live action counterpart, the Destroyer Droid is a very solid
and bold action figure. And, he has a weight to him that only few
action figures possess or can attain. Solid and unbending, we bet
that the Destroyer Droid will NOT lose shape over time like how many
of our realistic versions of Destroyer Droid action figures have
that we collected over the years. Hasbro made his limbs heavy and
wide and we are fairly certain that this may be the end all animated
Destroyer Droid action figure. He is that good and while it is limited
in some aspects, there is no denying just how incredible it is.
Droid has an action feature (boo! hiss!) that actually works pretty
well. He can “spring” into action rather quickly and flails
out his metaphorical and literal guns to shoot any target in its path.
Due to his complicated body frame, (and we could be off by one here),
the Destroyer Droid has 12 points of articulation. Slightly edged
out of super-articulated status, the Destroyer Droid has more than enough
joints to make even the most discriminating collector very happy! The
droid sits very stoutly and low to the ground. And, while you can tell
that the droid is based on an animated form, it nonetheless looks “real
enough”, and were it not for all the curves and rounded edges,
Destroyer Droid could almost fit into the main line of action figures.
(Your opinions may vary here.) The droid is colored in dark gray with
bronze details. And, there is a fine ‘dirty’ wash that
can be seen over the gray parts making it looked aged and the slightest
bit rugged. It is beautifully done and we couldn’t ask for anything
more as far as a paint job would go. Hasbro nailed it perfectly and
again we claim that this is the definitive animated Destroyer Droid!
The head on the droid is also bronze but separated by a gold band that
travels all the way across the head from top to bottom. The droid has
three red photoreceptor “eyes” and we must comment that
they are painted a bit sloppily in most samples we have come across.
We are honestly surprised by this since great care was obviously taken
to paint the rest of the figure with great care. Hasbro has always
had the ability to paint multiple colors with great agility and accuracy,
so we are indeed perplexed by this little mishap. But this misstep
is small and shouldn't upset you at all. The Destroyer Droid has two
removable “hip” guards and we are not entirely sure of
the need for this. While we feel the droid is nearly perfect as it
is, it is still unable to collapse and roll into a ball. So unless
this was a forward-thinking step by Hasbro for a later retool, we are
perplexed by these little ‘removable’ details.
a simply painted figure and without a rainbow of color, the Destroyer
Droid did need some special paint attention to give it a mechanical
look and we feel that Hasbro has undeniably succeeded. It is everything
you would want your droideka to be (except for the rolling feature)
and we believe it will be a very adored action figure in the long run.
Part of an excellent third wave of figures, the Destroyer Droid was
a nice change of pace to the very humanoid look of the overall line.
Separatist droids are for the most part very popular among kids and
we expect this one to take off with them as well. But collectors too
can enjoy the marvelous engineering that a great figure like the Destroyer
Droid brings to the table. Being an all-new figure, the Destroyer Droid
must have cost Hasbro a pretty penny to develop all the adequate tooling
needed for such a unique action figure. Expect this figure to see rerelease
over time and subsequent and inevitable repaints as well. You may be
rolling your eyes already as you read this, but things like this need
to happen in order for Hasbro to recoup expenses they put into an action
figures tooling. A good army builder, Destroyer Droid will put the
opposition in your clone-focused collection and add a sense of nostalgia
to the Prequel Trilogy films at the same time. It is amazing the transition
from film to television series to action figure the Destroyer Droid
has gone undergone. Always looking like a foe that will do major damage,
it never seemed to ultimately attain its goal due to its clumsy walking
(but of course not in all situations). But it did seem to only have
the greatest stamina and speed when rolling. The Clone Wars animated
version of the droideka may not be able to roll, but he will sit in
your collection nicely and offer some new looks to the ever-growing
action figure line.
Status: Destroyer Droid is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 13 points (11 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), swivel left bicep (1), swivel right bicep (1), spring-loaded and hinge-jointed left elbow (1), spring-loaded and hinge-jointed right elbow (1), hinge-jointed torso (1), action feature button release (1), hinge-jointed leg A (1), hinge-jointed leg B (1), hinge-jointed leg C (1)
Accessory Count: 6
Accessory Details: 2 removable body armor plates, 2 removable cannons, 2 projectiles
Date Stamp: 2008
Assortment Number: 87858/87638
Retail: $7.99 USD
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