The bodyguard droids for General Grievous are trained by the cyborg general himself. He has had their memories and combat libraries wiped clean so that the droids can learn battle techniques rather than rely on stored programs. This has resulted in more sophisticated – and lethal – droids.
It’s just part
of the process. The Clone
Wars line showed us almost immediately that we would be seeing a
lot of the Star Wars characters we have seen before reinvented in an
animated style. What is probably a little more surprising than that however
is that many of the characters have been background or tertiary characters
in the Star Wars films. Take for instance, the MagnaGuard droid, who
was a pretty awesome character in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge
Of The Sith. It gets its moment in the basic figure line, but in
animated style and with better engineering than his realistic style counterpart.
We can conclude right from the get go that this MagnaGuard figure is
one of Hasbro’s finer droid designs in The Clone Wars line
even though it isn’t perfect yet. And it is our hope that they
tool him from the ground up using the similar approach for the movie-based
MagnaGuard is an all-new
figure that sports plenty of points of articulation. It has rather static legs but you will find a plethora
of articulation in the arms. It has an impressive battle stance and it
gives it a rather imposing stature, especially since no emotion can be
read on its face. The coloring of its body is a work of art. The droid
is cast in a nickel gray color and has a very realistic “scratched” looking
final wash that give it a beautiful aged look and captures the scars of
its many battles very well. The droid has two red photoreceptors as well
as a red chest button. It complements the primarily silver body nicely.
MagnaGuard has very cool hands. Reminiscent of Grievous’ own, there
are six fingers that are separated in half by a space. The shape of its
armor is curvy and “futuristic” looking on the arms and legs.
And the MagnaGuard has a tiny pea-sized head on top of a “muscular” frame.
There are some unfortunate aspects to this figure besides
the poorly articulated legs. The figure has been cast in the rubbery plastic
we have quickly grown to despise for our figures. If you pose MagnaGuard
for a long period of time, gravity will work against it and bend the legs
in terrible angles. It will make the droid fall over. This is obviously
very aggravating and if Hasbro chooses to keep making our figures in this
poor material, we would ask that they at least increase the density of
it somehow. It is a shame because this figure is beautiful. And we still
think the MagnaGuard still is a good figure as well despite these setbacks.
Armed with a vibrolance (so far the only lightsaber-blocking weapon we
have seen in the films), rocket launcher and projectile, the MagnaGuard
is very fairly accessorized. Looking great posed next to General Grievous,
we hope that Hasbro will release them in multiple colors and also include
their soft-good capes next time around. Because that would absolutely complete
Status: MagnaGuard is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 14 points (10 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), swivel left forearm (1), swivel right forearm (1), swivel torso (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1)
Accessory Count: 7
Accessory Details: electrostaff, 2 removable electrostaff tips with energy effects, rocket launcher, projectile, removable chest armor, removable back armor
Date Stamp: 2008
Assortment Number: 87942/87638
Retail: $7.99 USD
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