Death Star Droid was another one of those elusive figures for me as a young Star Wars collector. Eventually, it became part of my collection, but I am at a loss on how it appeared there. It's a figure I enjoy very much to this day. There are many debates about what onscreen character this figure is intended to represent. Some collectors would sell their souls to make all other collectors believe that it is the RA-7 unit seen in the Jawa’s Sandcrawler. But others are reluctant to accept that and feel that it’s the droid we see walk by Han Solo, Chewbacca, and Luke Skywalker as they made their way to cell 2187 to rescue Princess Leia Organa. The truth lies somewhere in the middle, of course, like so many other vintage Kenner Star Wars figures. The idea that Death Star Droid is a mix of multiple characters became a little more believable in 2008 when Hasbro released the MB-RA-7 Build A Droid figure. The “MB” stands for Matt Busch, but it paid direct homage to the vintage Kenner figure and not any of the onscreen characters. Throughout the years Hasbro has given us quite a few RA-7 units, but THE LEGACY COLLECTION Build A Droid figures hold up as the best as there were multiples. That’s unless you consider Disney Parks’ DROID FACTORY line of figures superior, and in many ways they are.
Hasbro's Most Definitive Modern Counterpart: 2008's THE LEGACY COLLECTION MB-RA-7 Build A Droid figure.