Begun the Clone War has!" – Jedi Master Yoda
On the remote planet of Geonosis, the growing conflict between the Republic and its foes explodes into all-out war. The Republic's Jedi Knights lead a massive Clone Army into battle on hundreds of planets. The Separatists, led by the powerful Dark Lords of the Sith, fight back with their own formidable droid armies. As this terrible conflict rips across the galaxy, Anakin Skywalker, Padmé Amidala and Obi-Wan Kenobi are swept into the turmoil of war and the rising shadow of the dark side.
A self-aware mobile missile-platform used by the InterGalactic Banking Clan, Hailfire Droids deliver surface-to-surface and surface-to-air strikes with their stacked banks of rocket warheads. When the InterGalactic Banking Clan pledged its forces to the Separatists (a non-exclusive arrangement, of course), its Hailfire Droids were added to the immense battle droid army.
The Clone Wars toy line brought a great deal of newness to the Star Wars toy line, but if you think about it, the vehicles Hasbro made a priority in the Clone Wars line were a direct continuation of what they didn’t get to in the Star Wars “Saga” line. Both the Geonosian Starfighter and Hailfire Droid are both prominently featured in Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones, yet didn’t make an appearance in the toy line that featured the film. The Clone Wars line interrupted the Star Wars “Saga” [Phase III] lineup, and with it brought a ton of clone troopers, battle droids and new and revisited vehicles. But we feel it is the Hailfire Droid that will be the single vehicle for which Star Wars collectors will show the most interest. As Lucasfilm connects the dots between Episode II and Episode III, Star Wars collectors can expect a wealth of new vehicles and characters to enter the toy line, familiar or not. But we’ll most likely find favor with toys that are based on the films. And the Hailfire Droid is seen in the conclusion of Attack Of The Clones, making it a priority for most Star Wars collectors’ collections. The Hailfire Droid, although technically not a vehicle, is a wonderful addition to the Clone Wars line. And Hasbro did a great job making it collectible and functional at the same time.
As we’ve mentioned, the Hailfire Droid is not a vehicle. But it does fit perfectly into the mid-size vehicle assortment. It made its debut appearance in Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones during the Battle of Geonosis. And we see the Grand Army Of The Republic fighting them as the Clone Wars begin before our eyes. The fast-paced action of the skirmishes seen onscreen made it difficult to get a good look at the multiple Hailfire Droids fighting in the battle, but it’s now part of the Clone Wars multimedia event and is making many other appearances throughout the supplemental stories. The Hailfire Droid is an all-new “vehicle.” It comes with plenty of features including pivoting missile pods, positionable dual blaster cannon, rapid-fire launchers, and over-sized rolling wheels. But perhaps the Hailfire Droid’s greatest feature is the firing missiles. The Hailfire Droid comes with 32 missile projectiles. Sixteen missiles fit in each missile pod. And there is a missile pod on each side of the Hailfire Droid’s central unit. On each side, eight missiles fire with spring-loaded action, while the other eight missiles are held there in storage. The Hailfire Droid is a hefty vehicle for the mid-size assortment. The oversized wheels are especially weighty.
Hasbro painted the Hailfire Droid beautifully in green, gold brown and tan. The color scheme works well, and although we can’t compare it to the character we see on screen, we have to assume that Hasbro has the proper reference materials with which to make the correct judgments when it comes to a toy’s coloring. The Hailfire Droid is so nice that you’re going to want to have as many of these rolling droids as possible. The Hailfire Droid does offer a decent amount of playability. As mentioned, included are 32 missiles which are overwhelming initially when you try to place them into the droid (they constantly want to fire, and it can be frustrating). But they do complete the Hailfire Droid necessarily. The projectiles are neon red and complement the color palette well. As the wheels roll forward, half of the missiles fire, interchangeably from one side to the other. The whole concept is cool here, and it’s a fun item to play with them, whether you’re a kid or as an adult. There is also an articulated chin gun which provides some additional play value. The Hailfire Droid is a toy that collectors of all ages will enjoy. It is interesting to see all the variously sized characters that make of the Separatist Droid Army. The Hailfire Droid is one the unique ones.
Status: Hailfire Droid is an all-new vehicle vehicle.
Features Count: 4
Feature Details: rapid-fire launchers (each launcher fires 8 missiles and has storage tubes for 8 more missiles), oversized wheels let you roll into battle, pivoting missile pods, positionable dual blaster cannon
Accessory Count: 32
Accessory Details: 32 missile projectiles
Date Stamp: 2003
Assortment Number: 84975/84841
Retail: $19.99 USD
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