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Destroyer Droid (Geonosis Battle) - SW [S - P1] - Basic (’02 #48)

Name: Destroyer Droid (Geonosis Battle)
Collection: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Number: '02 #48
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: October 2002
License: Hasbro

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Ten years after the fight to save Naboo from invasion, the galaxy is on the brink of civil war. Under the leadership of a renegade Jedi, thousands of solar systems threaten to secede from the Galactic Republic. A courageous Jedi Knight, his impulsive and headstrong apprentice, and a queen-turned-senator are drawn into the heart of the conflict... and the beginning of war.

A more threatening weapon than a battle droid, destroyer droids are employed by the Trade Federation to compensate for weakness within battle droid armies. Also known as droidekas, destroyer droids were engineered specifically as mobile machines of destruction, capable of eliminating practically any opposition.

The droideka, or more commonly known in the toy line as a Destroyer Droid, was a Star Wars character from Episode I that immediately grasped the attention of Star Wars collectors everywhere. When Hasbro released their very first action figure of this droid, it looked fantastic, but it really couldn’t ball-up the way it did in Episode I. When it came time to revisit this character for Episode II (during the Battle of Geonosis), Hasbro decided to tool and all-new action figure with action features. Not much new ground was broken for the 2002 figure, and it still cannot believably ball-up, but it looks great for straight ahead battle and fits into the line rather wonderfully. When it comes to non humanoid characters, it’s hard to refer to their parts as arms and legs, so we will have to use our own anatomic knowledge to make parallels here. And we will do our best at it. Destroyer Droid (Geonosis Battle) may be more of the same, but Hasbro did an honorable job making this action figure something that both kids and collectors can both enjoy.

Destroyer Droid (Geonosis Battle) comes with 11 points of articulation. Its articulation includes a hinge-jointed “head”, two swivel "shoulders", two hinge-jointed "elbows", three hinge-jointed "hips" and three hinge-jointed "knees". Clearly Hasbro did their due diligence as far as articulation is concerned, and they did a fine job on the sculpt and paint job as well. The figure is proportionate and looks great when posed with the other figures in the line. Two projectiles have been included that fit into its “arms” and can be fired with a gentle push thanks to a spring-loaded feature. The projectiles have red firs blasts on the ends of them and this attention to detail certainly wasn’t needed but still appreciated. You can do your best to “ball-up” Destroyer Droid (Geonosis Battle) but you’ll find that you are quite limited in how rounded you can get it. It would take some impressive engineering to get this functionality to work in a believable fashion, but that doesn’t mean that we’re not impressed with the measures Hasbro has taken here.

What we’re probably most surprised with the most in the Star Wars “Saga” line is the lack of clone troopers Hasbro released in it. There has been more of a focus with the Separatist Army than with the Grand Army of the Republic. Since the clones are the Prequel Trilogy equivalent of the Stormtroopers in the Original Trilogy, it seems as if Hasbro missed the boat by not getting more clones out in the basic figure line than they did. That being said, we like the way the new Separatist droids are being approached and we believe that these methods will only get better with time. Destroyer Droid (Geonosis Battle) has a significant role in the final scenes of Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones so it’s nice to see that this all-new sculpt rises to the challenge of appealing to both kids and collectors. If you’re not into Episode II characters, then this action figure won’t be for you, but they will have a major presence in the Prequel Trilogy and we’re happy to see the sculpts looking better and better. If Hasbro can find a way to meld the Episode I and Episode II versions of these action figures together, we believe the best is yet to come.

Collector Notes

Destroyer Droid (Geonosis Battle)

Status: Destroyer Droid (Geonosis Battle) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 11 points

Articulation Details: hinge-jointed "head", 2 swivel "shoulders", 2 hinge-jointed "elbows", 3 hinge-jointed "hips", 3 hinge-jointed "knees"

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: 2 projectiles

Date Stamp: 2002

Collection: 1

Assortment Number: 84910/84851

UPC: 076930849101

Retail: $4.99 USD

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Star Wars [Saga - Phase I] Wave 14
Destroyer Droid (Geonosis Battle) (’02 #48)
Clone Trooper (Republic Gunship Pilot) (’02 #49)

Yoda (Jedi High Council) (’02 #53)

Added: February 24, 2014
Category: Star Wars [Saga - Phase I]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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