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Destroyer Droid - TSC - The Episode III Heroes & Villains Collection (12 of 12)

Name: Destroyer Droid
Collection: The Saga Collection
Number: 12 of 12
Source: Revenge Of The Sith
Availability: April 2006
License: Hasbro

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Destroyer Droids are designed for one purpose only; the complete annihilation of their targets. With twin blasters and protective shields, they are a deadly threat to Republic forces.

Did you know there are over a dozen droideka varieties? And did you know that not all of the same ones appeared within the confines of the Prequel Trilogy? Wookieepedia goes into some pretty good detail about the various types and the information is too deep to go into here so we won’t, but we’d be lying if we didn’t say that we were impressed two distinct types: the P-series and Q-series destroyer droids/droidekas. For example, the P-series destroyer droid participated in the Battle of Naboo in Episode I and the Q-series droideka protected General Grievous’ Invisible Hand towards the tail end of the Clone Wars. But what's impressive about this is that Hasbro paid attention and made both types for the basic action figure line. For the Revenge Of The Sith line they developed an all-new sculpt and released it as 2005's ROTS Destroyer Droid (III 44). And they decided to carry it forward into The Saga Collection's The Episode III Heroes & Villains Collection. Think of it as a "greatest hits" release.

Like other droid sculpts from the past, the Destroyer Droid started from Hasbro’s 2002 SW [S -P1] Destroyer Droid (Geonosis Battle) (’02 #48) figure. They also tweaked the figure quite a bit and repainted it, but the shell of the figure still remains within this release. Believe it or not, we think this action figure holds up quite well all of these years. Yes, it has an annoying action feature and maybe its posture isn’t terribly screen accurate, but the figure does look good (and it's functional too). No one can deny that. Hasbro tightened up/refreshed the figure with a new paint job, but they kept the same action features in place to add some extra play value for kids. We should be used to this by now. While it’s hard to anatomically assimilate a Destroyer Droid’s parts to a human’s, we’ll try and do our best nonetheless. The “shoulders” on the Destroyer Droid are still terribly loose. They need to be to activate the action feature. The “arms” move up and down with the press of a switch on the figure’s “back”.

We’re confident that the Destroyer Droid won’t be the most popular figure in The Episode III Heroes & Villains Collection, but it's an important character nonetheless. But when figures keep getting released and released over and over again they lose their magic a bit and become a little too boring. And let’s face it. Because the Destroyer Droid is classified as an action figure with an action feature, there aren’t going to be any extras included here like an environmental base or anything similar. That IS the extra so to speak. We actually like the Destroyer Droid despite our cautions and criticism. We still can’t tell you all the differences between a P-series or Q-series droideka, but maybe that isn’t the point with a kids’ action figure. For those looking, this is another chance at this core Separatist Destroyer Droid. You may just not need it is all. Oh, and as with all figures in The Saga Collection, the Destroyer Droid comes with a random "bad guy" miniature hologram. But these pack-in premiums are proving kind of useless.

Collector Notes

Destroyer Droid

Status: Destroyer Droid is a straight repack of 2005's ROTS Destroyer Droid (III 44) figure.

Articulation Count: 12 points (12 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: hinge-jointed head (1), swivel left shoulder (1), swivel right shoulder (1), hinge-jointed left elbow (1), hinge-jointed right elbow (1), swivel waist (1), hinge-jointed hip A (1), hinge-jointed hip B (1), hinge-jointed hip C (1), hinge-jointed knees A (1), hinge-jointed knees B (1), hinge-jointed knees C (1)

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: 2 projectiles

Date Stamp: 2004

Assortment Number: 87193/87181

UPC: 653569181347

Retail: $6.99 USD

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The Episode III Heroes & Villains Collection (The Saga Collection)

Darth Vader (1 of 12)

Anakin Skywalker (2 of 12)

Yoda (3 of 12)

Commander Bacara (4 of 12)

Clone Trooper (5 of 12)

Clone Pilot (6 of 12)

Chewbacca (7 of 12)

Obi-Wan Kenobi (8 of 12)

General Grievous [Version 1] (9 of 12)

General Grievous [Version 2] (9 of 12)

Mace Windu (10 of 12)

R2-D2 (11 of 12)

Destroyer Droid (12 of 12)

Added: March 23, 2017
Category: Saga Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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