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mm74md
05-15-2003, 01:40 PM
Well, I picked up the new deluxe Spider Droid last night at a Baltimore area Target. I have mixed feelings on it.

As an adult collector I think it's great. I hope they start shipping more as this is a great army builder & displays well. On the other hand, I feel sorry for kids who use their allowance money on a $10 toy that is supposed to walk when in fact, it doesn't walk! Maybe a few steps...then stops. Ugh :frus:

Has anyone else had problems or success getting this to walk?

mm74md
05-15-2003, 01:44 PM
PS - Stay away from the Super Battle Droid builder set. It looks soooooooooooo lame!

DarthChuckMc
05-15-2003, 02:30 PM
I got both of these in the mail today (Thanks NEWFORCECOMICS), and I concur with the senator from Hagerstown. The spider droid took 3 steps and .......nadda. I had to poke it along to get it going again.

The SBD is.......eh. It's kinda cool....if I were 4 years old it would probably be the best toy ever. My 7 year old isn't home from school yet, but he'll probably love it, more for the Playdoh than the droid itself. I DO like the droid's articulated ankles, knees, elbows, shoulders and hips. The droid maker machine is cool.

The Spider Droid is pretty to look at, but crappy as a toy.

The SBD is crappy to look at, but cool for a toy.

mm74md
05-15-2003, 03:36 PM
Originally posted by DarthChuckMc


The Spider Droid is pretty to look at, but crappy as a toy.

The SBD is crappy to look at, but cool for a toy.

Maybe I should've picked up the SBD kit for my son! Is it really playdoh inside?

DarthChuckMc
05-15-2003, 03:54 PM
Yeah, gunmetal gray with a little glitter to make it "metal" looking.

JEDIpartner
05-15-2003, 03:56 PM
Yes... It's dark blue Play-Doh with metallic sparkles in it... just like the plastic they used for the SBD (not "silent but deadly" :rolleyes: ) figure.

I really like the way the SBD set looks when you connect it to the rest of the Arena playset... very chunky, industrial and impressive.

I think the Spider Droid is a pretty lame toy... moreso than the SBD Builder. It looks really good but, well, no matter what I do-- I can't even get mine to take ONE step. Oh, well... I wouldn't be plying with it that way anyhow.

DarthChuckMc
05-15-2003, 04:10 PM
The kids got home about ten minutes ago, and they are fighting over the SBD maker. My daughter even likes it. So far, so good. My son tried the Spider Droid waiting for his sister to finish her turn with the SBD, but lost interest pretty quick. They both like the Jango and Obi-Wan Kamino deluxe figs, too.

3 outta 4 "good" new deluxe ain't bad I suppose.

JangoFart
05-15-2003, 04:13 PM
I've never laid my eyes on either of those, so I can't comment on the in-hand quality. But, I like the look and the way they both display in their cards.

What I don't like is the lack of anything related to scale on the Spider critter. I did notice, somewhere, that Hasbro threw the word "dwarf" on the cardback - I guess to shut up folks like me. Didn't work, though :)

J

Mr. JabbaJohnL
05-15-2003, 05:27 PM
The dwarf spider droid is shorter than a human, like the figure is. The droid builder is blue, not brown or gray (see pics on Galactic Hunter's review). I haven't found them yet, but I hear they are in stores around my area. :)

TheDarthVader
05-15-2003, 06:03 PM
Someone educate me a little bit about this new spider droid. Does it wind up or what? How does the "walking" work or supposed to work? Thanks in advance. Oh, and, if it does wind up, where is the "winder" located?

Jargo
05-15-2003, 06:34 PM
If it's shorter than human sized then it's to scale. The original LFL design has it at shoulder height to a human. I still resent the fact that they ruined the look of it by changing the face and shoving that great big cannon thing on the front. To me that's the same as doing what they did to POTF2 R5-D4. The color is way off too.
The fact that you guys are saying it just doesn't work is proof that hasbroken adds insult to injury with this. I won't waste my money on it now. Not that I was in a rush to buy, even as a casual purchase I just won't bother. It's such a shame because it was such a cool droid in the movie. Had potential to be a really nice figure and they give us this thing and it'll probably be the only version we ever get of it too. Boo hiss hasbroken. :(

Darth Jax
05-15-2003, 11:06 PM
i had the opportunity to purchase both SBD builder and spider, but passed on both. couldn't imagine a use for a playdoh sbd. the spider droid looked like something from toy story and nothing like a SW fig. should. didn't like the wind-up walking action (which doesn't work from above reports).

plasticfetish
05-16-2003, 01:46 AM
Originally posted by EMPEROR JARGO
I still resent the fact that they ruined the look of it by changing the face and shoving that great big cannon thing on the front.
I agree. I haven't found one of these yet, but from the photos I'm not a big fan of the missile thing. Hearing that it doesn't walk really disappoints me ... I was looking forward to this thing for that reason at least. Grrrrr.

I saw the SBD builder set and passed, though if I ever find it on sale someday I'll get it because I know my son will love it.

kdp100
05-16-2003, 05:44 AM
My spider droid doesn't walk too well either, but it doesn't look too bad stationary.
Haven't got much time for the play-doh in the droid builder set, although the mold looks good with the rest of the factory conveyor-parts from other sets...

JEDIpartner
05-16-2003, 03:57 PM
I don't use the Play-Doh... BTW. I forgot to add that in my last post. I just like the way this piece looks as part of the ever growing assembly line. I was thinking about picking up a spare Threepio deluxe set so I could add another section to the droid factory. :D

Obi-Dan Kenobi
05-16-2003, 06:10 PM
I personally love the spider droid. The walking action on mine works fine--it will walk two or three feet on a flat surface, which is pretty much all I expect from a wind-up toy--and I think it looks awesome. This is a feature I actually would have enjoyed as a kid, personally, unlike lightsaber-hurling action or quick-draw action. lI also got the Super Battle Droid builder, which I haven't opened up yet, but all I really wanted it for was the factory section. I couldn't care less about the Play-Doh, but I imagine I would have loved it as a kid, since I used to play with my Hoth Play-doh set all the time. I don't think these are the greatest Deluxe sets ever, but a good deal better than Force-flipping figures.

stillakid
05-16-2003, 06:13 PM
My spider droid walks about three steps and stops until I prod it. That is, if I can get my fingers in there to turn the tiny little knob.

I got it with my latest KEBco shipment along with the Jango and Obi deluxe sets. The kids quickly moved onto the Deluxe sets and had a lot of fun shooting Jango onto the column.

jpak001
05-17-2003, 12:12 AM
I saw the spider and SBD deluxe figs at Target and passed on them both. The spider didn't look like it was anywhere near worth $10 to me.

The only thing I liked about the SBD was the factory part, but since I don't have anymore room for dioramas it's a no-go.........