View Full Version : SideShow STAP with Battle Droid
01-20-2012, 06:08 PM
This looks like a great set. However, I'm not totally won over and not sure if I'll purchase it.
In terms of engineering 1/6 scale greatness, I want a Destroyer Droid.
I have the Hasbro Speederbikes. My only desire there is for a non-smiling Leia in Endor Poncho.
As to small vehicle / objects? How about a courier droid that carries the kohouns to Padme's apartment that includes a sturdy enough stand that you could hang an AOTC Obi-Wan from it?
What about the E2 air speeder that Anakin and Obi-Wan use?
An Ewok glider would be awesome!
So maybe the STAP. I haven't decided yet. You?
01-20-2012, 11:15 PM
Depends on the price. I really like the BD set I just got, I like the design of the STAP, and the preview photo, along with the ones from SDCC make this look really good. Plus, that stand is pretty cool offering different angles for display.
Let's see some more pics and how much it is...
01-21-2012, 06:43 PM
Price is a big factor, and I'm sure it'll be expensive. Including a Battle Droid in the set confirms it'll be $60 more than I want to pay, and makes me feel like a fool for buying the 2-pack. I also feel like Sideshow has some nerve releasing the preview for this so soon after shipping the BD 2pack - they knew a collector like me would cancel the 2pack order and just get the STAP. Anyway, it looks good, the articulated base is a good idea (although I'm not in love with the base design itself), but I suspect it'll be at least $180 which is too rich for my blood by a lot.
I think it's hilarious that the Sideshow site's preview of the set has the necks on the Battle Droids all half-telescoped, a problem some collectors have also been having not realizing it goes up higher or feeling like it'll break.
As for other vehicles, I don't think there's a single one I'd get.
01-21-2012, 09:00 PM
I'm thinking the STAP announcement 's timing has as much to do with capitalizing on Episode One's impending re-arrival in the theaters as well as striking while the BD set is fresh in the collection.
I'm hoping that the Padawan version of Obi-Wan we saw teased in a production blog is set for order soon too...Sideshow may as well take full advantage of it Episode One being in the public eye again...
As for the STAP...again, price will play into it for me, but another thing does too. This vehicle was one of the first things from Episode One we saw revealed in the collector's marketplace with that "Sneak Preview" figure set Hasbro presented with that cool window box showing the BD astride the STAP with a great piece of Doug Chaing's art as a back drop. I still have that in my collection and Sideshow's preview reminded me of that cool collectible. I know it probably sounds weird, but that's one of the draws for this one for me.
Also, I don't think I'm going to be inclined to pick up many of the larger scaled (vehicles/creatures) that Sideshow does unless it's something that hasn't been done before or it truly has a unique look to it that is unmistakably "Star Wars"....and the STAP fits that criteria for me so...we'll see.
01-23-2012, 09:01 AM
What ARE the possibilities for light vehicles / creatures for the 1/6th scale?
And if you'd buy them?
Here's what I can think of:
Vulture Droid Fighter - wouldn't be too hard. Simple construction. Could come out sweet! Walks too)
Destroyer Droid (I'D BUY!!!) - this is pretty much a figure, but unusual enough I included it here.
STAP - they just made and I'll likely order.
Kaadu - I have the Hasbro one. Good enough. SideShow might succeed with it if it included JarJar.
Bongo Sub - it'd be huge like the Hot Toys Batmobile. But I think I'd buy.
Dewback - made (but I bought the Hasbro one back in the day)
Anakin's Podracer - no thanks, but it's possible.
Sebulba's podracer - ditto the above.
Eopie - It could work, but it's cool for ROTS with Obi-Wan and baby Luke.
Jabba The Hutt - already made and I own 2 and 1 throne.
Sith Speeder - Hasbro made it. It was a nice exclusive. I'm good. But yeah, this would work for SideShow.
Coruscant Taxi - no. Hasbro could make one for the 3 3/4", but this is not for SideShow!
N-1 Fighter - you know, I always thought that carving out room for a figure in the promotional ones Hasbro hung at the retail stores could work for an undersized 1/6th scale. It's possible and I'd probably buy one. Especially if they also made the droid fighter.
Courrier Droid that carries the kohouns for the assasination - YES! So Obi-Wan can hang from it!
Anakin's air speeder - yes.
Zam's air speeder - maybe.
Obi-Wan's Jedi Starfighter - totally possible and yes, I'd buy it.
Rickshaw with Droid - not likely unless they make Padme Tatooine from E2 to ride in it with Anakin.
Owen's speederbike - too boring for 1/6th. I bought Hasbro's 3 3/4" - but that was worth it.
Bantha - too big for a fringe creature
Reek - YES! YES! YES! So all 3 characters can ride it (Padme and AOTC Anakin yet to be made)
Acklay - YES! YES! YES! But it would be huge and expensive
Nexu - Arena creature most possible and affordable. Should be regular figure price!
Orray with wagon - YES! YES! YES! a great idea. They should make a Geonosian rider, too. More poseable than Hasbro's, of which I own 2.
Dwarf Spider Droid - YES! YES! YES! - This would be totally cool and look very good with Hot Toys help.
Dooku's Speederbike - not necessary but I might buy it to put a Geonosian on. Of course Dooku is not yet made and I have 3 of the Hasbro figures which were very fine pieces.
Anakin's Jedi fighter - yes. It's possible. These were not huge ships.
Obi-Wan's Jedi Fighter - yes, See above. In light of the Batmobile. Think about it.
AT-RT, hmmm. It's small enough it's doable. I might buy this if it were totally cool. Lot of detail.
Grievous' Wheelbike. This could turn out really good.
Boga - YES! YES! YES! If preposed, he should be up on his hind legs.
Yoda's escape pod - no.
Lava flea - no. (Hasbro needs to make this for the 3 3/4" though)
Tantive IV escape pod - no
Luke's Landspeeder - yes! Yes! Yes!
Lar's landspeeder - no. But Hasbro should do one.
Dianoga trash compactor monster - yes! Yes! Yes!
Rebel hanger transport - no. I don't think so.
TaunTaun - yes, but I have Hasbro's
Wampa - yes. SideShow might do a very cool one, but if they can do this, Chewbacca is the priority.
Darth Vader's Meditation Chamber - now this could be sweet with electronics! I'd buy!
Mynock - made
snakes - include with a Dagobah Luke though I'm not in the market for it
Box of C-3PO parts, include with Leia Bespin (red gown) figure - but yes to both!
Jabba's throne - made and awesome!
Rancor Monster - yes! YES! Yes! The ultimate piece. It might be $700 or something, and the size of a small and fat child, and weighing even more - but it could top Hasbro's BMF as the centerpiece of any collection and would be even more impressive than if SideShow made the N1 or Jedi Starfighters at the 1/6 scale. The Rancor could top anything at the 1/6 scale.
Emperor's Throne - made
Ewok glider with Warok - YES YES YES!
Speederbike - SideShow would do a great job. Nevertheless, I have 3 Hasbro ones. I love 'em but I'm done here.
Shield Bunker Doors - could make an interesting display environment. I'd say Yes! With Endor Han and Leia being made, of course.
What else could they do?
Do you want (which of) these?
01-26-2012, 11:14 PM
Price was announced at $175, I was very close (I also was close with my $120 prediction on the Hasbro MTT). That is simply too rich for my blood unless Sideshow is willing to knock $60 off for me already having a Battle Droid, which they ain't. It's not a crazy high price, but I simply don't want yet another Battle Droid identical to the ones I just got and a $115-value STAP.
Oddly, all the pics they show of the STAP have the head of the vehicle tilted way down, I hope that's adjustable.
01-28-2012, 03:03 AM
I ordered it. I figure I can always cancel - though I rarely do.
Honestly, one of the vehicles for 1/6th scale I'd like most is Anakin's airspeeder that he and Obi-Wan can sit in from AOTC!
01-29-2012, 08:38 PM
....Oddly, all the pics they show of the STAP have the head of the vehicle tilted way down, I hope that's adjustable.
I noticed that too...I hope it is adjustable, otherwise it's pretty limiting on how to position it for display...
10-19-2012, 06:36 AM
mine came the other day but I haven't had a chance to open it. that's going to happen very soon though!
11-03-2012, 09:33 PM
Well, I kept this order and now it's shipped...so I'll see for myself next week.
Some pics have turned up on line...it's looking good...Tycho, did you ever open yours up?
11-04-2012, 01:00 AM
Yes. I love it. The STAP is shipped as one assembled piece and it fits into a large, heavy, circular base stand.
You can plug it in and carefully use it to angle the STAP to be flying in any number of poses, angled up or down and tilted either way.
No - this wasn't made by Hasbro, so the guns don't become firing missiles, but old habit made me check just to be sure.
The battle droid is the standard one packaged in the 2-pack but I never employed the full articulation on it like I had to in order to have it ride the STAP. The feet lock into the foot pedals and the handle bar motorcyle grips move and can be positioned as clenched by the Battle Droid, who's fingers move from their connection to the hand, and also down the line in the fore-fingers - just like your real hands move. So I was very pleased by that.
Over all, this piece is worth owning. I have it positioned on top of my IKEA detolf for my TPM figures:
Theed Queen (Hasbro) + Padme Handmaiden (Hasbro), NEEDS Capt. Panaka (SideShow)
Queel Black Travel (Hasbro), Obi-Wan Ep1 (Hasbro), Qui-Gon Ep1 (Hasbro), Battle Droid (Hasbro), OOM-9 (Hasbro)*
Electronic JarJar (Hasbro) Battle Droid (Hasbro), OOM-9 Hasbro, NEEDS Destroyer Droid (Hot Toys / SideShow)
Kaadu (Hasbro), Capt. Tarpals (Hasbro), Battle Droid (SideShow) - if I get the Dest. Drd. I will move 1 or more BD's from above down to this shelf.
* The Hasbro Battle Droid is almost an identical mold to the SideShow one, but the SideShow one has more points of articulation.
The Hasbro one is more white colored but has more battle damage paint.
The SideShow one is more tan colored but is a cleaner, newer look.
11-07-2012, 08:44 AM
The STAP and Battle Droid have arrived up north...and my first impressions...this set is pretty cool!
Lighter than I expected...almost like a model kit...wish it was packed better...those who are getting this, use care in removing the vehicle as to not bend/break the foot petals or handle bars. One handle bar was poking though the plastic bag that it's packed in. One of the guns is slightly out of alignment on this one...but not enough to make me send it back.
The stand isn't quite as overdone with the deco "in person" and the "tilt" feature works really well.
Lots of little moving parts...the pedals, the handle bars, the gun turret...all well-engineered and look great.
The deco is alright...not as plastic-y as some online pics have made it appear to be, but this piece does look a little more toy-like....but hey...got plenty of other toys, what's one more?
All-n-all, a cool piece....
The battle droid is very good too....many of the little "issues" that were on the ones in the 2-pack are gone here. The neck/head moves into position much more easily, all of the articulation points work well and stay in position and most notably, the back pack snaps and stays in place quite well. The deco has a bit of a "caught in the exhaust" kind of rusty tinge to it on the lower body...looks appropriate for this droid driver...
Glad I picked this up...it's a pretty distinctive looking set....really looks cool outside....
11-07-2012, 05:08 PM
Nice to hear. I can't really make out much detail in those photos though, I think the sky caused your camera's contrast or white balance to get thrown out of whack.
11-07-2012, 06:30 PM
JediBear, as far as I can tell by your 2nd picture, some funny-looking dude with a long nose is messing with your telephone poll.
You might want to call your phone company to come check that out ;)
11-10-2012, 10:34 AM
Okay...no good deed,eh? Dropped those pictures (I liked 'em anyway...thought it looks pretty cool outside)
Here's one with better detail...
I like this set a lot....
11-10-2012, 01:29 PM
Good picture there! :)
I didn't dislike your previous pictures though. I just thought the 2nd one gave me a great joke opportunity.
I'll take 'em when I can get 'em.
11-10-2012, 03:52 PM
...okay, laugh it up fuzzball! (Hey wait a minute...I'm the fuzzball here - lol)
Here's another shot of Anakin taking the STAP for a ride...
11-11-2012, 05:48 AM
ANAKIN: "I mean it. I'm not joking around any more. You WILL tell me where the bathroom is so I don't have to squat around here any longer or I'm going to get really angry and I know how to use this!"
11-12-2012, 03:35 PM
Can CW Anakin hold himself onto the STAP, or is that why you have him against the wall? Is the STAP foot control surface able to support that much weight, what about the very thin handgrips? I can't imagine trying that with the price of this piece, but I applaud you for doing it.
11-17-2012, 08:14 PM
I've got him propped up there just for the picture...I wouldn't leave him on there that way (for display)...
The footpads are designed for the BD (right down to the magnets to help hold the BD feet in place) and the handle bars are also pretty delicate...it takes an easy touch to adjust them.
I just thought one shot staged with the CW Anakin figure would be kind of cool....
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