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Battle Droid
03-19-2002, 05:47 PM
A brown/rust colored Battle Droid?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?MfcISAPICommand=ViewItem&item=1714698269+<BR>

Beast
03-19-2002, 05:56 PM
Originally posted by Battle Droid
A brown/rust colored Battle Droid?
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Check Sir Steve's news section on the front page about this, looks like they are just doing like they did back in 1999. A few varients so that they all don't look the same for army builders. It appears to match the ones in the trailer that look like they are covered with Geonosian sand.

http://209.197.117.27/databases/action.cgi?setup_file=ssnews2.setup&category=starwars&topic=28&show_article=78

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

Battle Droid
03-19-2002, 06:12 PM
Any chance it's a fake, since it doesn't have the background card like all the other AOTC figures have?

Beast
03-19-2002, 06:17 PM
Originally posted by Battle Droid
Any chance it's a fake, since it doesn't have the background card like all the other AOTC figures have?
I doubt that it's fake. The missing background card can be explained since it's probably a salesman's sample. Still, 40.00 is way to much for me. I am sure we will see it salted in to the refresh cases, around May 16th. :)

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

Jargo
03-19-2002, 06:42 PM
Consider that hasbro make the toys based on early artwork and designs. maybe they didn't have much to work from and just assumed that the battle droids would be cream with a little red dust covering their lower limbs.

Then they get some new artwork showing the darker droids and they go "HEY - money spinner! Let's release that one too!" So they rush out a colour variant to cash in on those wishing to make scene specific dioramas and unfortunately they don't have one ready for TOYFAIR in NYC. But they are going into production with them. Then one leaks out of the back door at the factory or drops out of a salesmans sample case and LO! shows up on EBAY.

I think we'll definately be seeing these come April 23rd or thereabouts. What better way to get collectors whiped up into a frenzy than by releasing a variant? And then they ship them only two to a case and make it a HTF variant. Want to get people into stores and buying figures - easy!!!!!! :rolleyes:

Was that cynical? Oh deary me........... :p

mark2d2
03-19-2002, 06:48 PM
I think that, yes, this is indeed a very plausable variation. But I, too, was left wondering if it wasn't a phony. In fact that was my very first reaction. The missing card just screams "Oops! I forgot to put that back in!"

At any rate, I'll pass on this one as I have had my fill of battle droids. There's just so much else to be excited about.

Battle Droid
03-19-2002, 06:52 PM
I still don't see why they didn't give the Arena Battle Droid knee articulation, since all the others BD's they've made had it.

The Super Battle Droid looks cooler, though it probably doesn't have knee articulation either.

Beast
03-19-2002, 06:58 PM
Originally posted by Battle Droid
I still don't see why they didn't give the Arena Battle Droid knee articulation, since all the others BD's they've made had it.
The Super Battle Droid looks cooler, though it probably doesn't have knee articulation either.
On the security battle droid, I didn't care to much for the knee joints anyway. So, IMHO it's no big loss, since giving them a knee joint with such spindly legs made them top heavy and difficult to stand up. And if/when your knee joints got weak, he would pretty much fall over. :)

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

Battle Droid
03-19-2002, 07:01 PM
I put my Security BD's on action figure stands, and they stand up fine, with the knee articulation you can put them in different poses

Jargo
03-19-2002, 07:19 PM
Wow, these things are going to go so droopy in summertime! It's bad enough that the figures are made of bendy plastic but when they get this frail like the battle droids with skinny little legs they're all going to be OOM-9 soft and bendy. They'd be even more bendy with knees. The knee joint weakens the legs on all figures. Even the human ones. I'm kinda glad these new battle droids don't have knees. Maybe if hasbro start using a harder plastic again we can get them to make a battle droid with knees but I'm not rushing for it.

On the other hand, I like the look of the rusty battle droid. I'll hunt this one out more than I would the cream one with pink overspray. I like the solid look of this new colour variant. I don't understand why these Geonosian battle droids are rust coloured, but what the heck! I'll buy at least a dozen if they're available in large quantities. I'd rather have these than those silly looking super battle droids that are top heavy and have thin legs that you know are going to wilt and bend. I'll be looking to buy an army of these new battle droids to replace the poor quality episode one battle droids with their chunky legs and chunky arms. Maybe I'll customise the episode one droids into smashed up droids and melted droids :)

I'm wondering now what hasbro have planned with the new destroyer droid..... A rolled one perhaps? Or would that just be wishful thinking on my part? Please let it be a rolled up droideka, Please let it be a rolled up droideka, Please let it be a rolled up droideka............ :crazed:

Battle Droid
03-19-2002, 07:38 PM
You guys must have defective Droids, my Security BD's and Boomer Damaged BD stands up fine.

Though I have to admit the Ep1 BD's and OOM-9 tend to lean alot.

JEDIpartner
03-19-2002, 07:43 PM
Maybe they are this colour because they will blend in with the terrain better?

LTBasker
03-19-2002, 11:31 PM
Originally posted by Battle Droid
Any chance it's a fake, since it doesn't have the background card like all the other AOTC figures have?

JJB's right, it is a salesmen sample, and a number of them have were leaked so it's no fake, they've shown up like that in alot of different places and these ones will NOT be released to retail whatsoever, they're getting harder to find though unfortunetly, when the figures first started leaking they were the majority of the BDs shipped, now they're not shipped as much because have realized it's a "rarer" version, however the interesting part is that it might not be that rare because people might label it as "incomplete" even though it's an early sample.

pthfnder89
03-20-2002, 10:19 AM
Originally posted by JarJarBinks

On the security battle droid, I didn't care to much for the knee joints anyway. So, IMHO it's no big loss, since giving them a knee joint with such spindly legs made them top heavy and difficult to stand up. And if/when your knee joints got weak, he would pretty much fall over. :)
Jar Jar Binks

I was very disappointed in the lack of knee joints. I love that the Security Battle Droids have them. The biggest problem in not having them is that the plastic is so soft, it is usually bent incorrectly by sitting in the package. So the legs come out of the package all wobbly. I had this problem with the Security BDs too, but since their legs could move, I was able to stand them up anyway.

Jargo
03-21-2002, 05:56 AM
Originally posted by LTBasker


JJB's right, it is a salesmen sample, and a number of them have were leaked so it's no fake, they've shown up like that in alot of different places and these ones will NOT be released to retail whatsoever, they're getting harder to find though unfortunetly, when the figures first started leaking they were the majority of the BDs shipped, now they're not shipped as much because have realized it's a "rarer" version, however the interesting part is that it might not be that rare because people might label it as "incomplete" even though it's an early sample. Where'd you get this info LT? rebelscum seem to think it'll hit the stores with the regular version. And lately scum have been bang on the nose with info. I can't see the point of making a salesman sample of a rust BD if it's not going into production. They'd just send out an unpainted cream one otherwise. Coloured plastic is more expensive than off white. I bet that these will indeed ship with the regular ones come April and that there'll be plenty, but possibly not as many as the regular ones. Seeing as the battle droids in the movie seem to be mostly rust coloured anyway going by the trailers, isn't it a fair assumption that this rusdt one might actuallybe the regular version instead of the cream one and the cream one will be the variant?
I don't know, I'm just guessing here. be nice to get some feedback from hasbro on this. I hope the rust one is released generally. I prefer the look of it to yet another cream BD. We've got enough of those floating around. :)