Ok, so I finally opened my Battle Droid, because he looked pretty damn cool on that card, and I wanted to know if I should buy lots of them on April 23 (correct date? I forget)
The answer is NO. Heres a rundown since I know several of you probably want to buy an army of them like I did for the Arena fight scene:
-The electricity is fine. I personally like these, but if you don't like the idea in general, then you won't care for those pack-ins.
-The blaster effect I think is pretty cool, because not only does it go on his blaster, but you can take it off and put it on a peg in his chest, so it looks like he's getting hit. The peg is pretty small so it doesn't look too out of place if the blaster effect isn't on it.
Now for why this figure is so poor:
-The first thing I noticed is his knees don't move! This is a BIG step back I think, because every battle droid released so far has had joints at the elbows and knees. But the legs are posed nicely and not too dramatically, so I thought I would let it slide.
-BIG problem here; his blaster is so soft that it's difficult to place it in his hands and get it to stay there. There is NO rigidity to this thing at all. It just falls out.
-The problem that makes thie figure not worth buying has to do with his head. I loved the POTJ Security Battle droid. It's my favorite one of all, and the only problem I have ever had with them is that the heads fall off kind of easily.
Well those POTJ heads are glued on compared to this AOTC droid. It has the same ball joint neck as the ones from POTJ, but it's just built WRONG! The hole is way to big for the ball on the neck and so the head literally just sits on the body. If it is moved at all, the head just falls off.
This is really inexcusable because HAsbro obviously knew about this problem when they started producing them. How do I know that? Because they have one of those rubber bands wrapped around the head to keep it on. It only falls off once you take off the rubber band.
Now, I'll admit that if you want to keep that on, then the head will stay on fine, but of course you won't really be able to move the neck at all. I was really upset at how shoddy that is, and they should have done something to fix this.
Bottom line, this Battle Droid isn't anywhere near the quality of the Security Battle Droid, and isn't even near the quality of most Hasbro figures. If you just want to put up a big diorama and not touch them, then you might want these. But don't think about moving them at all.