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Moving away from their normal generic figure shapes, Lego have gone with the film's accuracy on this figure. The Super Battle Droid came into the Star Wars equation with the newer trilogy, and was a rather destructive droid, with its broad shoulders and skinny limbs and waist. Instead of just adopting the usual form and shape of Lego figures, they have replicated this quite well here.
The advantage of this is that it creates not only a bit more realism when playing, but it also provides a bit of difference with the various arms and legs of other Lego characters. I found that paying over the odds for a character that was only different because of some minimal colouring and artwork was a bit annoying, especially when there were no accessories. This one, however, makes you think someone has actually taken the time to design this figure as opposed to just passing the usual figure onto the artists for final work. Here, there's a brand new shape, complete with joints and everything. Thumbs up.
Naturally, this comes with its disadvantages. A lack of interchangeability with other characters by separating legs and torso and head, in order to put them on other characters. This is a minor point, though, and this figure does at least come with feet that fit nicely onto Lego bricks and pieces. The whole thing is actually very well designed, with the menacing posture and slanted evil eyes helping to provide the necessary mood the character also brings about in the films.
The hands/claws are also as per others. This enables the character to hold regular Lego objects, such as guns or anything else that will fit. This is a nice touch, otherwise it would be a bit too dissimilar to other Lego characters and would be a tad annoying. The attention to detail is quite intricate, and the artwork is well done, even though it seems rather simple. It's not, as there are a few contours here and there which are well covered.
The price of this figure, as it's somewhat different, can escalate a bit more than other characters, and at the moment, amazon have it at just over £5. You can shop around, though, and try to find it cheaper. At this price, for a typically sized Lego figure (around 1 inch tall), it seems far too much. Other than that, recommended.
The Star Wars universe is rife with droids and weird and wonderful creatures. From the older Kenner toys, through to the newer Hasbro figures, there has always been something to capture the imagination of collectors and children. Lego got on board with the toys a few years ago and have slowly been building a steady collection of interesting characters. What sets the Lego figures aside is that Lego often plump for unusual characters to turn into toys. The Super Battle Droid made his appearance in the newer batch of films.
The toy us about an inch or so in height and is in line with other Lego figures height wise. He is one of the creepiest looking toys in the range, thanks to his bleakness and threatening pose. In this respect, the toy might startle much younger children.
He can be posed at the arms and legs to create new poses and is compatible with Lego sets, meaning you can interchange him with other Lego sets. What I like most here is the complex body shape, with a superb thin torso moving into a bulkier arched set of shoulders. Lego have carefully replicated the look of the toy from the film to a tee, with thin spindly legs and textured looking joints for added realism.
On the downside, the thinner legs do make this toy more fragile than most and the smallness could incite younger children or pets to swallow it. On the plus side, the colouring is accurate and the price for the figure ranges between one and five pounds. Be sure to check online auction sites to pick up good deals, this is where I source a lot of my figures from. Collectors will delight in this well made toy and younger fans will like the idea of owning a scary looking robot.