Last week I reviewed 8012 Super Battle Droid, prompted to do so after Huwbot selected it as the random set of the day. While I've got the box of my Technic Star Wars figures out of storage I thought I'd review a couple more, starting with one of the first, 8001 Battle Droid from 2000.
It's a neat model with a few interesting tricks up its sleeve that are not immediately apparent from looking at it.
The set came with additional red pieces to enable a security droid variant to be built which must be why I ended up with two of them. They stand at about 33cm tall.
Many of the tan parts are extremely rare: some are unique to this set, including seven 4x2 L beams (32140).
Here's its first neat trick: The gear on the back rotates the right shoulder joint, as is often the case on models of this type.
Rotate it far enough and the magnet on its hand connects to a magnet on the gun in the shoulder holster.
Rotate it back again and the gun is drawn.
It's a cool feature that works well.
Such techniques are now totally illegal because small magnets like these cannot be used any more, in case kids swallow two of them and end up mangling their intestines.
Its other party piece is folding up for storage and transportation. When the round inverted tile is pressed a ratchet piece is disengaged from a gear which allows the legs to be folded forwards.
The knees are sprung loaded using elastic bands (which surprisingly haven't completely perished after 19 years) so are either straight or bent. So, by moving the legs forwards a bit and bending the knees back the droid can kneel.
If you sit it down with feet flat on the floor...
...then tuck its head between its knees and fold down the antenna, it's ready for storage.
The Technic system has been put to good use to implement this excellent feature that adds a lot of playability the model.
Just for fun, let's have a caption competition: what are these two saying in the picture below?
I'll review one more of these Technic figs before putting them away again -- you decide which one, but note that it can't be 8002 Destroyer Droid because I don't have that one constructed still (it wouldn't fit in the box!)