Sure to be one of the hottest Star Wars toys this Christmas (but most certainly the biggest) is the rather colossal MTT Droid Carrier from Hasbro, which includes no less than 20 Battle Droid figures and a bonus Obi-Wan Kenobi. With an RRP of £149.99, this playset is far from cheap, but for the price it has plenty of perks, from the aforementioned army to an array of sound effects, spring-loaded cannons and the pièce de résistance, a motorised troop deployment rack.
It’s ironic that, as I write this review, I’m sat in the shadow of the Imperial AT-AT from the Kenner The Power of the Force range in the ’90s, as that grey giant of a toy is exactly what the MTT Droid Carrier reminds me of, only this vehicle packs much more detail and superior sculpting.
The Droid Carrier is much more than just a big orange hunk of plastic. The rooftop lifts up in two segments, one to reveal a cockpit with seats ready to accommodate the robotic rears of three Battle Droids, and the other a storage area, which is great for taking the complete MTT on the move in all its weightiness without needing another pair of hands if you’re carrying it for the five extra figures. The playset includes wheels at its base so you can move it along any hard surface or carpet. There are also two doors on either side of the vehicle that open up to show fine details such as control panels and a rack for the blaster rifles to clip on to, of which there is one to go with each droid. The doors, much like the roof, have tiny pins that you can place the figures on to securely for display, and thank the stars for them as it takes a lot of patience to get the free-standing toys to pose without them falling over.
The exterior of the MTT features a set of cannons either side of the deployment rack door at the front of the vehicle, which, thanks to pivots, are adjustable. Two further blasters (also movable) are fixed to the roof and fire spring-loaded plastic projectiles at the push of a button.
As for the 21 included figures, the Battle Droid army is comprised of 16 troops made for the deployment rack and a further four for placement wherever you like. The difference between the two is that the 16 have been moulded onto stands and have only posable arms and heads. They slot into either side of the deployment rack, which can at times be tricky when it begins to fill up as it’s easy to accidentally knock them over. While they aren’t the sturdiest of figures, they’re not quite as flimsy as the other four, which are very lightweight and delicate, yet feature more points of articulation. The Kenobi figure on the other hand is the most solid of the bunch. It’s a repackage from one of the original The Phantom Menace toy releases back in 1999 and includes a lightsaber. It bears a poor likeness to Ewan McGregor, but as it’s a bonus figure this is forgiveable.
As much of a shame it is that you can’t do a lot with 16 of the droids, the deployment rack itself is exceptional. Fully motorised, the front door of the MTT will raise at the push of a button and the rack will open out like magic to a soundtrack of appropriate effects. It’s a remarkable sight. The only downside is that the action often proves a little too much for the figures and they fall out prematurely.
Ultimately, while expensive, the MTT Droid Carrier is a welcome addition to Hasbro’s line of vehicles. It’s a well sculpted, painted and intricately detailed behemoth, and, despite their flaws, the fact that this set includes 21 action figures in addition to such an impressive main event in the form of the motorised rack makes this a value-for-money product. Just don’t be aiming those projectile launchers at the Battle Droids if you want them to stay in one piece.
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