Mini-Review - TPM Trade Federation MTT
Itâ€™s time for a JediDefender mini-review by yours truly. This time, Iâ€™ll be looking at the 2012 Movie Heroes Trade Federation MTT.
How do you rile up the Star Wars collector fan base? Give them a brand new â€œClass IIIâ€, big-sized vehicle straight from the movies - and then tell them itâ€™s from The Phantom Menace and will cost 30% more than theyâ€™re expecting to pay.
The 2012 Movie Heroes Trade Federation MTT is an interesting beast. As a toy, itâ€™s fantastic. It comes with twenty-one pack-in figures. Itâ€™s packed with sound clips from the movie and the Clone Wars series. Itâ€™s got a fully motorized droid rack to deploy sixteen Battle Droids. All three of my boys (ages 2-6) LOVE this thing with hours spent deploying and retracting the droid rack. So whatâ€™s the problem?
Well, as previously alluded to - itâ€™s retailing for at least $130, up to $180 at some oth-R retailers, and thatâ€™s at least $30-40 more than the AT-TE or AT-AT retail price. And for many boxed collectors, thatâ€™s a hard pill to swallow for something thatâ€™ll never be opened. I feel your pain on that one. But, at the same time, you can see what Hasbro was trying to do. It costs a bit more, but with twenty-one pack-in figures (20 droids and Obi-Wan Kenobi), you also get an instant army to fill up the rack. A cheaper price might be nice, but then youâ€™d have had to spend extra on droids to fill it up.
So basically it comes down to cost. At $130, itâ€™s a hard pill to swallow. But if you can find a deal that brings it closer to the $100 of the AT-TE or AT-AT, itâ€™s an awesome deal. I managed to find a great â€œless than $100â€ deal at Target.com (and others have found great deals at Amazon.com as well). At $100 or so, it easily surpasses the play value of the AT-TE or AT-AT thanks to the included droids and the motorized bits. Sure, some of the droids donâ€™t have much (if any) articulation, but all they really have to do is stand in the deployment rack and look good. They do that admirably... plus it doesnâ€™t hurt that Iâ€™ve got another sixteen VC78 Battle Droids to crew my MTT.
Final Grade from our focus group (me and my three sons):
At $130, a solid C+ for effort. But at $100 or less like I paid, an A-. Not perfect, but a really fun toy.
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