Battle Droid Carrier 7126

Battle Droid Carrier 7126

Battle Droid Carrier 7126

The Battle Droid Carrier was released by Lego in 2001 as part of its Star Wars line, tying into the release of "Episode 1: The Phantom Menace" two years earlier. It is the second of four droid transports Lego has released, and the only one with an open design, based on the Platoon Attack Craft (PAC), which can be seen in Star Wars Episode I, Episode III, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. In the movie, the PAC carries 112 battle droids and two pilots, while the version, made as a cheaper alternative to the previous year's 7184 Trade Federation MTT (Multi-Troop Transport), holds only six droids and one pilot. This set has 133 pieces, and is recommended for ages 7-12.

The Battle Droid carrier shares several pieces with the MTT, including a rack for storing folded droids. Like the MTT, its designed to slide out of the back of the vehicle. Battle droid minifigs from this series have horizontally mounted hands to latch on to the rack handles; because of this, they cannot properly hold a weapon. Parts for blaster rifles are still included for mounting behind the pilot.

The Battle Droid Carrier briefly appears in 2005's immensely popular Lego Star Wars: The Video Game, as well as the expanded Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga in 2007. Lego released the 7662 Trade Federation MTT set, which includes a new version of the MTT seen in The Complete Saga, as well as a new design for the Battle Droid Carrier. This new carrier uses a much simpler design, with the battle droids attached directly to the transport, as their redesigned hands could not be used to attach them to a rack. However, these newer droids can hold a blaster upright.

While the popularity of Episode 1 sets mean that the old version of the battle droid is easy to find, the pilot battle droid is exclusive to the original carrier design. It has a brown torso with a painted blue line across it, whereas the updated version of the pilot has an entirely blue torso. Because of this, it has become a highly valued collectible. This set originally retailed for $9.99, but today regularly trades for $40 to $140 depending on condition.

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