I got my 4 that I ordered in today. Some brief thoughts...
... It is NOT bad, and I can get him to hold his blaster with two hands in what I consider an "acceptable" pose. I think (hope) Hasbro may update his left arm so it cups the forward bit of the rifle, but otherwise I'm actually fairly content with this figure.
Is it perfect? No. It's rubbery, but it feels more sturdy for sure than the ROTS/Saga sculpt that we were basically deluged with since 2002. It's not much more/less sturdy than the Episode 1 sculpt, and the poseable ankles go a LONG way to having him stay up. The ball/socket hips and shoulders rock, knees and elbows are nice. The ankles make up his relative sturdiness though. I would say he's as good as the POTJ Security Droid. If you liked that droid, you will like this one. Mine lacks eyes, as do the early samples we posted, so that's just life I guess.
... I think his deco is a bit different than the carded figures he's based on. He is the new sa sculpt of htis figure, but has the "holes" so he's the 30th AC figure, not the newer Legends one. I'm fine with that, this is a fine army builder IMO.
... He's more purple than ever. His skin tone the same as well, so I can't say he's a good figure, other than he's a fine sculpt (just needs a new helmet, and better deco). No surprises here, sadly.
... Very cool update of the Sun Fac figure. He's very generic, nice paintjob, and the added knee joints are the real icing on the cake of an otherwise solid figure. He's a true super poseable Geonosian grunt. Gotta love it. Remove the wings, and he's a wingless grunt... Good stuff.
... Pretty well outstanding all around. He seems either 90% new, or 100%, as the skirt may be re-used. The rest looks new to me though, and he's really well done. The headsculpt and hands rock. His previous figure has a more "force push" type hand, some may prefer that, but to me this is just a great figure and everything I wish the original was. His "skirt" will feel incomplete as there is no softgoods so the sides are kind of open, but it's a slight issue I am willing to overlook completely.
-Kit Fister (heh)
... He's a nice update, though the figure is mostly the ROTS sculpt. That means the slightly limited knee articulation is still there, and that's a disappointment. His hand(s?) and head are new, and both give him a very "force face-off" look. I dig it, as I dug the ROTS figure. The paintjob seems decent on mine but I've not been disappointed with the past Fisto figure's paintjobs so I'm less picky than some are on that issue. He looks good to me.
... He's a nice, super articulated human Jedi Knight, fairly generic... Can I gripe at all about that? Mine has a fantastic paintjob. Looks almost hand-painted. If I were to guess, he's using EU NJO Luke Jedi's sculpt... Or am I wrong on that? It's a shorter sculpt, I don't think it's totally new, but it could be. It's nice whatever it is. Joclad Danva's a short guy though I guess.
-Roth Del Masona... Again, he's a nice super articulated human Jedi Knight, who is fairly generic. He's got a pretty nice paintjob again, and the articulation is there, but unfortunately the skirt of the Mace Windu Sculpt restricts his leg movement unless you're daring and are willing to slice it on the sides with a little customization.
They all seem to sport the same lightsaber sculpt, and only Masona's is blue. That's a little weird then, and I'm sure inaccurate, should that matter to you. For the price, and not having to desperately search for them with the fear they could wind up being tough to track down (you never know), I'm pretty pleased. The Target sets were knock-outs last year I thought, and I feel this year's are better.
I don't think many will consider this battledroid "definitive", but I think it's not bad either. It's miles superior to the last battledroids we got, and very comparable to the POTJ battledroids (better than the Boomer Droid though, by a lot).
Pictures to come, I think, if I can get a nice little set-up to take some nice decent photos of these guys.
Nix that, I'm no photographer with my little Cyber Shot here.
Basically, the Battledroid is the big "?" in this wave, and to me it's good. It's not great, but it's good. I would army build it, actually.
It has flaws, but it's far more sturdy than the Saga(2002/2003), ROTS sculpt... It's more articulated than those 2-pack droids we've gotten, and the Episode 1 droid. It's sturdier than the Boomer Damage droid, which isn't bad. It's on-par with the Security Battledroid... even maybe a hair better due to the additional points of articulation.
The hips can loosen up, as can the knees. Mine sort of has a point where it "catches" and stands pretty well. I can get a couple cool poses out of it too so far (kneeling, standing shooting, and so forth). The missing eyes is weird, and actually is probably my bigger gripe with this. I do think Hasbro can improve on this figure and I do think they can deliver better, more sturdy plastic with it too. I think we may see that at some point.
Oh, and here's a weird thing... The gun is new.
Not better, bigger/smaller, or anything really, but it's a new sculpt... And ironically it lacks the "tab" needed to connect to the slot on the backpack. Very odd, and makes no sense to me.