Star Wars AV-7 Mobile Cannon
Very One of the most rare vehicles/ships there is, very hard to find. It’s even more difficult to find one in great shape!
The AV-7 Antivehicle Cannon, also known as the AV-7 Mobile Cannon, the Republic Artillery Gun, the heavy cannon, or the Clone Artillery Cannon, was a self-propelled artillery unit used by the Galactic Republic during the Clone Wars.
The vehicle could be operated by one clone tank gunner in a seat on the side of the gun, and had a chamber for refilling plasma shells to the side of the lower chassis. The vehicle would be moved with its built in repulsor lifts until it reached a suitable firing position and then entrench itself on the ground, using four metallic feet for support. Its artillery shells created a fairly large blast radius, able to take out both vehicles and surrounding droids in a single shot.
AC-7 Mobile Cannon Battle History
Republic Artillery Guns were used during the Battle of Christophsis where they countered the Confederacy's AATs and titanic Tri-droids. The Separatists then erected a deflector shield which rendered the cannons ineffective. Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano eventually destroyed the deflector shield generator, disabling the shield and allowing four AV-7s to halt the enemy advance and help score the Republic victory.
Second Battle of Geonosis
These cannons were also used during the Second Battle of Geonosis when Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano were attempting to infiltrate a Separatist droid factory. Many of these cannons were destroyed by the Separatist experimental super tanks.
A Republic AV-7 mobile cannon unleashes its firepower on Separatist forces. The gunner swings the barrel into position and hits the enemy with laser fire, as clone troopers aim their blasters from the platform. The cannon deploys rugged treads for rapid deployment to the front lines. The articulated legs provide stable support on any terrain.
It was sensory overload the way we were introduced to new Star Wars “things” in The Clone Warsfilm. New characters, new planets, new settings, new battles, new droids and new vehicles all worked together in spitfire fashion to create a fast paces opening to the television. Hasbro has even admitted that they are desperately trying to play “catch-up” in the basic figure line and they still haven’t got to everything they’ve wanted to attack in the line either. So with each new year and/or line look, Hasbro still manages to delve into the earliest The Clone Wars moments and find a pivotal item to render into a toy. And now they’ve created the Republic AV-7 Mobile Cannon in the "Shadow Of The Dark Side" phase of The Clone Wars line and you better believe it’s one of the nicest “vehicles” they’ve made to date in the 3.75” scale. Not exactly a vehicle, the Republic AV-7 Mobile Cannon fits into the Mid Size Vehicle assortment beautifully and dare we criticize them, but they’ve really developed a cleaver play-set instead of a vehicle here. See Hasbro, play-sets are awesome and will sell. (So buy this thing without even thinking about it, OK?)
The Republic AV-7 Mobile Cannon has two attack modes. You can pose it planted on all four of its legs in a stationary position, or you can articulate the legs and set them up off of the ground and two sets of wheeled treads will flip down and you can use it like a vehicle. This toy is loaded with play features as well. The main cannon fires one missile at a time, but there is storage in the body of the vehicle for three more projectiles. (This storage unit is actually in a bad spot. If you have projectiles stored while you move the legs into the “tread mode” they’ll block the legs. Don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world.) Other features include an adjustable gunner seat with movable tactical screen. There is also a platform that pulls away from the back portion of the cannon and reveals gears and various controls. That platform also stores a blast shield for the clone troopers’ protection against Separatist file. The barrel of the cannon elevates up and down and can spin 360 degrees. The Republic AV-7 Mobile Cannon is wonderfully colored and will fit into any animated or realistic diorama you choose to set up.
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