4 legs good - everything else bad!
- promo write-up.
A (mis) interpretation :
Category type: Droid.
Unit type: Mass production reconnaissance droid.
Model type: 4Square.
Manufacturer: The Rothchild Corporation.
Affiliation: 14th TRP "Iron Panda" Mechanized Division; II Corps; First Army; Oceania Expeditionary Army Group; Terra Coalition Armed Forces - excommunicated 1943.
Height: 4 feet.
Armour type: Super hardened ceramic steel composite alloy.
Armour thickness: 40mm.
Power plant: Single turbo BRINK supercharged diesel engine.
Std. armaments: The Auspex - multi-scanner system; "Kildren" empathy broadcast system; "Hypnotize" - jammer system; "Tarantula" - all terrain transverse system; Task Intelligence System ver. 3.5.
The 4Square mobile intel platform droid is the replacement of the bi-pedal Square2 MK2. The primary design difference is the incorporation of four crab and spider-like legs call "Tarantula" system. This allows a 4Square to move and transverse up to four times more effectively and efficiently in comparison to the Square2 MK2 bi-pedal system. It could turn around 360 degrees and could climb a near vertical surface. Regardless, in a straight line, a Square2 MK2 would still out-run a 4Square. A 4Square could also use its legs to act as a melee weapon, slashing and ripping whatever which is threatening it.
Their primary roles in the battle field is retained, with further refinement and upgrades to their T.I. (Task Intelligence) System. The Auspex multi-sensor is carried over, a mid-range sensorium which detects motion, invisible gases and energy emission across a wide band of the electromagnetic spectrum. This include emissions such as heat, radiation and most form of energy given off by vehicles, warbots and human troops. The main tactical use is for triangulating the location of otherwise hidden enemy forces so that they can be fired upon. The standard range of the Auspex is one hundred metres, although walls more than fifty metres thick as well as certain types of building materials are able to block both their passive and active sensor modes. Other software carried over include the "Kildren" empathy broadcast system which utilize sickly sweet human child voice frequency to lull a warbot or human target into submission. A newly introduced software is the "Hypnotize" jamming system. Like the name denote, utilises its eyes to basically lull an opposing warbot immobile by confusing its T.I. system. The eyes would blink, its changing colours not only affect a warbot but also disorient human grunts and sloggers alike. Grunts like to disparage the 4Square "Hypnotize" system as disco lighting or "Christmas is here". A handful of recondition 4Squares by the end of 20th century after the Great War is favoured by DJs as stage props during rave parties.
The latest Square from 3A, maintaining the same boxy, uh, square look but now with revised, four legs design instead of the stumpy ones from MK1 and MK2. Materials use are different, ABS plastic, the ones use on, say, Lego, instead of soft vinyl, which tends to suffer from deformation (which makes me wonder what happen to all those WWR bots in the boxes at the store room). However, vinyl is easier to bring out the weathering effects, a hallmark of WWR bots, which, is minimal on 4Square (I like me bots heavily weathered and worn). No loose joints, and everything is sturdy. I did not put in the batteries (which I forgot of what size) to light up the pair of eyes, but based on the forum feedbacks, it seems to flicker and change colours like those decorative lightings for Christmas tree. Three version were released, for Bambaland, the Iron Panda and new colour-way, Krabs Labs. A very limited EMGY MLTA version is available through IDW Publishing. Overall I like the new design, and maybe, a Mighty 4Square? Now, that would be awesome.