- Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:44 pm
What they *should* have done with this Battle Pack:
*C-3PO: The 2005 Revenge of the Sith figure repainted with a silver lower right leg and duller overall gold finish to represent Threepio's appearance in the Original Trilogy.
*Chewbacca: A straight repack of the 2005 Early Bird Kit Chewbacca with no changes. Failing that, the most recent Saga Legends figure with a few tweaks to his eyes and other small paint details to sharpen Chewie's face a little.
*Han Solo: The 2004 VOTC or 2011 Vintage Collection Yavin Ceremony Han with slight paint apps differences and, of course, without Han's medal from the ceremony.
Three excellent or very good figures. Three molds that haven't been used ad nauseam to the point of wanting to throw up in the toy aisle because you just saw them again. If the Target-exclusive Vintage "Special Action Figure Sets" can also have three repacked, repainted figures and sell for a similar pricepoint then why can't the 2012 Battle Packs have similar quality? Every one of the Target 3-packs is a terrific(or at least passable) deal for the money and uses very good sculpts and repaints of the included characters. The Battle Packs shouldn't be treated any differently. For $21.99 - $24.99 they should have three figures that you wouldn't mind owning all over again. A repainted ROTS Threepio, the Early Bird Chewie and a much more recent and articulated ANH Han would likely be selling much, much, much better than the collection of nougated deer turds that's on shelves right now. And the best thing is that Hasbro's tooling budget would hardly be affected by re-releasing these figures since they're already out in one form or another and any changes to the paint jobs would be subtle for the most part.
Other three- and four-packs are downright stunning or---at the very least---acceptable. The new Battle Packs shouldn't be treated like a redheaded stepchild chained up in the basement and shown no love. Come on, Hasbro. Let's snap to it.
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