« on: September 11, 2012, 11:37 AM »
Picked up this set this morning. Really amazed with the job they did on the Nightsister and Maul.
Maul has 13 pts of articulation and the Nightsister has 14.
I have ZERO insight, but here is what I think happened:
1) Hasbro announced 19 Clone Wars figures for this year - the Maul was supposed to be in that mix
2) Originally the Savage figure in the line was going to be the armored version - there was no need to ship the shirtless version since it got so much coverage in the SotDS line
3) Hasbro had a "Sith Witch" figure in the works, was very far along in her development and was planning on putting her in the Vintage line with the "Expanded Universe" logo.
For whatever reason, the Sith Witch figure was bounced from Vintage - maybe in favor of another female action figure - like Shae Vizla and the Witch was left without a home.
So instead of just not releasing her and losing the investment put into her development, they swapped out the Savage in the main Clone Wars line, dropped the number of figures down to 18 and put all three figures together as a Battle Pack which they then shopped around as an exclusive.
Again, that's just my own personal speculation, but whatever the reason, I'm glad they did it - the Nightsister/Sith Witch figure being TVC quality makes this set a real hit.