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Re: TCW 2010 Battlepacks
« Reply #15 on: July 23, 2010, 03:54 PM »
Didn't see a separate thread for this, but Walmart.com has the new Clone Troopers and Droids BP in stock and up for sale now - $23.99. I am considering the site to store option now, except I dread getting a dinged box somehow.

They have a boatload of other swag up now too, including the RC Hailfire Droid.

Thanks for the alert on the front page guys - great scoop!
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Re: TCW 2010 Battlepacks
« Reply #16 on: July 23, 2010, 05:46 PM »
Evilanimation tipped us to that.

I've used site-to-store, and no problems.
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Re: TCW 2010 Battlepacks
« Reply #17 on: July 26, 2010, 10:20 PM »
I too used Site-to-Store to get a few Anti-Hailfire sets, and everything was great. Here's a review of that particular set:

Star Wars Battle Pack Review:
Anti-Hailfire Droid Squad


Description: (Lifted from HasbroToyshop.com, because I’m too lazy to retype what’s on the box)

Hailfire droids present a significant challenge to the clone trooper army. They quickly establish a special squad to fight these rolling devastators. Bantha Squad includes specialists in heavy weapons, aerial recon and demolitions. With these combined skills, the squad can pinpoint these droids and attack them with the weapons and firepower necessary to immobilize and demolish them in any assault operation.

Clone Troopers: The troopers use a modified version of the Turbo Tank’s heavy laser cannon to bombard the droid with weapons fire before the final application of explosives.

Aerial Recon Trooper: Aerial recon troopers monitor the enemy forces from the air and relay the location of the hailfire droids to their squad members on the ground.

Clone Commander: The commander of Bantha Squad is an expert in heavy weapons and demolitions, making him uniquely qualified to formulate successful strategies against the droids.

Bring the battles “to life” with this awesome action figure four-pack! Start the showdown with your articulated Clone Commander and Clone Trooper figures as they aim their weapon accessories at the bad guys. Then, send Aerial Recon Trooper figure “soaring” in to perform reconnaissance and round up any remaining opponents. (Other figures sold separately). These four make for exciting characters even when they’re just standing at attention in your collection.

Clone Troopers, Aerial Recon Trooper and Clone Commander figures come with weapon accessories and 4 Galactic Battle Game cards, 4 battle bases and 1 game die.



This set includes four cartoony Clone Trooper action figures, with a bunch of cool accessories. For those looking for specifics, one trooper is called a Tank Gunner Commander (TGC), and another is an Aerial Recon Trooper (who shall be called Art). The remaining two are just “grunts.” Also included is a large cannon accessory.



 


Each figure is mostly white, with dark olive trim. Don’t quote me on the dark olive color, because I can’t ******* tell what color it really is. It might be brown, it could be a forest green, or maybe it’s “Tickle Me Pink” and I’m just colorblind. Anyway, the paint applications are neat. I bought four sets, and no figures have sloppy paint apps. Art has a cool tusk design painted on his helmet. The other troopers look like green/brown/baby blue versions of the same striped clones that have been released since 2008.




Each figure has a fair amount of articulation. The two grunts are based on the 2009 Commander Stone figure (which lacks ball-jointed ankles, and has simple swivel joints at the waist and wrists) while the other two figures are based on the 2008 Clone Trooper.  I don’t feel like going into detail, and if you have bought any recent Clone/Storm/Snow/Scout/Construction Trooper you should know what articulation to expect.

I’m no sculptor, so I think these figures look awesome. The grunt figures are based on slightly more detailed sculpts. The TCG has a special head, and extra armor sculpted on the torso and shoulders. The TCG also has a skirt with working holsters. All four figures mesh very well together considering two different sculpts were used to create the set. The differences in articulation and details will only bother the most anal toy collectors.





Now, these action figures would be absolutely no fun if they didn’t have some little tools to use. This set includes a fair amount of accessories to accompany your toys. Each grunt comes with a rifle, and the TCG comes with two blaster pistols. Art puts all of the other figures to shame. Art includes a removable helmet, a blaster carbine, a removable jetpack, and two missiles. The clone troopers also have a BFG included in the set. The BFG fires a projectile, and has a foldout base that a trooper can stand on. In addition, each figure comes with a stand and “battle game card”.



Overall, I give this set 3.5 out of 5… peanuts. I took away half a point due to inconsistencies between the action figures, due to sculpts, articulation, and accessories. I took away another point because I can’t figure out that ******* color!!!
My anger and colorblindness aside, this set would be great for kiddie kid fans of the Clone Wars kiddie kid cartoon show. You get four solid Clone Trooper figures, each equipped for battle.








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Re: TCW 2010 Battlepacks
« Reply #18 on: July 26, 2010, 10:37 PM »
Wish that Turret was available outside the set with a figure or something.  :)  It's pretty neat from a hardware POV...  Cool set Greg.
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Re: TCW 2010 Battlepacks
« Reply #19 on: July 26, 2010, 10:39 PM »
Wish that Turret was available outside the set with a figure or something.  :)  It's pretty neat from a hardware POV...  Cool set Greg.

The cannon is one of the best parts of the set. The flip-out stand really surprised me and it's an awesome addition. The only flaw is that the gun sits very loose on the base. However, it looks just fine if a Clone Trooper is grasping the handles.

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Re: TCW 2010 Battlepacks
« Reply #20 on: July 31, 2010, 10:33 AM »
I picked up both of these last night and think they are really great. Love the Retail Droid, and the Squad clones are sharp too. I much prefer these to the repack sets we were seeing a few months back.
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Re: TCW 2010 Battlepacks
« Reply #21 on: July 31, 2010, 02:55 PM »
Just got the Clones and Droids and Anti-Hailfire sets at Target this morning, and overall I think they're great sets, for both kids and collectors.  I still think the Retail Droid is one of the most ridiculous designs that has ever been done in SW period, but the idea of a pop can with arms and legs is just silly enough to make for a fun action figure.  I was also impressed with his "head" articulation, as I was expecting just a solid piece.

I did experience a problem with the AHFDS set, particularly the Tank Gunner Commander figure.  This probably isn't the best place to ask this, but long story short, the figure's right leg was unattached at the knee joint (i.e. the point where the peg goes into the thigh; the lower leg literally fell out of the peg/hole section upon opening it).  There's no damage to the joint or the figure, but as I am severely impaired when it comes to even simple customizations or assembling figures, my technique of "push until it pops into place" has not paid off thus far.  Does anyone have any quick and easy suggestions as to how I can push the (extremely difficult to insert) knee peg into the thigh hole?

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Re: TCW 2010 Battlepacks
« Reply #22 on: July 31, 2010, 08:56 PM »
I did experience a problem with the AHFDS set, particularly the Tank Gunner Commander figure.  This probably isn't the best place to ask this, but long story short, the figure's right leg was unattached at the knee joint (i.e. the point where the peg goes into the thigh; the lower leg literally fell out of the peg/hole section upon opening it).  There's no damage to the joint or the figure, but as I am severely impaired when it comes to even simple customizations or assembling figures, my technique of "push until it pops into place" has not paid off thus far.  Does anyone have any quick and easy suggestions as to how I can push the (extremely difficult to insert) knee peg into the thigh hole?

I would recommend putting the figure into some very warm/boiling water. This should get the plastic very soft and pliable, and hopefully the peg on the lower leg will fit right in. The figure should be left undamaged. Occasionally I have gotten figures where holes aren't deep enough for pegs on limbs, so the limbs will never fit in completely. Hopefully that's not the case for you, but if it is I'd suggest hitting the customizing section for some tips on fixing that problem.

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Re: TCW 2010 Battlepacks
« Reply #23 on: August 2, 2010, 11:50 AM »
Yeah, put the figure in some boiling water for about a minute, then you should be able to push the peg right in there without a problem.

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Re: TCW 2010 Battlepacks
« Reply #24 on: August 2, 2010, 10:07 PM »
Continuing on with my series of reviews, here is a look at the Clones and Droids set:

Star Wars Battle Pack Review:
Clones and Droids

Description: (Lifted from HasbroToyshop.com, because I’m too lazy to retype what’s on the box)

Clones and droids battle each other during the Clone Wars. Each army — human and mechanical — builds its arsenal of skills and weapons throughout the conflict as new challenges arise. The clone troopers of the elite 327th Star Corps, under Commander Bly, clash with their robotic enemies throughout the entire span of the war. The troopers devise new combat strategies as the Separatists develop more powerful droids.

Clone Troopers: Clone troopers apply all their military training, warrior skills and weaponry to battle the endless army of “clankers” during the Clone Wars.

Retail Droid: The technical name for retail droids is LF-57 combat droids. Used by the Separatists, they check for enemy activity — sounds, movement or anything that seems suspicious.

Super Battle Droid: These heavy infantry droids are powerfully built, heavily armed and very strong. Some versions are specially equipped with flight packs for aerial combat.

Bring the battles “to life” with this awesome action figure four-pack! Start the showdown between your articulated Clone Trooper figures and the Retail Droid as your heroes try to destroy the droid figure with their blaster accessories. Then, send your Super Battle Droid figure in to tip the scales and give the good guys an even tougher fight. These four make for exciting characters even when they’re just standing at attention in your collection.

Clone Troopers figures with blaster accessories, Retail Droid figure and Super Battle Droid figure come with 4 Galactic Battle Game cards, 4 battle bases and 1 game die.



This set includes four cartoony action figures: two Clone Troopers and two Battle Droids.  Each clone comes with accessories, while each droid comes with nothing. According to the box, the clones belong to the 327th Star Corps. One of the droids is an LF-57 “retail” droid (he’ll be called Soda Can for the rest of this review.) The other droid is a Super Battle Droid (SBD).








Each clone trooper is white with yellow trim on the arms and helmet.  The Soda Can is light brown, with some gold stripes. The SBD has light blue markings on his charcoal colored body.  Also present on the SBD’s back are multiple yellow stripes, along with some writing. The paint applications on all four figures are very neat, with no bleeding or excess paint.



The Clone Troopers have top-notch articulation. They are repaints of the 2008 cartoony kids Clone, which is still one of the best figures available. The SBD is a repaint of the 2008 figure of the same name. There is articulation at the elbows, shoulders, waists, and hips. The lower legs have NO articulation. The Soda Can is an all-new figure. Though the articulation is pretty minimal, it isn’t bad. The walking keg has ball jointed elbows, a swivel waist, swivel hips, and ball jointed knees. Lastly, the Soda Can’s body can also tilt from side to side.



 
For the clones and SBD, the best sculpts available have been repainted for this set.  The SBD closely matches its appearance in the Clone Wars cartoon series. I’m not sure if yellow clones have appeared in the show, but the figures look like the other clones that are seen on screen. The Soda Can is an all-new figure, and it looks just like the design from the Clone Wars movie. Granted, a cylinder on legs is a pretty simple design that only the dumbest of toy makers could fail to recreate.



When it comes to accessories, I have definitely been spoiled by past figures and battle packs. That said, this set lets me down.  Only the Clone Troopers come with accessories. Each figure has a blaster. In addition to the guns, one trooper also has a jetpack with a firing missile, and the other has a rope accessory that was originally included with the 2008 Clone Wars Anakin Skywalker figure.  The battle droids include nothing. I’ll give the Soda Can a pass, since it’s a new and larger than normal figure. However, Hasbro should have included some missile firing accessories or extra blasters for the SBD.



Overall, I give this set 3 out of 5 bits of string. While it’s very cool to get a brand new figure (Soda Can), the set is otherwise very boring. We have seen similar looking Clone Troopers many times before, and the Super Battle Droid is an absolutely crappy figure. I feel like this set might be a hit with kids, but it has some stiff competition from the Anti-Hailfire Droid Squad.

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Re: TCW 2010 Battlepacks
« Reply #25 on: August 2, 2010, 10:49 PM »
Man, thanks a lot for the reviews...I really enjoy reading those. Well done and comprehensive. I love both of these BP's if only for the fact that we are getting at least SOME new stuff in each. That straight repack stuff was a drag.

Can't wait to see the next wave~
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Re: TCW 2010 Battlepacks
« Reply #26 on: August 2, 2010, 11:57 PM »
Got the Hailfire set but passing on the Clones/Droid set...the droid is cool but not worth it to me

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Re: TCW 2010 Battlepacks
« Reply #27 on: August 10, 2010, 08:58 PM »
Picked up an opener set of the Holocron Heist Battlepack in the Shadows of the Darkside packaging.

I picked it up for two reasons (1) a family member gave me a $10 Target gift card which means the cost to me was only $9.99 + tax; and (2) I want to have one of each Clone Wars game card and I was sure that the Anakin card in this battlepack was unique.

Sure enough, the Anakin card is unique and so is the Ashoka card. So if you're trying to have a complete set of game cards, you'll need to pick up this battlepack of repacks unfortunately...
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Re: TCW 2010 Battlepacks
« Reply #28 on: August 10, 2010, 09:13 PM »
No offense to Pete - I was once in your realm for the most part, but I'm sooooooo glad I dropped CW from my carded/boxed stuff.  Makes life a little easier on the collecting front, not to mention the pick and choose aspect which I happily applied to this line.   :)
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Re: TCW 2010 Battlepacks
« Reply #29 on: August 11, 2010, 10:21 AM »
No offense to Pete - I was once in your realm for the most part, but I'm sooooooo glad I dropped CW from my carded/boxed stuff.  Makes life a little easier on the collecting front, not to mention the pick and choose aspect which I happily applied to this line.   :)

No offense taken.

I don't know why I care to have all of the game cards. I guess for me it's the same thing as the coins from the TAC line - I fixed two albums to completion, with one of the albums containing the UGH gold variant coins.

I have two of every Build-a-Droid and a friend of mine is heading to Celebration V with a huge bag of parts and I'm hoping he's gonna come back with the parts I need to finish my fourth YVH-1.

So I'm a bit obsessive with collecting the line.

My biggest problems arise when so much stuff comes out at once. I try to save up during the down-time, but I always seem to forget something. For example, I thought I had more time before the Rise of Boba Fett Ultimate Battle Pack came out, but now it's hitting, so getting two of those is going to be tight financially.

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