I went to TRU this morning and found the "Attack on Hoth" Battle Pack. The following is my assessment of this situation:
The first thing I noticed as I approached the SW section was the fact that there were 2 separate labels and prices for Battle Packs. On the left we had the Obi Wan with clone armor battle pack that everyone else has, with a tag under it that says $19.99. Then, to the right, is the "Attack on Hoth" battle pack which is exclusive to TRU, which has it's own tag on the shelf, $24.99. Right off the bat, we're being held hostage for a ransom of $5, just because TRU is the only place where you can buy these.
So, I picked one up and starting looking at it and analyzing it and thinking. In this set we have:
1. General Veers - This was a crappy figure 9 years ago and is an even crappier one today with a crappy sculpt, crappy likeness, crappy articulation. This thing made a poor pack in nine years ago. Now it's an exclusive to TRU.
2. Probot - Kinda cool but I had this 9 years ago. Nobody needs this. Unless you just started collecting with Prequels maybe, I dunno.
3. 2 1996 POTF2 snowies - Decent figure, crappy articulation, good likeness, too tall in sculpt. Originally, I was going to buy this battle pack to get some more of these, because I was going to use the head to make some Mygeeto clones to go with Bacara, and gun down Ki Adi on my dresser. Then I realized that the head is sculpted right onto the torso, making the job too difficult. Enter the SAGA snowie...
4. 1 Saga snowie - Finally something I actually want. And why? To pop the head off and put it on a ROTS SA clone and customize a Mygeeto troop. He's got the E-Web that came with the SAGA snowie. I've already got enough of that.
Bottom line - This thing is a throwback of mostly 9 year old stuff that we don't really need anyhow.
And really, this thing is an embarrassment for Hasbro. They resurrected stuff that's just about a decade old, and made it so that we can only buy it at one store for an inflated rip off price.
I see no reason why these shouldn't wind up on the clearance racks. Do you know what this thing really cost? There's the $24.99 sticker, then there's the real price. With tax, it's $27 and change, and with the gas it's $30. Gas and tax aren't Hasbro's fault, but this thing costs $30 anyway.
I'll go collect a few more SAGA snowies from ebay to round out my Mygeeto squad.