Name: Geonosis Arena Battle
Collection: Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D]
Number: N/A (Battle Packs)
Source: Attack Of The Clones
Availability: January 2012
The Geonosian arena is rocked by an intense battle. On Geonosis, secret factories are churning out hundreds of battle droids and super battle droids for the growing Separatist movement. Obi-Wan Kenobi fights Geonosian warriors and battle droids that overflow into the arena, as Jango Fett takes on the Jedi and clone troopers.
Jango Fett took on the clone troopers? That's only the beginning to where this Battle Packs gets it rating of "total debacle" from us. Sigh. Well, Hasbro has seemingly done it again. They’ve killed the Evolutions line. They’ve killed the Comic Packs line. And now it appears that they’re hell bent on killing the Battle Packs line, a line that used to be one of the most anticipated lines each year. Instead of bringing exclusive and never before released figures to this fan favorite format, Hasbro scoops inferior sculpts and poor articulation from the bottom of their catalogue “barrel” and cull together a multipack that simply makes collectors scratch their heads, then stew in anger. Expect the Battle Packs line to go the way of the dinosaurs in the near future. Hasbro just doesn’t seem to realize that it’s collectors (and not kids) supporting this line. But what we won’t support is the numbingly incessant repacks of garbage sold to look as if it’s something new. You already know how we feel about the Rebel Heroes Battle Packs set, well the Geonosis Arena Battle set isn’t much better. It’s upsetting that this is what Battle Packs have become. Where in the world has your vision and love for this medium gone Hasbro?
If there is any saving grace with the Geonosis Arena Battle Battle Packs set (and there isn’t), it’s the inclusion of another super-articulated Battle Droid. But you probably have more of these than you’d ever want again. And then what we can best describe as cruel fate, Hasbro included 2002’s SW Jango Fett (Kamino Escape) ('02 #13) and 2003’s SW bi-Wan Kenobi (Outlander Encounter) ('03 #39), two figures mind you that were initially accidentally added to 2010’s SW [SOTDS] Saga Legends line before being quickly replaced with the correct “better’ versions of those characters. But here they are again to ruin the line in 2012. Can you sense our bitterness? You have to understand that we have been with the Battle Packs line since it was birthed in 2005. And it was the most anticipated sub-line of all. We actually looked forward to them because we could count on Hasbro to bring us one, two, three, four or even five all-new for “new enough” figures in them. And some of those early sets were some of the best army-builder sets imaginable. This set however has three figures that not one Star Wars collector, young or old, wants. And it’s a crying shame that Hasbro spent the few dollars on this to repackaged them and produce new game cards. It’s a total waste no matter how you slice it.
Assortment Number: 37826/37822
Retail: $21.99 USD
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Status: Battle Droid is a repack of the figure from 2010's SW [SOTDS] Battle Droid 2-Pack (SL20) Saga Legends set.
Articulation Count: 12 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, sliding-joint neck, 2 ball-socket shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, 2 ball-socket hips, 2 swivel knees, 2 swivel ankles
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: droid blaster, removable backpack
Date Stamp: 2008
Status: Jango Fett is a repaint of 2002's SW Jango Fett (Kamino Escape) ('02 #13) figure. (The figure was subsequently rereleased as 2003's SW Jango Fett (Kamino Escape) ('03 #20) figure and then again as 2006's TSC Jango Fett (SAGA 020) figure.)
Articulation Count: 8 points
Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel biceps, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips
Accessory Count: 4
Accessory Details: Merr-Sonn JT-12 jetpack, removable helmet, 2 Westar-34 blaster pistols
Date Stamp: 2001
Status: Obi-Wan Kenobi is a slight repaint of the Obi-Wan Kenobi figure from 2009's LC Kamino Conflict Battle Packs set. This particular version of Obi-Wan Kenobi is originally a repaint of 2003's SW Obi-Wan Kenobi (Outlander Encounter) ('03 #39) figure. What makes this version of Obi-Wan Kenobi stand out is that the legs have also been slightly repositioned to include a wider stance. The paint job is significantly improved when compared to the original release (not that it helps the outdated sculpt much).
Articulation Count: 10 points
Articulation Details: swivel neck, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, swivel left bicep, swivel right wrist, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 hinge-jointed knees
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: lightsaber
Date Stamp: 2003
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