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Rebel Vs. Empire - ROTS - Battle Packs

Name: Rebel Vs. Empire
Collection: Revenge Of The Sith
Number: N/A (Battle Packs)
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: June 2005
License: Hasbro

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The Star Wars battle rages on! The heroic Rebels clash against the Empire in this awesome battlepack. Who will win? The fate of the galaxy is in your hands!

Rebel Vs. Empire? Does that mean one member of the Rebel Alliance versus the Empire? We don’t know, but it probably doesn’t matter in the long run. Hasbro has cobbled together another mildly perplexing Battle Packs set loosely based on the events during the Battle of Endor. (Hey, at least all of the action figures in this set are from one film, unlike the oddly titled and packaged Jedi Vs. Separatists Battle Packs set.) Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Chewbacca represent the Rebels in this set while a Stormtrooper and Darth Vader represent the Empire. On paper, the set had some potential. But in practicality it fails because of the figure choices Hasbro has used to comprise this Battle Packs set. The Rebel Vs. Empire set serves a purpose for the younger Star Wars audience. But the collector base will likely find no reason to add it to their collections. It isn’t exciting and except for Darth Vader, you likely have all of these figure multiple times already. But even the changes made to Darth Vader aren’t enough to warrant the repurchasing of the other figures inside this Battle Packs set.

Darth Vader is the only “new” figure in this Battle Packs set. A kit-bashed figure, it utilizes the head of 2003's SW Darth Vader (Throne Room Duel) ('03 #18) figure and the body of 2002's SW Darth Vader (Bespin Duel) ('02 #30) figure. When together, it creates a unique version of Darth Vader. But do you care? The articulation renders the figure pretty much useless and the head sculpt (with the helmet) looks distorted and not screen accurate at all. The Stormtrooper figure is a very sloppy repaint of the figure that came in 2002’s SW Stormtrooper Trooper Builder Set. These Stormtrooper figures are unique in the fact that they come without the “temperature changing” battle-damage markings. Also, the Stormtrooper only comes with his blaster rifle and not the E-11 blaster or the rifle rack. This was certainly a popular Stormtrooper sculpt back in the day, but why would Hasbro resort to this sculpt when they have the fan-favorite 2004 VOTC Stormtrooper figure? It’s a little bit perplexing. Again, this set has evidently been designed to introduce the younger buying public to some key Original Trilogy characters.

The Rebels in this set aren’t too wonderful either. Chewbacca is a straight repack of the Chewbacca (III 5) figure released in the Revenge Of The Sith line. We can’t find the slightest difference between this figure in the Battle Packs set and the basic figure. Luke Skywalker is a slight repaint of the corrected version of 2003’s SW Luke Skywalker (Throne Room Duel) (‘03 #17) figure. This is the version where the globe is on his right hand. Luke Skywalker comes with a real metal lightsaber hilt and removable green lightsaber blade, but he doesn’t come with the cool Death Star II environmental display stand. You must buy the 2003 figure in order to secure this piece. Han Solo is a slight repaint of 2002’s SW Han Solo (Endor Raid) (‘02 #37) figure. Whether the paint job differences are intentional, or just the end result of producing the same figure during two different manufacturing eras, their noticeable enough to hail this version as a slight repaint. He only comes with his blaster pistol. You might as well avoid the Rebel Vs. Empire Battle Packs set. Do you really want all of this old stuff all over again?

Collector Notes

Rebel Vs. Empire

Assortment Number: 85725/85554

UPC: 653569068334

Retail: $19.99 USD

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Stormtrooper

The stormtroopers fanatically serve and fight for the Emperor. They are armed with blaster rifles and are ordered to crush any resistance to the mighty Empire.

Status: Stormtrooper is a "bad" repaint of the Stormtrooper figure from 2002's SW Stormtrooper Troop Builder Set. It has been manufactured from very soft plastic and as a result the body is very deformed from the packaging materials.

Articulation Count: 9 points

Articulation Details: ball-jointed head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 hinge-jointed knees

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: blaster rifle

Date Stamp: 1999

Darth Vader

As dark lord, Darth Vader seeks to show young Luke Skywalker the true power of the dark side.

Status: Darth Vader is a kit-bashed figure that utilizes the head of 2003's SW Darth Vader (Throne Room Duel) ('03 #18) figure and the body of 2002's SW Darth Vader (Bespin Duel) ('02 #30) figure.

Articulation Count: 9 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, left swivel bicep, 2 swivel gloves, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 4

Accessory Details: lightsaber hilt, lightsaber blade, removable helmet, removable cape

Date Stamp: 2001

Luke Skywalker

As the last of the Jedi Knights, Luke Skywalker fights with great skill and courage to free the galaxy from the clutches of the evil Empire!

Status: Luke Skywalker is slight repaint of the 2003 SW Luke Skywalker (Throne Room Duel) ('03 #17) figure. Hasbro repainted the corrected version with the black glove on the right hand.

Articulation Count: 7 points

Articulation Details: swivel neck, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 hinge-jointed elbows, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: lightsaber hilt, lightsaber blade

Date Stamp: 2003

Han Solo

This courageous, renegade smuggler has earned a reputation as the man who can avoid "Imperial entanglements". But when Han Solo is needed most, he devotes his skills to the Rebel Alliance to help then fight the Empire!

Status: Han Solo is a slight repaint of 2002's SW Han Solo (Endor Raid) ('02 #37) figure.

Articulation Count: 7 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, swivel left shoulder, hinge-jointed right shoulder, swivel right wrist, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: blaster pistol

Date Stamp: 2002

Chewbacca

The fearless Chewbacca battles stormtroopers and bounty hunters to help save his friends. His fierce Wookiee roar and great strength deter the enemy.

Status: Chewbacca is a straight repack of 2005's ROTS Chewbacca (III 5) figure.

Articulation Count: 11 points

Articulation Details: hinge-jointed head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-socket elbows (inhibited movement), 2 swivel wrists, 2 swivel hips, 2 swivel knees

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: bowcaster

Date Stamp: 2004









Revenge Of The Sith Battle Packs Wave 1
Jedi Vs. Separatists
Jedi Vs. Sith
Rebel Vs. Empire

Revenge Of The Sith Battle Packs (Exclusives)
Assault On Hoth (Toys R Us)
Clone Attack On Coruscant (TARGET)
Imperial Throne Room (Kmart)
Jedi Temple Assault (Kmart)

Added: June 20, 2012
Category: Revenge Of The Sith
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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