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Imperial Throne Room - ROTS - Battle Packs (Exclusive)

Name: Imperial Throne Room
Collection: Revenge Of The Sith
Number: N/A (Battle Packs) (Exclusive)
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: August 2005
License: Hasbro

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The Star Wars battle rages on! The Sith and the dark side of the Force are the supreme power in the galaxy. This awesome battlepack features the Emperor and those who carry out his bidding in the New Order.

2005 was the test run year for Hasbro’s brand new Battle Packs line. Some of them blew collectors’ minds and others were just a little bit on the perplexing side. Take for instance the Imperial Throne Room Kmart exclusive Battle Packs set. All five figures inside are nothing collectors needed to see again in 2005. And with the significantly updated 2005 ROTS Royal Guard (III 23) figure, why in the world would they repack the 2002 SW Royal Guard (Coruscant Security) (‘02 #19) figure from three years prior? (We understand that figure came with a force pike which makes it a great candidate for an Episode VI Royal Guard, but why not just bring the accessory forward to the incredibly better 2005 version? We digress. The Imperial Throne Room Battle Packs sets brings you two Royal Guards, an Imperial Dignitary, a Stormtrooper and the infamous Emperor Palpatine (which utilizes 2005’s ROTS Emperor Palpatine (III 12) figure unfortunately). There are a lot of misused Episode III figures in this set aren’t there? We guess that is Hasbro thinks it works then that means we’re going to see sets like this for a while. But it’s upsetting when they have better options before them.

Seeing the 2005 ROTS Emperor Palpatine (III 12) figure packaged as the Episode VI version of him is a little bit annoying. They are clearly differences between the way he looks in Episode III versus Episode VI. The age difference alone should forbid Hasbro from using it interchangeably. But we suppose since they left out his lightsaber for this Battle Packs release will make everything alright. (We’re being sarcastic.) As mentioned, the Royal Guards are nothing new. We don’t think they are the greatest sculpts. Yes, aesthetically they look pretty good, but in addition to the very limited articulation, they also have very poor centers of gravity and you may have to contort them in weird ways to prevent them from falling over which we find extremely annoying. In fact, we almost went crazy trying to photograph them for the visual gallery in this review. The Stormtrooper is another set back for us. Hasbro needs to retire any derivation of the POTF2 Comm Tech Stormtrooper sculpt. It has had it’s day in the sun and not it’s severely burned. As far as we’re concerned, it’s no longer welcome in our collections. Hasbro needs to start using the more current sculpts they have otherwise we are going to get very upset with them.

You may be interested to know that the back of this set’s packaging shows the incorrect figure of Imperial Dignitary Kren Blista-Vanee (Death Star Procession) ('03 #41) figure instead of 2003's SW Imperial Dignitary Janus Greejatus (Death Star Procession) ('03 #35) figure that actually is packaged inside the set. There are little to no differences between the 2003 and 2005 figures. If anything, we’d have to comment that the paint job is much crisper, a testament to Hasbro’s ever-improving technology. The sad thing is that these are older figures and just don’t hold up to the articulation standards the Revenge Of The Sith line is heading. So you may find that this collection of figures is outdated and they haven’t aged well. (And this is a very fair assessment.) Then again, if you missed some of these figures the first time around (we honestly don’t know how that would be possible), this will be a great way to help you catch up on things. Otherwise, you may be able to escape buying the Imperial Throne Room Battle Packs set. Exclusive or not, it’s not really a set that warrants another sacrifice of your toy budget.

Collector Notes

Imperial Throne Room

Assortment Number: 85839/85837

UPC: 653569089704

Retail: $24.99 USD

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Royal Guard [A]

The crimson-clad Royal Guard are the Emperor's personal guard and under his direct authority. Elegant and deadly, the Royal Guard undergo grueling tests of combat reflexes and stamina to be part of this elite force.

Status: Royal Guard is a repack of 2002's SW Royal Guard (Coruscant Security) ('02 #19) figure. This time the figure only comes with the force pike.

Articulation Count: 8 points

Articulation Details: swivel head (inhibited movement), 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: force pike

Date Stamp: 2002

Imperial Dignitary

This high-ranking official is one of the few to earn the trust of Emperor Palpatine. The Emperor only appoints those who will follow his every order without question.

Status: Imperial Dignitary is a repack of 2003's SW Imperial Dignitary Janus Greejatus (Death Star Procession) ('03 #35) figure.

Articulation Count: 7 points

Articulation Details: swivel head (inhibited movement), 2 swivel biceps, 2 swivel wrists, 2 swivel feet (boots)

Accessory Count: None

Accessory Details: None

Date Stamp: 2003

Emperor Palpatine

A cunning strategist who is evil incarnate, the Emperor rules the galaxy with the dark side of the Force. His guards, troops and dignitaries obey his commands and do his bidding.

Status: Emperor Palpatine is a repack of 2005's ROTS Emperor Palpatine (III 12) figure.

Articulation Count: 8 points

Articulation Details: ball-jointed head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel ankles

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: Force lightning effect, removable hood

Date Stamp: 2004

Stormtrooper

Stormtroopers are the army of the evil Empire and completely loyal to the Emperor. These highly skilled soldiers are sent into battle against anyone who challenges the Emperor's control of the galaxy.

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

Date Stamp: 1999

Royal Guard [B]

The crimson-clad Royal Guard are the Emperor's personal guard and under his direct authority. Elegant and deadly, the Royal Guard undergo grueling tests of combat reflexes and stamina to be part of this elite force.

Status: Royal Guard is a repack of 2002's SW Royal Guard (Coruscant Security) ('02 #19) figure. This time the figure only comes with the force pike.

Articulation Count: 8 points

Articulation Details: swivel head (inhibited movement), 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: force pike

Date Stamp: 2002







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 22, 2012
Category: Revenge Of The Sith
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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