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Battle At The Sarlacc Pit - TLC - Battle Packs (Exclusive)

Name: Battle At The Sarlacc Pit
Collection: The Legacy Collection
Number: N/A (Battle Packs Exclusive)
Source: Return Of The Jedi (Special Edition)
Availability: November 2008
License: Hasbro

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"Victims of the almighty Sarlacc, his Excellency hopes that you will die honorably..." But Luke isn't about to let his friends die at the Pit of Carkoon. As the young Jedi stands on the skiff above the hungry Sarlacc, he springs his daring escape plan. Boba Fett uses the firing grappling hook in his gauntlet to briefly recapture Luke, but with a lightsaber's slash, Skywalker is once again free. One by one, Jabba's guards fall into the pit to be devoured by the Sarlacc. Lando barely escapes from becoming the creature's next meal, and is saved just in time by Han Solo. But Boba Fett doesn't fare as well; Han accidentally activates Fett's backpack and sends the bounty hunter tumbling into the Sarlacc's gaping mouth!

The Battle Packs line has been a very popular thing in Star Wars collecting since its introduction in 2005. And as the years moved forward, Hasbro became more aggressive with the sets to an almost risky level. In late 2007, we were first introduced to the Ultimate Battle Packs, basically a Battle Pack set upped to a deluxe degree including large accessories, small vehicles (or mid-size vehicles for that matter) and lots of figures. The first two from the 30 (77-07) line are still stunning to this day and command a significant dollar on the secondary market. Since they were so popular, Hasbro thought they could try it out again. This came to fruition in the form of Battle At The Sarlacc Pit (a Battle Packs set that dropped the “Ultimate” on the label, but didn’t drop at all in size). And while it’s nice and big still, it lacks the magic of the first two sets, and both passes and fails to varying degrees. Let us make it clear from the get-go that this set is amazing for the fact that we have our first ever Sarlacc Pit. And while it may be a tad too small, it is brilliantly sculpted with dual functionality (one option that allows us to imitate the original Episode VI version of the monster and the 1997 Special Edition version). The beak of the Sarlacc can be removed to make it appear as it did before Return Of The Jedi was altered for the Special Edition. How awesome is that? Plus, Hasbro rereleased the skiff for this set and we (or most of us) welcome any opportunity to seize this vehicle into our collections. And while the skiff gets an improved repaint (now with silver battle-damage markings), the figures go the opposite way (but we we’ll get to them in a second). The set is not perfect, but getting the skiff for a second time (in the modern line) and the Sarlacc for the first time makes this set worthy alone. The set is packaged with a pseudo base (that we didn’t include in our photos because we think it is aesthetically displeasing to the eye and not intended to be part of the Sarlacc) which allows the skiff to be nicely displayed on it but works against displaying the full effect of the Sarlacc pit. And it is way too shiny to represent the desert terrain. So, what isn’t so perfect? Our second is up and we will exclaim that basically everything else in the set (the figures) is what drags this set down.

Hasbro released five action figures in the set, but their final paint applications came out pitifully. We believe these figures were included to pad the set, so their terrible execution doesn’t affect our grading on this set too much (well - a little bit to be honest), and we will give them red marks because they deserve it. Let’s itemize the figure list first. The set includes: Boba Fett is a repaint of 2005’s TSC Boba Fett (SAGA 006) figure, Han Solo is a repaint of 2005’s TSC Han Solo (SAGA 002) figure, Lando Calrissian is a repaint of 2004’s SW Lando Calrissian (Jabba’s Sail Barge) (’04 #07) figure, Luke Skywalker is a repaint of 2004’s SW Luke Skywalker (Jabba’s Palace) (’04 #04) figure and Weequay Skiff Guard is a repaint of 1997’s POTF Weequay Skiff Guard figure. Never will you find a more wretched hive of poorly painted figures. It amazes us that Hasbro themselves weren’t embarrassed by the horrible decorations on the figures and decided to pull the set. That is how bad they were painted. But again, this isn’t the reason you bought this set, and Hasbro has released so may better versions of these characters it is safe to say that they are just fluff to add extra play value to the set. Luke Skywalker is particular makes us quiver. His eyes look absolutely horrible and his skin has never been paler. Lando Calrissian is so inaccurate in his paint job that he could almost pass for another skiff guard. Weequay is different enough to consider it as another skiff guard, but the quality of the paint is too shiny and he just looks weird. Han Solo and Boba Fett pass just fine for us and they are the redeeming action figures in this set (but they are not perfect). Also, many of the weapons included in the set are so lifeless and soft that they are nearly rendered useless (or look absolutely ridiculous in the figures’ hands). Yes, these are harsher comments than usual, but they honestly don’t affect our affection for the skiff and our beloved Sarlacc. By the way, the skiff has the same functionality as it did in yesteryear, although we must admit that they do not work as well as older versions. Perhaps quality diminishes over time when the casts get used time and again.

Originally retailing for a bizarre $63.99, the Battle At The Sarlacc Pit set did become clearance fodder by the end of the 2008 holiday season. It was at this point that they began flying off of the shelves. We believe this set as priced a little too high. Hasbro was obviously trying to recoup tooling costs for the Sarlacc sculpt but a lot was sacrificed as a result (including value). It may have been better to repack it with more modern updates of the basic figures or perhaps give one or two less figures ensuring that the paint applications were top notch. Of course, we would to have love to seen new skiff guards in the set, but we new that was a fat chance. Still, if they including two new sculpt (or two new skiff guards) the set would have undoubtedly been a knock out. Adding plastic for the sake of adding plastic is sort of like being a penny wise and a pound foolish. Star Wars collectors are a sharp group, Hasbro. Please don’t think that the wool can be pulled over our eyes. Give us quality all around. Some may still feel that five figure with poor quality are better than one figure with good quality. We don’t agree with this sentiment, but we understand how many wish to get as many items possible for their dollar. The Battle At The Sarlacc Pit was the opportunity for Hasbro to give us something to wow us (and it partially did). But they needed to wow us more in an era where more and more collectors are leaving the hobby and where money is tighter than ever making “superfluous” purchases move quickly to extinction. (We will probably never see our Star Wars purchases as superfluous for the record.) That isn’t to say that Hasbro is giving us some of the best figures and products they ever have. We think most of us never thought we would have the opportunity to get a 3.75” scale Sarlacc Pit (well, we never did) and it is incredible to finally have it. If we can only persuade them to develop a Sail Barge now, that would be the crowning joy of our collections undoubtedly. While we hope, we can certainly enjoy this Battle Packs deluxe set. Just close your eyes when looking at the figures, because they will taint your vision to the rest of the truly spectacular products contained in this set.

Collector Notes

Battle At The Sarlacc Pit

Assortment Number: 87798/87931

UPC: 653569361428

Retail: $63.99 USD

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Sarlacc

Victims who fall into the pit are captured by the beast's tentacles, tugged into its mouth and slowly digested.

Status: Sarlacc is an all-new creature.

Articulation Count: 4

Articulation Details: 4 bendable tentacles

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: base (mouth splits into two pieces and is removable)

Date Stamp: 2008

Skiff

Repulsorlift platforms transport passengers and cargo; Jabba uses one to bring his prisoners to the Sarlacc pit.

Status: Skiff is a repaint of 1999's POTF2 Tatooine Skiff vehicle.

Articulation Count: 12

Articulation Details: 3 retractable landing gear legs, 2 levers, slide out plank, 2 movable steering vanes, 2 sliding rudders, 2 movable side rails

Accessory Count: None

Accessory Details: None

Date Stamp: 1999

Lando Calrissian

Lando impersonates a skiff guard as part of Luke's escape plan and almost loses his life to the Sarlacc.

Status: Lando Calrissian is an inferior repaint of 2004's SW Lando Calrissian (Jabba's Sail Barge) ('04 #07) figure.

Articulation Count: 10

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, 2 swivel forearms, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: removable helmet, force pike, blaster

Date Stamp: 2004

Weequay Skiff Guard

Jabba's skiff guard is surprised when Luke launches an attack and a fellow guard turns out to be an imposter.

Status: Weequay Skiff Guard is an inferior repaint of 1997's POFT2 Weequay Skiff Guard figure.

Articulation Count: 10

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: force pike

Date Stamp: 1997

Luke Skywalker

Luke gives Jabba the Hutt one final warning before he launches an escape using his powerful Jedi abilities.

Status: Luke Skywalker is an inferior repaint and slight retool of 2004's SW Luke Skywalker (Jabba's Palace) ('04 #04) figure. His legs have been slightly repositioned for this release.

Articulation Count: 12 points

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

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: lightsaber

Date Stamp: 2004

Boba Fett

As the galaxy's most notorious bounty hunter tumbles into the Pit of Carkoon, it looks like Boba Fett's days are over.

Status: Boba Fett is a repaint of 2005's TSC Boba Fett (SAGA 006) figure.

Articulation Count: 12

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

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: blaster rifle

Date Stamp: 2004

Han Solo

To save his friend from a grisly death, Han blasts a Sarlacc tentacle wrapped around Lando's leg.

Status: Han Solo is an inferior repaint of 2005's TSC Han Solo (SAGA 002) figure.

Articulation Count: 10

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: force pike

Date Stamp: 2005





Battle Packs (The Clone Wars/The Legacy Collection) Wave 1
Hoth Recon Patrol
Hoth Speeder Bike Patrol
Speeder Bike Recon

Battle Packs (The Clone Wars/The Legacy Collection) Wave 2
B'omarr Monastery Assault
Shield Generator Assault

Battle Packs (The Clone Wars/The Legacy Collection) Wave 3
Training On The Falcon

Battle Packs (The Clone Wars/The Legacy Collection) Wave 4
Clone Attack On Coruscant (See ROTS Clone Attack On Coruscant)
Jedi Training On Dagobah
Jedi Vs. Darth Sidious (See TSC Jedi Vs. Darth Sidious)

Battle Packs (The Clone Wars/The Legacy Collection) Wave 5
AT-TE Assault Squad

Battle Packs (The Clone Wars/The Legacy Collection) Wave 6
Jabba's Palace
Scramble On Yavin

Battle Packs (The Clone Wars/The Legacy Collection) Wave 7
Ambush On The Vulture's Claw
Geonosis Assault

Added: January 5, 2010
Category: Legacy Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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