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Jedi Showdown - TCW [SOTDS] - Battle Packs

Name: Jedi Showdown
Collection: The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side]
Number: N/A
Source: The Clone Wars (Film)
Availability: November 2010
License: Hasbro

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Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi duel Count Dooku and Asajj Ventress. All four are strong in the Force and trained in the Jedi arts. They have all faced each other before on different worlds, and now chance – or destiny – has brought them to this confrontation. Lightsabers are quickly ignited as Jedi and Sith position themselves for battle.

Ugh. Again, Hasbro? Why do you clutter up new case assortments with the worst possible sets instead of the ones that truly need a second chance at retail? Hasbro gave us fair warning in 2009 that the platform of Battle Packs was dramatically changing (and not in the favor of collectors). We raved over the Scramble On Yavin, Battle For Endor, Hoth Recon Patrol and Resurgence Of The Jedi Battle Packs (among others) and voted with out dollars as they sold quite well for the most part. But Hasbro seems to have turned a deaf ear to the income we are providing them and they have decided to approach Battle Packs like this one with all repacked figures that we have bought already with nothing new or anything tweaked at all. Of course a set like this will be good for the kid who needs some core characters at once, but it is a good bet that even they have all the main characters already. So, we are disappointed that these are the types of Battle Packs that will be coming down the pike with a little more frequency that we really want. There will still be plenty of new Battle Packs coming too, but why must a Battle Packs set that clogged shleves get re-released in the new The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side] line look? If this keeps up, the Jedi Showdown multipack will be responsible for clogging the shelves and preventing new ones from making it to retail until further notice. Loosely based on a couple different scenes in The Clone Wars film, and we suppose episodes like The Hidden Enemy from season 1, this hodgepodge of characters never fought each other at once like the Battle Packs suggests. But they all can be seen at some point in The Clone Wars movie.

What you do get in this set is four excellent action figures, all well designed and decorated with the highest quality standards. We won't argue with that fact at all. The Clone Wars line certain produces quality figures. We just don't understand the need or desire for all of the repackaged items. But honestly, they were all excellent figures the first time around. Did we really need another rehash (with even less accessories than the original figures came with in the basic figure packages)? We think not. But apparently this is the way it is going to be for a while. It seems that repacked Evolutions and repacked Comic Packs didn’t alert Hasbro that repacks are detrimental to the line. Maybe third time’s the charm here. But that would mean that Battle Packs would get canceled and this is a road we absolutely do not want to go down. Anakin Skywalker is a repack of the 2008 TCW [F/S1] Anakin Skywalker (No. 1) figure. This time he only comes with his lightsaber. Asajj Ventress is a repack of the 2008 TCW [F/S1] Asajj Ventress (No. 15) figure but only comes with her lightsabers for this release. Count Dooku is a repack of 2008’s TCW [F/S1] Count Dooku (No. 13) figure but this time he is missing his Asajj Ventress hologram and interchangeable hand with Force lightning. He still comes with his cape and lightsaber. Lastly, Obi-Wan Kenobi is a repack of the 2008 TCW [F/S1] Obi-Wan Kenobi (No. 2) action figure but he only comes with his lightsaber. And since he doesn’t have his back jetpack, there is a big ugly hole on his back. This is quite unfortunate. Whether you like this line or not, these are all great action figures and we have been getting upgraded cersions of most in the line as well.

What we find frustrating however is that Hasbro couldn’t even give us updated paint applications either in this set. There is no incentive to buy a set like this unless you are giving it as a gift for someone just getting involved with The Clone Wars. Maybe that's the point. Perhaps Hasbro wants these introductory sets to be avaialble for new fans. Even if this Battle Packs set serves that purpose, we are willing to bet that it is not enough of an audience to warrant the sales Hasbro needs to keep bringing us more exciting and more engaging sets. But who really knows. We will offer some suggestions. Instead of trying to replicate scenes from a movie, how about developing army builders? The 2005 ROTS Clone Attack On Coruscant Battle Packs set sold very well (multiple times) as did 2009's TCW [F/S1] AT-TE Assault Squad Battle Packs set. Both contain nothing but army builders. We think that Hasbro can take the army-building beyond clone troopers too. We would love to see a set based on more Ewoks (with maybe one stormtrooper). A set focusing on Bespin Security Guards and maybe one or two Cloud City inhabitants would be another cool choice. And last but not least, sets that contain a nice selection of aliens from both the Cantina and Jabba’s Palace would be incredible additions to the line. Multipacks are great things, but they have to have the right content otherwise they could be quite boring just like the Jedi Showdown set is. And a slot saved for one of our suggestions would have been better. We are sure you can come up with a ton of better ideas too. And we understand the need for The Clone Wars Battle Packs, but come on, with all the various clone troopers out there, a better idea could have been reached.

Collector Notes

Jedi Showdown

Assortment Number: 28292/87752

UPC: 653569615668

Retail: $24.99 USD

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Count Dooku

The strong-minded Dooku was once a Jedi until his uncompromising ideals caused him to plot against the Republic to create a new galactic government.

Status: Count Dooku is a straight repack of the figure from 2010's TCW [S2] Jedi Showdown Battle Packs set.

Articulation Count: 14 points (10 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), swivel left wrist (1), swivel right wrist (1), swivel waist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1)

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: lightsaber, removable cape

Date Stamp: 2008

Anakin Skywalker

The Jedi has a score to settle with Dooku – the loss of his hand on Geonosis – and he is eager to make this latest battle with Ventress a decisive one.

Status: Anakin Skywalker is a straight repack of the figure from 2010's TCW [S2] Jedi Showdown Battle Packs set.

Articulation Count: 14 points (10 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), swivel left forearm (1), swivel right forearm (1), swivel waist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1)

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: lightsaber

Date Stamp: 2008

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan is a loyal and dedicated Jedi Master whose disciplined skill with the lightsaber challenges the abilities of the accomplished Dooku and the cunning Ventress.

Status: Obi-Wan Kenobi is a straight repack of the figure from 2010's TCW [S2] Jedi Showdown Battle Packs set.

Articulation Count: 14 points (10 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), swivel left wrist (1), swivel right wrist (1), swivel waist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1)

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: lightsaber

Date Stamp: 2008

Asajj Ventress

An expert with her double-bladed lightsaber, Asajj is Count Dooku's most trusted assassin and is secretly being trained by him in the ways of the Sith.

Status: Asajj Ventress is a straight repack of the figure from 2010's TCW [S2] Jedi Showdown Battle Packs set.

Articulation Count: 18 points (12 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), swivel left forearm (1), swivel right forearm (1), swivel waist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)

Accessory Count: 5

Accessory Details: 2 lightsabers (connecting), removable skirt, removable belt, removable belt buckle

Date Stamp: 2008







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Added: August 14, 2016
Category: Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side], The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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