Of Darth Vader
Collection: Legacy Collection
Number: N/A (Battle Packs)
Source: Revenge Of The Sith
Availability: March 2010
We have to admit to you that the Birth Of Darth Vader Battle Packs set was one that made us very eager to the point we could barely wait any longer to get it. Thank goodness the wait is over and it is here in our collections. And it's not like we are getting a whole new product here because we have seen all of the pieces of it released separately over the years. But the sum of all the parts is nothing short of stunning. Perhaps it's the way they are arranged in the package, but this "screen specific" Battle Packs set is just too cool. This set definitely is clearly more effective as a boxed set (where you don't remove the figures) because the display of the action figures are perfectly placed and the scenery and back drop behind them is also quite beautiful. The set scores high marks for packaging alone. We do however have to criticize Hasbro a little bit for ignoring FX-6 in this set, but we think for the first time that this wasn't a costing issue, but rather an assembling issue. Can you see them assemble umpteen FX-6 action figures with all those arms for all of these sets? We didn't think so. But there is no denying that it would have been the icing on the cake here. But even without FX-6, there are enough medical droid nightmares in this set to strike fear even in the slightly queasiest Star Wars fan. Hasbro gave us enough "other" value and we have to say that is may be hard to rival just how awesome this set is.
2-1B is a straight repack of 2008's TAC Surgical Droid 2-1B figure right down to the exact shade of metallic blue-gray paint. There are no differences whatsoever and this is a great thing because the figure was perfect the first time. Galactic Chopper is a repaint of 2005's Vader's Medical Droid (Chopper Droid) figure. The enhancements are not that obvious, but are indeed there. We feel that it is a shame that Hasbro didn't use this opportunity for rerelease to make the droid out of a sturdier plastic. It still has the flimsy legs that will bow terribly over time. But because it isn't the most important figure of this set, you can easily look the other way on this. The back of the packaging shows the Galactic Chopper in a gorgeous paint job but unfortunately it didn't transfer over the same way onto the figure. But of course it could be a lighting trick too done during the photo shoot. You would think that most if not all of the revitalization would be applied to the Darth Vader figure, but this is not the case. Essentially a repack of the second version (the shiny and not dull version) of the 2005 ROTS Deluxe figure, Vader does have slight paint variations so he will fall under the category "slight repaint" for us. When all the parts are assembled together, it is quite a feast for your eyes. It took us over three years to get all of the medical droids and characters that complete this pivotal scene in the Star Wars saga into our collections. And we must admit that Hasbro gave us a nice reminder by creating a Battle Packs set like this. Yes, you'll have to pull out your FX-6 figure out from storage and add it into this scene, but trust us when we say that it will be well worth it. Together they provide a dynamite display of a fan favorite scene from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith.
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