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The Clone Wars [Season 2]

Jedi Showdown - TCW [S2] - Battle Packs

Name: Jedi Showdown
Collection: The Clone Wars
Number: N/A (Battle Packs)
Source: The Clone Wars (Season 1 Episode 16: The Hidden Enemy)
Availability: March 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. Is this the inevitable fate of Battle Packs? 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 we fear that sets like Jedi Showdown will be responsible for clogging the shelves and preventing new ones from making it to retail. (Sometimes we never learn from our mistakes, do we?) Loosely based on the episode entitled The Hidden Enemy from Season 1, the only character out of place here is Count Dooku since he wasn’t in that episode. But we have seen Anakin battle him before so it makes sense that he was the fourth choice.

What you do get in this set is four excellent action figures, all well designed and decorated with the highest quality standards. 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 cancelled and this is a road we absolutely do not want to go down. Anakin Skywalker is a repack of the 2008 TCW Anakin Skywalker (No. 1) figure. This time he only comes with his lightsaber. Asajj Ventress is a repack of the 2008 TCW Asajj Ventress (No. 15) figure but only comes with her lightsabers for this release. Count Dooku is a repack of 2008’s TCW 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 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.

Hasbro couldn’t even give us updated paint applications? Unfortunately the answer is no. If Hasbro wants us to buy this stuff, then they need to make tweaks and upgrades or do something to draw in collectors. 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. And 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. We will offer some suggestions. Instead of trying to replicate scenes from a movie, how about developing army builders? The Clone Attack On Coruscant Battle Packs set sold very well (multiple times) as did the AT-TE Assault Squad set. Both sets 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: 94380/87752

UPC: 653569445562

Retail: $24.99 USD

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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 repack of 2008's TCW Asajj Ventress (No. 15) figure. The hologram of Count Dooku and holoprojector have been eliminated for this release.

Articulation Count: 14 points

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

Accessory Count: 5

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

Date Stamp: 2008

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 2008's TCW Count Dooku (No. 13) figure. The hologram of Asajj Ventress and holoprojector have been eliminated for this release.

Articulation Count: 10 points

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

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 2008's TCW Anakin Skywalker (No. 1) figure. This time he only comes with his lightsaber.

Articulation Count: 10 points

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

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 2008's TCW Obi-Wan Kenobi (No. 2) figure. This time he only comes with his lifghtsaber.

Articulation Count: 10 points

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

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: lightsaber

Date Stamp: 2008



Battle Packs (The Clone Wars [S2]/Legacy Collection) Wave 1
Battle For Endor
Gelagrub Patrol
Geonosis Assault (See TLC Geonosis Assault)
Rishi Moon Outpost Attack

Battle Packs (The Clone Wars [S2]/Legacy Collection) Wave 2
Duel On Mustafar
Kamino Conflict

Battle Packs (The Clone Wars [S2]/Legacy Collection) Wave 3
Resurgence Of The Jedi

Battle Packs (The Clone Wars [S2]/Legacy Collection) Wave 4
Birth Of Darth Vader
Holocron Heist
Jedi Showdown
Tatooine Desert Ambush

Added: May 13, 2010
Category: Clone Wars, The [Season 2]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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