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Holocron Heist - TCW [S2] - Battle Packs

Name: Holocron Heist
Collection: The Clone Wars
Number: N/A (Battle Packs)
Source: The Clone Wars (Season 2 Episode 1: Holocron Heist)
Availability: March 2010

License: Hasbro

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The purpose of The Clone Wars season 2 premiere episode was to give better development to one of the newest villains in the Star Wars universe, Cad Bane. The episode did just that and it used a very simple premise to develop this character. Cad Bane breaks into the Jedi Temple and steals a cherished artifact, one of the holocrons, and the chase is on to prevent him from leaving with it. The episode is full of deceit and miscommunication and we even see our favorite Jedi librarian lightsaber battle with Ahsoka Tano. It’s interesting to say the least. Hasbro saw this episode as a prime candidate to base a Battle Packs set off of it and while we believe it was a great choice, the approach of the set is seriously lacking. Just like the Jedi Showdown Battle Packs set, this set is just a “nice” repack of popular and core main characters needing another way to make it into the toy line as other options for parents to buy for their kids. From a collector’s perspective, Hasbro clearly missed the boat. This was the ideal place to release an animated version of Jocasta Nu. But since Hasbro has flat out confirmed that she’s never coming in The Clone Wars line, hardcore fans will have to refocus and not develop feelings of resentment. Hasbro is really starting to strike out with fans. The Clone Wars has been hailed as the most popular boys’ line and we won’t refute that here, but Hasbro is really starting to burn collectors by not even taking a chance on a few collector-focused action figures in the animated line.

Bottom line, the Holocron Heist Battle Packs set is extremely boring. There is absolutely nothing here for a collector of any kind, let alone a one-of-everything collector. The figures are exact repacks of their basic figure counterparts. Ahsoka Tano is a repack of 2008’s TCW Ahsoka Tano (No. 9), the second variation with eyelashes. Cad Bane is a straight repack of 2009’s TCW Cad Bane (CW22). Yoda is a repack of 2009’s TCW Yoda (CW14). And lastly, Anakin Skywalker is a repack of 2009’s TCW Anakin Skywalker (CW21). All of the figures in this Battle Packs set however come with less accessories this time around. For example, Ahsoka comes without Rotta the Hutt (which makes sense of course) and Anakin Skywalker comes without his dome helmet and backpack. It would have been nice if Hasbro would have included these accessories, especially since this pack is a little light as is. We can compliment the set in that the paint jobs are very well done. More often than not, figures in multipacks tend to have rougher paint jobs than their basic carded equals. But Hasbro has ensured that the artwork aspect of these figures was kept at high standards. But since the set doesn’t often one thing new, we believe most of you will pass on this as it would be a complete waste of your money. In fact, we have extreme buyer’s remorse for even getting this set for this review. (What we do for our readers…)

So, have we whined enough about this set? Probably so, but Hasbro is really going to have to do some soul searching or bite the bullet and go back to the original approach of the Battle Packs platform. These multipacks MUST contain revisited figures and/or at least one new figure. We are tired of hearing us say this over and over and we are sure Hasbro is tired of hearing it. But the time is now and Hasbro has got to step up to the plate and get a little bit more creative when it comes to future Battle Packs. If you need a good gift for a niece or nephew who is into Star Wars and has nothing from The Clone Wars yet, then this is the set to get. Otherwise we can honestly say that it is an easy pass. This is peg-warming fodder folks. There is no easier way to say it. And as strong supporters of nearly everything Hasbro has released, it is a bit difficult to be so adamant in our stance. But the straight repacks have absolutely got to stop. We could have looked the other way if there was at least one repainted clone trooper in here, or a new take on Cad Bane’s paint job for example. There is absolutely nothing worthwhile here if you have bought these figure previously. We are looking forward to future Battle Packs sets, but they have to start containing more value that intrigues collectors. Because, Hasbro, we are the ones supporting your bottom line and we honestly can’t be burned any more.

   

   

 

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

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Added: May 14, 2010
Category: Clone Wars, The [Season 2]
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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