Name: The Battle Of Hoth
Collection: 30 (77-07)
Number: N/A (Ultimate Battle Pack) (Exclusive)
Source: The Empire Strikes Back/Return Of The Jedi
Availability: November 2007
There was a lot to be thankful for if you were a Star Wars collector in 2007 (celebrating 30 years of Star Wars). And two of the main things to be happy about as far as the Hasbro line was concerned were the TARGET exclusive Ultimate Battle Packs. This newly developed medium (Battle Packs to the “nth” degree) was a sure way to cram a lot of cool product into one box and make even the most discriminating collector happy. We think this is some of Hasbro’s most clever concepts of revitalizing older product and we couldn’t be happier with the final results. While Hasbro could have just given us 100% all recycled parts, they went above and beyond to create new stuff to make us even happier. For The Battle Of Hoth set Hasbro created an all-new Laser Turret which collectors have wanted for years. It’s a dual level “play-set” (God forbid we use that word around Hasbro!) that is huge when next to any 3.75” scale action figure and well done. It has an action feature which we understand must be included in toys sometimes, but it too has been done well and Hasbro has been respectful to collectors by not making it bulky and distorted-looking. The Laser Turret also has a door where you can store various Hoth Rebel Soldiers inside of it which of course adds an amazing amount of play value. Accompanying the Laser Turret is a newly painted version of the 2002 POTJ AT-ST vehicle. Just like The Battle Of Endor set, it has been painted specifically to fit it its surrounding, this time white to match the tundra of Hoth. The paint job on the AT-ST is spectacular and while we know that the vehicle isn’t totally in scale with the action figures, the paint job alone makes it reason enough to pick this set up. This Ultimate Battle Pack is so worth the $49.00 price tag. A mid-size vehicle, an all-new large accessory/play-set and eight figure more than covers this charge and it was a nice gesture on Hasbro’s part to create such a nice set for a fair price.
Like The Battle Of Endor set, The Battle Of Hoth isn’t perfect when it comes to all of the included action figures. There is a lot of good and a lot of “meh” here. But all of the figures look great together which is an amazing feat on Hasbro’s part. It’s when you start dissecting them individually do you start to realize that some things went awry. For example, Hasbro included three Snowtrooper action figures in this set. Two are repaints of the 2007 VTSC Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear). But they have yellow stains on their armor which looks like they have been pelted with frozen yellow snow (yes, we’re implying urine here). The Snowtroopers are completely unique from the original 2007 VTSC versions and even have been cast in different base plastic colors. (You’ll notice the outfits and especially the skin tones are in very light colors when compared to the original.) If you can overlook these small setbacks, the figures are still very good. The bigger problem is that Hasbro included a repaint of 2006’s TSC Snowtrooper figure which is now completely obsolete thanks to the VTSC figure! (Why couldn’t Hasbro include three of the VTSC figures here?) AT-ST Drivers were never seen in The Empire Strikes Back, so Hasbro is assuming that they were the same uniform in cold terrain. We tend to believe that it is more likely that an AT-AT Driver or Snowtrooper was piloting these vehicles, but that’s just our opinion. So the AT-ST Driver is technically the only figure from this set that is sourced from Return Of The Jedi. The AT-ST Driver is a kit-bashed figure of 2004’s Han Solo (Endor Strike) and the head of Rebel Fleet Trooper “A” from the Capture Of Tantive IV Battle Packs set. And if you compare this AT-ST Driver to the one included in The Battle Of Endor, you’ll notice this version is gray while The Battle Of Endor version is more green. There is obviously a nice even balance of Rebels versus Imperials here and Hasbro really picked great choices of each to include in this set.
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