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Betrayal On Bespin - TAC - Battle Packs

Name: Betrayal On Bespin
Collection: 30 (77-07)
Number: N/A (Battle Packs)
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: November 2007
License: Hasbro

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Han, Leia, Chewie, and the droids escape from Darth Vader by hiding the Millennium Falcon among the garbage that's periodically jettisoned by the Imperial fleet. To stay out of Vader's way, Han heads to Bespin, where his old smuggling buddy Lando Calrissian now runs a mining colony. They arrive at Cloud City, where Lando tells them he just made a deal that'll keep the Empire out of Bespin forever. Calrissian opens a door – and there is Darth Vader, with Boba Fett beside him. Han's "friend" has delivered them into the hands of the Empire.

Every now and again Hasbro will create a Battle Packs set that has the potential to be awesome but just falls short in execution usually due to some poor action figure selections. This pretty much describes the Betrayal On Bespin set from the 30 (77-07) line pretty much perfectly. For even the most anal-retentive collector there is something included here, but we wonder if a few better character selections and/or action figure choices would have made this Battle Packs set a slam dunk. Perhaps instead of whipping out the 2001 POTJ Han Solo (Bespin Capture) figure, Hasbro could have included the 2004 VOTC Lando Calrissian figure, a figure that could have stood to see rerelease again. And maybe instead of another Darth Vader figure (or even the Boba Fett for that matter) another shot at the 2007 TAC Capture Of Tantive IV Battle Packs Stormtrooper may have benefitted the set (and subsequently collectors) more. But despite our own selfish wants and desires, there is no denying that this Battle Packs set will interest fans of The Empire Strikes Back and the subtly changed but remarkably improved figures included will pacify even the most stringent and hard to please collectors.

Every figure in this set has seen slight paint job differences. Some are a little more prominent than others. But figures like Chewbacca and Princess Leia seem a little bit more noticeable than say Han Solo. Chewbacca has less “gray” fur and more “brown” fur on his head and the dark brown portions of his fur are overall darker as well. He looks markedly different from 2004's VOTC Chewbacca figure. The yellow streaking also appears brighter and more distinguished. And last but not least, Hasbro has brightened up the feet quite a bit and has painted his toenails more richly and they look better than ever. Princess Leia also has seen new paint operations. Her maroon dress is darker and the hairlines and much cleaner. The patterns on the back of her dress are now painted much darker as well and the metallic edging on the collar of her dress is significantly sharper. Interestingly, we think the brown “doe eyes” on 2004's OTC Princess Leia (OTC #18) version may look a little more authentic to Princess Leia than the revised eyes on this Battle Packs version, but overall, the updates are definitely improvements.

Han Solo is barely a repaint, but his hair color is a darker brown now. Other than that, consider it a straight repack. Darth Vader is a slight repaint (again – it’s very slight and barely noticeable) of 2005’s ROTS Darth Vader (500th Figure). But Boba Fett is another figure in the set that has significant deco changes. A repaint of 2001's POTJ Boba Fett (Special Edition 300th Figure), the green chest plate is richer, the red portion of his helmet is more muted and not as “brick red” this time around. Also, his boots seem to be completely reinvented and have the dark center stripes in the middle of them (on the top). The new take on this Boba Fett is an upgrade as well, but you have to remember that we’re talking about deco changes here and not the articulation. Many of the figures in this set lack in articulation still, no matter how much better they look. But how cool is it to have two landmark figures in the same multipack?! The Betrayal On Bespin Battle Packs set is cool, but if deco changes don’t affect you at all, you can safely ignore this set altogether. But for us, improvements in deco are just as important so we found great value in this set. Chewbacca, Princess Leia and Boba Fett are all worth the purchase of this set.

Collector Notes

Betrayal On Bespin

Assortment Number: 87597/87503

UPC: 653569276210

Retail: $19.99 USD

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Boba Fett

Status: Boba Fett is a repaint of 2000's POTJ Boba Fett (Special Edition 300th Figure).

Articulation Count: 9 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, articulated rangefinder

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: removable jetpack, blaster rifle

Date Stamp: 2001

Darth Vader

Status: Darth Vader is a very slight repaint of 2005's ROTS Darth Vader (500th Figure). The helmet dome has been glued in place.

Articulation Count: 12 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, 2 swivel gloves, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: lightsaber, alternate right hand

Date Stamp: 2005


Status: Chewbacca is a repaint of 2004's VOTC Chewbacca figure..

Articulation Count: 15 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, ball-jointed torso, ball-jointed mid-section, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: bowcaster (2 pieces), drinking glass

Date Stamp: 2004

Han Solo

Status: Han Solo is a slight repaint of 2001's POTJ Han Solo (Bespin Capture) figure.

Articulation Count: 7 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, left swivel elbow, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: blaster pistol, binders, drinking glass

Date Stamp: 2001

Princess Leia

Status: Princess Leia is a repaint of 2004's OTC Princess Leia (OTC #18) figure.

Articulation Count: 5 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel elbows

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: blaster pistol, drinking glass

Date Stamp: 2004

30 (77-07) Battle Packs Wave 1
Battle On Geonosis
Jedi Training On Dagobah

30 (77-07) Battle Packs Wave 2
Capture Of The Tantive IV

30 (77-07) Battle Packs Wave 3
Jedi Vs. Darth Sidious (See TSC Jedi Vs. Darth Sidious)
Jedi Vs. Sith (See ROTS Jedi Vs. Sith)

30 (77-07) Battle Packs Wave 4
Betrayal On Bespin
Clone Attack On Coruscant (See ROTS Clone Attack On Coruscant)
Droid Factory Capture
Hunt For Grievous
(See TSC Hunt For Grievous)

30 (77-07) Battle Packs Wave 5
Battle On Mygeeto

30 (77-07) Battle Packs (TARGET Exclusives)
Ambush On Ilum
ARC-170 Elite Squad
AT-RT Assault Squad
Attack On Kashyyyk
Betrayal On Felucia

30 (77-07) Battle Packs (Toys R Us Exclusives)
Arena Encounter
Bantha With Tusken Raiders
Hoth Patrol
STAP Attack

30 (77-07) Battle Packs (Walmart Exclusives)
Treachery On Saleucami

Added: May 13, 2011
Category: 30 (77-07)
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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