Humid, swampy, and inhospitable, the bog world of Dagobah was the home of the last of the great Jedi Masters. After a fevered vision of Obi-Wan Kenobi on the planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker used the Force to puzzle out the proper hyperspace coordinates to the lost world, hoping to complete his Jedi training at Yoda's hands. There, in the oppressive heat of the swamp, young Luke underwent the first of many grueling tests that would mold him into a Jedi Knight.
The 30th anniversary of the Star Wars saga came before most of us expected. Did three decades of our huge passion really pass us by “that” quickly? 2007 was the anniversary year where we reminisced and pondered why the fire for a fictonal story hadn't dissipated in the least. 2007 was not simply about the 30th anniversary of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. It was literally the 30th anniversary of "Star Wars" which is why Hasbro's celebration of it included Prequel Trilogy, Original Trilogy and Expanded Universe products. Hasbro was probably as equally excited to celebrate this three decade landmark as we were. The efforts of the 30 (77-07) show this to be true. Hasbro found very poignant ways to commemorate this very special time. They brought back collectors’ coins, the packaging had a neo-classic feel to it and every single Star Wars source was represented in this this very large and aggressive line. One of the sub-lines they really extrapolated upon was the Battle Packs line. Hasbro spent time developing cool concepts with key characters while making it collector friendly at the same time. Keeping in mind that this is a sub-line that they tried to split equally amongst kids and collectors, they created sets that were visually striking and helped get out old and new figures out to collectors to change up the mix. Knowing very well they couldn’t go wrong with a The Empire Strikes Back themed set, Hasbro created the Jedi Training On Dagobah set and it piqued our interest even though it wasn’t entirely warmly accepted by all Star Wars fans. It looked great packaged, but the figures included didn't age so gracefully But did that matter?
All of the figures included in the set have been repainted in one way or another and the paint job updates are noteworthy. The newest figures in this set date back to The Original Trilogy Collection, so a three year space between them and the 30th anniversary of Star Wars sort of prove that this set is somewhat stuck in time. It will show signs of aging. Yoda and Spirit Of Obi-Wan Kenobi are repaints of the figures that originally came from The Original Trilogy Collection. They come with less accessories, but the environmental display stands they originally came with aren’t something that Hasbro likes to include in the Battle Packs format. The figures still have strong sculpts and great likenesses. Even their approaches pass the exam for us. Still, they lack articulation. In a strange move, Hasbro chose to go even further back and use 2002’s SW [S - P1] Luke Skywalker (Bespin Duel) (’02 #29) figure. It’s not that this figure is terrible, but 2004’s OTC Luke Skywalker (OTC #01) figure would have been a much better choice here. It's interesting that they chose not to reuse that essentially perfect figure in this Battle Packs set too. The set is called Jedi Training On Dagobah and NOT Jedi Training On Bespin, right? Most versions of this Battle Packs set contain the version of Luke that comes the removable magnetic hand, but we have found others that come with the "plug" hand too. Of particular note, Luke's lightsaber is two pieces and includes a real metal hilt with a detachable blade. Always a nice feature to have action figures come with metal hilts, these lightsabers proved to be a lot less ideal than originally thought due to easy breakage.
For R2-D2, Hasbro dusted off 2004’s SW [S - P3] R2-D2 (Jabba’s Sail Barge) (’04 #05) figure and gave him a filthy paint job. We would have much rather see Hasbro retire any R2-D2 molds that don’t utilize some form of the 2004 VOTC Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) (With Extension Arm) figure or 2005 ROTS R4-G9 (4 of 4) Sneak Preview figure. These sculpts would have been fantastic figures to utilize here but it seems that they are adamant of going back to older sculpts. It doesn't make sense that they're using such old molds when they already have near-definitive versions that they can use instead. But again, this is where the “kids” come into play. Hasbro must feel that they can get away with using a less than stellar version of R2-D2 if they think that this was developed for younger collectors. Darth Vader figure is a “new” figure available for the first time in this set. Based on the exact sculpt of 2004’s SW [S - P3] Darth Vader "Silver Anniversary" (although not designated as such) figure which was a Toys R Us exclusive, the figure is originally a kit-bashed figure. It was based on 2000’s POTJ Darth Vader (Dagobah) figure (the body) and 2001’s POTJ Darth Vader (Emperor’s Wrath) figure (the head). This is the only place you can get this version of the figure. Jedi Training On Dagobah is perhaps better than fair. It exceeds in concept, but misses the mark. But Hasbro could have tweaked a few things to make it much better before it got released. (Editor’s Note: Hasbro re-released this set as 2008’s TLC Jedi Training On Dagobah Battle Packs set and made many changes to the set. You can read about that and see side by side comparison photos HERE.)
Jedi Training On Dagobah
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Greatest of the Jedi Masters, Yoda was one among the very few to survive the coming of the dark times to the galaxy. Isolation and long contemplation on Dagobah led him to new heights in his understanding of the Force.
Status: Yoda is a repaint of 2004’s OTC Yoda (OTC #02) figure.
Articulation Count: 10 points (8 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), swivel left elbow (1), swivel right elbow (1), swivel left wrist (1), swivel right wrist (1), swivel waist (1)
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: cane
Date Stamp: 2004
Cheerfully trundling into even the most dangerous situations, R2-D2 often found himself in deeper than he'd intended. Such was the case when he toppled off Luke's mired X-wing and into Dagobah's sludgy water. Thankfully, he proved to be less delicious than he looked to the local dragonsnake that called the swamp home.
Status: R2-D2 is a repaint of 2004’s SW [S - P3] R2-D2 (Jabba's Sail Barge) (’04 #05) figure. This time the figures comes with no accessories.
Articulation Count: 7 points (7 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: swivel dome (1), swivel left leg (1), swivel right leg (1), hinge-jointed left foot (1), hinge-jointed right foot (1), hinge-jointed third foot (1), slide-out third leg (1)
Accessory Count: None
Accessory Details: None
Date Stamp: 2001
Spirit Of Obi-Wan Kenobi
Wise, old hermit and secret guardian of Luke as a child, Obi-Wan Kenobi was struck down by Darth Vader only to become the Spirit of Obi-Wan Kenobi – more powerful in the Force than ever before. It was he who directed Luke to Dagobah, and his patience that convinced Yoda to take Luke on as a student.
Status: Spirit Of Obi-Wan Kenobi is a repaint of 2004’s OTC Spirit Of Obi-Wan (OTC #03) figure.
Articulation Count: 8 points (8 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: swivel head (1), swivel left shoulder (1), swivel right shoulder (1), swivel left elbow (1), swivel right elbow (1), swivel left wrist (1), swivel right wrist (1), swivel waist (1)
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: lightsaber
Date Stamp: 2000
Young and brave, Luke Skywalker was a fast and eager learner, but his own impatience and latent anger proved to be his greatest enemies. Despite the guidance of both Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi, he was on his own for much of his Jedi training. It was his deep native connection to the Force that allowed him to eventually control his own emotions.
Status: Luke Skywalker is a repaint of 2002’s SW [S - P1] Luke Skywalker (Bespin Duel) (’02 #29) figure. Interestingly and specifically, it's a repaint of the first release with the magnetic hand attachment and the lightsaber that comes in two pieces: metal hilt and removable blue blade.
Articulation Count: 12 points (12 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: swivel head (1), swivel left shoulder (1), swivel right shoulder (1), swivel left elbow (1), swivel right elbow (1), swivel left wrist (1), swivel right wrist (1), swivel waist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), hinge-jointed left knee (1), hinge-jointed right knee (1)
Accessory Count: 3
Accessory Details: lightsaber hilt, lightsaber blade, blaster pistol
Date Stamp: 2001
Spirit Of Darth Vader
The dark side of the living Force fed on Luke's insecurities to produce the hideous manifestation – the Spirit of Darth Vader. It was a mental and physical attack that tested his skills as a warrior and his dedication to the light side of the Force; one that seared itself on his psyche for his entire life.
Status: Spirit Of Darth Vader is a rework of 2004’s SW [S - P3] Darth Vader [silver TRU exclusive] figure. This time the figure has been repainted to look like the apparition seen on Dagobah.
Articulation Count: 10 points (10 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: swivel head (1), swivel left shoulder (1), swivel right shoulder (1), swivel left bicep (1), swivel right bicep (1), swivel left glove (1), swivel right glove (1), swivel waist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1)
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: lightsaber, removable cape
Date Stamp: 2001