Han Solo and Princess Leia have to get inside the Imperial bunker; inside is the shield generator that protects the second Death Star. R2-D2 starts to unlock the blast doors, but a stormtrooper's well-aimed shot fries the droid's circuits. Using a captured AT-ST walker, Han tricks the Imperial officers into leaving the bunker, where they are quickly surrounded by Rebels and Ewoks.
Generator Assault Battle Packs set has
the distinction of being the first one released
that had four instead of five figures in it.
Immediately, this was disappointing news to
fans. When Hasbro announced that this medium
was changing platforms, fans just felt that
the line was trying to get away with highway
robbery. But the final product lightly alleviated
some of the aggravation of getting one less
figure because it was executed so well and
delivered an excellent addition to the line.
It brought two never-before-attempted action
figures to collectors and this made many of
us happy. In particular, the long-awaited Nik
Sant finally saw the light of day. He has the
distinction of being one of the Fans' Choice
candidates (from 2002, losing out to the McQuarrie
Concept Stormtrooper) that has finally been
released. With the exception of the Imperial
Officer (affectionately known as Lieutnenat
Renz), all the figures are of premium quality.
Both Han Solo and the Rebel Trooper (In Biker
Scout Disguise) and super-articulated and R2-D2
is a repaint of the very popular VOTC figure.
While we know that five figures are better
than four on any day, we have to admit that
this is one of the better Battle Packs we have
received by Hasbro (and that even includes
the ones with the five figures).
star of the set is the Rebel Trooper (In Biker
Scout Disguise). While not labeled as such on
the package, this character is meant to be Nik
Sant (who was first immortalized in collectible
form as a one-sixth scale Endor Rebel Soldier
in Sideshow Collectibles' beautiful 12" line.
Rebel Trooper (In Biker Scout Disguise) has the
first ever helmet that doesn't flip up and is
constructed of a rubbery plastic that fits (albeit
very tightly) over the figure's head. Nik Sant's
likeness is very cool (and accurate) and he comes
complete with body glove detail that covers his
head and exposes his face. The rest of his body
is based on the totally awesome 2006 VTSC Biker Scout figure, so you know how awesome this recipe is
for this new figure. Hans Solo is another surprise
in this set. Looking a whole lot better than
the 2006 VTSC Han Solo (In Trench Coat) due to a
better likeness (he has an all-new head sculpt
that just shines) and paint job (his utility
belt is colored much better this time around),
this figure is truly the definitive version of
this character and outfit. We recommend giving
this one your soft-goods trench coat. There are
of course some awkward moments when posing his
body as he has a bizarre lean or bend, but he
is a pretty great figure overall. R2-D2 is another
great addition to this set. Although he has a
bizarre accessory which functions as his battle-damage
when he got blasted by a Stormtrooper, it doesn't
look as bad as you may think. We expect many
of you will pose R2 without it, but it is definitely
unique. Perhaps Hasbro could have abandoned this
concept altogether and given us a different fifth
figure. We suspect that this little accessory
created unnecessary tooling costs and even a
Stormtrooper repack would have befitted this
et much better. Imperial Officer (this figure
is actually Lieutenent Renz) is probably the
weakest figure in the set unfortunately because
we really wanted a great version of Lieutenant
Renz. Because he is essentially a repaint/retool of 2006's TSC Moff Jerjerrod (SAGA 040), he is very
limited in articulation. This is a figure that
could use a bit more than what was included with
concept for this Battle Packs set is great. It
succeeds in execution for the most part and we
tried posing these figures with the 1997 POTF Endor
Attack playset and they didn't look half
bad with that back drop. Of course it isn't to
scale, but since playsets are so rare, we will
make best with what we have. We would love to
see more Endor-themed Battle Packs sets that
include more Biker Scout, Stormtrooper and Ewok
figures. It is a very rich battle in the Original
Trilogy and it seems that Ewoks especially are
becoming very popular amongst collectors. So,
we welcome the opportunity to add more into our
collections! While these four characters didn't
necessarily appear on screen at the same exact
time in Episode VI, they all were part of the
pivotal and suspenseful scene when we weren't
sure if the Rebels were going to slip from the
grasp of the Imperial army. Thankfully the little "furballs" in
the film had something up their sleeves. Hasbro
scores high marks with us for this set and we
hope that they will continue to remember collectors
in this same fashion for future releases. The
Battle Packs format is great and it is a quick
way to get four figures and if they can keep
providing us one of two new ones per set, it
will remain a successful line. And it is always
a bonus if they update even further action figures
that are already considered definitive by collectors.
So, we highly recommend this set. We think most
of you have it by now, but if you don't, try
to find some way to get it into your collections.
It probably ranks second or third as our favorite
Battle Packs set in the blue phase of The
Legacy Collection. You will likely be of
the same opinion too.
Shield Generator Assault
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The plucky astromech droid ignores blaster fire, focused totally on unlocking the bunker's blast doors, until a blaster shot disables him.
Status: R2-D2 is a repaint of the figure from 2005's TSC Early Bird Figures set.
Articulation Count: 6 points
Articulation Details: swivel dome, 2 swivel legs, 2 swivel feet, swivel sensorscope
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: removable blast effect
Date Stamp: 2004
Rebel Trooper (In Biker Scout Disguise)
Some Rebel troopers disguise themselves in the uniforms of captured or fallen Imperial soldiers to infiltrate the enemy's position.
Status: Rebel Trooper (In Biker Scout Disguise) is a retool of 2006's VTSC Biker Scout figure. This time the figure has a retooled torso and new head sculpt. This figure is intended to be Nik Sant.
Articulation Count: 14 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel forearms, ball-jointed torso, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 3
Accessory Details: removable helmet, blaster pistol
Date Stamp: 2005
Everything's riding on Han's ability to destroy the generator – and he isn't about to let a squadron of stormtroopers get in his way.
Status: Han Solo is a retool of 2006's VTSC Han Solo (In Trench Coat) figure. This time the figure has an all-new head and doesn't come with the soft-goods trench coat.
Articulation Count: 14 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, ball-jointed torso, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: removable vest, blaster pistol
Date Stamp: 2005
Imperial officers receive a report that the Rebels are fleeing, so they rush outside the bunker – and walk straight into trap set by the Rebels.
Status: Imperial Officer is a retool and subsequent repaint of 2006's TSC Moff Jerjerrod (SAGA 040) figure. This time the figure has an all-new head sculpt. This figure is intended to be Lieutenant Renz.
Articulation Count: 10 points
Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: blaster rifle
Date Stamp: 2006