Battle Packs are built upon the premise of offering a quick and relatively inexpensive method of building an army and 75131 Resistance Trooper Battle Pack delivers in that respect. Three Resistance Troopers are included along with an officer so even a single set already offers enough soldiers to fill a battle scene, a feat which 75132 First Order Battle Pack does not achieve in my opinion.
A couple of Resistance Troopers appeared in the first wave of Star Wars: The Force Awakens sets but they have been hugely improved for 2016 by the addition of an excellent helmet which is accurate to the movie but could also serve as a generic science fiction helmet if need be.
Box and Contents
The box shows the Resistance forces moving through the forests of Takodana as explosions burst around them. Kylo Ren peers out from the top corner of the box and looks as intimidating as ever while the Disney logo appears in the bottom left corner. Notably, the Disney logo does not appear at any point during the opening or closing credits in The Force Awakens!
Several images showing the functions of the model and the accessories can be found on the back of the box alongside an image of the speeder from the rear. Inside is a single folded instruction booklet and two bags of pieces along with a loose 4x10 plate.
The Resistance Officer is a relatively simple minifigure, although it does include a new printed torso which I like. Surprisingly this is the first time the hair piece, which is used in plenty of sets, has appeared in this colour. The head is decorated with a headset and a slightly concerned expression while the legs are left without printing.
Although the torso design is quite plain I think it looks great. A little rank indicator is pinned to the left breast and a belt runs across the front and back of the torso, not interfering with the otherwise simple printing but also breaking up the colours a little.
The three Resistance Troopers are far more detailed than their superior and include the aforementioned headgear which looks superb. This consists of two elements, a chin guard and the helmet, which clip together and allow you to raise and lower the chin guard as shown in the image below. The yellow visor is moulded into the helmet and conceals three different heads underneath, one of which is brand new and features an enormous moustache!
Two torsos are included to provide some variation in the troopers’ attire. One of these appeared in 75103 First Order Transporter last year but with the swapping around of legs, heads and torsos I think you could amass quite a large army without the need for repetition. Both torso designs are highly detailed and look suitably rugged for the battle-weary Resistance forces.
The Completed Model
I do not expect a great deal from Battle Pack models and the speeder included in this set is not particularly exciting, although it is based on a vessel from the movie which is unusual for a Battle Pack. The Gian-211 patrol craft scoots around the Resistance base delivering personnel to where they need to be and is therefore unarmed. In this set it seems to have been re-purposed as an infantry support vehicle and a stud-shooting turret is mounted on the back.
The pilot can sit inside the speeder but has no proper controls, only a 1x2 plate with arm up which is presumably intended to represent a control yoke. A steering wheel or panel would have been preferable, although my major issue with this section is the speeder’s lack of depth. There is almost no structure found on either side of the pilot’s seat which leaves this section looking a little flimsy to me.
However, the front of the model looks far better. A pair of offset laser cannons are located beneath the armour plating which is nicely shaped and looks fairly faithful to the film. The rear of the speeder is equally detailed and includes a couple of nicely detailed engine pods as well as a radiator grille. The gun turret can rotate all the way around and be raised or lowered on a click hinge. You can also remove it altogether and use it as an enormous handheld weapon if you like. There is room for a minifigure to stand behind the laser cannon and control it, although the handle is not positioned very well for a minifigure and the entire barrel is mounted a little too high, although this was necessary to give the pilot some headroom.
This set is focused on the minifigures and in that regard I think it is excellent. It is a delight to see so many generic troopers included in such a small set which allows one to build an army quickly and inexpensively, unlike 75132 First Order Battle Pack. I think the idea of building an army of First Order soldiers is more appealing than one of the Resistance but it is certainly easier to do the latter.
The Gian-211 speeder is a decent model too. It seems a bit unfinished in places but is scaled perfectly beside the minifigures and interacts nicely with them. I look forward to purchasing several of these packs and the minifigures will go nicely with 75140 Resistance Troop Transporter, where more Resistance Troopers are included in different outfits.
Hopefully additional Resistance sets will appear in the coming months so it will be possible to create an enormous battle between the opposing factions of the Sequel Trilogy or populate a Resistance base as seen in the film.