More than thirty Star Wars Battle Packs have been released since 2007 and the vast majority of those have included a wonderful minifigure selection. However, the accompanying vehicles rarely have any basis in the movies so are often uninteresting in my opinion, although they are definitely important for play.
75207 Imperial Patrol Battle Pack is therefore very unusual. Not only does it come with some excellent minifigures but the Imperial Patrol Speeder takes direct inspiration from a vehicle in Solo: A Star Wars Story and appears faithful to its onscreen counterpart. This may therefore prove to be one of the best Battle Packs released in recent years!
New specialist troopers are introduced in almost every Star Wars film and Solo: A Star Wars Story continues that tradition. Imperial Patrol Troopers enforce the rule of law on planets occupied by the Empire, sporting an adapted Stormtrooper helmet along with light armour which is reminiscent of that worn by Scout Troopers. The new helmet is dual-moulded and looks absolutely fantastic, featuring an impressive black and white colour scheme as well as intricate moulded detail.
Both sides of the torso are printed with textured armour which looks brilliant and I like the bright green light on the chest plate in particular. Each trooper wears a belt lined with black and white pouches that continues from the torso onto the hips. These designs match up fairly well but there seems to be some slight inconsistency which is disappointing. Nevertheless, this is a magnificent minifigure and the Patrol Troopers are both armed with a stud shooter.
I believe Battle Packs should focus upon characters one might wish to collect in large numbers so this Imperial Recruitment Officer seems out of place to me. The minifigure looks superb though, wearing a neat officer's cap with a metallic silver identity disc and I like the new head which includes some dark tan sideburns and a bushy moustache, befitting an Imperial Officer.
The torso design has been updated very slightly so features different folds in the fabric and a new rank insignia plaque, denoting the rank of captain in the Imperial Army. LEGO appears reluctant to use dual-moulded arms or legs in the Star Wars theme which is a shame as dual-moulded legs could have represented the officer's black boots here. Hopefully this will be taken into consideration for future sets.
An Imperial Emigration Officer completes the set. Her helmet includes excellent moulded detail and was originally designed for Imperial Navy Troopers while the torso looks almost identical to that seen on the Imperial Ground Crew minifigure from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. However, several minor alterations have been implemented, most notably on the back of the figure where there is now more detail.
The head is printed with a helmet strap and two expressions, one of which looks very angry while the other simply appears stern. It is interesting to see a female officer here as they have rarely appeared outside the comics and Star Wars Rebels. Both this minifigure and the Imperial Recruitment Officer are equipped with stud shooters which are ideal for play, although a couple of standard pistols would have been welcome too.
The Completed Model
We have previously seen the Galactic Empire deploy 74-Z speeder bikes for use in rural environments while the 614-AvA model appears to be their favoured urban craft. This Imperial Patrol Speeder looks much more heavily armoured than others in the Empire's arsenal so is perhaps reserved for use on particularly lawless worlds or those with significant Imperial installations. In any case, I think the new speeder bike looks tremendous, featuring angular armour plating that reminds me of an Imperial Star Destroyer!
This LEGO model measures just over 13cm long so is probably slightly too large when compared with the movie, although that does mean that it is in scale with other LEGO speeder bikes and has allowed the designer to include extensive detail. The entire vehicle is constructed around a Technic frame and feels very sturdy so you can fly the speeder around without fear of it breaking easily.
Two stud shooters are mounted towards the front of the speeder alongside a long laser cannon. I like the open air intake between the armour panels and the black Technic splitter in the centre looks great. However, it must be acknowledged that the front of the speeder should consist of exposed mechanical detail based on what we have seen in promotional material featuring this vehicle so the air intake is not entirely accurate.
There is room to seat a minifigure at the controls. Unfortunately, the handlebars are not positioned for the pilot to grip them but they look absolutely fine and some creative posing gives the illusion that they are being held by the minifigure. You might also imagine that the end of the Technic pin just in front of the pilot is some kind of display screen.
The speeder is propelled by two stacked engines with a trans-light blue glow. These are not present in the movie but they look good on this model and I love the white 1x1 round tiles printed with the Imperial insignia which are affixed to either side of the craft. A third tile is also included as a spare and could prove very useful for other creations.
I had high expectations for 75207 Imperial Patrol Battle Pack and am very satisfied with the final set. The Imperial Patrol Troopers are truly outstanding, wearing helmets that set a new high standard for elements of this kind. Imperial Officers are not usually suited to a Battle Pack but they are both fairly generic and we have already seen that quite a few such characters will appear in the film so it may be worth acquiring several of them.
Furthermore, the Imperial Patrol Speeder is perfect for army building and looks splendid in relation to the source material so far exceeds what one would typically expect from a Battle Pack. In fact, I think this is my favourite Battle Pack vehicle since the BARC Speeder in 7913 Clone Trooper Battle Pack from 2010. This is therefore a set that I would highly recommend, perhaps even in multiples!
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