Review: 75206 Jedi and Clone Troopers Battle Pack

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A considerable number of LEGO Star Wars fans have been clamouring for a new Clone Trooper Battle Pack in recent years. This could perhaps contain a range of minifigures belonging to different legions or four standard troopers.

75206 Jedi and Clone Troopers Battle Pack is a step in the right direction, including two Phase I Clone Troopers, but the Jedi feel out of place in a set which should be primarily focused upon army building. However, the new Ki-Adi-Mundi and Barriss Offee minifigures look superb so I have been looking forward to this set, even though it breaks what I consider to be a cardinal rule of Battle Packs by featuring named characters alongside generic troopers.

Minifigures

Ki-Adi-Mundi is among the best known members of the Jedi Council and has appeared once before in 7959 Geonosian Starfighter. That version was based upon the Clone Wars character so had large eyes while this figure includes the standard black eyes along with a few wrinkles and white facial hair. The head attachment, on the other hand, has remained the same since 7959 Geonosian Starfighter was released and looks brilliant, just as it did in 2011.

75206 Jedi and Clone Troopers Battle Pack

The Cerean Jedi wears unique dark brown and dark tan robes, the design of which is faithful to the movies. I like the sleeves in particular and the metallic silver highlights on his belt are a lovely detail, matching the source material closely once again. Both Ki-Adi-Mundi and his Jedi colleague are armed with blue lightsabers.

75206 Jedi and Clone Troopers Battle Pack

Despite being less prominent than Ki-Adi-Mundi in the Prequel Trilogy, Barriss Offee has made three prior appearances across the LEGO Star Wars range. Barriss' attire is unusual for a Jedi, consisting of a long dark blue cloak with a hood and a black dress. The head is decorated with accurate dark blue tattoos and includes two different expressions, one of which appears calm while the other is angry.

75206 Jedi and Clone Troopers Battle Pack

I like the dark blue bands printed across both sides of the torso and the belt buckle looks marvellous too, featuring a tiny emblem resembling a heart. However, the most distinctive aspect of this figure is the new dress element which replaces 2x2x2 slopes that have been used in the past. This is a definite improvement in my opinion as its proportions match those of standard minifigure legs and the dress fits more securely to the torso. It looks slightly odd without printing here, although Barriss does wear a plain dress in Attack of the Clones.

75206 Jedi and Clone Troopers Battle Pack

A pair of Clone Troopers complete the set. These figures have not appeared wearing Phase I armour since 2013 and I am glad to see them return, especially in a small Battle Pack. The helmet mould has now been in use for a decade but still looks fantastic and I love the angular visor printed across the front as well as the light bluish grey streaks which accentuate the moulded cheek cavities.

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Similar shading is used to excellent effect on the torso and legs, giving the impression of overlapping armour plates. The belt printing is incredibly intricate and I think the visual balance between black and white pieces is appropriate, although the black body glove is less visible in the movie than it is on these minifigures. Both Clone Troopers are equipped with stud shooters.

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The Completed Model

Like those found in most Battle Packs, this vehicle does not appear in any of the Star Wars films. Even so, it takes inspiration from the Republic Gunship so includes a predominantly white and dark red colour scheme with a few scattered lime green highlights. This is quite attractive and the angled wings are similarly reminiscent of the LAAT/i so I do not think the model would look out of place beside a set like 75021 Republic Gunship.

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Two stud shooters are fitted at the front of the craft and there is room for a pilot to sit in the cockpit. The windscreen looks suitably aerodynamic and a minifigure slots inside neatly but there are no controls or clips for the pilot's blaster which is disappointing. However, the model is reasonably sturdy so is ideal for play and the 2x2 sliders underneath are a welcome addition, suggesting that the craft hovers slightly above the ground even when landed.

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A light bluish grey wheel hub forms a thruster at the rear of the craft. This is an exceedingly common building technique but it continues to work well, making clever use of ridges on the wheel to represent mechanical detail. The wings are attached using click hinges so their angle can be adjusted and I like the rotating laser cannons at the wingtips as well.

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Overall

The minifigure selection is the most important aspect of any Battle Pack in my opinion and 75206 Jedi and Clone Troopers Battle Pack fares well in that regard. Not only does it contain two Clone Troopers which are always highly collectable but the exclusive Jedi minifigures are also impressively detailed and should therefore prove popular.

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That having been said, I still find it strange that LEGO insists upon placing named characters in Battle Packs. Superb though the Ki-Adi-Mundi and Barriss Offee minifigures are, they may be better suited to a larger set while this Battle Pack could include four Clone Troopers of varying types which would be ideal for army building. Nevertheless, I would recommend this set to those who enjoy the Prequel Trilogy era.

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33 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Nice to see updated minifigs of both important characters without big eyes, might get this one.

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By in United Kingdom,

on back order already on the lego shop website

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By in United States,

It may sound strange that LEGO would put named characters in a battle pack, but it makes me wonder how many consumers actually get multiples of the same battle pack. Perhaps there's only a handful of consumers who are interested in building a massive army and have the money for it.

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By in United States,

^I have been collecting Battle Packs for years but have yet to buy two of the same set. I think buying multiples to army build is an AFOL practice not reflected by casual collectors or children who normally buy these packs.

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By in United Kingdom,

Really nice set, and you can never have to many storm troopers, clone troopers, scout troopers, snow troopers, tuskan raiders or imperial guards...

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By in Hong Kong,

But what about the Droid attack on the Wookiees?

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By in Austria,

I won't complain too much (finally getting a non-TCW Mundi, and pretty cheap at that, is just too great), but in the coming years we really need more Clone BPs, with just Clones. I always find space for more AOTC ones, but the ROTS P2 armor has sooooo many variants. Apart from the 41st and 212th we got in 2014 (best Battlepacks so far, in my humble opinion), they definitely should make at least one for the 501st so we can recreate Operation Knightfall, the Homeworld Security Troopers and the 327th on Felucia.

Off-topic plug: For those who haven't, read the two "MedStar" novels. They're rather small in scope, old-canon stories and follow Barriss before ROTS. In light of those books and "The Approaching Storm", I felt her character assassination in TCW was a really shitty thing to do.

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By in United States,

I personally never buy a battle pack more than once. I only ever have two of a battle pack if someone gifts one to me that I already have. I find this set similar to the bounty hunters battle pack in regard to its unique figures, and many people loved that set. I think the idea of a battle pack is more as a way to get a cheap number of minifigures - at least thats what I expect when I buy a battlepack.

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By in United Kingdom,

Ideally this should be split into 2 sets, a Clone Trooper battlepack (for army building which would invite multiple sales even from outside the AFOL community) and a Jedi set with 4 specific characters to give access to Jedi minifigs outside of the large (expensive) vehicle based sets.

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By in United States,

Awesome! I would buy it for the Jedi and the troopers most definitely.

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By in United States,

I’m gettinf five of these for the clones and selling off the extra Jedi.

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By in United States,

“Nevertheless, I would recommend this set to those who enjoy the Prequel Trilogy era.” Yeah, this set’s not gonna sell....

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By in France,

It would be good to see a battle pack that has minifigs that are armed with stud shooters to also have a blaster variant supplied as well.

For some reason within the range of SW sets, TLG will always go for stud shooters in battle packs and yet, with the rest of the SW sets, since the introduction of stud shooters, this is not the case... somewhat inconsistent.

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By in Canada,

I like this new form of battle packs. I think the Jedi are cool and it’s cheaper than buying multiple sets to amass the different characters.

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By in United States,

It looks like a great set, but I think I’ll only buy one due to the minifigure selections. I need updated Jedi that are not from the animated Clone Wars line, but I wish they’d go back to the old style of battle packs. The kind that had three basic soldiers and a singular special soldier, which were ideal for army building.

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By in Brazil,

Two rare Jedi, two plain white troopers. I surely will buy one. If only blasters were included for those who doesn't enjoy stud shooters...

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By in United States,

I might buy this more than once (as I have before) to get Phase 1 Clone Troopers, which are my favorite troopers from the whole saga (I know, heresy). This seems like a good deal, but like stated, I would also like a Phase 1 only Clone Trooper battle pack.

Either way, great review!

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By in Norway,

I want Ki-Adi Mundi from the original Lego Star Wars game!

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By in United Kingdom,

I agree with the other posters in wondering just how many people actually buy battle packs to build armies? I suspect very few. Personally I just want a few cool new figures for a cheap price to round out my other sets. I don't want 1000 clone troopers to line up and ... Then do what with exactly? Dust?

I'm surprised to see two very distinctive Jedi in the pack but I'm delighted by it!

Actually, question for the admins: is there a way to see how many copies of a set people own?would be really interesting to see that information.

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By in Australia,

The good news is that Barriss and Ki Adi Mundi will probably be reasonably priced on bricklink...!

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By in United States,

Just once LEGO, put Ahsoka in a small set, please!!!

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By in United States,

Are the clone troopers new in any way, since 2013? Mold same, is print unique?

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By in United States,

I've bought multiple packs on a few occasions, actually, but I consider it a relatively rare practice.

I am surprised they included two named characters here though. I think one named character, an elite troop and two standards, would've been a fine balance.

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By in United States,

Agree with JVM! I typically buy just one...unless... it has multiple Imperials: Troopers / Officers as always seeking to fill the 7 floors of my custom Death Star. However, I am fine with the Bounty Hunter BP as well as this one. Why? It's not likely that we'd have had sets (at a low price point) containing them.

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By in United Kingdom,

Stop complaining about Lego putting non-troopers in battle packs. Has Lego ever said that battle packs are for guys who want to buy 20 of them to build an army? Sets like this are great for guys like me who can't afford big sets. Gives me a chance to get some awesome figs

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By in United Kingdom,

@Judgeguy - LEGO has often stated that the purpose of most Battle Packs is to build an army. That is mentioned in almost every piece of marketing for sets of this kind.

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By in United States,

I like the Mundi figure, but the glowing blue orbs they give Bariss and all the other female "aliens" are ridiculous - Bariss is human-looking, not some zombie.

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By in Puerto Rico,

Fortunate that this is not on my to buy list

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By in United States,

I loved this set! Although I can see it being disappointing to some that it only comes with two troopers, I actually really like it having the Jedi. And you have to realize that even though most people on this site want the battle packs to be only army builders, most kids do not get multiples and like getting the Jedi. From a marketing standpoint, Lego did the right thing.

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By in Austria,

I would so like to see Ashoka with the padawans from TCW in a battlepack!

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By in Australia,

@Jman007 – there are plenty of people who enjoy the Old Republic prequel-trilogy era without necessarily enjoying the quality of the films themselves

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By in United States,

"The purpose of most battle packs is to build an army."
I think we have to remember two things:
1. By adding 4 minifigures to your collection, especially 4 that all have matching uniforms or are on the same 'side' of a conflict, you have already built an army that satisfies most consumers' needs. You don't need to buy more than one pack.
2. There's a difference between the fantasy in consumers' heads when they're going to buy a pack, vs the reality of what they do. I think many people find the idea of an impulse purchase of one of these packs appealing because it will supplement their existing collection, but I don't think many of those people actually lay out plans to buy multiples to achieve a certain number of stormtroopers, or anything like that.
3. The unique minifigures are a selling point of these packs, for many consumers.

So yes, it would be awesome if all consumers had the flexibility to buy only the figures they wanted, and all that, but given the assumption that we'll never get that - I think it totally makes sense how LEGO packages up these battle packs.

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By in Czech Republic,

It is nice set. Im really glad to see some clone troopers since they are my favorite Star Wars figures. I get pack rightaway I saw it. Yet figure selection will probably made only one for me. I like those Jedis - I dont have them. But I dont want 10 pieace of those Jedis:D

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