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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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