Star Wars Battlefront II was released during 2017 and provides ample inspiration for the LEGO Star Wars range, particularly in the story mode which follows the exploits of Inferno Squad. This elite Imperial unit is trained for ground or air combat roles and each member wears imposing armour.
75226 Inferno Squad Battle Pack could therefore be an interesting set. It contains an outstanding minifigure selection which should appeal to players of Star Wars Battlefront II and I think the character designs might entice other LEGO Star Wars collectors as these minifigures look magnificent in official images.
Inferno Squad is commanded by Iden Versio and this figure is unique. It does not include a helmet which is disappointing but the new head looks great, featuring a severe expression on one side and a grimace on the other. Moreover, this hair piece matches the character's appearance in the video game and her torso design is accurate too. I am particularly pleased with the red stripes on her right shoulder which correspond exactly with the source material.
An intricately detailed life support pack helps to further distinguish Iden from the other three minifigures in this set, who are simply described as Inferno Squad Agents. I have usually supported Battle Packs containing generic characters but named squad members would probably have been more suitable on this occasion, especially because some effort has been made to differentiate them.
For instance, one agent wears several black pouches around his waist, potentially corresponding with Del Meeko whose armour features more pouches than other squad members. This head also bears a resemblance to Agent Meeko while another minifigure includes a Clone Trooper head. Inferno Squad does not contain any clones but this design reflects Gideon Hask's appearance, as well as his angry personality!
The torso shared by all three generic minifigures is based upon Gideon's armour and looks marvellous, although specialised designs for each character would have been perfect. Their helmets are wonderful as well, featuring an Imperial emblem and Inferno Squad's symbol alongside red lenses. Unfortunately, these are printed on a standard TIE Fighter Pilot helmet so their back remains open, as demonstrated above.
Seyn Marana is the fourth member of Inferno Squad but she only appears in the Battlefront II: Inferno Squad book. Her precise appearance is therefore unknown but this male head, with sunken eyes and gaunt cheekbones, is decidedly unsuitable! Each minifigure carries a stud shooter, two of which have been modified to represent larger weapons.
The Completed Model
Battle Packs often include a small vehicle which does not appear in any canon material and this small speeder is no exception. The set description suggests that it takes inspiration from a TIE Fighter but it seems more akin to the Corvus in my opinion, Inferno Squad's Raider II-class corvette. Angled panels are fixed to either flank which loosely resemble similar structures on the Corvus, although those are in turn based upon a TIE Interceptor.
There is room to seat one minifigure in the cockpit but no controls are included. I like the red highlights on the hull and the swiveling laser cannons towards the front look good, matching additional weaponry on the wing panels. Unfortunately, two blue Technic pins are partially visible behind the cockpit but the trans-light blue thruster at the rear looks alright. A round engine design would be more consistent with the Corvus though.
I have been hoping that LEGO would produce some Inferno Squad minifigures since Star Wars Battlefront II was released and am delighted with 75226 Inferno Squad Battle Pack. All four human team members are included and they look fantastic in minifigure form, sporting detailed helmets and imposing armour. Ideally, their attire would be specifically designed for each character and Dio, Iden's droid companion, would have been a welcome inclusion but those might not be realistic expectations for a Battle Pack.
The accompanying speeder is relatively simple but it works quite adequately for a Battle Pack vehicle. Perhaps a Microfighter version of the Corvus would have been more appealing. Nevertheless, I would recommend this Battle Pack purely for the minifigure selection, particularly to players of the Star Wars Battlefront II video game.
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