Extra pieces in battle packs are rarely exciting, and as you can see that appears to be the case again. Lots of translucent red studs for extra ammunition for the stud shooters. . . Let's move on to something more exciting!
Our second review for March, we're looking at one of the two winter battle packs. If you like stormtroopers, this is the pack for you! Even better, it features the new Imperial Death Troopers. Retailing for $15.00 in the US, this set packs a punch with its figures and 112 pieces, and enables one to build a squadron of Death Troopers!
As per usual, opening up this battle pack revealed two unnumbered parts bags. No sticker sheet, which is also typical (though I would be okay with stickers in the future. . .). In order to build this kit, you will be using one instruction booklet.
Between the two battle packs released, this one has more standard parts and colors. I always tell people that when you buy one of these sets, you're buying it for the figures and the parts are a bonus. This set is easier to build an army with compared to the other, which has 4 unique rebel soldiers included.
Okay! Time for the figures. . .
Stormtroopers (left): A pair of standard Imperial stormtroopers is included with this set. It's nice to get another wave of our plain white-armored soldiers that don't have any battle damage or colored armor. You can see the front and rear printing of their armor, which detailed and has some nice depth to the lines. There's not much else to say, other than our standard troopers continue to evolve nicely, compared to the very first design released.
Death Troopers (right): Previously released in the Rogue One set Krennic's Imperial Shuttle (75156), I was hoping that the super-cool Death Troopers would make an appearance in a battle pack someday. That wish came true only a few months after the movie's release! Fans and children will be happy that they are able to get a multitude of these high-tech soldiers for their LEGO collections (I myself plan to get more, for sure). The printing on these deadly men is excellent, using white / light gray lines to create the armor and utilities on their bodies. I felt that a comparison was necessary for this review. Directly below you can see the Death Trooper design from Krennic's Shuttle (on the left) compared to our new versions (on the right). The helmets and legs are identical, it's simply a matter of their armor and what they're packing. I personally like having these two different versions, since we did see both in the film!
The walker's features are basic, and what you would expect from one this size. (This walker is something created by LEGO, not meant to be a replica of a specific in universe design.) The legs are posable at 3 spots (the hip, "knee," and ankle). Compared to some previous battle pack walkers, this one seems a bit top heavy, especially towards the front, which makes it hard to get walking/action poses without attaching it to a base. The walker can only hold one trooper, and has a clip on the rear for the pilot's blaster (which is nice). Both turrets move in a complete circle, shooting off studs with those shooters attached to a plate. With the pieces you receive, it's not a bad design, but it's definitely made for smaller kids. In regards to previous walkers, this one does not appeal to me quite as much.
Parts included: 3/5 Build: 2.5/5 Figures: 4/5 Overall rating: I'll give it 3 out of 5 Nerdlys!