Ok guys let’s not blame anything on “diversity” but it would’ve been cool to have four named officers instead.
So true with trying to army build some figures back in the day that didn't have helmets! The Imperial crewman for example, as well as the Scanning Tech, sure you could buy multiples but the sculpted on hat left you with basically all troops looking the exact same. So that is one major reason I'm pro removable cap, and absolutely love that they chose to offer unique portraits to those rebel 4pks! It sure makes head swapping far more easier than it was on 02.In the context of troop building I always looked to the term "diversity" to reflect one thing - that troopers who didn't have their faces covered did not look like clones of one another. And if different face sculpts weren't a possibility, then style the trooper likenesses in something of a neutral way. A number of the Rebel Troopers figures (Endor, Hoth, etc) of the 2000's across various lines had facial hair or some feature that made them look a little too individualized. This is something that drove me bananas with the Rebel Hangar Crewman, because he looked so much like one of the guys on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" So there's a fine line between making troopers that look all the same and giving them distinguishing features.
If I recall correctly, Dodonna (not the ceremonial version) is wearing the same exact thing as the new Captain Antillies figure from the Rebel Fleet Trooper Army Builder set. And if memory serves, there were multiples in that outfit too.
I would love to see Battle Packs return, as well as the 2 packs! They could do any number of named Imperials this way, and then pack them with a Stormtrooper (I think it's safe to say that we ALL would be OK with more of the latest version), or even a Snowtrooper or Biker Scout. Some of them could even come with RA-7 droids, or the black Gonk droid from the first Death Star.And I think this dilemma perfectly illustrates the need for two types of multipacks. The traditional troop pack like the Stormtrooper set, and a second style meant for names characters, simply because we aren't likely to ever see all the Officers in the main line as there's just too many to cover. I think Hasbro really does need to bring back "Battle Packs", they worked really well for a long time so I don't know why they stopped. Obviously not having a large presence at retail and with fewer kids being into the line does cause problems for having multiple "expressions" as they like to put it now. Look how long it took to get a DLX SKU back, and now we've got rumored 2-pks so I'm curious where that could lead. Because I loved the Geonosis and Order 66 2-pks as it allows some niche characters to get made but came with Clones so two birds one stone!
Some of my favorite multipacks were ones that offered variety of characters versus just a whole set of Clones, Stormies etc. The Joker Squad 6-pk for example was really cool because you got a Sith Lord with 5 unique Stormtrooper characters. TFU Multipacks were also awesome! And the TRU Jedi Knight 4-pk were really cool as they covered some obscure characters!
So yes I do think originally this was just an answer to getting more Stormtroopers out for army builders as the basic line was lacking in that ability due to several reasons. But in a way they have kind of moved on from that basic concept due to the needs of collectors, and especially once Hasbro chose to do non helmeted troops like EBT's and RFT's, that brought about the named character aspect. I don't know of anyone who would have been into an Officer 4-pk of just random no name characters, sure it would have provided excellent fodder for people wanting a General, Captain or LT. to fill in some low ranking officers but overall they'd mean nothing if a couple of them weren't sculpted to look like Lennox, Praji, etc.
100% agree. Imperial officers are not faceless, helmet wearing troopers. They're known characters.It would’ve been a lot cooler if it wasn’t a troop pack
Yes, it's all the same...Rank pin and Code cylinders. *Edit - just been and checked, it looks like the holster is also the same, they just flipped Krennic's gun the other way round, I just tried it with the 5poa version and although it looks like this one is a new sculpt gun, the original fits in there easy enough.Is the ISB guy literally just the same body as Krennic?
My ISB Officer has 2 left hands! Contacted Pulse UK and not happy with the response as they want me to pay the returns cost.