There is arguably nothing more synonymous with the LEGO Star Wars theme than battle packs. First introduced in 2007, this category of sets has evolved tremendously throughout the years, including anywhere from 4 to 6 minifigures and retailing for prices anywhere between US$10 and US$30. What has not changed is the fans’ love towards battle packs.
The latest LEGO Star Wars Battle pack is 75359 332nd Ahsoka’s Clone Trooper Battle Pack, featuring Ahsoka’s 332nd Company, a group within the famous 501st Legion. Think of this as a 2023 sequel to
Wearing 501st armor but with bright orange painted on their helmets, these troopers now have an army builder set of their own.
Even as LEGO prices continue to increase (along with most goods and services thanks to inflation), battle packs have largley remained a relatively affordable way to amass LEGO minifigures to build your own mini LEGO Star Wars army. From stormtroopers and officers to clone troopers and droids, many different Star Wars units have received the celebrated battle pack treatment.
Let’s take a closer look at 75359 332nd Ahsoka’s Clone Trooper Battle Pack!
This is a guest review from our LEGO Star Wars correspondent Vaderfan. We’ll be checking out the entirety of August 2023 wave of Star Wars sets in the next few days, so stay tuned for more!
Special thanks to the LEGO Group for sending this set for review.
75359 332nd Ahsoka’s Clone Trooper Battle Pack Set Details
The front of the box shows the Clone Troopers commanding the Infantry Support Platform (more commonly known as the Republic swamp speeder) against a city backdrop, reminiscent of Coruscant.
The back of the box has an alternate view of the set against the same background, plus a cutout graphic to showcase the stud shooter.
The side of the box has a small badge on the side to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Clone Wars.
Inside the box are two unnumbered bags, an instruction manual, and a small loose bag of the orange clone rangefinder/visor parts.
75359 332nd Ahsoka’s Clone Troopers Battle Pack Minifigures
Even though the figure on the left is designated as Captain Vaughn, a named character from The Clone Wars, all four minifigures have the the exact same helmet, head, and leg prints, along with near-identical torso designs – Vaughn gets an extra printed rectangular rank on his chest.
The main differences lie in their accessories – Vaughn has an orange visor, the two in the middle get blue jetpacks, and the one on the right wields a blaster rifle.
Ultimately the minifigure lineup is good from an army building perspective; people who just buy one of this set get a ‘named character’ in the form of Vaughn, while fans who buy multiple of the set can just modify them to all be generic 332nd clones.
The torso and leg prints are unchanged from the regular 501st minifigures, so these figures will fit perfectly into your existing LEGO Clone Wars army.
75359 332nd Ahsoka’s Clone Troopers Battle Pack Builds
Usually the builds aren’t the main focus when buying a battle pack, but sometimes they can surprise. Two models are included here, a small cannon turret and the ISP (clone swamp speeder).
The turret is very basic, just a stud shooter inserted into a 2×2 round plate with four bar extensions. It makes for a decent accessory to a minifigure; the turret can turn 360º and the stud can be fired off during play.
This set is the clone swamp speeder’s fourth appearance in a LEGO set, the last time being 2014’s Kashyyyk Troopers battle pack. This model is rather small, measuring just 12 studs long and 10 studs wide, but its scale is actually fairly accurate to the in-universe speeder.
The shaping has also been done well, and this new version benefits tremendously from the relatively new 3×3 corner curved slope piece in front of the seats.
Even at this small scale, the overall shaping has been replicated accurately, including the two semicircular sections in front and underneath the seats.
There’s a minifigure chair on either side for a driver to sit, along with a clip just behind for their weapon or accessory. No controls are included but that is excusable at this scale.
The engine at the back has some nice shaping too, replicating the round engine as seen in-universe. Unfortunately there is no spinning turbofan, which is a feature previous variants were able to incorporate.
A pair of silver stud shooters are placed at the front to represent the speeder’s laser cannons; these can be angled up and down.
Despite its size and relative simplicity, the model is probably the most accurate LEGO clone swamp speeder yet, and works well as a small speeder charging into battle.
The campaign for a LEGO 501st Battle Pack has clearly paid off, and now it is easier than ever to assemble a 501st army!
LEGO has done it again, this is yet another successful battle pack for the LEGO Star Wars history books. The piece count and final model are admittedly quite small for the US$20 retail price, but the four minifigures included are a great addition to any LEGO Star Wars collection, and the build is a well-done, efficient representation of an in-universe speeder.
This set is like a small combat unit right out of the box, and I hope to see more quality battle packs like this one from the Star Wars theme.
What I liked:
- Inclusion of four massable figures that are highly desirable for any LEGO Star Wars collector
- Swamp speeder is designed well despite its small size
- Works great for buying multiples and army building, but is also strong as a standalone set
What I didn’t like:
- Piece count and final model is small for the price
- No spinning turbofan, engine is completely static
Build  – The build is a well-done simplistic version of a swamp speeder that does the job well for a battle pack, although I doubt people will buy this set for the model.
Minifigures  – The four minifigures included look great and make this set the perfect army builder. You even get accessories like visors, rangefinders, and jetpacks, so you can customise to your heart’s content.
Real Value  – $20 for 108 pieces and a small final model is still expensive, no matter how you slice it. On a discount, it becomes more reasonable, especially taking into account the inclusion of four figures.
Innovation  – Nothing particularly groundbreaking, but it does the job well and I hope to see more battle packs in this style.
Keepability  – LEGO clearly seems willing to release more and more 501st Legion-themed sets, and thus this set will fit within any LEGO Star Wars collection seamlessly.
Rating and Score: 3/5 ★★★✰✰
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