Battle packs may very well be the most beloved form of sets among LEGO Star Wars fans. This staple subtheme which first appeared in 2007 has faithfully continued into 2024, although it has evolved along the way.
Initially pioneered as a US$9.99 impulse buy set (aimed at younger kids and their pocket money), the LEGO Star Wars battle pack has now appeared in multiple price brackets during its 17-year journey, all the way up to US$30.
The fan-requested 501st Battle Pack that was released in 2020 introduced a new design template for the Phase II Clone Trooper minifigures, and since then we have received updated versions of iconic clone armors like the 212th Battalion, 332nd Company, and the Coruscant Guard.
However, fans have been clamouring for an updated version of a plain Phase II Clone Trooper, and that request has finally been answered in set 75372 Clone Trooper & Battle Droid Battle Pack. Sitting at a US$29.99 price point, the set includes 9 figures and 215 pieces, making this already an attractive proposal on paper. Let’s take a closer look and see if this is a must-have for Star Wars fans.
This is a guest review from our LEGO Star Wars correspondent Vaderfan – check out some of his recent reviews below.
75372 Clone Trooper & Battle Droid Battle Pack Set Details
Set Number: 75372
Set Name: Clone Trooper & Battle Droid Battle Pack
Minifigures: 9 (Clone Shock Trooper, Clone Trooper (x3), Battle Droid (x2), Super Battle Droid (x3))
Theme: Star Wars
Release Date: 1 January 2024
Retail Price: US$29.99/ AU$49.99 / £24.99/ €29,99 / CAD$39.99
The front of the box shows the set in action, already showcasing the play potential with its lineup of Republic and Separatist forces.
The back of the box shows another play scenario, along with a couple of cutouts showcasing the play features.
Inside the box you’ll find two instruction manuals–pretty unusual for a set of this size–plus three numbered bags.
Four clone trooper minifigures are included, including three of the highly anticipated plain Phase II Clone Trooper which has not appeared in a set since 2014! The fourth figure is a Clone Shock Trooper that previously appeared in 75354 Coruscant Guard Gunship.
The clones have a nice level of detail across their body, and all feature the 2020 angry clone face print. Unfortunately, the questionable helmet holes reappear on all these minifigures, which does make the shaping of the helmet slightly inaccurate.
A variety of weapons and accessories are included – one blaster rifle, two regular blasters, one blaster pistol, and an electrobinoculars. I’m just glad we said goodbye to the era of handheld stud shooters in battle packs.
Here is a comparison of the 2024 plain Phase II Clone Trooper (right) to its predecessor from 10 years ago. Both look good but I still prefer the 2014 version due to its cleaner helmet design and more realism-focused torso design.
Here’s how the figures look from the back – less difference here, although the helmet holes do make the helmet look more awkward.
Five battle droids are included – two regular ones and three super battle droids. One little bit of fan service that I love is that the regular battle droid on the right has two horizontal hands, as it needs to pilot the STAP craft.
However, the designers included a clip on the back to hold his blaster, and the other battle droid includes two perpendicular hands, meaning if you don’t want to use the STAP, you can still use both battle droids regularly, swap one of the hands, and have both of them holding blasters correctly!
The Super Battle Droids also have made a long-awaited return–the last set they appeared in was in 2015! These now have new molds which subtly update the design, but not so drastically that it makes the old variant look out of place.
Here’s the 2024 Super Battle Droid (right) in comparison with its predecessor. The new one has a narrower head and now features a molded dot on the left shoulder.
The back of the body reveals new moulding for the Super Battle Droid’s torso, although it is still hollow. Subtle tweaks have also been made to the molds of the legs and arms, which is good as there were reports of the older figures cracking over time. Hopefully this new design is more durable.
There are several models included in the set, allowing you to build out a mini battle scene.
First up, there is a small crate that I forgot to include in the group shot above. It stores two printed thermal detonators inside.
There is a small cannon turret included for the clone trooperes. It has a simple angled design with a pair of dark grey shields mounted horizontally, plus a stud shooter in the middle.
The stud shooter can be rotated and fired off, and there is an extra pair of clips for storing the figures’ weapons. The shields can also be removed and used like riot shields if you like.
I do wish the base of the turret was a little bit bigger so that the minifigure could be attached to the model instead of just standing behind it.
Next up is a STAP (Single Trooper Aerial Platform), a light reconnaissance vehicle used by battle droids. LEGO has done many versions throughout the Star Wars theme, and this is a slightly simpler design, lacking any sticker detail.
The brick-built detail is pretty sufficient though, and I like the clear stand that is included.
The battle droid with the gun clipped on his back can be mounted onto a 1×2 plate piece, and pilot the craft into battle.
The model looks pretty good, although it is smaller than previous variants as the wing flaps on the sides have been replaced by 1×1 cheese slopes, which is actually more accurate to the proportions of the in-universe craft.
Up next is this speeder bike for the Clone Troopers.
It has an incredibly simplistic design which is to be expected for a battle pack side build, although it still includes a pair of steering vanes at the front.
A pair of minifigures can sit facing opposite directions on the speeder, which is actually a homage to the speeder bike included in the first-ever battle pack! The piloting figure can grab the handlebars, and there is a pair of stud shooters on the side of the craft for some play action.
When the clones are sitting on the speeders, their blasters can be mounted on the back which double as rear guns – a pretty neat feature.
The final and largest build is the Octuptarra tri-droid, which has also not appeared in a LEGO set since 2014. This variant uses the grey and dark blue Separatist color scheme, which appeared in episode 9 of Clone Wars Season 7.
The Octuptarra droid has a nice round head with three trans-red eye receptors and three black cannons, while a trio of flick-fire missiles are mounted at the droid’s hips. The head actually can rotate just like in-universe which is a fun play feature.
The legs are jointed at three points so are fairly posable, although it’s hard to get a walking pose with such an unnatural three-legged design. The design is actually pretty accurate, although the feet should split into two claws each.
Measuring around 12cm (4.5″) tall in its default pose, the Octuptarra droid is actually pretty imposing and a fun model for the clone troopers to battle.
Here’s a comparison with the Octuptarra’s predecessor from 2014. The new one actually has a much larger footprint, rounder head, additional cannons, and more accurately angled legs, although the older one did have the dual-clawed feet.
This is definitely going to be one of the standout LEGO Star Wars sets this year. It just nails all the essentials of a great battle pack – a wide range of excellent generic Clone Trooper minifigures, decent accompanying builds that you can collect multiples of, and a relatively accurate Octuptarra droid and STAP vehicle.
The models do feel a little bit sparse for a $30 set, but the inclusion of nine figures (even if five of them are droids) is not to be overlooked. The plain Phase II Clone Trooper alone will be a huge draw, and I think this set on the whole is a resounding success for LEGO Sta
Build  – The builds are a great accompaniment for the minifigures considering this is ultimately a battle pack, although the smaller models like the speeder and the turret do lack detail.
Minifigures  – The unnecessary helmet holes are still a source of frustration, but otherwise this minifigure selection is pretty much faultless.
Real Value  – $30 does feel like a little too much in comparison to the models included, but the number of minifigures and the play value here does help to justify the price.
Innovation  – It isn’t a particularly innovative set, but 9 figures in a battle pack is a welcome sight and I hope this style of battle pack reappears in future.
Keepability  – This is a battle pack that will undoubtedly be instantly popular, making it a memorable set which sets the gold standard for modern battle packs.
Rating and Score: 4/5 ★★★★✰
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