Review: LEGO Star Wars 9488 Elite Clone Trooper & Commando Droid Battle Pack

Today we are looking at a set I was highly anticipating: LEGO Star Wars 9488 Elite Clone Trooper & Commando Droid Battle Pack. It’s funny how a single minifig can create such a stir around a set. At $12.99, battle packs are often a great deal for the money, and a nice way to army build. This year, LEGO took a different route with battle packs, mixing good guys and bad guys in the same set. To me, this increases playability for kids who can only afford one set. Nice move LEGO.

The box cover:
LEGO Star Wars 9488 Elite Clone Trooper & Commando Droid Battle Pack

The contents:
LEGO Star Wars 9488 Elite Clone Trooper & Commando Droid Battle Pack

Here is the main highlight of the set, the Elite Clone Trooper. The amount of detail is really astounding, with a new helmet, tons of custom printing all the way down to the feet, plus other accessories. Really, one of the nicest minifigs LEGO has produced:
LEGO Star Wars 9488 Elite Clone Trooper & Commando Droid Battle Pack

The backpack:
LEGO Star Wars 9488 Elite Clone Trooper & Commando Droid Battle Pack

The new printing on the ARF trooper is very nice as well. I love this design, so I am glad LEGO is continuing to do new printings of it:
LEGO Star Wars 9488 Elite Clone Trooper & Commando Droid Battle Pack

From the back:
LEGO Star Wars 9488 Elite Clone Trooper & Commando Droid Battle Pack

Typically, battle droids aren’t considered as “valuable” as regular minifigs. These are new molds, the Commando Droids. They look fine – with some nice detailed printing on the head. I suppose LEGO put all of their effort into the Elite Clone Trooper, which is why they didn’t include 4 proper minifigs:
LEGO Star Wars 9488 Elite Clone Trooper & Commando Droid Battle Pack

Dark red pieces, including 4 visors:
LEGO Star Wars 9488 Elite Clone Trooper & Commando Droid Battle Pack

The inclusion of the extra visors allow you to turn regular clones into a battalion for the elite trooper to command:
LEGO Star Wars 9488 Elite Clone Trooper & Commando Droid Battle Pack

The rest of the parts, nothing very special here:
LEGO Star Wars 9488 Elite Clone Trooper & Commando Droid Battle Pack

The cannon:
LEGO Star Wars 9488 Elite Clone Trooper & Commando Droid Battle Pack

Doesn’t seem like a fair fight, does it?
LEGO Star Wars 9488 Elite Clone Trooper & Commando Droid Battle Pack

The cannon is a nice design, about what you would expect for a set of this size. Very usable in lots of scenarios.
LEGO Star Wars 9488 Elite Clone Trooper & Commando Droid Battle Pack

Overall, I really like this set, and will be buying multiples to build up a liitle Elite Clone Trooper army!

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