BattleTech 25th Introductory Box set street date and pre-order

Catalyst Game Labs have posted a street date for the BattleTech 25th Introductory Box and are accepting pre-orders.

From their website:

The following product has a Street Date of March 30th, 2011:

BattleTech 25th Anniversary Introductory Box Set ($49.95)

Strap yourself into the ultimate suit of armor: the BattleMech. Thirty feet tall and weighing up to a hundred tons, this humanoid engine of destruction is a walking arsenal with enough firepower to level a city block. The BattleTech game system takes you into the world of the 31st Century, where war has become a way of life. You are a MechWarrior. You are in command of the most powerful machine on the battlefield, and hold the fate of empires in your hand.

The BattleTech 25th Anniversary Introductory Box Set thrusts you onto the battlefields of the 31st century. This box contains everything needed to play:

  • 24 unpainted, ready-to-play plastic BattleMech minis
  • 2 unpainted, premium-quality plastic BattleMech minis
  • One 12-page full-color quick-start rulebook will have players into the action in minutes
  • 36-page book of pre-generated BattleMech Record Sheets
  • One 80-page full-color rulebook
  • Inner Sphere at a Glance, a 56-page full-color book of universe
  • background and BattleMech technical data
  • One 16-page full-color Painting and Tactics Guide
  • Two heavy-duty cards of compiled tables
  • Two 18? x 24? game-board quality maps

It’s been a long wait for this much anticipated return of the best-selling Introductory Box Set to the perennial BattleTech game line. With product in transit to the warehouse, the wait for the best version yet of the box set is almost over.

Pre-order your copy today by clicking here.

  • HMV

    24 unpainted, ready-to-play plastic BattleMech minis
    2 unpainted, premium-quality plastic BattleMech minis

    Anyone knows if those will be new versions or a re-release of old plastics? Or what exactly premium-quality means?

    • Zac

      The 24 Mechs are the plastic ones from the first set and the premium mechs are the two Clan mechs they released recently.

      • PanzerKraken

        Awww I was hoping for new figs. Doubling up on them is not bad though, I hope the other content of the box is different enough from the original box.

  • Twisted Victor

    Really wish Catalyst would have taken advantage of the time delay to concentrate on releasing more of the ‘premium’ mechs. These Plastic Mechs should be the future of Battletech but instead they are a couple of one shot minis with no real indication that they intend to produce more like them.

    The other 24 mechs are going to be a bunch of poorly cast pre-fab beginner minis that have no real appeal to anyone, not even those who have never played the game, and to top it off they are exactly the same boring mechs we got in the first box set. So they only appeal for this set is what should be some premium hex boards, on par with their Rivers and Lakes set.

    However, the Rivers and Lakes set was a lack luster release do to it being little more than a re-printed existing map sheet on a higher quality board that had no real purpose in customizing with the hex pack options. Hopefully, they made better decisions on what maps to include in the box set, but with their decision to rerealese the same plastic mechs as last set I don’t hold out hope that they made any good decisions with this set.

    • Zac

      I’m not sure why they didn’t put more of the new style mechs in the game. The only thing I can think is that they are saving them for the Clan box.

      • Twisted Victor

        I guess we’ll find out in 3-4 years after they release it.

    • evernevermore (John)

      Poorly Cast? None of the sets Ive seen were poorly cast. Admitedly the one Awesome had its arms attached backwards, but it was a good casting.

      I for one missed out on getting the original box set with the current batch of minis, so I’ll gladly take another chance at them

      • Twisted Victor

        What? I have yet to see any that were not far below the quality of the metal minis and you were LUCKY to get a complete and correct set in the first box set. We’ll see if Catalyst has to setup a system with this box(like they did with the first) set to send away for the minis you don’t get in the 25th box set.

        • evernevermore (John)

          4 sets that Ive seen – and the wacky Awesome and one Cicada that wouldnt stay together without glue are the only problems Ive encountered.

          • Twisted Victor

            So you have an Atlas that doesn’t look like a pancake and none of it’s LRMs are half molded? There aren’t mold lines on damn near every model and all of your arms came glued on. And please tell me that you got full sets without any missing pieces in all 4 boxes.

          • Zac

            No-one said that the 24 plastic figures were great quality but they paint up nicely and you have a huge number of them in a box. I don’t think anyone is expecting them to look as good as metal figures.

          • evernevermore (John)

            The Atlas’s look on par with my 2nd sculpt pewter Atlas. There were some mold lines but everything was there, and like I said you had the backwards Awesome and a Cicada that wouldnt stay together (I think its legs are warped some but its been glued together so no longer an issue)

    • joechummer

      The plastic high quality Clan ‘Mechs were an experiment they were trying, but I have to believe that the main draw behind them not ramping into full production of the high quality ‘Mechs is that sticky situation of them possibly stepping on the toes of Iron Wind Metals. And honestly, I’d rather have IWM continue producing full lines of metal miniatures than to have a small handful of plastic miniatures using the same sculpts and molds as the pewter minis.

      I’d like to think we may see more high quality plastic ‘Mechs in the future, but time will tell.

      Also, coming from a person who first started playing BattleTech in the early 90’s using nothing but the cardboard counters that came in the 2nd edition box set, having 3D ‘Mechs of ANY quality is a real treat by comparison.

      • Twisted Victor

        The issues with IWM is not true at all. IWM produces allot more than they take credit for and they have trouble keeping up with the Battletech demands(hence the archiving). Plus Catalyst addressed this at the Debut 2 years ago when the first batch of Premium Lokis came literally right off a truck before the Seminar. IWM and Catalyst were in full agreement on moving the mainstream designs over to plastic. What stalled the project is unknown.

        [unsubstatiated rumours removed]

        But this is exactly my orignial point. Catalyst failed to take advantage of the box set’s release delay. The original intent was to give us a whole new set of plastic minis including the unseen but instead they dropped the ball(again) and reissued the same bad boring mechs from the first box set Catalyst released.

        • Zac

          Legal problems regarding the Unseen designs required them to be scrapped again.

          • Twisted Victor

            And replaced with nothing.

          • Zac

            You do yourself a disservice with this constant negative commentary towards them. It makes people take your more legitimate concerns with too much salt.

        • joechummer

          Last year Catalyst ran into financial difficulty, which meant higher cost projects like the high quality plastics had to be back-burnered indefinitely.

          Given that scenario, if it comes down to a choice between having high quality plastics or having Catalyst remain a solvent company so it can continue to produce good products based on games I love, then I’ll take Catalyst any day of the week.

  • Veritas

    I WAS going to buy a copy of this after I saw previews of the two premium mechs. However, if the other 24 are just the minis from the old box I’m going to give it a pass.

  • Anyone have a link so I can see what the miniatures look like? Thanks in advance.

  • Nemesis
    • Zac

      Much better link than mine 🙂

    • Mick A

      They look good to me except for the annorexic Atlas…

  • Osbad

    I definitely think this is a “nostalgia release”. The models are really showing their age.

  • cannondaddy

    Does anybody here play Battletech and Heavy Gear? I’m only familiar with the quickstart rules for both but I think Heavy Gear Blitz seems a little more playable for some like me who prefers a more streamlined system.

    • Zac

      Using just the core rules I suspect that Heavy Gear is quicker but there are “fast play” rules available for BattleTech that let you play quicker games or larger scale games.

    • I personally found the HG rules to be alot easier to get the hang of then BT. But neither really felt like what I wanted from a Mecha game.