Introductory Box Set Reprint & Lance Packs from Catalyst Game Labs

By Polar_Bear
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Jun 3rd, 2014
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Catalyst Game Labs got some more reprints of their BattleTech introductory box sets in stock. They’ve also made new Lance packs to help you break into the game.

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Following on that success, Catalyst Game Labs, as part of BattleTech’s 30th anniversary, is pleased to announce the launch of a line of Lance Packs, making it easier than ever to bring additional action to your gaming table.

The line will start, following the return of the Introductory Box Set to retailer shelves, with the Assault Lance Pack and Pursuit Lance Pack. Future releases will occur every two to three months there after throughout 2015. Each $19.99 Lance Pack includes four plastic BattleMechs in the same great quality as those from the Introductory Box Set. With no parts to assemble (beyond painting if you want to add your favorite camo scheme to the mix), these are ready-to-play as soon as you open a box.

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  • I loved Battletech back in the day (mid 90s), but they have definitely not kept up with the times as far as mini sculpts and mech designs go. I play Mechwarrior Online all the time and would love to see those updated looks translate back to the miniatures.

  • Marauder

    I like the crunchiness of the Battletech rules, but ya, the minis just turn me off.

    A shame, because I know Catalyst can do great minis. I love the minis for Leviathans.

    -Tim

  • Bad_Syntax

    The latest version of the plastic miniatures are actually pretty good quality, and the mechs are supposed to look kinda old and mechanical looking, not like MWO or other games. BT rules haven’t really changed in 25 years, and neither have those core designs.

    But yeah, in many cases, their mechs/tanks/etc do look kinda crappy.

    However I’m VERY happy to see these. They are new miniatures over what is in an intro box, come with sexy looking cards, and will help bring some new folks into the game.

    I have 2 issues though.

    1 is that they are using rules out of the new Alpha Strike Compendium, which isn’t out yet. This won’t be an issue if these are released at the same time or after that Compendium though.

    And #2, $20 seems kinda high. For $60 retail you can buy a boxed set with 24 of these miniatures, 2 very high quality map boards, a poster, intro/standard rules, and an introduction to the universe. These seem to be a bit high at $20, $12 maybe ok, but $20, ouch.

    It’d be worth it if they cam painted though 🙂

  • Bad_Syntax

    Oh, and another thing, these miniatures are ONE PART. Compare that to spending 15 minutes with superglue and a dozen parts of other miniatures these days. Right out of the box you can play. Many new boxed games say that, but require assembly anyway.

    • Grindar

      They’re not one-part. Preassembled, yes, but my starter had plenty of loose limbs that you can tell it’s a multipart deal. Except for like the Jenner maybe.

  • Riquende

    No reputable site should feature low-res images of a box featuring the word ‘CLINT’.

    • KelRiever

      LOL! 😀

  • Bad_Syntax

    The OLD intro set had a few multi-parters (awesome, vindicator, etc).

    But these are from the NEW intro set, which I ordered 4 of to get 6 packs of miniatures. They are all one piece, and look MUCH better than the old ones.

    Though they are the same designs, the molding was much better in the newer intro boxed set released earlier this year.