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  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 12 x 3 inches ; 4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: 1934857599
  • Item model number: CAT3500A2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,981 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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Well worth the money to get started with this game.
Jklauk
While opening this boxed set I was quickly amazed at the quality of the battle boards included.
Beezy_T
Part of the problem is not necessarily that the minis are too cheap.
The Cool Guy

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Martin VINE VOICE on April 3, 2011
I've been playing Battletech for over 15 years now, I can honestly say this is the best box set ever released for it. The price alone accounts for the 26 figures (2 of which are of model quality) and board-game thick battle map, so if you're an old player I'd pick it up for that reason alone (even if you managed to pick up the last set that's out-of-print now, it never hurts to have double the mechs). If you're looking to get into the game for the fist time, then there is no question this is where you want to begin; you'll find the shortened game rules, painting/tactics guide, and mech print outs a great way to get started. If after awhile you find yourself craving more, take a look at the handy insert that explains how to expand the game.

If you have no idea what Battletech is or what it plays like, then I suggest heading over to Catalyst's website and checking out the free Quickstart Rules to give you an idea. Last I checked it was [...]
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Hugo on April 22, 2011
I'm very impressed overall this this starter set. I've been looking into getting into this game for a few years and am glad I waited for this new version of the Starter Box.

It contains a lot of miniatures for the price. 24 of them are a bit lacking in appearance and mold quality but the quantity of them and the fact they're pretty sturdy helps make up for this. The 2 premium models are amazing. However, one of mine came assembled (when it shouldn't have been) and incorrectly at that.

The other materials that came with it provide for a lot of good reading and variety. Between 2 rulebooks (presenting two levels of difficulty), painting/strategy guide, and the background booklet there is plenty to keep you busy if none of your friends are around for a game and provide a great intro to the Battletech universe.

The only MAJOR downside was the inclusion of only 1 of the table cards, instead of the 2 promised on the box, the intro booklet, and their own website. When I asked Catalyst about this they only replied "Sorry, but you only get one." This alone made me rate this 4 stars instead of 5 and is the only sour note about the whole set.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Cristina on June 20, 2012
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This box set is pretty great; you get a number of useful rulebooks, some good fiction supplements to help you get a feel for the game's universe, some high quality board game style hex maps to play on.

The biggest downside is the poor quality of the normal 24 plastic minis. Several mechs are pitted where the plastic didn't form correctly, and some of the multi-part models are missing pieces that should have been glued on (my Awesome is missing an arm. That's not awesome at all). The two "high quality" omni mechs are fine, although one of them came pre-assembled and I'd have preferred to put it together myself.

As a fan of battletech who hasn't played the board game since college, I'm happy with my purchase. I just wish the publisher had spent a bit more on QA.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The Cool Guy on August 21, 2012
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I wanted to like this product, I really did. The books were glossy and awesome, the mounted hex maps were fabulous. All of the materials included were of the finest quality... EXCEPT for the most important part of all: the mechs.

When I opened my new box, here is what I found. This is everything that was wrong with my miniatures:

1. The Cyclop's arm was broken off.
2. The Awesome's arm was glued on crooked, pressed against its body.
3. The Jenner's legs were all twisted backward, with the top not glued on right.
4. The Thor came pre-assembled, but the arm was glued on in the wrong direction.

Part of the problem is not necessarily that the minis are too cheap. Most of them look decent, and some look really good. The problem is they are all crammed in a little plastic bag which is jammed tight into the box. They are already fragile. I don't see how you can pack them together in such a tight space and not expect a few pieces to get bent or broken.

It's disappointing too, because everything else is such high quality. But how can I give it more than one star if I'm forced to return the item? Thank Amazon customer service for quick, easy returns. But I don't feel like re-buying another one of these at all. With such hit-and-miss quality, you are definitely taking your chances!

Also, one thing I wondered as I surveyed the carnage of broken / mis-glued pieces, is why did they assemble these at all? It's such poor, obviously lousy quality. With extra glue slapped all over the pieces, and parts glued in the wrong place. I mean, if you're going to pre-assemble them for the customer AND do a shoddy job, why bother? Most of the people buying this are probably game hobbyists who plan to finish and paint them anyway.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Funky Mech Boy on February 23, 2011
Product Description from Catalyst Game Labs:

Winner of the 2008 Origins Award for Miniatures Rules of the Year!

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
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