This post is for those of you are afflicted with dreaded acquisition disorder for Star Wars: X-Wing miniatures.
As you continue to acquire more ships for your fleet, you will start to think about storage solutions. I started off with a Plano box and once I grew past that I started to search for something BIGGER. My search lead me to the P.A.C.K 216 by Battle Foam.
This storage solution is essentially two parts.
Part 1 – The Bag
The first part being a canvas bag and the second foam inserts that have been customized (i.e cut) to fit your miniatures and other game bits. Here’s the manufacturers description of this bag. At the time of this post, the bag was priced at $47.99
The P.A.C.K. (Personal Army Combat Kit) 216 can fit 4 inches (102 mm) of foam. Its rugged olive canvas exterior protects a hard plastic interior built for strength and durability. Its design includes a zipper on the bottom to allow for attachment to the P.A.C.K. 1520 XL or P.A.C.K. Plus. It was also designed for airport travel and meets all FAA regulations for carryon luggage.This bag comes empty, but can be ordered with pluck or custom cut foam. Overall Bag Dimensions – 17W x 15L x 5H” (432W x 381L x 127H mm)
Part 2 – The Foam
The second part of this setup is the foam inserts. For this review, we used the “Star Wars Game Foam Kit for the P.A.C.K. 216 (BF)” which retails for 29.99. Here’s what the manufacturer says about this kit.
In this kit, you will receive two trays that fit the the game pieces from the Star Wars X-Wing board game. This kit also comes with one foam topper and fits perfectly in a P.A.C.K. 216 bag. This foam kit does not fit in the game box.
The first tray will hold the following:
- 8x TIE Fighters
- 4x TIE Advanced
- 5x TIE Interceptors
- 2x Slave I
- 6x X-Wings
- 4x Y-Wings
- 6x A-Wings
- 1x Millennium Falcon
The second tray will hold the following:
- Damage Cards
- Upgrade Cards
- Pilot Cards
- Ship Pegs
- Target Locks
- Tokens and Templates
- Ship Base Inserts
- Ship Bases
- Maneuver Dials
- Measuring and Maneuver Templates
Quality-wise I’m fairly impressed with the canvas case. It seems durable and well constructed through-out. I would be very comfortable traveling with my mini’s secured in this case. I don’t think I would trust it as checked baggage on a plane, but would be fine as carry-on.
The foam inserts are very nice and well cut. For some of the ships, the foam spaces are a bit deeper than needed which makes it necessary to exercise caution when removing ships like the X-Wing.
The fact that it has two spaces for Slave-I ships is probably not the ideal use of space as I suspect most players will decide one of each of the larger ships is sufficient. Personally a few more TIE fighter slots would have been preferable.
If you are the type of player who is constantly taking your game on the road to your FLGS, or conventions I believe you will be happy with this solution. It’s high quality, and its easy to swap out the foam inserts if you want to create a new configuration. Personally, I’m thinking about getting a different foam insert to use instead of tray made for cards and such. Now that the next wave of ships has been announced, I can imagine wanting to add those the case.
Overall some might find it a bit pricy, but I’m very happy with storage solution can easily recommend it.