Name: Republic V-19 Torrent Starfighter
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: N/A (Vehicles)
Source: The Clone Wars
Availability: January 2012
We’re not so sure why we’re so particularly enamored with the repacked The Vintage Collection vehicles that were released for the opening of the 2012 line. Perhaps we’ve been jaded by the new main line products this year since it’s one big train wreck. You see, Hasbro is taking figures dating back as far as 2000’s Power Of The Jedi line through 2005’s Revenge Of The Sith line and packaging them as the “new” basic figures for 2012. As you are very well aware of already, the figures have aged terribly and the perplexity of it all is that Hasbro has much better sculpts with incredible details for most of these rereleases that would have made the ensemble look a lot better than it currently does. But it’s good to talk positively about the awesome things hitting retail at the same time. We know Hasbro goes through periods of assiduously developing incredible products lineups, but they definitely got lazy for the 3D release of The Phantom Menace, especially when it came to the Movie Heroes line. It’s a relative abomination. (There are exceptions of course.) We believe Hasbro knows we feel this way. So in order to help soften the blow (we’re assuming here), they’ve released three mainstream vehicles in The Vintage Collection packaging. We have to say that we’re thoroughly impressed with the results.
They teased us in 2010 with two TARGET exclusive The Vintage Collection vehicles including the Imperial TIE Fighter and the Rebel Armored Snowspeeder. For 2012, now two vehicles have been sourced to Revenge Of The Sith (one not accurately), but the third vehicle, the Republic V-19 Torrent Starfighter gets sourced to The Clone Wars. This is the very first The Vintage Collection item to sport this logo. It looks fantastic. And although we are quite fond of it, these vehicles made their debut in Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars micro-series. (Of course they have made numerous appearances in Filoni’s The Clone Wars too!) Most had expected the vehicles in this assortment to be straight repacks, and we suppose for all intents and purposes they are. But we analyzed both 2008’s TCW V-19 Torrent Starfighter against 2012’s TVC Republic V-19 Torrent Starfighter and they are clear variances in the paint jobs between them. Both follow the same paint operations, but the TVC vehicle utilizes darker (and shinier) colors to decorate it. The 2008 vehicle is blatantly lighter and duller in appearance. The Vintage Collection version is brighter and almost glistens by comparison. We do not believe this was intentional but even if Hasbro made a conscious effort to tighten up this vehicles paint job, we believe producing them almost four (4) years apart from each other would make this inevitable anyway.
Status: The Republic V-19 Torrent Starfighter is a slight repaint of 2008's TCW V-19 Torrent Starfighter.
Articulation Count: 10
Articulation Details: 2 hinge-jointed airfoils (wings), 1 hinge-jointed center airfoil, opening cockpit canopy, 2 rotating thrusters, 2 firing buttons, 2 sliding landing gear
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: 2 missile projectiles
Date Stamp: 2008
Assortment Number: 38887
Retail: $29.99 USD
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