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Chewbacca - OTC - Vintage

Name: Chewbacca
Collection: The Original Trilogy Collection
Number: N/A
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: September 2004
License: Hasbro

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Celebrate the legendary Star Wars trilogy that changed the universe forever, with The Original Trilogy Collection. This collection brings to life the incredible story of good versus evil that captured our imagination and took us to a galaxy far, far away. The finest recreations of the iconic Star Wars heroes and villains are back with incredible detail and premium features to commemorate each epic tale in the Original Trilogy: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. And, as a tribute to the dedication of Star Wars fans everywhere, we are re-releasing elements of the original packaging that harken back to the creation of Star Wars action figures, which began over 25 years ago with the Original Trilogy. May the Force be with you!

Just when collectors thought they couldn’t be any more impressed with Hasbro thanks to the VOTC Han Solo figure, they were once again wowed to dizzying levels with the released of The “Vintage” Original Trilogy Collection Chewbacca figure. Chewbacca has gone through his share of changes in the line, but he was wrought with growing pains and scale issues that many collectors believed Hasbro would never get right. Hasbro has allayed our fears once and for all with what is easily categorized as definitive with the 2004 VOTC Chewbacca. Despite its wonderful addition to the line, it is quite possible that some will take a small exception that he is based on his appearance from Return Of The Jedi, yet placed on a Star Wars card back. Collectors typically don’t like Hasbro jostling the film sources around like this. Still, Chewbacca, no matter what source, is a tremendous upgrade to all others and makes the previous releases obsolete. (Editor’s Note: Hasbro updated this sculpt to include an Episode IV specific portrait and released it as part of 2005’s TSC Early Bird Figures set.) The bar for our expectations has indeed been raised and it will be hard to accept figures that may be designed from a lower caliber.

Chewbacca is probably the tallest action figure you’ll see released in a single-carded lineup ever. Towering over already tall characters like Darth Vader and even Han Solo, Chewbacca brings true scale to the VOTC lineup. An astounding 15 points of articulation have been worked into Chewbacca’s sculpt. An extra torso joint has been added to give him the desired flexibility you’d want to see in a character that has this much length in his midsection. The sculpting of Chewbacca’s fur is remarkable. Hasbro’s finest sculptors were clearly tasked to pull out any stops that might inhibit the quality of which is truly a small masterpiece. Despite a lanky stature, Chewbacca has been designed with a great deal of proportion which prevents parts like arms and legs from looking too skinny next to a more solid torso. The articulation is mostly ball-jointed (save for the wrists and hips) which gives Chewbacca a nice array of movement from sitting in a cockpit to walking in the lush woods of Endor. Ball-jointed hips would have jettisoned his definitive status to the stratosphere, but Hasbro had to stop the budget somewhere. But there should be no worries, because Chewbacca is awesome as is.

If Chewbacca couldn’t get any better, than just look to his paint job. Hasbro added some yellow highlights to this waviest part of his fur which adds depth and texture. Because this is a plastic sculpt, it’s hard to imitate the properties of real hair. But Hasbro has done a fantastic job here regardless thanks to a clever mix of highlights accenting the appropriate edging in his many locks of hair. Chewbacca possesses a surprisingly warm expression in his face. He doesn’t appear too intimidating, but then again his demeanor is overly warm and fuzzy in the film. After all, he has always been more bark than bite. Chewbacca comes with an all-new sculpted bowcaster. It’s very detailed and comes in two pieces. Once assembled, it can be held in his hands without issue. We’re actually impressed with how well he can hold it in his hands. The bonus here is that you can have his other hand cup the front section of the bowcaster and imitate how he has held it in the films. Had Chewbacca been sculpted based on his Episode IV appearance, it would have definitely beaten out Han Solo as our favorite The “Vintage” Original Trilogy Collection figure. But because it’s not, it will have to play second fiddle to his Millennium Falcon co-pilot. Don’t be misled. This is a figure you need to own.

Collector Notes

Chewbacca

Status: Chewbacca is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 15 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel wrists, ball-jointed torso, ball-jointed mid-section, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: bowcaster (2 parts)

Date Stamp: 2004

Assortment Number: 85269/85213

UPC: 076930852699

Retail: $9.99 USD

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The Original Trilogy Collection Vintage (Wave 1)
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi
Han Solo
Luke Skywalker
Princess Leia Organa

The Original Trilogy Collection Vintage (Wave 2)
Darth Vader
Lando Calrissian
See-Threepio (C-3PO)
Yoda

The Original Trilogy Collection Vintage (Wave 3)
Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) (With Extension Arm)
Boba Fett
Chewbacca
Stormtrooper

 
Added: May 10, 2013
Category: Original Trilogy Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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