Type: Jumbo Kenner Vintage Figures
Number: Item No. 80310
Edition Size: Limited Edition
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: November 2013
License: Gentle Giant Ltd.
Hasbro’s The Vintage Collection finally corrected the long-running, almost urban legend quality, issue of the 4-LOM/Zuckuss name switch error. Sure, Hasbro has released multiple versions of 4-LOM throughout the neo-classic era over the years (even as far back as 1997), but it wasn’t until 2010 that a replica of the figure’s original artwork was created with the accurate name: 4-LOM. Hasbro even released an exclusive two-pack celebrating the decade old mistake in a special convention exclusive a couple of months before the 2010 TVC 4-LOM (VC10) figure was released: 2010’s TVC Bounty Hunters: 4-LOM (VCP01)/Zuckuss (VCP02) two-pack. Clearly the hype surrounding this error is still strong and thriving to this day. But maybe because Hasbro “corrected” this issue, Gentle Giant Ltd. felt some pressure to release the Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figure of 4-LOM also with the corrected name. That may be unlikely, but there is no denying that they have followed suit with so many other steps Hasbro has taken first. We’re not calling them copycats, but we have witnessed similar trends.
What’s a licensee to do? Do they remain faithful to the original Kenner mistake (from 1982), or do they get current and fix the issue and release it the way it had almost meant to be released. Clearly this is a dilemma that will create controversy any way you look at it, so Gentle Giant Ltd. will be unable to make all collectors happy. We like the updated card back in the Jumbo Vintage Kenner Figures line too. Incorrect names may be nostalgic, but they’re, well, they’re wrong. We appreciate when things get corrected for the greater good in the line, so we are quite happy to see this put forth in this line as well. Just like IG-88 (Bounty Hunter), we’re thoroughly impressed with how Gentle Giant Ltd. executed the 4-LOM figure. It’s evident that like in so many other collectible formats that licensees have more success with the aliens and droids they produce more than human characters. 4-LOM is a testament that this is indeed true. The figure is excellent in every way. The sculpt is dynamic, and thicker than the onscreen character, just like the 1982 figure. Everything is perfectly in place.
Status: 4-LOM is an all-new figure.
Articulation Count: 5
Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 swivel arms, 2 swivel legs
Accessory Count: 1
Accessory Details: heavy blaster rifle
Date Stamp: 2013
Retail: $79.99 USD
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