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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back - TLC - Commemorative Tin Collection (3 of 3) (Exclusive)

Name: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Collection: The Legacy Collection
Number: 3 of 3
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: December 2008
License: Hasbro

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Whether it’s because The Empire Strikes Back typically tops the list for Star Wars fans as the most favorite film of the Original Trilogy, or whether it’s because of the few, but very striking creatures/droids in the film, there is something unique that happens when Hasbro groups them together in a special action figure multipack. The packaging almost overtakes the figures inside, but just for a little bit. That’s about where our assessment lies for the Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (3 of 3) Commemorative Tin Collection set from The Legacy Collection line. It’s not completely packed with the best figures on the market, but this is an admirable collection of great main and background characters that should interest a large part of the collecting base, especially those that for one reason or another missed out on these action figures the first time. Another Kmart exclusive, The Legacy Collection Commemorative Tin Collection sets don’t resonate with the same coolness of the general release versions from the 30 (77-07) line, but they are still somewhat noteworthy for the cast of great characters that make them up.

Chewbacca is sadly the biggest dud in this particular set. Hasbro took the slightly repainted version of the original 2003 SW [S - P1] Chewbacca (Cloud City Capture) (’02 #38) figure which was released as 2006’s TSC Chewbacca (With Electronic C-3PO) (SAGA 054) and removed every last accessory except for his blaster and packed him in this tin. Obviously, you need a lot more than a blaster to make this Chewbacca look better than he is, but Hasbro decided against that here. Yoda is the next figure that makes up 25% of this set. Although it’s starting to age, the 2004 VOTC Yoda figure is the figure of choice here. We can’t help that we’re quite fond of this sculpt because the soft-goods and vintage inspired accessories finish him off so nicely. No paint variations exist between the figure from the tin and the figure from The Original Trilogy Collection lineup. But unlike Chewbacca, thankfully Hasbro has decided to carry-forward all of his accessories which we feel is imperative for a multipack like this. The head sculpt could use some reworking, but in general, this is a great Yoda action figure for your dollar. If you missed him in 2004, you had another chance to grab him in 2008.

Hasbro got a little bit lazy with the included Darth Vader figure as well. Thankfully they utilized the better 2006 TSC Darth Vader (SAGA 038) figure to repackage in the Commemorative Tin Collection set. Based on the 2006 TSC Darth Vader (SAGA 013) figure, Hasbro now permanently affixes the helmet down with glue, adds some “Luke Skywalker versus Darth Vader” shoulder damage and calls it a day. But the tin figure is a straight repack of the Darth Vader (SAGA 038) figure. They could have certainly used a worse action figure, so we’re not really complaining. But we’re so much fonder of the Evolutions sculpt and we think that should be Hasbro’s “go to” figure instead. The last figure in the set is the best. IG-88 is a straight repack of 2007’s VTSC IG-88 (Bounty Hunter) figure. This is one of the most hyper-articulated figures in the Star Wars line and we are thrilled to see it re-released again so soon. If you don’t own the figure yet and this is your only opportunity to purchase it, then by all means please do so. It’s interesting to us that IG-88 has now been released both times in vintage Kenner inspired packaging. This set is better than the others, but it’s still an unnecessary release if you’ve already bought them all before this.

Collector Notes

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (Commemorative Tin Collection – 3 of 3)

Assortment Number: 89043/89030

UPC: 653569354581

Retail: $32.99 USD

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Chewbacca

Captured upon their arrival at Cloud City, Chewbacca and his Rebel companions are apprehended by Darth Vader in hopes of luring their Jedi friend, Luke Skywalker, into a trap. While in solitary confinement, Chewbacca takes solace in re-assembling the dismantled C-3PO.

Status: Chewbacca is a straight repack of 2006's TSC Chewbacca (With Electronic C-3PO) (SAGA 054) figure. This time he only comes with the blaster accessory.

Articulation Count: 9 points

Articulation Details: slotted-joint neck, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 swivel biceps, 2 swivel wrists, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: blaster

Date Stamp: 2001

Yoda

Jedi Master Yoda has been in hiding on Dagobah since the fall of the Republic. AT last, a new hope for the galaxy arises when Luke Skywalker comes to him to be trained as a Jedi.

Status: Yoda is a straight repack of 2004's VOTC Yoda figure.

Articulation Count: 10 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, 2 swivel wrists, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 4

Accessory Details: removable soft-goods cloak, flute, gimer stick, snake

Date Stamp: 2004

Darth Vader

Vader is obsessed with finding the young Rebel who destroyed the Death Star, believing him to be the offspring of Anakin Skywalker. Following up on a probe droid lead, Vader identifies the Rebel base on Hoth but arrives too late, as the last of the Rebels flee Echo Base.

Status: Darth Vader is a straight repack of 2006's TSC Darth Vader (SAGA 038) figure. This time he only comes with the lightsaber accessory.

Articulation Count: 12 points

Articulation Details: swivel neck, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, 2 swivel forearms, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: lightsaber

Date Stamp: 2005

IG-88

The heavily armed combat droid IG-88 is one of the bounty hunters who answers Darth Vader's call to capture the Millennium Falcon during the events surrounding the Battle of Hoth.

Status: IG-88 is a straight repack of 2007's VTSC IG-88 (Bounty Hunter) figure.

Articulation Count: 20 points

Articulation Details: double swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel upper arms, 2 ball-jointed elbows, hinge-jointed torso, swivel waist, 2 swivel swivel hips, 2 swivel thighs, 2 swivel thigh armor, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 4

Accessory Details: blaster rifle, blaster pistol, vibro blade, removable bandolier

Date Stamp: 2007







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Added: July 17, 2014
Category: Legacy Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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