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The Empire Strikes Back

IG-88 (Bounty Hunter) - ESB - Basic

IG-88TM

(Bounty Hunter)

Detailed Visual Analysis

IG-88 (Bounty Hunter)

General Analysis

1980's THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK line got off to a hot start thanks to Kenner releasing three of the greatest bounty hunters of all time right out of the gate. Boba Fett was released a year earlier, but began life as a mail-away figure and received more extensive distribution in 1980. Kenner quickly added Bossk (Bounty Hunter) and IG-88 (Bounty Hunter) to the lineup, and they became two of the most popular Star Wars action figures Kenner produced up until that time. Just look at IG-88 (Bounty Hunter) for example. It’s a tall assassin droid that has a head made from bar parts found in Chalmun’s Cantina. And IG-88 (Bounty Hunter) comes with two blasters instead of one which made the character a tad cooler than some of the other figures in the line. Less is more, and because IG-88 (Bounty Hunter) didn’t have any speaking lines in Episode V, it’s probably a considerable part of the reason that the droid is so adored after all of these years. Kenner did a great job on the 1980 action figure right out of the gate. It’s tall, slender, and frightening. And many of us used IG-88 to bully many of our other action figures. Two unique colors of IG-88 (Bounty Hunter) exist. One is referred to as "silver," while the other is called "gray." The one on our gallery is the gray version. There are also supposedly differences in the size of its photoreceptors, but I haven’t had this explained to me in a way where I have full clarity of the differences. The modern Hasbro line gave us a definitive version of this figure in THE SAGA COLLECTION “Vintage” line. Hasbro never needs to revisit this character in action figure form again. They hit it out of the park.

Hasbro's Most Definitive Modern Counterpart: 2007's THE SAGA COLLECTION IG-88 (Bounty Hunter) Vintage figure.

Collector Notes

Name: IG-88 (Bounty Hunter)

Collection: The Empire Strikes Back

Source: The Empire Strikes Back

Release: 1980

Status: IG-88 (Bounty Hunter) is an all-new figure.

Assortment: No. 39770

UPC: N/A

Retail: $1.99 USD

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Figure Release Information

Major Figure Variations (loose):

  1. detailed sculpt / wiring on right leg
  2. smooth sculpt / no wiring on right leg

U.S. Card Back Release Information (confirmed to exist)

  1. ESB-31A
  2. ESB-32A
  3. ESB-41A
  4. ESB-41C
  1. ESB-41E
  2. ESB-47
  3. ESB-48C
  4. ROTJ-48
  1. ROTJ-65B
  2. ROTJ-77A

U.S. Card Back information derived from the Kellerman Book Matrices and confirmed samples

Research Droids Data Analysis

Added: July 16, 2018
Category: Empire Strikes Back, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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