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The Vintage Collection

4-LOM - TVC - Basic (VC10)

Name: 4-LOM
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: VC10
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: August 2010*
License: Hasbro

* The Vintage Collection wave 1 was available at some retail stores as early as June 2010

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What more is there to be said about a figure that was released pretty much perfectly in the 30 (77-07) line and then gets carded again in The Vintage Collection three years later? Well, that’s exactly the sentiment we have for 4-LOM, the bounty hunter from The Empire Strikes Back who has been receiving quite a bit of attention as a Star Wars collectible lately. The true reason that you would want to buy 4-LOM again is for the packaging. And mint-on-card collectors have a reason to rejoice. For this will be the first time that 4-LOM appears on a vintage-styled card with his correct name. What’s so particularly interesting about this release is that on the back of the figure’s card, there is a picture of an old vintage Zuckuss (the old 4-LOM) with a caption that says “4-LOM (1980-1982)”. This makes a pretty cool statement and the fact that Hasbro was able to make this card without confusing or messing things up says a lot to us. So, unless you keep your figures in the package, you may be able to skip over 4-LOM, but of course we wouldn’t recommend doing that.

For all intents and purposes, 4-LOM is a very slight repaint of 2007’s TAC 4-LOM (30 41) action figure. For The Vintage Collection release, the “eyes” have been colored in the slightest bit darker green paint. This is barely noticeable unless you are looking for it. Also, you are well aware of how there is light orange rusty wash throughout the figure. Well, this time around, the torso has a lot less of this “wash” and the final result makes 4-LOM look a little shinier in this section. The red hash mark/insignia on his left breast is also darker which makes it looks a little more hidden than the TAC version. There are some variances in the way the arms have been painted too, but again, it may not be enough to document it as a definite change. But other than that, the two figures are exactly the same. This likely won’t entice a collector to pick up another 4-LOM for a lightly different paint job, but we consider a change like this to be “new enough” and hence we purchased it for our collections. The paint job is in no way as dramatic as the revised Boba Fett so we’d advise you not to expect to look at this figure and think what a difference it is from the original.

You can expect more figures like 4-LOM making their way into the basic figure line. That means expect some slightly refreshed repacks. Hasbro has given enough forewarning that some of these types of action figures will be definitely forthcoming in the line. While we think any action figure could stand to go through a cursory review just to see if anything more could be done to make it absolutely perfect, it seems as if Hasbro may not be too interested in taking this route. This sort of worries us. For example, 2009's LC Clone Commander Cody (BD44) is part of The Vintage Collection too, but how much change will be necessary before collectors consider it a new enough figure? We still wish Hasbro would add the dirt to his boots as shown at SDCC 2009. At least they inverted the belt so that it’s now the right way up. We hope Hasbro is listening, because it is our opinion that these figures should endure a little tweaking to make them the best they can be. While we don’t see a dramatic improvement in 4-LOM, he is pretty awesome as is, but others like Cody, seem more than just a little of tweaking to be perfected.

Collector Notes

4-LOM

Status: 4-LOM is a very slight repaint of 2007's TAC 4-LOM (30 41) figure.

Articulation Count: 14 points

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

Accessory Count: 1

Accessory Details: BlasTech LJ-90 concussion rifle

Date Stamp: 2007

Assortment Number: 97582/97568

UPC: 653569498742

Retail: $8.99 USD

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4-LOM

The Vintage Collection Wave 1
Dengar (VC01)
Leia (Hoth Outfit) (VC02)
Han Solo (Echo Base Outfit) (VC03)
Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues) (VC04)
AT-AT Commander (VC05)
See-Threepio (C-3PO) (VC06)
Dack Ralter (VC07)
Darth Vader (VC08)
Boba Fett (VC09)
4-LOM (VC10)
(Twin Pod) Cloud Car Pilot (VC11)

Added: July 11, 2010
Category: Vintage Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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