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Revenge Of The Jedi [Death Star II] - TVC - Exclusives

Name: Revenge Of The Jedi [Death Star II]
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: N/A (2011 San Diego Comic Con Exclusive)
Source: Revenge Of The Jedi
Availability: July 2011
License: Hasbro

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RETURN OF THE JEDI was a powerful conclusion to this epic saga of good versus evil. The whole world knows this film by its current title, which evokes the glorious return of the hero. But during filming, the movie was slated to be called REVENGE OF THE JEDI. Merchandise was developed based on this title, including Kenner action figure packaging. Then, late in production, there was a dramatic change. Shortly before the film was released, George Lucas decided the title should be RETURN OF THE JEDI. The final title carries a more appropriate emotional tone because, of course, a Jedi would not seek revenge.

Back in February 2011, Hasbro proudly displayed what was going to be the 2011 San Diego Comic Con exclusive. It was a multipack of 14 basic carded figures from The Vintage Collection but presented to collectors with a twist. The legendary original title of Return Of The Jedi was Revenge Of The Jedi until George Lucas determined that Jedi do not seek revenge. But in order to prepare for the film’s arrival and have product ready, Kenner started producing card backs with the “old” Revenge Of The Jedi title on them. Some product managed to leak out with this outdated logo and many of the original card backs are the highlights of many collections. But Hasbro thought it would be powerfully reminiscent to introduce The Vintage Collection figures under the Revenge Of The Jedi logo and that’s exactly what they did. Housed in a huge Death Star II package, collectors will find 6 regularly sized on each side (this huge packaging is gatefold for heaven’s sake) with a miniature carded figure in the center. Unbeknownst to collectors at the time, Salacious Crumb and Mouse Droid (the two carded miniature figures) actually have their own collection numbers. This is an unprecedented and unexpected move by Hasbro. Exclusive figures so far in the line have been designated as VCP, so right now it’s unclear what exactly is going on. The sad thing is carded collectors will undoubtedly have two gaping holes in their collections unless Hasbro makes these again available to us. (Right now they boast “not for individual sale” which borders on maddening!) The frustration doesn’t stop there. More on this in a moment.

On the positive side, Hasbro has stated that the other 12 included figures will be available at retail to everyone as chase figures. But one question (also currently unanswered) remains and that is will the running change Rebel Commando of African descent be released at the retail level? Hopefully this will be answered shortly. It’s technically the only new figure offered in this set besides the two miniature figures. The rest of the figures are straight repacks. Darth Vader (VC08), Admiral Ackbar (VC22), Luke Skywalker (Endor Capture) (VC23), R2-D2 (VC25), Wicket (VC27), and the Stormtrooper (VC41) are straight repacks of their original releases save for the Revenge Of The Jedi card back. Boba Fett is new in the fact that Hasbro re-carded the 2004 VOTC Boba Fett figure. Han Solo (In Trench Coat) (VC62) is sort of new because instead of just repackaging the 2006 VTSC Han Solo (In Trench Coat) figure, Hasbro has opted to take the 2008 TLC Shield Generator Assault Han Solo figure and put a new trench coat on him instead. It’s definitely the better figure and we applaud them for changing this up a bit for collectors. Keyan Farlander (B-wing Pilot) (VC63) gets his first opportunity as a basic carded figure, but he is just a straight repack of the figure that came in 2008’s TLC Rebel Pilot Legacy (Series II) Evolutions set. Princess Leia (Slave Outfit) (VC64) is almost a straight repack of 2009’s LC Princess Leia (BD17) except for one very important accessory. Princess Leia comes without her interchangeable “sitting” legs. It’s a shame, but we don’t think it would have fit well inside the packaging. Lastly, TIE Fighter Pilot (VC65) is a repack of the figure from 2009’s LC TIE Interceptor Toys R Us exclusive. Just keep in mind that while these figures haven’t been available yet at retail when this set was released that they will be general releases later in 2011.

While most of this set includes rehashed figures, the stuff that is “new” is causing quite a stir within the collector community. What’s worse however is the difficulty in obtaining this set. At Comic Con, collectors had to get a ticket to purchase the set which angered many. And then Hasbro wasn’t remotely prepared for the influx of collectors desperately trying to secure one at HasbroToyShop.com. The latter was a train wreck in every sense of the word and only a few lucky collectors were able to finalize their order at checkout. The anger felt by fans caused them to write into hasbro expressing their chagrin with how the whole process was handled. And while it was a very emotional event, it remains to be seen if Hasbro will produce more sets to meet collector demand. (Hasbro representatives have already stated that no more will be made available.) The Revenge Of The Jedi [Death Star II] 2011 San Diego Comic Con exclusive is absolutely one of the biggest and neatest exclusives Hasbro has ever made for collectors. Perhaps they thought that the sheer size and price of the item would have deterred some fans from adding it into their collections. It actually had the opposite effect. This set is big and beautiful and it pays homage to the vintage Kenner line in very powerful ways. Even if Hasbro is unable to produce more sets, they owe it to many collectors who get one of everything to rerelease the Salacious Crumb, Mouse Droid and Rebel Commando variant. (At least the black Rebel Commando is getting mainstream). There still exists many problems with The Vintage Collection in general. Wedge Antilles (VC28) and the Gamorrean Guard (VC21) have not met demand. Boring army builders are inundating the pegs. And distribution is spotty at best. Hopefully this calamity will show Hasbro that fans are totally into The Vintage Collection and that they really need to focus on it to make it the best it can be.

Collector Notes

Revenge Of The Jedi [Death Star II]

Assortment Number: 36098

UPC: 653569660255

Retail: $129.99 USD

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Darth Vader (VC08)

Status: Darth Vader is a straight repack of 2010's TVC Darth Vader (VC08) figure.

Articulation Count: 14 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel forearms, swivel waist, 2 swivel legs, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 5

Accessory Details: lightsaber, helmet collar, helmet dome, helmet face plate, soft-goods cape

Date Stamp: 2005

Boba Fett (VC09)

Status: Boba Fett is a slight repaint of 2004's VOTC Boba Fett figure.

Articulation Count: 14 points

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

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: blaster rifle, removable jetpack

Date Stamp: 2004

Admiral Ackbar (VC22)

Status: Admiral Ackbar is a straight repack of 2010's TVC Admiral Ackbar (VC22) figure.

Articulation Count: 12 points

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

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: datapad, baton

Date Stamp: 2010

Luke Skywalker (Endor Capture) (VC23)

Status: Luke Skywalker (Endor Capture) is a straight repack of 2010's TVC Luke Skywalker (Endor Capture) (VC23) figure.

Articulation Count: 14 points

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

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: lightsaber, lightsaber hilt, binders

Date Stamp: 2010

R2-D2 (VC25)

Status: R2-D2 is a straight repack of 2010's TVC R2-D2 (VC25) figure.

Articulation Count: 6 points

Articulation Details: swivel dome, 2 swivel arms, 3 swivel "ankles"

Accessory Count: 11

Accessory Details: fitted removable serving tray, lightsaber hilt, 7 drinking glasses, removable drink dispenser attachment, removable sensorscope

Date Stamp: 2010

Rebel Commando (VC26)

Status: Rebel Commando is a kit-bashed figure utilizing the body of 2010's TVC Rebel Commando (VC26) figure and the head of 2006's TSC Rebel Trooper (SAGA 046) head. The head has been retooled to fit on the neck post securely and the head and the neck have also been repainted.

Articulation Count: 14 points

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

Accessory Count: 5

Accessory Details: removable helmet, blaster rifle, blaster pistol, removable backpack, soft-goods trench coat

Date Stamp: 2009

Wicket (VC27)

Status: Wicket is a straight repack of 2010's TVC Wicket (VC27) figure.

Articulation Count: 10 points

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

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: removable cowl, removable cowl (based on the Ewoks television show season 2 appearance), spear

Date Stamp: 2010

Stormtrooper (VC41)

Status: Stormtrooper is a straight repack of 2011's TVC Stormtrooper (VC41) figure (the corrected version).

Articulation Count: 14 points

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

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: removable helmet, BlasTech E-11 blaster rifle, DLT-19 heavy blaster rifle

Date Stamp: 2009

Han Solo (In Trench Coat) (VC62)

Status: Han Solo (In Trench Coat) is a slight repaint of the figure in 2008's TLC Shield Generator Assault Battle Packs set. This time, Han Solo has been given the soft-goods trench coat from 2006's VTSC Han Solo (In Trench Coat) figure but cut from a different fabric with a slightly different pattern. This same exact figure is also included in the Episode VI Return of The Jedi Commemorative Blu-ray set.

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: 2

Accessory Details: removable soft-goods trench coat, blaster pistol

Date Stamp: 2004

Keyan Farlander (B-wing Pilot (VC63)

Status: Keyan Farlander (B-wing Pilot) is a repaint of the figure in 2008's TLC Rebel Pilot Legacy (Series II) Evolutions set. This time his flight straps have been cast in a bright white color instead of a cream color.

Articulation Count: 14 points

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

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: removable helmet, blaster pistol, removable hose

Date Stamp: 2008

Princess Leia (Slave Outfit) (VC64)

Status: Princess Leia (Slave Outfit) is a straight repack of 2009's LC Princess Leia (BD17) figure. This time she comes without the alternate "sitting" legs.

Articulation Count: 15 points

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

Accessory Count: 5

Accessory Details: removable soft-goods skirt, removable belt, removable neck chain, force pike, Jabba's ornate goblet

Date Stamp: 2009

TIE Fighter Pilot (VC65)

Status: TIE Fighter Pilot is a slight repaint of the pack-in figure that came with 2009's LC TIE Interceptor Toys R Us exclusive vehicle. This time the color of his outfit is darker and his legs appear to have been repositioned and are at a wider stance.

Articulation Count: 12 points

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

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: removable helmet/chest box combination, blaster pistol

Date Stamp: 2008

Salacious Crumb (VC66)

Status: Salacious Crumb is a straight repack of the figure that came in 2007's TAC C-3PO & Salacious Crumb (No. 30) basic figure set. Interestingly, Hasbro didn't use the updated Salacious Crumb from 2010's SW [SOTDS] Jabba's Throne Walmart exclusive set.

Articulation Count: 5

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 ball-jointed hips (removable slotted tail)

Accessory Count: None

Accessory Details: None

Date Stamp: 2007

Mouse Droid (VC67)

Status: Mouse Droid is a straight repack of the accessory that came in 1998's POTF2 Death Star Droid figure. No changes have been made for this release. (But why didn't Hasbro use the infinitely better Mouse Droid from the 2002 SW "Saga" Death Star Accessory Set TARGET exclusive?)

Articulation Count: None

Articulation Details: None

Accessory Count: None

Accessory Details: None

Date Stamp: 1998

    

    

    

    

    

    

    

The Vintage Collection
Special Action Figure Sets (All)

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)

The Vintage Collection Wave 2
Darth Sidious (VC12)
Darth Vader [Anakin Skywalker] (VC13)
Sandtrooper (VC14)
Clone Trooper (VC15)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (VC16)
General Grievous (VC17)
MagnaGuard (VC18)
Clone Commander Cody (VC19)

The Vintage Collection Wave 3
Gamorrean Guard (VC21)
Admiral Ackbar (VC22)
Luke Skywalker (Endor Capture/[Jedi Knight Outfit]) (VC23)
Wooof (VC24)
R2-D2 (VC25)
Rebel Commando (VC26)
Wicket (VC27)

The Vintage Collection Wave 3.5
Wedge Antilles (VC28)

The Vintage Collection Wave 4
Kit Fisto (VC29)
Zam Wesell (VC30)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (VC31)
Anakin Skywalker (Peasant Disguise) (VC32)
Padmé Amidala (Peasant Disguise) (VC33)
Jango Fett (VC34)
Mace Windu (VC35)
Senate Guard (VC36)
Super Battle Droid (VC37)

The Vintage Collection Wave 5
Yoda (VC20)
Clone Trooper (212th Battalion) (VC38)
Luke Skywalker (Death Star Escape) (VC39)
R5-D4 (VC40)
Stormtrooper (VC41)
Han Solo (Yavin Ceremony) (VC42)
Commander Gree (VC43)

The Vintage Collection Wave 6
Luke Skywalker (Dagobah Landing) (VC44)
Clone Trooper (VC45)
AT-RT Driver (VC46)
General Lando Calrissian (VC47)
Weequay (Skiff Master) (VC48)
Fi-Ek Sirch (Jedi Knight) (VC49)

The Vintage Collection Wave 7
Han Solo (Bespin Outfit) (VC50)
Barriss Offee (Jedi Padawan) (VC51)
Rebel Fleet Trooper (VC52)
Bom Vimdin (Cantina Patron) (VC53)
ARC Trooper Commander (VC54)
Logray (Ewok Medicine Man) (VC55)

Added: August 1, 2011
Category: Vintage Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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