2013: Almost Done, So Give Us Some!

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The annual "Vintage Versus Modern" comparison of Star Wars action figures is here once again—though, we sadly don't have many changes to make from last year's report, but maybe that's not such a bad thing! This annual Special Report looks at just how far we've come to having a modern counterpart for all the original Kenner vintage figures that were originally released between 1978 and 1985. This assessment of course is through eyes of Jedi Temple Archives! In order to be eligible for consideration, the Hasbro figure denoted as the modern counterpart had to be released prior to January 1, 2013.

While most figures have modern replacements at this point, it still doesn’t mean we have definitive versions of all the action figures. It seems still that the worst offenders needing new modern updates are from Hasbro's earliest The Power Of The Force "2" line (released between 1995 and 2000). What can we do to get Hasbro to focus on these figures for definitive updates? EV-9D9, Yak Face, a "correct" Rebel Commando, Ree-Yees, 8D8, Klaatu (Skiff Guard Outfit) and Anakin "is that his spirit or an EU figure?" Skywalker are just some of the figures we hope are somewhere high on the list to be redone in Hasbro’s parking lot.

With the advent of The Vintage Collection, Hasbro will likely save the remaining updates for a future incarnation of this line. They said they would bring The Vintage Collection back again and that is probably when we can expect to see more of these updates. Even Power Of The Jedi era figures like Tessek and Amanaman, although good action figures even by today’s standards, still need a definitive update in the near future. There are others too of course.

You'll also notice that some figures changed "status" this year. For example, a figure ranked as "Definitive For Now" may have dropped down to "Definitely Not Definitive". They are other updates and changes as well. Look at this with a discriminating eye! So with that we present to you 2013’s Vintage Versus Modern Comparison entitled 2013: Almost Done, So Give Us Some!! We've used the same layout as our 2012 report because it's clearly been the most favorite format of all the Vintage Versus Modern Special Reports we have written. You’ll still find the expository commentary and our logic to why we picked the figures we did, although some of you will be tempted to criticize it as "illogic".

If you have anything more to add, please take the opportunity to speak your mind in our comments module located at the bottom of this report. We may have spearheaded this effort by compiling the results as we see it, but you’re just as important to the process and we want your thoughts! Also, the links listed under each figure will take you to our popular Research Droids Reviews where you can read more about the item as well as find important tools like our Visual Guides and other collector-friendly material. We hope you enjoy our 2013 update!

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Scroll down for an in-depth look at each Vintage figure and its modern counterpart, or click a link below to jump to a specific figure.

Star Wars

Luke Skywalker  |  Princess Leia Organa  |  Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2)  |  Chewbacca  |  See-Threepio (C-3PO)  |  Darth Vader  |  Stormtrooper

Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi  |  Han Solo  |  Jawa   |   Sand People   |   Death Squad Commander   |   Greedo  |  Snaggletooth  |  Walrusman

Luke Skywalker (X-wing Fighter Pilot)  |  Hammerhead  |  R5-D4  |  Death Star Droid  |  Power Droid  |  Boba Fett  |  Snaggletooth [Blue]

The Empire Strikes Back

Leia Organa (Bespin Gown)  |  FX-7  |  Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear)  |  Rebel Soldier  |  Bossk (Bounty Hunter)  |  IG-88

Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues) | Han Solo (Hoth Outfit) | Lando Calrissian | Bespin Security Guard | Yoda | Ugnaught | Dengar

Han Solo (Bespin Outfit)   |   Lobot   |   Leia (Hoth Outfit)   |   Rebel Commander   |   AT-AT Driver   |   Imperial Commander   |   2-1B

Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) (With Sensorscope)   |   See-Threepio (C-3PO) (With Removable Limbs)   |   Luke Skywalker (Hoth Battle Gear)

AT-AT Commander   |   Cloud Car Pilot   |   Bespin Security Guard [1982]   |   Zuckuss   |   4-LOM   |   Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot

Return of the Jedi

Admiral Ackbar   |   Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight Outfit)   |   Princess Leia Organa (Boushh Disguise)   |   Gamorrean Guard

Emperor's Royal Guard  |  Chief Chirpa  |  Logray (Ewok Medicine Man)  |  Klaatu  |  Rebel Commando  |  Weequay  |  Squid Head

General Madine  |  Bib Fortuna  |  Ree-Yees  |  Biker Scout  |  Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard Disguise)  |  Nien Nunb  |  Nikto  |  8D8

Princess Leia Organa (In Combat Poncho)  |  Wicket W. Warrick  |  The Emperor  |  B-wing Pilot  |  Klaatu (In Skiff Guard Outfit)

Han Solo (In Trench Coat)   |   Teebo   |   Prune Face   |   AT-ST Driver   |   Rancor Keeper   |   Lumat   |   Paploo   |   Sy Snootles

Droopy McCool  |  Max Rebo

Power of the Force

Luke Skywalker (In Battle Poncho)  |  Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) (With Pop-up Lightsaber)  |  Romba  |  Amanaman  |  Barada

Imperial Gunner  |  Han Solo (In Carbonite Chamber)  |  Luke Skywalker (Imperial Stormtrooper Outfit)  |  Anakin Skywalker

EV-9D9   |   Warok   |   Lando Calrissian (General Pilot)   |   A-wing Pilot   |   Imperial Dignitary   |   Yak Face

Vintage Vs Modern Comparison Analysis

Vintage Figure

Modern Counterpart

Luke Skywalker (SW 1978)

Luke Skywalker (2009's LC Resurgence Of The Jedi Battle Packs)

Definitive for now: This Luke Skywalker figure gets a lot of what we would hail as unnecessary flack. While we do agree that Hasbro needs to go back to the drawing board one last time and deliver unto us a truly definitive version him from Episode IV, this figure serves a great purpose right now. A great likeness and proper stature accompanies a well designed figure with ball-jointed hips. (Shouldn't we be rejoicing instead of complaining that an Episode IV Luke Skywalker figure has ball-jointed hips?) If they redesigned him, a clever use of soft-goods shirt would be ideal, but many collectors would just assume Hasbro give us molded clothing instead. Still, this version of Luke Skywalker holds up very well.... for now.

Vintage Figure

Modern Counterpart

Princess Leia Organa (SW 1978)

2004's VOTC Princess Leia Organa

Definitely not definitive: Well it's official. This VOTC figure has aged out. The sweet-looking Princess Leia Organa from 2004's VOTC line wowed us when it was released, but now it's basically just saying "make me again please". The doll like/porcelain features of her face and the limited articulation only beg to be updated. With so many incredible Princess Leia Organa sculpts already out there (and more coming), we know Hasbro will be able to bring forth a truly definitive sculpt to us now. This figure has served its purpose for years, but time hasn't been as kind as it should have. Since she is the main heroine in the Star Wars saga, we feel that she's entitled to an all-new sculpt in the very near future. And get rid of those swivel elbows!

Vintage Figure

Modern Counterpart

Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) (SW 1978)

R2-D2 (2009's LC Resurgence Of The Jedi Battle Packs)

Definitive: R2-D2 is definitely one Star Wars character that has the most action figures made of him. With so many choices to choose from, there are still only a few that rank as definitive in our eyes and the winner is the figure from 2009's LC Resurgence Of The Jedi Battle Packs set. Between the brushed nickel dome, a black eye port and a retractable third leg, this rework of the fan favorite 2005 ROTS R4-G9 figure is always a crowd pleaser. What more could you honestly want for this astromech droid? We know, you want R2's utility tools worked in too. Maybe one day, but remember more bells and whistles tends to translate as a lack of authenticity, and we don't want that, right?

Vintage Figure

Modern Counterpart

Chewbacca (SW 1978)

Chewbacca (2005's The Saga Collection Early Bird Figures mail-away exclusive)

Definitive: Chewbacca may have just as many counterparts in the basic figure line as R2-D2. After the incredible 2004 VOTC Chewbacca figure was designed and released, Hasbro utilized it innumerable times and made versions of him from every Original Trilogy film and then some including even versions from the Expanded Universe and deleted scenes. But the best modern update to the 1978 Chewbacca remains the one from the modern 2005 TSC Early Bird Figures set. The slicked back hair is the key trait that ties Chewbacca to Episode IV, so this one is the closest match to the vintager Kenner figure. Now, if Chewbacca only came with a green crossbow!

Vintage Figure

Modern Counterpart

See-Threepio (C-3PO) (SW 1978)

C-3PO (2009's LC Resurgence Of The Jedi Battle Packs)

Definitely not definitive: C-3PO has seen multiple releases in the basic figure line throughout the years and some have certainly been better than others. With the exception of 2010's TVC See-Threepio (C-3PO) (VC06) figure, not many have come with decent articulation. So, we reluctantly select the figure from 2009's LC Resurgence Of The Jedi Battle Packs set because there really aren't too many others that are better. The Vintage Collection version is too EU-ish for our taste. And what we probably really want to see is the U-3PO/K-3PO Build A Droid sculpt used next to bring us an as close to definitive as possible C-3PO for our collections. (Don't be BAD haters people - the sculpts are dynamic!)

Vintage Figure

Modern Counterpart

Darth Vader (SW 1978)

2012's TVC Darth Vader (VC93)

Definitive: Star Wars collectors mouths dropped to the ground when we found out we were finally getting an Episode IV specific version of Darth Vader on a Star Wars card back. But the goodness didn't end there. The figure exceeded expectations. Coming with more articulation than ever before included the very first Darth Vader action figure with ball-jointed hips (and let's not forget about the screen accurate non-removable helmet), this will be the Darth Vader figure to stand the test of time. If it isn't, we are going to be very cranky Star Wars fans. But it will so there is nothing to fear here.

Vintage Figure

Modern Counterpart

Stormtrooper (SW 1978)

2011's TVC Stormtrooper (VC41)

Definitive for now: There was a great deal of dissension in the collecting community when wave 5 of The Vintage Collection was announced. (Is Hasbro really releasing a Build A Droid version of R5-D4 on a TVC card back? Yes, they did that exactly. We digress.) One figure enraged many (the first release of the Stormtrooper (VC41) figure) but Hasbro in mid-production miraculously enhanced the figure by updating its helmet and painting in some missing applications making everyone a lot happier. Even though the figure is far from flawless, it's still pretty good. After all, it's the only super-articulated Stormtrooper with ball-jointed hips without a "hole" in its back. We'll wait for a definitive update of course, but this one isn't half bad for now.

Vintage Figure

Modern Counterpart

Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi (SW 1978)

Obi-Wan Kenobi (2009's LC Resurgence Of The Jedi Battle Packs)

Definitive: Just when you thought that 2009's TLC Obi-Wan Kenobi (BD 34) figure couldn't get any better, Hasbro updated the figure with enhanced paint operations and threw it into 2009's LC Resurgence Of The Jedi Battle Packs set (and released it a few other times since). The updates are significant enough for us to deem this version as the better of the two. But the actual figure and its articulation are identical. Hasbro will be likely unable to improve upon this figure down the road and until they do, this one has it all. Originally intended to be part of an Evolutions set before the line was canceled, we're thankful that Hasbro decided to release this figure individually instead.

Vintage Figure

Modern Counterpart

Han Solo (SW 1978)

2011's TVC Han Solo (Yavin Ceremony) (VC42)

Definitive: This choice should definitely create controversy. Some figures truly withstand the test of time. (We're absolutely talking about 2004's VOTC Han Solo figure.) Agreed. But even those figures can get eclipsed by others. We feel a newer version of Han Solo is worthy of succeeding the 2004 incarnation. Han Solo (BD30) from the Legacy Collection got a really bad rap thanks to oversized stormtrooper armor and gimmicky features. Even we here at JTA are guilty of tearing it apart. But once you get past the silly accessories and remove them from the equation, you're left with a very solid and authentic Han Solo figure based on his appearance from Episode IV and what some refer to as "big head" Han Solo. The paint job was significantly enhanced for 2011's TVC update and a Yavin ceremony medal was thrown on him for good measure. As a result, 2011's The Vintage Collection version is definitely the superior Han Solo (Episode IV) figure. Yes, the poster child for the agelessness of an action figure would be 2004's VOTC Han Solo from The Original Trilogy Collection, but this one is a smidgen better. Let us be clear that we'll remain partial to both figures until Hasbro shows us that there is reason to prefer yet another an all-new sculpt.

Vintage Figure

Modern Counterpart

Jawa (SW 1978)

2009's LC Jawa [& Security Droid] (BD39)

Definitely not definitive: OK, we have had it now. A "vintage styled" Jawa has been on Hasbro's rumor lists since 2006 and yet they never released one. What gives? We're tired of accepting the Legacy Collection version as our best Jawa, but sadly he is. Each time one gets released, Hasbro has approached it completely differently from the last, yet it never reaches perfection. While the succession has been noteworthy, we're still not anywhere we need to be to have a modern (and most importantly a definitive) version in our collections. Rumored to be a candidate in the modern "vintage" assortments for years (2006-2007), this little guy ultimately never saw release in this format. This is an added shame because the Jawa hasn't gone up for consideration in The Vintage Collection either. So, for now we'll have to use the figure from 2009's LC Jawa [& Security Droid] (BD39) two-pack to fill this slot. It doesn't mean we're happy so let's see a gorgeous all-new figure with a whole cloth robe and fully articulated arms and legs. Please!

Vintage Figure

Modern Counterpart

Sand People (SW 1978)

2006's VTSC Sand People

Definitive for now: Before we rip Hasbro apart we should probably give credit where credit is due. 2006's The Saga Collection "vintage" assortment was incredible. Some very awesome action figures came out of both waves. But Hasbro cheaped out on the Sand People figure by not giving it ball-jointed elbows. If any figure needed that treatment from the wave, it was the Sand People. And then Hasbro released a revised version of it specific to Episode I as 2012's SW [TPM 3D] Tusken Raider (11 of 12) figure in the Walmart exclusive Discover The Force assortment the same way (but repainted and with new soft-goods). Tusken Raiders MUST come with ball-jointed elbows Hasbro. Please do this for us! It's a no-brainer! Let's see a definitive update... soon!

Vintage Figure

Modern Counterpart

Death Squad Commander (SW 1978)

2012's TVC Imperial Navy Commander (VC94)

Definitive for now: Last year we had 2007’s TAC Death Star Trooper (No. 13) chosen for the modern update to 1978’s Death Star Commander. After much angst and chagrin from our audience, we listened to you and fully agree that a Death Star Trooper is significantly different from a Death Star Commander. (The Death Star Commander has a gray outfit and a communications wiring attached to his helmet.) But there is a "but". After that initial progress, we’ve decided to replace him with 2012’s TVC Imperial Navy Commander (VC94) figure because Hasbro blatantly told us that this figure was intended to be the modern replacement to the 1978 figure (even though the color out his outfit and helmet have not been updated to the gray color we're wanting to see). We will however patiently await a simple repaint and retool of this figure until we get our Death Star Commander as the Maker intended. So this one is definitive for now.

Vintage Figure

Modern Counterpart

Greedo (SW 1979)

2010's SW [SOTDS] Greedo (SL04) (Saga Legends)

Definitive: Many collectors aren't even aware of the fact that Hasbro updated the paint job to 2006's The Saga Collection Greedo "vintage" figure, but they did. And the new paint operations are that much better. It came to us in 2010's Star Wars "Shadow Of The Dark Side" where so many other classic figures received small but updated tweaks to their paint jobs. Greedo still suffers from a too-bulky soft-goods vest, but there are options to remedy this. You can use the vest off of one of your Comm Tech Greedo figures and it does the figure a world of good. We'd still like to see another update with Hasbro updating his eyes to a more purple color, but even if they don't, this version of Greedo remains definitive for us. (Just remember he never shot first.)

Vintage Figure

Modern Counterpart

Snaggletooth (SW 1979)

Snaggletooth (2012's TVC Special Action Figure Set (Villain Set) [Version 2])

Definitive: Hasbro has made things easy for us this year. If you recall, we discussed last year that the original vintage Kenner line technically gave us our first Expanded Universe figure. The 1979 Snaggletooth figure is really an amalgamation of both Takeel from the cantina and Zutton from The Star Wars Holiday Special. Since reference materials in 1979 weren't of the quality that they are today, it's no wonder Kenner's sculptors squished two cantina patrons into one figure; a case of mistaken identity somewhat. Now Hasbro has solved the riddle (from their perspective) and created an all-new Snaggletooth figure in the TARGET exclusive Special Action Figure Set (Villain Set [Version 2]) multipack. So it appears this is now the definitive update to the 1979 Snaggletooth figure! We just need an updated Zutton now!

Vintage Figure

Modern Counterpart

Walrus Man (SW 1979)

2011's TVC Ponda Baba (Walrus Man) (VC70)

Definitive: It took a VERY long time to get a super-articulated Ponda Boba (Walrus Man) figure into the basic figure lineup, but Hasbro came through immensely for us all and incorporated unprecedented versatility with it. Coming with no less than nine accessories (including interchangeable parts), The Vintage Collection's Ponda Baba (Walrus Man) (VC70) figure is one to be cherished for years to come. Although his head sculpt is a little too small, everything else about him is perfection. Hasbro even included the alternate hands forever immortalized in the blooper that has never been edited out of A New Hope: Ponda's flipper mittens. The Vintage Collection also updated Ponda Baba's card back art and for the first time the figure is accompanied by a still from the film and not a drawing. What a fabulous time to be a Star Wars collector indeed!

Vintage Figure

Modern Counterpart

Luke Skywalker: X-Wing Fighter Pilot (SW 1979)

Luke Skywalker (2008's TAC Luke Skywalker/R2-D2 (6 of 6) Droid Factory Walmart exclusive)

Definitive: Hasbro nearly mastered Luke in his X-wing pilot gear with 2006's TSC Luke Skywalker: X-wing Fighter figure, part of that year's "vintage" assortment. One thing that the figure lacked was silver flight straps and that was first remedied with the figure from 2008's TAC Luke Skywalker/R2-D2 (6 of 6) Droid Factory set. A few other small paint operations and updates took place making this right now the definitive version of Luke in his X-wing fighter flight gear. The portrait he comes with is sadly getting outdated very quickly, so an all-new head sculpt would be appreciated at this point. Hasbro has a great base sculpt for Rebel pilots with this figure. And as you can imagine, they've capitalized on it tenfold!

Vintage Figure

Modern Counterpart

Hammerhead (SW 1979)

2006's TSC Momaw Nadon (SAGA 031)

Definitive for now: If the line was to end tomorrow, we'd be completely fine with 2006's TSC Momaw Nadon (SAGA 031) figure serving as the modern replacement for 1979's Hammerhead figure. But we make that assertion by its sculpt only and not its articulation. Despite this clarification, many of you will undoubtedly disagree that this figure can not be definitive for now. Obviously Momaw Nadon needs a definitive update, so we can all agree with that sentiment. But there is no denying that the figure still holds up extremely well year after year thanks to a very artful and realistic sculpt that is accompanied by so many wonderful accessories. So, until Hasbro revisits this character from the ground up, this will be the one to consider definitive for now for us at the very least. (JTA also reported during our Celebration VI coverage that an all-new Momaw Nadon is tooled and approved but waiting for the right opportunity to be released!)

Vintage Figure

Modern Counterpart

R5-D4 (SW 1979)

2006's TSC R5-D4 (SAGA 032)

Definitive: The Vintage Collection is collector-focused line with figures that include premium features and articulation, right? Then why the heck did Hasbro put a Build A Droid version of R5-D4 in The Vintage Collection? 2011's TVC R5-D4 (VC40) figure was a huge misstep for Hasbro and a repaint of 2006's TSC R5-D4 (SAGA 032) would have been the only way to go. Right now, we technically don't have a 3.75" scale version of R5-D4 for our collections (save for the electronic version) based strictly on its appearance in Episode IV. You see, R5-D4 is missing the red vertical panels on its back. The versions where its posterior is all-white is based on its appearance in Episode II. But that is really splitting hairs for this purpose. (Do some research - you'll see we're right.)

Vintage Figure

Modern Counterpart

Death Star Droid (SW 1979)

2008's TLC MB-RA7 (Build A Droid)

Definitive for now: Is it proper to consider a modern update of the actual vintage Kenner figure instead of the character the modern counterpart is intended to portray of that said vintage figure? Are you confused? The Build A Droid MB-RA7 is a figure that pays homage to the original 1979 Kenner vintage figure and not the character seen in Episode IV, thus making it an Expanded Universe figure. Are you still confused? Don't worry about it. For now, until Hasbro makes an all-new silvery Death Star Droid from scratch, we're going to count MB-RA7 as its definitive enough for now counterpart. (And that's even in spite of us feeling that the 1979 Death Star Droid is meant to be the black Death Star Droid from Episode IV.) Next!

Vintage Figure

Modern Counterpart

Power Droid (SW 1979)

To be determined....

To be determined: We received an amazing amount of feedback regarding our 2011: It's Down To Seven Vintage Versus Modern Special Report, but one figure where people started getting nasty with us was whether there was a proper update to 1979's Power Droid or not. We've been appropriately schooled and believe now that there is not a modern update yet. And even with the all-new sculpt that was added to 2012's TVC Special Action Figure Set (Droid Set), they gave us a tan Power Droid instead of the blue one at the Lars' Homestead. What is the mental block with this figure?! Hopefully a simple repaint will make this figure a reality very soon!

Vintage Figure

Modern Counterpart

Boba Fett (SW 1979)

2010's TVC Boba Fett (VC09)

Definitive: One figure that no two collectors will agree on which is the modern update to the vintage figure is Boba Fett. The figure from 2008's TAC The Fett Legacy Evolutions version of him has gone through a series of evolutions itself, and right now the best version is 2010's TVC Boba Fett (VC09) figure (based on his appearance from The Empire Strikes Back, not the one from Return Of The Jedi). We'd eventually like to see a non-removable helmet version at some point before the line ends, but it's hard to say that this figure doesn't look pretty darn good with all of the revisions and updates Hasbro made to it. The paint job is incredible, but they need to tailor down his extraordinarily long cape. But everything else about him is just incredible. For that reason alone we're considering this version of Boba Fett definitive.

Vintage Figure

Modern Counterpart

Snaggletooth [Blue] (SW 1979)

Zutton (2004's OTC Mos Eisley Cantina Scene 2 - Exclusive)

Definitely not definitive: Hasbro thought it would be a really niche thing to include a blue Snaggletooth somewhere in an exclusive in The Original Trilogy Collection. And that's exactly what they did. They retooled Zutton from the Power Of The Jedi line, painted him blue and gave him silver boots. Not holding up well by today's standards, collectors thought for sure that The Vintage Collection would be the next obvious place to include our first available carded version of this classic "mistake" figure. It would have been nice of Hasbro to give us a surprise like this before The Vintage Collection ended. It doesn't look like it's happening this year, but until is does, this action figure is definitely in need of an update. We also think a repaint of the Special Action Figure Set figure would suffice.

Vintage Figure

Modern Counterpart

Princess Leia Organa (Bespin Gown) (TESB 1980)

2012's TVC Princess Leia Organa (Bespin Gown) (VC111)

Definitive: One figure that Hasbro loved to ignore throughout the years was Princess Leia Organa in her Bespin gown. Now let's be clear. They didn't ignore her altogether, but it was typically one of the last outfits they'd bother updating. Thankfully a great version has been released in the 2012 The Vintage Collection lineup. She looks absolutely fabulous, thereby making both the 1998 and 2004 versions of her completely obsolete. The likeness and the use of soft-goods is amazing and we hope that they can apply the same technique for multiple needed Episode IV updates too. It was great to see Leia receive so much positive treatment in The Vintage Collection run.

Vintage Figure

Modern Counterpart

FX-7 (TESB 1980)

FX-7 (2010's TVC Special Action Figure Set (9-pack TARGET exclusive)

Definitive: The Power Of The Jedi collection really changed the way Star Wars action figures were made. Scale, aesthetics, and new articulation were all considered carefully with each and every figure in the line. Many of the figures from that basic figure lineup have aged a little too much for our liking when considering how far we've come in 2012, but one figure that probably cannot be topped in this day and age from 2001 is FX-7. What an amazing figure. The future was sculpted into this action figure and it still offers more articulation than most figures released today. Hasbro subtly updated this medical droid's paint job and released it it 2010's TVC Special Action Figure Set (9-pack) that was released as a TARGET exclusive. As a result, this ones is the better figure. However they update the paint applications, we'll likely never need a resculpt (or repaint) ever again. Ever. Now let's just see this released as a basic figure now!

Vintage Figure

Modern Counterpart

Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear) (TESB 1980)

2010's SW [SOTDS] Snowtrooper (SL23) (Saga Legends)

Definitive: Hasbro capitalized big time on the 2007 TSC Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear) sculpt from the "vintage" assortment. It's become a staple of the Saga Legends line(s) and even the main basic figure line not to mention various Battle Packs and multipacks. But Hasbro got things together perfectly by the time it was released in the 2010 Star Wars "Shadow Of The Dark Side" Saga Legends line. They retooled the legs to reduce the dramatic wide stance and gave the figure a paint job that would make any artist tear up. This is unequivocally the best Snowtrooper out there and we hope you bought plenty for your Blizzard Force ranks. With Saga Legends' kiss of death, it's unknown if Hasbro will find ways to get this figure out again.... and in the same way. The clone head under the helmet may tick you off, but just keep it on and appreciate just how great this figure is indeed. Oh, this version of the Snowtrooper comes in two distinct paint jobs. Which one do you have?

Vintage Figure

Modern Counterpart

Rebel Soldier (TESB 1980)

2011's TVC Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear) (VC68)

Definitive: How many of us thought we were NEVER going to see this figure updated in the modern line? (We did.) Never say never. Thankfully the long and grueling wait was more than worth it. Hasbro put together one fabulous 3.75" scale version of the vintage Kenner Rebel Soldier figure based on the likeness of Cal Adler. While we're thrilled to have one, this would be a fantastic base sculpt to give us even more Rebels from Echo Base including the much desired tauntaun handlers.... among many, many others. Some have criticized the figure for being too tall and lanky, while others still feel this isn't the proper update to the 1980 Rebel Soldier, but we adamantly disagree. We think it's the perfect modern update to a classic figure... with updated card back art and all! There is definitely a lot to love here.

Vintage Figure

Modern Counterpart

Bossk (Bounty Hunter) (TESB 1980)

Bossk (2011's TVC Special Action Figure Set (Imperial Forces))

Definitive: Bossk has gone through his share of evolutions in the basic figure line as well. Always a collector favorite, all versions of him whether designed in 1997, 2004 or 2007 have all been wonderful action figures as far as sculpts and paint jobs have been concerned. But obviously Hasbro rocked it out of the arena when the 2007 VTSC Bossk (Bounty Hunter) figure from their popular "vintage" assortment was released. It got an updated (albeit very negligible) paint operation update in 2010 Saga Legends line and a further update was made in 2011's TVC Special Action Figure Set (Imperial Forces). As a result, this is the best version of our most favorite Trandoshan. This version of Bossk should remain ageless, but with every year Hasbro gets better and better, so we can imagine an even greater update is possible. (But that would be a stretch for us.)

Vintage Figure

Modern Counterpart

IG-88 (TESB 1980)

IG-88 (2011's TVC Special Action Figure Set (Imperial Forces))

Definitive: IG-88 (Bounty Hunter) was a wave mate of Bossk (Bounty Hunter) in the 2007 The Saga Collection "vintage" lineup. And as you can probably imagine, this update to the coolest assassin droid in the galaxy is just as definitive. Hasbro's sculptors carefully studied the source material and worked up a truly astonishing version of IG-88. Hasbro then very slightly tweaked the figure's paint job for release in the 2010 Saga Legends line and again for 2011's TVC Special Action Figure Set (Imperial Forces) set. We're choosing this version as the definitive even though we're partial to the packaging this figure received in 2007. Incidentally, IG-88 shared space with Bossk in this classic multipack reproduction too.

Vintage Figure

Modern Counterpart

Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues) (TESB 1980)

2010's TVC Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues) (VC04)

Definitive: Man oh man. When 2010's TVC Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues) (VC04) figure started arriving on store shelves, collectors new that great things were in store for us going forward in The Vintage Collection basic figure line. This figure still continues to wow most collectors even two years out from its release at retail. Some critics aren't crazy about the head sculpt and others have stated that it was an unnecessary upgrade, but to them we say "you'll never be happy" because this version of Luke Skywalker is a perfect example of why we actually collect these plastic action figures. It's a tiny masterpiece and an absolute must-have for your collection (and it isn't even the best figure in that first wave — that should really tell you something). Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues) will never need another update again. We will stay steadfast in this very strong opinion.

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Han Solo (Hoth Outfit) (TESB 1980)

Han Solo (2008's TAC Han Solo/R-3PO (3 of 6) Droid Factory Walmart exclusive)

Definitive for now: The Vintage Collection is very guilty of playing on our weakness thanks to that albatross around our necks: nostalgia. Our memories of the best days of our lives are vicariously lived through over and over every time a modern update gets released. Hasbro knows this all too well, so when it comes time to make a cool exclusive, they know how to reel us in time after time. The Walmart exclusive Droid Factory sets brought us a vintage update to the 1980 Han Solo (Hoth Outfit) figure. The figure has been tweaked many times since its original release in the 2007 The Saga Collection line, but you'll want to grab a version of Han Solo where his macrobinocular straps are tan and not brown. (Tan is movie accurate). We do however think Hasbro could make this figure slightly better. We love the hood up, but that face needs improvement! Try a molded face instead of a painted face next time Hasbro!

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Lando Calrissian (TESB 1980)

Lando Calrissian (2010's TVC Special Action Figure Set (9-pack TARGET exclusive))

Definitely not definitive: Lando Calrissian never really performed as well as the other "vintage styled" figures in 2004's The Original Trilogy Collection. But between the decent sculpt and the nostalgic packaging, we found it one of the finest of the original "modern" 12. Sadly, Hasbro obviously still feels that he's good enough for release after release almost a full decade later. If they could find a way to incorporate ball-jointed elbows, we'd say this sculpt would be perfected. But as of today, Hasbro just won't do it. The paint job to this figure was updated in 2010's TVC Special Action Figure Set (9-pack TARGET exclusive). That revised paint job, especially in Lando's face, is significantly improved. So this version of the figure gets our vote for the most definitive version for now. However, we hope that a super-articulated version is planned for 2013.

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Bespin Security Guard (TESB 1980)

To be determined....

To be determined: Where oh where is our mustachioed Bespin Guard? Oh where oh where can he be? That's what we'd like to know. Hasbro has had ample time to get the Asian/Latin/facial-haired Bespin Security Guard out to collectors, so we'd like to know what the hold-up is. This vintage Kenner figure would have been perfectly updated for release in The Vintage Collection, but it looks like time is running out at this point (with rumors of The Vintage Collection going into hibernation for 2013). Hasbro has even admitted that this character would be the next great and most obvious choice to release for the next Bespin Security Guard figure. So if that's the case, then just do it! You have a wonderful Cloud City Wing Guard sculpt available Hasbro - make the most of it..... PLEASE!

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Yoda (TESB 1981)

2004's VOTC Yoda

Definitive for now: Determining the most definitive version of Original Trilogy Yoda is becoming increasingly difficult. While the obvious candidate is 2004's OTC Yoda from the "vintage" assortment, the figure is aging poorly and not holding up its previous definitive status. While it's very easy to consider the figure "definitive for now" Hasbro has developed a super-articulated Prequel Trilogy version, 2011's TVC Yoda (VC20) figure, that we pray they use as a basis to make an all-new Episode V version for us. Just carry over the accessories from the 2004 sculpt and develop and all-new head sculpt and we think that would make the absolute version of Yoda that would certainly rock the house.

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Ugnaught (TESB 1981)

2009's LC Ugnaught (BD28) (with some help from 2009's TLC Ugnaught (BD 43))

Definitive: We stand by our decision that both The Legacy Collection Ugnaught (BD 43) and the Legacy Collection Ugnaught (BD28) both represent the modern updates to the vintage Kenner figure. This will undoubtedly make some of you huff and puff out there, but both Ugnaughts comprise parts that make up what's represented in that 1981 figure. Both are excellent figures and worthy of recognition. If you were to take off the soft-goods from the vintage figure, you'd be left pretty much with the BD28 version of the Ugnaught. And what's more, our friends from Yakface.com showed us how to transfer the apron from the BD 43 figure and place it on the BD28 figure. For us, that's close enough for us to feel we already have a definitive modern update of the figure. Still, we won't stick up our noses at Hasbro should they decide to give us that gray outfitted Ugnaught with an apron on their own, but you have the flexibility to do that now.

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Dengar (TESB 1981)

2010's TVC Dengar (VC01)

Definitive: Dengar, like so many other bounty hunters, has seen multiple versions throughout the basic figure line. Interestingly, the very first modern version of Dengar was based on his appearance in Return Of The Jedi and not The Empire Strikes Back (as evidenced by his lack of backpack). All other modern versions since have been based on his look from Episode V. However, we didn't get a definitive version until 2010's The Vintage Collection was released nearly 20 years after the vintage figure was released. Absolutely the best figure from wave 1 from The Vintage Collection, Dengar brought detail to an unprecedented level. This figure makes us buckle at the knees. And while he seemingly served his role at retail as a peg-warmer very well, it won't affect our unconditional love for him in the slightest. You should own this figure proudly. Heck, you should own two proudly.

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Han Solo (Bespin Outfit) (TESB 1981)

2011's TVC Han Solo (Bespin Outfit) (VC50)

Definitive: People who read our report last year wanted to hang us by our skin for including 2007's TAC Han Solo With Torture Rack (30 38) figure as the definitive update for the Han Solo (Bespin Outfit) figure. We understand your rage (and anger) fully. We weren't happy with the choice either, but we weren't going to choose the 2001 POTJ figure instead since it has less articulation and accuracy. Hopefully you can overlook previous transgressions because we absolutely now have a definitive update to that childhood favorite version of Han Solo. Some have complained about the paint job being too sloppily applied and others have expressed concern for its overall shininess. We empathize with both points somewhat, but we did find many samples in the wild that contradicted these comments. Super-articulated and well-accessorized, 2011's TVC Han Solo (Bespin Outfit) (VC50) figure is one we're proud to own and it will hold up well throughout the years. And you probably should expect it to show up in multipacks down the road with an enhanced paint job. All Han Solo figures do.

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Lobot (TESB 1981)

2004's Lobot (OTC #20)

Definitive for now: Despite Lobot's poor sell-through performance at retail during the early 80s, it didn't seem to deter Hasbro from bringing him into the modern line without delay multiple times. First released in the Freeze Frame facet of The Power Of The Force line in 1998 and then as an all-new sculpt in the fan-favorite The Original Trilogy Collection in 2004, the obvious choice for the best sculpt is the latter and not the former. JTA was able to extract from Hasbro at CVI that a new sculpt has been tooled and improved, but they need to determine what would be the optimal time to release this all-new version. We just hope that the update includes all of the cool accessories from the 2004 figure. Bespin figures just don't seem get the full attention they deserve any more. And yes, there are exceptions of course.

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Leia (Hoth Outfit) (TESB 1981)

2010's TVC Leia (Hoth Outfit) (VC02)

Definitive: While not entirely perfect, but 99.9% perfect, Hasbro did Princess Leia in her Hoth outfit major justice in 2010 when she became part of the very first wave of The Vintage Collection. Her lipstick was a tad too dark and dramatic and her back underneath her vest was clean as a whistle (while the rest of her outfit was dirty), but you'd be hard pressed to say that she isn't a pretty impressive action figure. We deem her as definitive, but we are empathetic to those of you out there who like to see a few of her fine details get updated. Just don't say she needs ankle joints because she doesn't. It is OK for an action figure not to have ankle joints you know.

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Rebel Commander (TESB 1981)

2009's TLC Hoth Rebel Trooper (BD 42)

Definitive: Rebel Commander wasn't a Rebel commander at all, he was a Rebel Soldier. And in 2009, Hasbro gave us the definitive update to this character in The Legacy Collection. Based on the look of 1997's POTF2 Hoth Rebel Soldier (and of course also based on the 1981 Kenner figure), Hoth Rebel Soldier was a breath of fresh air for collectors. Hasbro showed us what they were capable of and just how many accessories they were willing to pack inside of a bubble (this was right before they started crying about tooling costs). A running change was planned but never made it out in The Legacy Collection basic figure line, but it did come out in other multipacks (multiple times) after the fact. We're still waiting for Hasbro to reuse this sculpt to bring us more Echo Base soldiers, but it appears we're going to have to wait a while. So enjoy this figure until we get more of them.

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AT-AT Driver (TESB 1981)

AT-AT Driver (2011's TVC Special Action Figure Set (Imperial Set))

Definitive: Fans initially had mixed feelings over the all-new AT-AT driver in 2009's Legacy Collection which was AT-AT Driver (BD49). The 2006 TSC AT-AT Driver (SAGA 009) figure was pretty sublime at the time and all it really needed was ball-jointed elbows and ball-jointed ankles. Hasbro sort of listened to us. We got ball-jointed elbows and ankles, but it came with an all-new figure. Some of the positive aesthetics from the 2006 figures disappeared, like its stockier build and even balancing. But even despite these seemingly negative back steps, it's really hard not to love what Hasbro did with the 2009 version. Hasbro took this figure one step further and gave it an ultra clean paint job when it was added to 2011's TVC Special Action Figure Set (Imperial Set). The lines are tighter and the paint applications are flawless. Trust us. Compare your 2009 figure to the one in this multipack and you'll see just how much more improved it is.

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Imperial Commander (TESB 1981)

Imperial Officer (2008's TLC Shield Generator Assault Battle Packs)

Definitely not definitive: Just like its predecessor the Death Squad/Star Destroyer Commander, Hasbro still can't seem to give us a definitive Imperial Commander in black garb. In The Empire Strikes Back, most Imperial Commanders wore the typical olive green/gray uniforms. There were plenty of others especially in A New Hope and Return Of The Jedi that wore the black style. We have a great version of Captain Needa courtesy of 2009's The Legacy Collection, but we really need a super-articulated version of an Imperial commander in black duds now. Those Power Of The Jedi versions just don't cut it (and neither do the figures from The Legacy Collection/Legacy Collection Battle Packs either)!

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2-1B (TESB 1981)

2-1B (2011's TVC Special Action Figure Set (Rebel Set))

Definitely not definitive: Another mental block Hasbro has with making updated figures from The Empire Strikes Back is 2-1B. An incredible modern 2008 TAC Surgical Droid 2-1B (08 06) figure was designed for the tail-end of the 30 (77-07) line, yet Hasbro refuses to retool some of its parts to make a 2-1B medical droid specific to Episode V. The only modern version that exists is the figure that originally made its debut in The Power Of The Force line in 1997. It's a shame it was used again for this 2011 The Vintage Collection multipack. Not a terrible sculpt but much too large in scale, it's high time Hasbro finally tweaks the stunning 2008 figure to give us 2-1B (Medical Droid) from The Empire Strikes Back. (It won't be that hard Hasbro, we promise!)

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Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) (With Sensorscope) (TESB 1982)

2006's TSC R2-D2 (SAGA 010)

Definitive for now: We're not fans of chrome domes by any means, but one figure where we choose to overlook them is 2006's TSC R2-D2 (SAGA 010) figure. Whether it's the stunning Hoth-specific paint job or the incredibly cool accessories he comes with, R2-D2 from The Saga Collection remains our most favorite modern update to the 1982 vintage Kenner Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) (With Sensorscope) figure. There are some great other R2-D2 figures out there, but the 1982 figure was inspired from the scene on Hoth when R2-D2 is looking for Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. As a result, we must choose an R2-D2 action figure also based from Echo Base. That doesn't mean we wouldn't be receptive to an all-new update either because actually it's becoming overdue now.

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See-Threepio (C-3PO) (With Removable Limbs) (TESB 1982)

2006's TSC [Chewbacca &] Electronic C-3PO (SAGA 054)

Definitive for now: Many of you don't consider the electronic accessory that came with Chewbacca figure in 2002's SW "Saga" line an action figure, let alone a definite modern update, but we do and we're proud of our choice. Until Hasbro brings us a "break apart" C-3PO figure with believable battle damage and not just removable limbs that separate at nicely sculpted peg joints, this will be the best representation of C-3PO after he was blasted by Stormtroopers (or whatever else) on Bespin. The only problem with this choice? You can't rebuild C-3PO. So sad. Too bad. The figure was repainted for 2006's The Saga Collection line and that is the one we have chosen.

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Luke Skywalker (Hoth Battle Gear) (TESB 1982)

2012's TVC Luke Skywalker (Hoth Battle Gear) (VC95)

Definitive for now: Ouch! This figure is great when wearing his goggles, but what was Hasbro thinking when he isn't?! Before this figure was announced, Hasbro kept reinventing 2004's SW "Saga" figure and it wasn't working any longer, but this new version doesn't work without his goggles because he's completely screen inaccurate otherwise. Here is hoping they briskly create a new version that looks good without his goggles. These types of figures need to come with two interchangeable portraits because there is no other way to do it. They did it for Shae Vizla (Old Republic Bounty Hunter), so they can do it for an OT character. At least this is the first Luke in his Hoth outfit that sports ball-jointed hips.... a must for this type of "riding" figure. Again, what an incredible time to be a Star Wars collector!

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AT-AT Commander (TESB 1982)

2010's TVC AT-AT Commander (VC05)

Definitive: OK. So we obviously know that General Veers is the character that the original vintage Kenner AT-AT Commander figure was inspired from. But obviously there were multiple AT-AT Commanders in The Empire Strikes Back (since there were multiple AT-AT vehicles during the Battle of Hoth. Hasbro took this simple theory to the next level and actually made 2010's TVC AT-AT Commander (VC05) figure technically an Expanded Universe figure since we didn't see any other commanders except for Veers in the film. We personally won't take it that far, but we believe that this figure is the perfect modern counterpart to that awesome 1982 figure. (We still want to see an update to General Veers too!)

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Cloud Car Pilot (TESB 1982)

2010's TVC (Twin Pod) Cloud Car Pilot (VC11)

Definitive: Cloud Car Pilot was another late bloomer in the modern line. The very first version didn't come out until 2004's The Original Trilogy Collection. It was an excellent figure for 2004, and has since become aged unfortunately (we still are fond of this figure despite this). Everything changed however when a new and super-articulated version was released in 2010's The Vintage Collection. The inclusion of a mustache aggravates some collectors, but wishing for one sans facial hair may not be an option at this point and might be something you will have to overlook since this figure was a peg-warmer. Sadly, Hasbro likely won't want to take another risk on another Cloud Car Pilot at retail.

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Bespin Security Guard (TESB 1982)

2009's LC Cloud City Wing Guard [Sergeant Edian] (BD50)

Definitive: We already know what you're going to say. 2009's LC Cloud City Wing Guard [Sergeant Edian] (BD50) is another white Bespin Guard (like Sergeant Merrill for example) whose flesh parts were cast in brown plastic to be Sergeant Edian instead. You may be right, you might be wrong. But it just may be a lunatic who can't see the positivity in this incredible sculpt despite Hasbro's shortcut. The black Bespin Security Guard was the only running change figure in the vintage Kenner lineup (although we're sure that term didn't exist in 1982). Hasbro handled things better back then when making two different characters who wear the same outfit. This gave the figure it's own product number and SKU. Wow, it really isn't rocket science Hasbro. Thankfully, the Cloud City Wing Guard was one of the successful running changes between 2008 and 2010 that DID make it out. Hasbro has got to get their act together when it comes to running changes. (Interesting they had no issues getting out that awful Movie Heroes Battle Droid in two flavors this year, huh?)

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Zuckuss (TESB 1982)

2010's TVC 4-LOM (VC10)

Definitive for now: 4-LOM and Zuckuss are probably better known for their classic vintage Kenner name switch mistake than anything else. Heck, even Hasbro played up on this error one last time by releasing the 2010 TVC Bounty Hunters exclusive two-pack with the figures named oppositely to each other and even done up in their original vintage color schemes. But 4-LOM (known as Zuckuss in beginning in 1982) is another figure that was made definitive years ago. Should Hasbro ever decide to redo this one, we still feel the action figure is a bit thick and bulky when we analyze the stills from The Empire Strikes Back. So we hope that Hasbro corrects that.

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4-LOM (TESB 1982)

2009's LC Zuckuss (BD54)

Definitive: Hasbro seemingly has a release pattern when releasing bounty hunters. And one pattern that holds is that Zuckuss gets updated last. In 1982, Hasbro accidentally named him 4-LOM and he has the unique distinction of being a mail-away figure first and carded figure second. (This figure has even been designated as a "late release" and didn't ship with the others in the 1982 assortment. The vintage figure has incredible soft-goods and instantly became one of our childhood favorite figures. In 2009's Legacy Collection line, Hasbro finally brought this figure to definitive status. Aside from a little tweaking on the soft-goods skirt (it fans open too widely), we wouldn't want Hasbro to change a thing more about it.

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Imperial TIE Fighter Pilot (TESB 1982)

2011's TVC TIE Fighter Pilot (VC65)

Definitive for now: The vintage line heavily influenced how we as younglings believed characters like TIE Fighter Pilots and AT-AT Drivers look like for our lifetime. It's been so strongly imprinted on our minds that we have the gall to say that modern figures that look drastically different from their Kenner vintage counterparts might be wrong. (We're the ones who are wrong by the way.) The TIE Fighter Pilot has been made innumerable times since 1996. Today we have some decent versions for our choosing, but we don't quite have the definitive one yet. 2011's TVC TIE Fighter Pilot (VC65) is the best sculpt (as well as the packaging) for your money, but we really need a figure with a slightly stockier body and ball-jointed everything. (Hasbro repositioned the legs and lightly repainted this sculpt for The Vintage Collection, but it still needs further work.) We hope Hasbro is already working on an update.

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Admiral Ackbar (ROTJ 1983)

2010's TVC Admiral Ackbar (VC22)

Definitive: The most anticipated Star Wars action figures in 2010 were all part of wave 3 of The Vintage Collection... and two of them didn't make it for one reason or another. But one figure that did make it out proudly however was Admiral Ackbar. This brilliant figure is astounding and we are personally so thankful that Hasbro delayed making him again until there was adequate technology available to make him as flawless as he is. Technically there is a detail or two off with this figure like his ranking badge for example, but if you can't appreciate the dynamic sculpt and gorgeous paint job, well, there's just something wrong with you. We try not to judge here at JTA, honestly. So please don't make us start.

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Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight Outfit) (ROTJ 1983)

2012's TVC Luke Skywalker (Lightsaber Construction) (VC87)

Definitive: The Vintage Collection's 2012 Deleted Scenes wave certainly brought collectors more than just "that". Two figures from this incredibly awesome wave are now the definite updates to their vintage counterparts (if and only if you take away the extra accessories that make them specific to their respective deleted scenes). Luke Skywalker (Lightsaber Construction) may have his hair parted on the wrong side, but Hasbro took the phenomenal 2010 TVC Luke Skywalker (Endor Capture) (VC23) figure and made it new again (with extra special help from that most impressive head sculpt, and added belt and tunic). Some of the paint jobs on the accessories need further tweaking, but this should be the "go to" figure when they do release what Hasbro will consider their ultimate Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight) figure. Heck, even a running skin color change taking away his tan made him look better. Most collectors we're sure will wait for this figure to show up on the original 1983 card back art (if and when that happens), but until it does, this is the best Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker action figure money can buy.

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Princess Leia Organa (Boushh Disguise)

2005's TSC Princess Leia (Boushh Disguise) (SAGA 001)

Definitely not definitive: The Saga Collection was the very first Hasbro Star Wars line to house all the films under its banner as well as the excellent stories from the Expanded Universe and multimedia events like the Clone Wars. Hasbro also used The Saga Collection to bring us modern updates to figures never made in the modern line until that point as well as much-needed updates to many figures not seen since the late nineties The Power Of The Force line. Princess Leia (Boushh Disguise) is OK, but we're waiting for Hasbro to give us a definitive version of her. Hasbro still feels for some reason that this figure holds up just fine and they slightly changed up the paint job and released her again in 2010's SW [SOTDS] Saga Legends line. You have options! But now in 2013 she's more aged than appreciated.

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Gamorrean Guard (ROTJ 1983)

2010's TVC Gamorrean Guard (VC21)

Definitive: The greatest action figure in 2010 was the Gamorrean Guard. If you don't agree with us, then we'll simply just agree to disagree. Always a favorite Star Wars character amongst fans, this all-new Gamorrean Guard sculpt couldn't have come at a better time. What better way to get an incredible update to a classic action figure and in glorious The Vintage Collection packaging? In 1997, Hasbro released their first modern Gamorrean Guard in The Power Of The Force line and then significantly repainted it for the celebratory The Original Trilogy Collection line in 2004. But all the stops were pulled out for 2010's TVC version. He came with three weapons and for the first time was designed with a removable helmet. Initial shipments didn't meet demand in the least and Hasbro has amazingly listened to our cries for more and have confirmed that we should be expecting plenty of green ham during the 2012 calendar year. We'll see, but we're optimistic at the very least!

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Emperor's Royal Guard (ROTJ 1983)

2012's TVC Emperor's Royal Guard (VC105)

Definitive: Hasbro sometimes does things that collectors interpret as the complete opposite of what they feel Hasbro should have done. And that's because most of us grew up with the sacred Original Trilogy. In general, we tend to have little patience with Hasbro when it comes to releasing modern toys that are based on the Episodes I, II or III or The Clone Wars when they are so many updates needed for Episodes IV, V and VI. And what frustrates us more is when those new items could have been used to represent the OT instead of the PT. Many wanted answers on why Hasbro developed an all-new Slave I and did it in The Clone Wars colors before Episode V. And others wondered why Hasbro made 2011's TVC Senate Guard (VC36) figure before the Emperor's Royal Guard. We may have waited way too long, but he's been released. Some criticize that he is way too EU for OT fans, but he does look good if posed just right.

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Chief Chirpa (ROTJ 1983)

2006's TSC Chief Chirpa (SAGA 039)

Definitive: Chief Chirpa from 2006's The Saga Collection was the catalyst for all other Ewoks in the basic figure line that succeeded it. One of the first two Ewoks in the vintage Kenner line, it ended up being one of the last attempted in the modern line. Hasbro thoroughly studied reference materials to ensure scale and likeness were top notch. While more modern Ewoks after Chief Chirpa contain much more articulation today, Chief Chirpa still fits in perfectly well and really hasn't aged a bit. If Hasbro were to revisit Chief Chirpa at some point, we would be thrilled to buy a "better" version of this Ewok leader of course, but if the line ended tomorrow, this Ewok would stand proudly and hold its own next to any other premiumly articulated Ewok. (Just give us his iguana next time, OK Hasbro?)

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Logray (Ewok Medicine Man) (ROTJ 1983)

2011's TVC Logray (Ewok Medicine Man) (VC55)

Definitive: Ewoks have garnered an inordinate amount of popularity since 2006 and we're pretty sure that we can thank Hasbro's relatively new approach that all started with Chief Chirpa as the catalyst. With every basic figure line that Hasbro has produced since 2006, they've remained consistent and incorporated one or two new Ewoks into the yearly assortments. Hasbro's steadfastness has allowed collectors to quickly build-up an Ewok army with pseudo super-articulated versions of them and we personally hope that this trends never ceases. Logray is a masterful upgrade as far as how much articulation Hasbro can work into the Ewok species. (It's quite mind boggling actually.) Aside from looking too dark, Logray is just exactly what you'd want for your modern update to the classic 1983 figure to be.

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Klaatu (ROTJ 1983)

2010's TVC Wooof (VC24)

Definitive: Hasbro cried "Wooof" to collectors in 2009 when they said that we'd be getting a modern update to the 1983 Klaatu figure as he was scheduled to be part of the Legacy Collection Return Of The Jedi wave. That didn't happen. When they explained what was coming to collectors, they didn't know at the time that they were confusing Giran with him instead (which was a phenomenal figure in its own right). But the delay/confusion/whatever-you-want-to-call-it actually worked to everyone's advantage because the long-awaited vintage Kenner Klaatu modern update came to us on his original card back (or actually a replica of it) in The Vintage Collection. Wooof is a stunning masterpiece and the extra time Hasbro had to perfect him was utilized well. If you don't have this figure already, shame on you. You might as well shoot yourself in the foot or something because this is a figure no Star Wars collector should live without.

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Rebel Commando (ROTJ 1983)

1998's POTF Rebel Commando (Freeze Frame)

Definitely not definitive: It actually pains us to choose a 1998 The Power Of The Force figure when there are much better made figures that exist. This is true for determining what the proper modern update is to the 1983 Rebel Commando figure. The awesome 2010/2011 TVC Rebel Commando figures are incredible, but let's face it, these interpretations are pathfinders and not the standard "all green" commandos. Hasbro has made many various Endor Rebel soldiers throughout the years, but we're really looking for a definitive update to that all-green outfitted soldier. Imagine one super-articulated with a ton of cool accessories. But how long will we have to wait for it? We would encourage Hasbro to make this figure a priority for 2013!

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Weequay (ROTJ 1983)

2012's TVC Weequay (VC107)

Definitive: Weequay may be one of the most recognized of Jabba's many henchmen. The species is very cool-looking and they were technically the space pirates of the Star Wars saga (and later in The Clone Wars television show). Despite their popularity, Hasbro has been relatively gun-shy about releasing them frequently into the basic figure line. We did get the phenomenal Weequay (Skiff Master) (VC48) in The Vintage Collection so we have high hopes for this vintage update. (Do you realize how many times Hasbro used the 1997 POTF Weequay Skiff Guard figure throughout the years? Thank the Maker change is in the air!) After making us wait a grueling near decade and a half, Weequay (VC107) has been released and what an incredible figure he is!

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Squid Head (ROTJ 1983)

2001's POTJ Tessek

Definitely not definitive: There were some incredible sculpts significantly ahead of their time in the Power Of The Jedi line. For example, FX-7 is without a doubt one of Hasbro's greatest sculpts of all time and this is something that is hard to attribute to a figure sculpted so many years ago in the early 2000s. Another great sculpt, but definitely in need of an eventual update also released in the POTJ line is Tessek. Known as Squid Head to longtime collectors, the sculpt is dynamic and the proportions are perfectly executed. And let's not forget about its stunning paint job. It definitely lacks the articulation we demand in this day and age, but it's hard not to give credit to this figure for being tremendously ahead of its time. So we love this figure and want to make it clear, but he sadly has aged out as well and needs super-articulation at this point.

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General Madine (ROTJ 1983)

2004's OTC General Madine (OTC #21)

Definitely not definitive: If you look back on the vintage Kenner line, you'll likely be perplexed by some of the character choices made for the basic figure line of that era. Who wants a man with gray hair when there are aliens and troopers to be made? Apparently Hasbro had a clearer head about this in the modern line as it took some time to get the classic General Madine in the modern line. In fact, we had to wait until 2004's SW "Saga" line for him. Then Hasbro updated this release with a slightly better and tightened up paint job in 2004's OTC basic figure line. The figure has a decent likeness and color palette, but it sorely lacks in articulation and aesthetics. We want a super-articulated General Madine at this point, but we wonder how long it will be until that happens. We don't feel so secure about this one.

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Bib Fortuna (ROTJ 1983)

2006's TSC Bib Fortuna (SAGA 003)

Definitely not definitive: We're particularly fond of most of the figures from The Saga Collection, the first collection to include all six Star Wars films under one banner. The first wave made its debut in December of 2005 and immediately got collectors excited for what would be coming down the pike in this line. Bib Fortuna from the first wave may be as articulated as a saltshaker, but the detail in the sculpt and his cool accessory (a very sharp knife that could be stowed in his tunic) were just the beginning of why this figure was so incredibly awesome. We know that a better version of Jabba's major-domo is forthcoming somewhere down the road, but this is a figure you'll be able to enjoy until a fully definitive update can be released. Sadly, he drops down to "definitely not definitive" this year.

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Ree-Yees (ROTJ 1983)

1999's POTF Ree-Yees (Freeze Frame)

Definitely not definitive: Some sculpts from The Power Of The Force line aren't half that bad either. Ree-Yees is definitely one of the few standout figures from that line. And it seems that Hasbro also knows this... too well in fact. Ree-Yees is in need of a desperate update, but Hasbro has released this same exact sculpt a few times and it's getting old. With all of the fantastic other aliens from Jabba's palace and sail barge already worked into the line, it should only be a matter of time until this three-eyed drunk Gran gets his own update. Despite being a great figure during the Freeze Frame phase of The Power Of The Force line, poor Ree-Yees just doesn't fair all that well today (when compared to the more modern sculpts). We're wishing and hoping that Hasbro has him in mind for the 2013 line.

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Biker Scout (ROTJ 1983)

2009's LC Biker Scout (BD12)

Definitive: We all knew that Hasbro had taken an all-new approach when it came to "vintage styled" figures by the time the first wave of them were released in 2006's The Saga Collection. The twelve original 2004 VOTC figures had some fine moments, but many lacked completely definitive status. In 2006, one of the figures, the Biker Scout, was so impressive that fans were literally being tortured by the inability to army-build him because (A) he was impossible to find and (B) he was too darn expensive. Thankfully Hasbro found ways to get him out again throughout the years via Saga Legends and the basic figure lines. In fact, they even repainted him for 2009's Legacy Collection basic figure line which is the version we're deeming as definitive. (The paint applications are just a smidgen better on this one.)

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Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard Disguise) (ROTJ 1983)

2012's TVC Lando Calrissian (Sandstorm Outfit) (VC89)

Definitive: The Vintage Collection is a line of figures that definitely considers the feelings of collectors. Some figures released in this line ended up being definitive updates to figures we've been waiting a long time to receive, but you had to pull off some of the layers in order to discover this. Such is true for 2012's TVC Lando Calrissian (Sandstorm Outfit). This figure is the perfect definitive update to 1983's Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard Outfit). While many of us would have much preferred to get him on the standard vintage Kenner 1983 card back, all of the parts are included to give us a definitive version of that classic figure. Stop your belly-aching already and just enjoy it for what it is! We would like to see him with darker skin should Hasbro decide to rerelease him at some point.

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Nien Nunb (ROTJ 1983)

2012's TVC Nien Nunb (VC106)

Definitive: Boy oh boy did it take a long time to get the definitive update to Lando's co-pilot, although we believe that many collectors are going to be irritated by his small stature. There are endless debates about the true height of Nien Nunb. And Nien Nunb in general is a surprisingly confusing character. Some people think that it was him at the Rebel briefing session and the Ewok celebration in Episode VI (which the film shows is a very tall Sullustan), while others say that's Ten Numb (we think it's Nien Nunb ourselves for the record). Since this character was half the time just an electronic mask in the film, it's definitely hard to gauge just how tall this character is. We think this new TVC is too short, but again, what do we know. We will still find a way to fall in love with it. It shouldn't be hard. Here is hoping they add the missing mouth paint detail on future releases. Still, he is hard to dislike for sure.

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Nikto (ROTJ 1984)

2012's Nikto (Skiff Guard) (VC99)

Definitive: If you asked us sometime after Revenge Of The Sith left theaters what figure do you think we would never see, we would have definitely said it would be Nikto. It seemed that no one could corner Hasbro and express how important this figure was to collectors. We're glad they ignored us. Because Nikto gets a coveted place in the astounding The Vintage Collection now, no thanks to our respective impatience. How wonderful to receive a skiff guard that also satisfies an update to a vintage figure. For that we're grateful. Hasbro knocked the sculpt out of the park. For a first time release, Nikto got the royal treatment: a flawless sculpt in vintage-styled packaging! We're personally ecstatic for this release and we hope many more of Jabba's retinue are on tap for release shortly. It's an incredible addition to The Vintage Collection.

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8D8 (ROTJ 1984)

1998's POTF 8D8 (Freeze Frame)

Definitely not definitive: The Power Of The Force line has a lingering effect. As much as we like to forget about mistakes, Hasbro likes to remind us that we shouldn't forget about their earliest figures because they haven't updated them yet to super-articulated status. We should always acknowledge where we came from, but many collectors would like to forget about the many debacles that got released during the late nineties. 8D8 from The Power Of The Force line isn't the worst action figure Hasbro ever made, but this torture droid is in need of an update. One of the few figures to come with an accessory taller than itself, we hope that Hasbro can really knock this figure out of the park with a future update.

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Princess Leia Organa (In Combat Poncho) (ROTJ 1984)

2007's VTSC Princess Leia Organa (In Combat Poncho)

Definitive: Many collectors aren't too fond of 2007's VTSC Princess Leia Organa (In Combat Poncho) but we are. Yes, her neck is too long and her poncho is too dark. But that doesn't mean she doesn't look like a great action figure. If Hasbro can correct at least the color of her poncho at some point, we will be happy, but we're not so sure if that will appease the others that feel a brand new work-up is needed instead. Both the vintage and modern versions of these figures come apart in the same amount of pieces. If that isn't some vintage homage paying, then we don't know what is. You should enjoy this figure. She'll likely be revisited before the line ends, but this one is just wonderful as is.

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Wicket W. Warrick (ROTJ 1984)

2010's TVC Wicket (VC27)

Definitive: After years of forcing us to buy and buy again the 1998 version of Wicket, Hasbro came through royally for all collectors and gave us Wicket in The Vintage Collection... but with a fantastic new twist! They incorporated interchangeable accessories so that we could have a realistic version of how he appeared in the 80's Ewoks animated series. The extra cowl and pouch make Wicket exclusive to his Ewoks Season 2 appearance. It's not too often that collectors get EU Ewok stuff, so you should count yourselves very, very fortunate. We hope that they can continue to do this with some of the other Ewok figures they choose to revisit down the road. Oh, and let's not forget about Wicket being the first modern Ewok with ball-jointed hips! Yes!

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Emperor, The (ROTJ 1984)

Emperor Palpatine (2008's TLC Crimson Empire Previews exclusive)

Definitely not definitive: Yes, we don't have a good defense for choosing this figure for the modern update to 1984's The Emperor figure, so either just take it or leave it. We also don't think we have an acceptable or decent modern update to 1984's The Emperor figure at all to be quite frank with you. This version of Palpatine is the palest and has great articulation. Hasbro has a lot of great "Palpatine" parts in stock now so they can probably give us one amazingly definitive Episode VI version of him, but they've yet to pacify us. It escapes us how some characters just don't get the attention and years and years go by still with no new developments. Let's hope things look up for a Return of The Jedi version of Emperor Palpatine. (Oh yeah, there was no way we were choosing the 2006 The Saga Collection Emperor Palpatine figure. It's a statue.)

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B-wing Pilot (ROTJ 1984)

2011's TVC B-wing Pilot (Keyan Farlander) (VC63)

Definitive: We adore the Keyan Farlander figure. Hasbro was certainly proud of it because after releasing it in 2008's TLC Rebel Pilot Legacy (Series II) Evolutions set, they repainted him and included him in The Vintage Collection on two different card backs, both Return Of The Jedi and Revenge Of The Jedi. It's always been our definitive update to the 1984 figure and we're glad that Hasbro also shared the same sentiments. It looks fantastic on a modern vintage card back and the paint job updates make him more definitive than ever.

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Klaatu (In Skiff Guard Outfit) (ROTJ 1984)

Klaatu (1999's POTF Jabba's Skiff Guards Cinema Scenes)

Definitely not definitive: Simply put, we might as well not even say we have a modern update to Klaatu (In Skiff Guard Outfit) because the 1999 figure is actually pretty bad. This figure needs to go to the front of Hasbro's parking lot. They should release Battle Packs of Jabba's skiff guards again. Whatever they need to do to get more of these types of henchmen figures out to our collections needs to happen. Nikto is part of The Vintage Collection for 2012, maybe an update of this figure will happen in 2013! Then again, it may not happen until The Vintage Collection returns!

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Han Solo (In Trench Coat) (ROTJ 1984)

2011's TVC Han Solo (In Trench Coat) (VC62)

Definitive: When it came time for Hasbro to consider possible candidates for their Revenge Of The Jedi promotion in The Vintage Collection, a no-brainer choice is obviously Han Solo (In Trench Coat). But instead of simply repacking 2006's VTSC Han Solo (In Trench Coat), they used the Han Solo figure from 2008's TLC Shield Generator Assault Battle Packs set, added a tweaked soft-goods trench coat and packaged it as this basic figure. Its definitely the best version of this Han Solo for your collections. Be sure to get yourself one because it rocks.

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Teebo (ROTJ 1984)

Teebo (2012's SW [TPM 3D] Ewok Pack)

Definitive for now: Despite receiving an all-new quasi-super-articulated sculpt, the new Teebo from 2012's SW [TPM 3D] Ewok Pack Toys R Us exclusive only gets a "definitive for now" out of spite for not including the awesome head sculpt shown on the back of the box. The sculpt is essentially Logray, but in the unique colors of Teebo. It's a well done figure, but not as good as it could have been if they utilized that all-new head sculpt. hopefully it will see release at some point.

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Prune Face (ROTJ 1984)

2012's TVC Orrimaarko (Prune Face) (VC114)

Definitive: We were surprised to learn how many collectors love the Dressellians. Then again, we thought about how much we loved them and realized it shouldn't be surprising. Hasbro brought us a breathtaking new Dressellian which was 2009's LC Major Panno (BD20) figure. All of us knew that an update to Orrimaarko (Prune Face to you younglings) was imminent and Hasbro finally announced his arrival during 2012's NY Toy Fair. Orrimaarko (Prune Face) is nearly identical to the sculpt of Major Panno but includes all-new hands for some odd reason. It's one of the standout figures in all of The Vintage Collection!

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AT-ST Driver (ROTJ 1984)

AT-ST Driver (2012's TVC Endor AT-ST Crew (Special Action Figure Set)

Definitive: It took a very, very long time to get another modern update of the AT-ST Driver. First released in 1997, it wasn't until more than a decade later than Hasbro gave us an all-new sculpt in 2010's SW [SOTDS] Attack On Hoth TARGET exclusive set. Ten they tweaked this figure and gave us two Return Of The Jedi specific AT-ST Drivers ripped right out of the scene where they're attacked by Ewoks. The figures are both stunning, so take your pick on which one is the most definitive for you! It would still be lovely to see one of these figures released as a basic figure, especially in a future iteration of The Vintage Collection, but only time will tell. These figures are perfect!

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Rancor Keeper (ROTJ 1984)

2009's LC Malakili (BD22)

Definitive: Malakili received a stunning modern update in 2009's Legacy Collection line too. This was the first modern Rancor Keeper figure that came with the same functionality of the vintage figure: a removable head covering. But with an incredible likeness, great attention to detail and a stupendous paint job, Malakili receives definitive status now thanks to being part of the fan-favorite Droid Factory lineup. Many people skipped him and we find this very sad. A new rancor was released earlier in that year and now many don't have the man who took care of it.

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Lumat (ROTJ 1984)

2012's TVC Lumat (VC104)

Definitive: Wookieepedia has changed its mind a couple of times on what Star Wars character is actually Lumat. Thankfully the writers of the wiki relented in 2012 and decided that the Ewok featured on the original Lumat card back in 1984 would be the actual.... wait for it.... Lumat. In the past, a dark-furred Ewok and not the same tan Ewok we grew up with in the vintage Kenner line as kids was Lumat for years. This modern update to Lumat is stunning. He is a little bit too dark, but we love him all the same and a fine addition to The Vintage Collection now!

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Paploo (ROTJ 1984)

2009's LC Ewoks (BD18)

Definitive: Ewoks! We love Ewoks! And we got really excited when Paploo was announced as part of the Legacy Collection for the Fall of 2009. In all honesty, the figure is a little too stocky and short, but the head sculpt and cowl are excellent. First released in the modern line in 2002's POTJ Toys R Us exclusive, Paploo finally got some justice in 2009. Interesting fact: The vintage Kenner figure has the wrong image on its card back. That is NOT Paploo pictured. Too bad Paploo wasn't considered for The Vintage Collection, this would have been a fix they likely would have employed!

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Sy Snootles (ROTJ 1984)

To be determined....

To be determined.... Another figure from 2011's special report that caused a great deal of chagrin was our claim that Sy Snootles needs a modern update. We're right. You're wrong. We have only received the CGI version of Sy Snootles, not the "Lapti Nek" puppet version. Sy has had two distinct looks in the Star Wars saga, three if you count The Clone Wars, and we want the one that we grew up with as kids in the eighties. (You generation Y kids sometimes drive us crazy - don't worry, we still love you.) We want to see that feather in her "cap" and her "gord on stilts" appearance, not the CGI fake image with the jerky unnatural movements we saw when she was gallivanting on stage during the sad "Lapti Nek" replacement entitled "Jedi Rocks". Can you tell we're bitter? Don't get us started.

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Droopy McCool (ROTJ 1984)

Droopy McCool (2007's TAC The Max Rebo Band (Jabba's Palace Musicians) Walmart exclusive)

Definitely not definitive: Does any other Star Wars character have a neater name than Droopy McCool? This woodwind player from Sy Snootles And The Max Rebo Band showed us his cool moves in Return Of The Jedi, a lot more in the original version than in the Special Edition, but he hasn't been given much love from Hasbro in the modern line. Yes, they did make him in 1998 and the figure remarkably holds up well even today, but his movement is very limited and his pose is static. We want a The Vintage Collection styled box set, just like in 1984. This way we can fool Hasbro into making the "Lapti Nek" version of Sy Snootles for us too! (Shh! Don't tell them.)

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Max Rebo (ROTJ 1984)

Max Rebo (2007's TAC The Max Rebo Band (Jabba's Palace Musicians) Walmart exclusive)

Definitely not definitive: Let's just come out and say it. Hasbro really needs to update Sy Snootles and the Max Rebo Band. Max Rebo's modern figure may have held up well since it's 1998 original release and 2007 repaint, but he was a staple in the vintage lineup and a super-articulated version of him is warranted now. We would however want to see his organ updated first because Hasbro has yet to get that right. Give us that darn speaker please!

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Luke Skywalker (In Battle Poncho) (POTF 1985)

Luke Skywalker (2009's LC Battle For Endor Battle Packs)

Definitive: 2007's Luke Skywalker (Jedi) figure wasn't half bad at all. Hasbro utilized this figure to bring us the definitive modern update to 1985's POTF Luke Skywalker (In Battle Poncho) figure. Hasbro worked in lots of layers and even updated Luke's tunic producing a very incredible product for collectors. The figure is accompanied by a removable helmet, blaster pistol, lightsaber, belt and poncho. And when fully assembled, it's quite honestly one of the best Luke Skywalker figures we have come across. Better base bodies of Luke Skywalker in his Jedi Knight gear have since been produced. You can take the loose pieces and soft-goods and place them on the new sculpts, like 2010's TVC Luke Skywalker (Endor Capture) (VC23) figure, but until Hasbro does it themselves this is their best and most modern update to that incredible vintage figure.

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Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) (With Pop-Up Lightsaber)

2010's TVC R2-D2 (VC25)

Definitive: Hasbro attempted to appease collectors by releasing the first launching lightsaber R2-D2 figure to serve as an update to the 1985 Power Of The Force figure. It's the thought that counts we suppose, but 1998's POTF R2-D2 (Launching Lightsaber) will literally will go down in history as one of the worst figures ever made, right up there next to the R5-D4 that splits in half to become a cannon. History took a sharp left turn however in 2010 when Hasbro released The Vintage Collection R2-D2 (VC25) figure. The figure didn't "launch" the lightsaber, but it has authenticity and cool features like the bar attachment, a sensorscope and Luke's lightsaber hilt (not the entire blade). We think this new version is fantastic and it indeed is the proper modern update to the third vintage version of R2-D2!

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Romba (POTF 1985)

2007's TAC Romba [& Graak] (30 43)

Definitive: We started getting really giddy when Hasbro began banging out Ewoks left and right. The 2007 TAC Romba & Graak two-pack is one of our most favorites of all time. Romba looks great and comes with his signature spear. Hasbro got the Ewok proportions perfectly and the details have reached unprecedented levels. One of the rarest Ewoks in the vintage Kenner line, Romba was made in plentiful supply for collectors during the 30 (77-07) line. This figure will not need an update at all, for our lifetime at least.

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Amanaman (POTF 1985)

2001's POTJ Amanaman [With Salacious Crumb]

Definitive for now: After last year's report was published, we started checking out various fan site forums about the results we compiled. One of the most interesting debates we came across was the true height/size of Amanaman. We're not going to go into the list of facts on both sides here, but there is a strong belief that the Power Of The Jedi Deluxe figure is of the correct (or almost correct height) as the character in Return Of The Jedi. By deduction, it could be assumed that the Comic Packs Amanin figure is too big. Either way (and it doesn't really matter here), we want to see a super-articulated Amanaman at this point. Oh, and we want a staff that doesn't curl under pressure. Make that baby with the shrunken heads stand up straight!

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Barada (POTF 1985)

2012's TVC Kithaba (Skiff Guard) (VC56)

Definitive: When the 50,000 of you that read last year's 2011: It's Down To Seven (Vintage Versus Modern Analysis) spit-fired emails to us that Barada was already made, we just as quickly wrote back saying that yes, Barada was indeed made in a few of the modern lines, but that figure was Barada and not Kithaba. Then you said "huh?" See, the vintage Kenner Barada figure was misnamed. (You should be used to this by now!) The Klatooinian from 1985's POTF line is actually Kithaba, a figure that hasn't been released until now. Kithaba is part of 2012's The Vintage Collection lineup thankfully, red pants and all. Oh, and he comes with two different bandanas: brown and red with the latter being the corrected version. Now all we need is a modern update to Barada, super-articulated of course. Now you're really confused, right?

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Imperial Gunner (POTF 1985)

2006's TSC Death Star Gunner (SAGA 041)

Definitive for now: The Saga Collection is one of our most favorite collections of all time. But since we're half a decade away from it now, we realize that what we thought was awesome in 2006 is definitely not as awesome in 2012. Such is true for the Death Star Gunner (SAGA 041) figure. It didn't grip all collectors in 2006 because it was the first Original Trilogy helmeted Imperial soldier to don a clone head. (We all got neck spasms when we found out that's the way it was going to be from here on out. On a more positive note, 2006's TSC Death Star Gunner (SAGA 041) figure comes with a removable radiation vest so you can customize his appearance for either Episode IV or Episode VI. But we need an update because a Death Star Gunner needs ball-jointed elbows, not swivel ones. But admittedly the figure still holds up quite well today.

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Han Solo (In Carbonite Chamber) (POTF 1985)

2005's TSC Han Solo (SAGA 002)

Definitely not definitive: It bugs us to choose 2005's TSC Han Solo (SAGA 002) figure year after year as the modern update to 1985's POTF Han Solo (In Carbonite Chamber) figure. The likeness of Han is mediocre at best, the articulation is pitiful and the carbonite chamber is melting (which is cool for some reasons and bad for others). The frustrating thing is that Hasbro has phenomenal Han Solo sculpts they can use to develop a definitive update. Maybe this version of Han is just off of their radar for the moment, but we hope they will bring him back soon in super-articulated glory. And we'd love to see a solid carbonite block instead of one that has been activated to thaw.

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Luke Skywalker (Imperial Stormtrooper Outfit) (POTF 1985)

2009's TLC Luke Skywalker (BD 30)

Definitive for now: It goes without saying that one of the most sought after figures from Kenner's vintage line is Luke Skywalker (In Stormtrooper Outfit). As a result, it's also one of the most expensive. Hasbro has updated this figure in the modern line multiple times and the best version to date was released in 2009's The Legacy Collection. We personally still believe another update is needed and with it should come ball-jointed hips. It's not that this is a bad figure because it isn't. But the various troopers all should come standard with ball-jointed hips, knees and ankles. Otherwise you're left with a figure that may look cool but not function well. Luke's legs are much too close together. We like to action-pose our figures. It's not possible with this one.

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Anakin Skywalker (POTF 1985)

1999's POTF Anakin Skywalker (Flashback)

Definitely not definitive: Was the 1985 Anakin Skywalker figure a spirit, an apparition or just Anakin before he turned to evil. Well, by Lucas' assertion today it would be none of the above. This figure could possibly fit in well with the Inifities premises, but there is no way it can be incorporated into the cannon today. So we suppose this is another Expanded Universe figure from the original lineup. Hasbro gave us a new Anakin Skywalker (in his Jedi robes) in 1999's POTF Flashback lineup, but it's just a bad figure by any standard. We're not exactly sure if Hasbro will ever update this figure properly, because we just don't know which step of Anakin's evolution this figure truly represents. Our gut is that this figure was intended to be the spirit of Anakin (as seen at the end of the original version of Return Of The Jedi) so maybe the Jedi Spirits Cinema Scenes figure would be the better options here.

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EV-9D9 (POTF 1985)

1997's POTF EV-9D9

Definitely not definitive: Collectors love droids, especially droids that torture or boss around other droids. EV-9D9 was one of the most favorite of the rare "last 15" vintage figures because it was the the only figure from the 80s to include some action feature functionality. A little lever could be articulated on the back of the head which opened and closed her mouth. A totally unexpected feature for an action figure of that time, it was something that was quickly embraced by those who bought it. EV-9D9 was updated in 1997's The Power Of The Force line and it still holds up well today. But by today's standards, it seems that a whole bunch of articulation can be added now. That's what we're hoping for at least. Let's face it, any figure that gets updated today is going to be an impressive update. And we feel that EV-9D9 is entitled to become impressive.

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Warok (POTF 1985)

Warok (2009's LC Battle For Endor Battle Pack)

Definitive: The 2009 Legacy Collection Battle For Endor Battle Packs set brought us no less than three modern updates to three classic vintage Kenner figures. The long-awaited Warok may be the best of the bunch however. He doesn't look exactly like he did in 1985, but the fantastic sculpt, awesome paint job and the included plethora of accessories make this very first modern release of Warok immediately definitive. Hopefully you found this set relatively easy at retail because it could be found for pennies on the dollar by the time it was being phased out at retail.

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Lando Calrissian (General Pilot) (POTF 1985)

2011's TVC General Lando Calrissian (VC47)

Definitive: OK. This one is going to be controversial for sure. We were all ecstatic over the announcement of General Lando Calrissian for The Vintage Collection. We weren't excited about his cape strap and wonky head sculpt in the least. That being said, this version is a significant step above 2004's sculpt. Perhaps some tweaking and an eventual rerelease will mend all that's wrong with this figure, but how can we find that much fault with a super-articulated figure with ball-jointed hips, a soft-goods cape and enough accessories to make anyone happy. We are fond of this figure but we do hope that a few fixes can be put in place to make this figure the best it can be.

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A-wing Pilot (POTF 1985)

Arvel Crynyd (2008's TLC Green Leader's A-wing Fighter Walmart exclusive)

Definitive: Hasbro really made some spectacular pilots circa 2006/2007. And when it came to their first A-wing Pilot modern figure, they made the spectacular 2007 TAC A-wing Pilot Tycho Celchu (30 44) figure. But they took it a step further when they developed Arvel Crynyd for 2008's TLC Green Leader's A-wing Fighter Walmart exclusive. This figure most closely resembles the vintage Kenner figure from the 1985 Power Of The Force line. The removable helmet and separately molded tubes looks spectacular and the expression sculpted into the face tells us that this pilot will do anything to protect his freedom from the Galactic Empire.

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Imperial Dignitary (POTF 1985)

To be determined....

To be determined.... Sim Aloo is without a doubt the red-headed step child of the modern basic figure line. Hasbro did bring us two never-before-released Imperial dignitaries in the 2003 Star Wars "Saga" basic figure line (they actually shared some parts), but totally skipped over Sim Aloo, the character to which the 1985 vintage figure was based. We understand their reservations to make this figure, but that doesn't make zealous vintage zealots any less impatient. Sim Aloo will have to be one of those "just suck it up and make it" figures because there really isn't a good time to make and release it. It probably wouldn't fit into any basic figure lineup well. To Hasbro we say "Just do it!"

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Yak Face (POTF 1985)

1997's POTF Saelt Marae (Yak Face)

Definitely not definitive: The most elusive figure in the vintage Kenner era is Yak Face. Hasbro knew to get this figure out as soon as possible and it was released in the third year under their modern Star Wars license. Sadly, the figure is pre-posed and its articulation is rendered essentially useless thanks to its robes, so it's in desperate need of an update by today's technology. The coloring of the 1997 figure is also too bright so we hope that Saelt Marae receives a toned down paint job if and when they decide to redo it. A new modern update is expected at some point, but it would have been sublime if he made it into The Vintage Collection. Hopefully they will find a way to do this before the line comes to an end one day.

Credits

Report written by Paul Harrison

Vintage Versus Modern Comparison and analysis by Paul Harrison

Photography by Paul Harrison; Additional Photography by Chuck Paskovics

Layout Concept by Chuck Paskovics & Paul Harrison

All Graphic Design and Image Compositing by Chuck Paskovics