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Review: Bossk (Bounty Hunter) - ESB - Vintage Kenner

Our “Some Like It Hoth” run of vintage Kenner reviews continues with another bounty hunter mail-away figure: Bossk (Bounty Hunter) from The Empire Strikes Back line. Let’s check him out a little more closely. Relive your memories of this classic 1980 action figure in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

Bossk (Bounty Hunter)

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Our “Some Like It Hoth” run of vintage Kenner reviews continues with a little bit of a perplexing figure; the Rebel Soldier (Hoth Battle Gear) character. Who is this character exactly? Let’s check him out a little more closely. Relive your memories of this classic 1980 action figure in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

Rebel Soldier (Hoth Battle Gear)

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Our “Some Like It Hoth” run of vintage Kenner reviews continues with a personal favorite: the Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear) figure. Relive your memories of this classic 1980 action figure in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear)

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Review: FX-7 (Medical Droid) - ESB - Vintage Kenner

Our “Some Like It Hoth” run of vintage Kenner reviews continues with the incredible FX-7 (Medical Droid) figure. In 2001, Hasbro released a definitive version of this figure on their very first try, but see this action figure’s historical start in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

FX-7 (Medical Droid)

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Review: Leia Organa (Bespin Gown) - ESB - Vintage Kenner

We begin Series 3 of the vintage Kenner line with The Empire Strikes Back Leia Organa (Bespin Gown). Check out this beautiful action figure in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

Leia Organa (Bespin Gown)

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When you take multiple PTO days from work to dig out your The Empire Strikes Back collection to develop quality vintage Kenner Research Droids Reviews. I never knew I had two perfectly mint vintage Kenner Imperial AT-ATs (as well as other doubles).

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July may be the official start to a hot summer, but JTA is cooling things down as we look at the first wave of figures produced by Kenner for THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK line. As such, we’re excited to announce that July is “Some Like It Hoth” month in our vintage Kenner Research Droids Reviews. We will be focusing on Kenner’s Series 3 group of figures all month long. We hope you’ll bring your memories with you and add to the coversation in our comments.

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Thank you for making our “Droids And Creatures + Two Main Features” look at the vintage Kenner Series 2 figures (the 20/21-Backs) another success. The stories you’re all sharing in addition to the priceless photos you’re adding to the comments are some of the greatest things we have experienced here to date. Keep them coming! If you need to catch up on any reviews, please click any thumbnail below to be taken to the STAR WARS archive.

        
      

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Review: Boba Fett - SW - Vintage Kenner

The most infamous bounty hunter ever, Boba Fett was an instant success for Kenner simply because of how cool he looked. And almost 40 years later, the character hasn’t lost any of its luster. Check out the very first Boba Fett action figure in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

Boba Fett

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Review: Power Droid - SW - Vintage Kenner

Hasbro still hasn’t given us a modern update of the vintage Kenner Power Droid, although, interestingly, they’ve given us a modern update to the character featured on this figure’s card back art. Let’s check out the vintage Kenner Power Droid figure. It’s another fantastic droid for the STAR WARS line. Relive your memories of the original Kenner Star Wars figures with other collectors in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

Power Droid

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Review: Death Star Droid - SW - Vintage Kenner

Next up is the vintage Kenner Death Star Droid figure. This is another great droid for the STAR WARS line, but is it supposed to be the droid from the Jawa sandcrawler, or the one from the Death Star? Relive your memories of the original Kenner Star Wars figures with other collectors in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

Death Star Droid

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Review: R5-D4 - SW - Vintage Kenner

It’s now time to check out the vintage Kenner R5-D4 figure. This is another great droid for the STAR WARS line. We hope you relive your memories of the original Kenner Star Wars figures with other collectors in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

R5-D4

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Review: Luke Skywalker: X-Wing Pilot - SW - Vintage Kenner

Do you know why this figure is so important to me? Then be sure to check out the vintage Kenner Luke Skywalker: X-Wing Pilot figure. We’re thrilled to get back to the vintage Kenner line once again! Relive your memories of this great vintage Kenner Star Wars figure with other Star Wars collectors in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

Luke Skywalker: X-Wing Pilot

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We’ll get back to vintage Kenner figures shortly, but let’s change pace and catch up on some The Original Trilogy Collection multipacks. First up is the Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, C-3PO And R2-D2 Commemorative Trilogy DVD Collection set. It’s a hot mess. Learn more in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even comment about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.

Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, C-3PO And R2-D2

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An "Out Of The Box" Idea For The Vintage Collection

As you know, we’re checking out the original Star Wars figures in our Research Droids Reviews. So many fantastic licensees have already produced beautiful collector’s items based on the original vintage Kenner figures (with their ‘mistakes’ and all). Funko, Gentle Giant LTD and others have replicated the vintage Kenner figures in their own styles. Throughout the fantastic discussions we’ve had in these reviews, the topic of the original 20-Back prototypes surfaced. We have found an image online that features all of them (except for Boba Fett but we would include him in this idea as well). How would you feel if Hasbro made a boxed set of vintage Kenner prototypes? The figures could be direct replicas, or they could be super-articulated with their screen-inaccurate features and all. Let us know in the comments!

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Review: Walrus Man - SW - Vintage Kenner

The vintage Kenner Walrus Man figure is very far off from the onscreen character of Ponda Baba. But do you care? Relive your memories of this great cantina alien with other original Star Wars collectors in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

Walrus Man

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Review: Hammerhead - SW - Vintage Kenner

June is “Droids And Creatures + Two Main Features” month for the vintage Kenner figures reviews. So let’s look at a new creature: Hammerhead. It’s one of Kenner’s finest figures. Learn more and enter our Research Droids Reviews and be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

Hammerhead

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Review: Greedo - SW - Vintage Kenner

As we advertised, June is “Droids And Creatures + Two Main Features” month when it comes to the vintage Kenner figures reviews. It’s just a fancy way of saying that we’re looking at the 20/21-Backs from 1979. Let’s begin with Greedo, which is a personal favorite for MANY collectors. Learn more and enter our Research Droids Reviews and be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

Greedo

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Museu do Caramulo is hosting a temporary exhibition entitled “The Power of the Force: Toys and Posters from Star Wars (1977-85)”, dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars saga. It has been extended until September 30th. The exhibition is based on one of the best vintage star Wars collections on the planet. Check out their YouTube video HERE.

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May is over and we finished the 12-Back vintage Kenner collection. But June is Droids And Creatures Plus Two Main Features month at Jedi Temple Archives! You guessed it! We will be looking at the 20/21-Backs that augmented an already fantastic Series 1 collection of Kenner Star Wars figures. Come with us as we look at Cantina denizens and droid prisoners in addition to a main hero and cool villain. June is going to be a blast!

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May The 12-Backs Be With You

We have just completed our intense look at the first series of vintage Kenner Star Wars figures: the 12-Backs. Because May is typically a Star Wars month and 2018 is the 40th anniversary that vintage Kenner Star Wars figures arrived at retail, we felt it was the perfect time to start vintage Kenner reviews. (Oh, and let us not forget The Vintage Collection’s return is another huge motivator of this run too.) Each new month, we will focus on a new series of figures where we’ll finish the complete vintage Kenner run in December with the 1985 The Power Of The Force line. Already, they are receiving wonderful feedback and tons of you are checking them out. But we want more of your stories, so please leave them in our comments. Thanks for your participation thus far, and we hope more of you leave your vintage Kenner experiences with us in the comments going forward! Thank you for making this a success for us. We put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into them and we were hoping that they’d go over well with our readers. They seem to have. And for that we’re grateful.

          
          

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Review: Death Squad Commander - SW - Vintage Kenner

We’ve finally reached the final figure from the Star Wars 12-Back series! Let’s check out the Death Squad Commander. He is a character that isn’t too screen-accurate, but not too many of us cared. He also experienced a significant name change before the end of the Kenner line. Check out this classic figure for which we STILL don’t have a modern Hasbro counterpart for and hope comes in The Vintage Collection soon! Enter our Research Droids Reviews and be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

Death Squad Commander

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Review: Jawa - SW - Vintage Kenner

Hasbro really hasn’t captured the magic of the vintage Kenner Jawa in the modern line. Come with us back in time and rediscover what made this action figure so special for us as kids and what still sets it apart today. Talk about it in our Research Droids Reviews and be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!

Jawa

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Review: Han Solo - SW - Vintage Kenner

We’re returning to the vintage Kenner line. Let’s check out the Han Solo figure. Talk about him in our Research Droids Reviews and be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent memories with us!

Han Solo

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Review: Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi - SW - Vintage Kenner

It’s now time to review the vintage Kenner Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi figure. Let’s talk about him in our Research Droids Reviews and be sure to add to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this particular figure in our comments with other readers. We want everyone to share their life-changing vintage Kenner experiences in these focused reviews!

Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi

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Yakety Yak, I'm Talking Back, Hasbro!

I just noticed a small issue with the HasLab exclusive Yak Face figure that is arriving in 2019. As a vintage purist, I want my modern counterparts to be as accurate as possible. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly appreciated the updated image on the card back for Ponda Baba (Walrus Man), but I still want that “sketch-enhanced” version too. Look carefully at the HasLab mock-up figure of Yak Face, and then look at the original Kenner figure? Do you notice something different? (It’s NOT the figure.)

    

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Review: Stormtrooper - SW - Vintage Kenner

Let’s check out the vintage Kenner Stormtrooper. It was a necessary figure, but was it the best Kenner could do at the time? Let’s talk about this figure in our Research Droids Reviews and be sure to add to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner experiences with us!

Stormtrooper

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Review: Darth Vader - SW - Vintage Kenner

Here he is! He’s the whole purpose for the stories told in the Prequel Trilogy and Original Trilogy. And no villain-turned-hero will ever come close. In toy form, he started out as the vintage Kenner Darth Vader figure. And this figure in incapable of losing its charm. Check out this figure in our Research Droids Reviews and be sure to add to the conversation. Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner experiences with us!

Darth Vader

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Review: See-Threepio (C-3PO) - SW - Vintage Kenner

The vintage Kenner See-Threepio (C-3PO) figure is another universal favorite. And most fans love him because of his vac-metalized finish. Check out this figure in our Research Droids Reviews and be sure to add to the conversation. Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner experiences with us!

See-Threepio (C-3PO)

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Review: Chewbacca - SW - Vintage Kenner

The vintage Kenner Chewbacca figure is a universal favorite. The figure was reissued throughout the entire Kenner run. Check out this figure in our Research Droids Reviews. Please add to the conversation and reminisce with us as we talk about our life-changing vintage Kenner experiences. We want to hear your childhood stories and more too!

Chewbacca

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Review: Princess Leia Organa - SW - Vintage Kenner

We’re continuing to add the fabulous vintage Kenner Star Wars action figures to our Research Droids Reviews. Let’s continue the momentum with the lovely Princess Leia Organa. Please reminisce with us as we talk about our life-changing vintage Kenner experiences.

Princess Leia Organa

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Tell Us About Your First Star Wars Action Figure!

What was your very first Star Wars Action figure? And when did you get it? Was it a gift? Did you buy the figure with your own pocket money? Do you still own the figure? Tell us in the comments and share some fond memories! Click through for my tale about my first Star Wars action figure!

Kenner Luke Skywalker

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Review: Luke Skywalker - SW - Vintage Kenner

For years, our readers have requested we open up categories in our Research Droids Reviews for the incredible vintage Kenner Star Wars action figures, a line where 5POA WAS OK. With the rebirth of The Vintage Collection, the 40th anniversary of when the first Star Wars figures hit retail (in 1978), and May the 4th, everything has been perfectly aligned for us to deliver this to you finally. We feel now is a picture-perfect time to begin our trek down this road.

We want this to be an interactive experience for YOU. I prattle enough about the modern Hasbro figures, so we want these “reviews” to be more reflective and nostalgic, just like the figures. You’ll notice a MAJOR revision to our review template. It now features a vintage Kenner-inspired theme and a different approach to the discussion. For us, these 92+ specimens are perfect as is. It would be futile to rate them as good, average or poor. So you’re also not going to see a summary describing the figure or how it ranks among others. Instead, I will be sharing my own personal experiences growing up with vintage Kenner Star Wars figures (in a very brief write up), and in turn, I want you to share your experiences with me in the comments.

The poll has also changed. You still have five options, but they focus on your personal experience with the figure at hand, not how you’d rank it among other vintage Kenner figures. You’ll still find a great deal of collector-friendly notes and documented variations that exist. Also, we want to emphasize that these reviews are a work in progress. If you think other valuable information should be included here, feel free to drop us a line and let us know what we’re missing.

I hope you will reminisce your experiences of the vintage Kenner figures together with me. Chuck and I put a lot of work into this format, and we both hope you find it to be another fun experience here at Jedi Temple Archives. Click through for our first review: Luke Skywalker. We hope you thoroughly enjoy it.

Luke Skywalker

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Throughout modern Star Wars collecting, there have been multiple types of collectors. These include the crazy zealots like myself who buy at least one of everything. Then there is the casual collector that only picks up his or her favorite characters. Lastly, there are people like CJ who claim to be collectors, troll collecting fan sites, buy nothing Star Wars toy-related and offer unsolicited opinions about the hobby and what Hasbro should do next. Don’t worry; I’m not singling anyone out, I am merely just expressing that all types of fans exist and are welcome in our community. While we’re all on equal playing fields as collectors, Hasbro does sometimes listen to what the loudest noisemakers are saying. And that all came to pass hugely in 2010 after getting small teases in 2004, 2006 and 2007. A reawakening also transpired in 2017. (more….)

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This story is incredible. Two rare vintage Kenner Star Wars figures including Darth Vader (telescoping lightsaber) and Obi-Wan Kenobi (telescoping lightsaber) have sold for over $100,000 combined. The Daily Mail has the full story.

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