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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!


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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!


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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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Let’s take a look at the next wave of Disney’s Star Wars Toybox figures, starting with Boba Fett (6). Click below to have a look at the full Visual Guide for this ultra-cool, Vintage-painted deco version of Boba Fett. Make sure to also check out our full review right here.

Boba Fett (6) - Disney Store - Star Wars Toybox

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Review: Boba Fett - Star Wars Toybox (6)

Hey! Did you know that the Boba Fett Toybox figure from Disney is based on the original 1979 vintage Kenner Star Wars figure? It’s beautiful! Find out 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.

Boba Fett

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You Oughta Get This Awesome Ottoman!

If you haven’t seen this awesome vintage Kenner inspired ottoman at Walmart, here it is. How awesom e is this, folks?

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Love Vintage? Love Boba Fett? Then you will love this! Check out the amazing custom The Black Series 6-Inch Boba Fett repainted with his Kenner Vintage counterpart’s paint scheme. Created by Instagram user, you can commission one of these from him if it’s a must-have for you. Just connect with him through his Instagram account. You’ll just have to be patient though, he’s backlogged through the New Year. Photo Credit: Toy Galaxy


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Early Bird "Empty Box" Promotion: 40 Christmases Ago This Year!

Yahoo! has republished their popular article on the vintage Kenner Star Wars Early Bird Kit (which originally ran December 2015). Because this December marks the official 40th Christmas anniversary of Kenner’s groundbreaking Early Bird Kit “empty box” promotion, Yahoo! has wisely decided to rerun the article and update it to include The Black Series 6″ Legacy Pack which was inspired off of this original collectible as well as other “insider” updates. We should also note, although not mentioned in the article, that Hasbro paid homage to this concept back in 2005 for 3.75″ scaled action figures for The Saga Collection. You can check out both the Early Bird Certificate Package and the Early Bird Figures sets in our Research Droids Reviews. In the meantime, check out the revised article from Yahoo! News.

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Advertising Star Wars Toys Via Comic Books In The UK

Our friends at Fantha Tracks have put together a fantastic article that focuses on the advertising of Star Wars toys through comic books, specifically in the UK. They go into history and cite some pretty amazing examples of how the brand was sold to kids back in the day. It’s definitely worth check out. Don’t forget to come back here to talk about it!!

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Force Link: A Revived Kenner Concept?

Was the Force Link something that was conceived by Kenner decades ago? We’re thinking this is quite possible. JTA reader Vincent M. directs our attention to a conceptual Kenner item that never made it into production: the Electronic Sound Generator. This entry can be found at the fabulous site. Although this cool toy never made it off the ground, it appears that the technology was utilized by Galoob in some form. Click through to read more about it!

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The Modern Garage Sale

Like many of you, I remember scouring garage sales for Star Wars figures that parents were selling for .25 cents or 5 for a buck. It seems like with all the technology at your finger tips, the days of finding that gem cheap is over (or at least more difficult). Well, I had this app on my phone for quite awhile and I mostly used it to sell some old clothes and things, but recently I find out it can be a treasure trove for Star Wars collectors. Click through to find out more.

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Good friend and JTA reader Josh Makison has gifted me another incredible item after I drooled over the one he made for himself (as we highlighted here recently). Knowing my love for the Disney Parks 4-LOM sculpt, Josh went above and beyond and also customized a vintage Kenner Zuckuss figure for me by repainting the BAD sculpt and placing it on mock vintage Kenner card back. Hasbro – please pay close attention. You need to get this sculpt into the Hasbro line and do the same EXACT thing. It’s the most screen accurate sculpt of this character to date. We still need a TVC 4-LOM (update) and Zuckuss (first time offering) and this is the only way to do 4-LOM (vintage Zuckuss) in my opinion. Thank you!


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There are ten (10) specific things I have been obsessing about that I want to see get done when the return of The Vintage Collection comes this Spring 2018. (A lot of it has to do with the original Kenner line.) While it would be wise for all of us to not count our chickens before they hatch, TVC’s return is likely to be a scaled down version of what we encountered between 2010 through parts of 2013. However, there is no reason why Hasbro can’t make most of their existing tooling budgets, parking lots, checklists and brainstorming to help us complete modern releases of the figures we grew up with as kids. Doing this will benefit everyone involved in the Hasbro/collecting community universe. While this unofficial Top 10 list of mine is really “all over the place’ with regards to what it covers, you will notice that it hones in on one repeated topic: getting those original “Collect All 92” out/completed in this line and offers suggestions on how to do it. Please click through and be sure to leave your own two cents in our comments. We have to keep the conversations going about The Vintage Collection. It’s the most important thing Hasbro has done for us in over half a decade.

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