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It’s BIG VEHICLE WEEK! Let’s start with the Rebels Hero Series X-wing Fighter. It’s NOT without merit. But it also has many problems. See more Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or 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.

X-wing Fighter

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Review: X-wing Fighter (Electronic) - POTF2 [R] - Vehicle

Here is another fantastic release from The Power Of The Force “2” [Red] collection. The X-wing Fighter (Electronic) vehicle was another exciting vehicle to acquire in 1995. It looks alright by today’s standards, but it meant a lot more to collectors at the time of release. See what you’ll think about it by checking out our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or 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.

X-wing Fighter (Electronic)

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I only learned about this now, but on June 29th 2019 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held a special back to back screening of Rogue One and Star Wars A New Hope. What makes this so special is that Star Wars was, for the first time in decades, shown in its original, unaltered, pre special edition version. And according to someone from the audience it was an immaculate 70mm print of Star Wars. The only change to the original 1977 movie was the addition of “A New Hope” to the title crawl.
Apparently, the Academy needed a special permission from George Lucas himself to screen the original version of Star Wars. That begs the question if George Lucas still has some say over what happens with the movies he made. If the Academy needed Lucas’ permission and not just Disney’s that would imply “yes”. Does Lucas still own the prints of the unaltered movies? So even if Disney owns Star Wars, would even they need George Lucas’ permission, if Disney wanted to release the original, unaltered versions of the original trilogy movies on Blu-Ray? Or wanted to make some additional changes (updated CGI) to the special editions for a potential release in 4K? Also, if Lucas allowed the screening, could it mean he’s open to re-releasing the original versions in high definition? Read more about the screening on comicbook.com!

Classic Star Wars Poster

 

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Up next for our The Vintage Collection wave 22 Visual Guide updates is Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) (VC149). Click below to have a look at the full Visual Guide, and click here to check out our full review.

Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) (VC149) - The Vintage Collection

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Review: Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) - TVC - VC149

Here is another figure we should have fallen in love with but didn’t. Why is Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) this filthy on a Star Wars card? Can anyone answer this? Please don’t deactivate Hasbro! The Vintage Collection has overworked their circuits. Someone needs to take Hasbro down to maintenance! See why you may be disappointed with this figure too in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or 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.

Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2)

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The Vintage Collection Wave 22: Lower Your Expectations

We’re almost done with the reviews, but you can check everything else out right now including a ton of comparison images, diorama shots and the new figures interacting with other figures and vehicles. I have to admit that The Vintage Collection wave 22 isn’t doing it for me. My favorite figure in the wave is the Imperial Assault Tank Commander, and that should NOT be the case. I am thrilled about finally getting a carded “12-Back” Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) figure, but this character and card back were worthy of a completely all-new sculpt. Oh well. Luke Skywalker (Crait) is a decent release, but he is limited in movement thanks to constricting robes. His articulation system is almost voided out by it. And the Death Star Gunner should have been the crowning joy of the wave, but it has disappointed me hugely. Anyhow, check out the new images of the latest figures. Hopefully, the next wave will be a little bit better.

         

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Quick Pics: TVC R2-D2 (VC149)

We have some quick pics to share of the new The Vintage Collection R2-D2 figure. The figure on the left is the new TVC release, and the figure on the right is the one from the Star Wars [Solo] line. Special thanks to JTA reader and good friend Josh M. for the images!

      

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Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Power Droid - SW - 1979

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Death Star Droid - SW - 1979

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: R5-D4 - SW - 1979

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Walrus Man - SW - 1979

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Snaggletooth - SW - 1979

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Hammerhead - SW - 1979

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Greedo - SW - 1979

Visual Guide Update - TIE Fighter - Star Wars [Solo]

Tonight’s addition to the Visual Guides is the TIE Fighter vehicle from the Star Wars [Solo] line. Click below to check out our full Visual Guide page. Make sure to also check out our full review of this vehicle right here.

TIE Fighter - Star Wars [Solo] - Vehicles

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Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Sand People - SW - 1978

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Jawa - SW - 1978

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Han Solo - SW - 1978

The Vintage Collection Wave 21 Now Shipping!

The time has come! The best Imperial Stormtrooper ever in 3.75″ scale is starting to arrive in collectors’ homes. Thanks to Sergio K. for the image. I have seen reports of cards being charged from EE and BBTS, so start watching for emails and whatnot if you have this on pre-order. Has anyone had their cards charged for the solid cases of Stormtroopers yet? Let us know if you’ve gotten your case or are anticipating it soon in the comments!

We reviewed these figures weeks ago too! Check them out HERE!

Pre-order Wave 6 from Entertainment Earth here.

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Now this is certainly somewhat odd. Reworked versions of a Return of the Jedi Darth Vader and A New Hope Stormtrooper will soon be put on pre-order by SH Figuarts. Magazine scans of the two figures have appeared in the wild. This takes SH Figuarts full circle, since these two were the first to be released in the SHF Star Wars line. However, both original figures had serious shortcomings. The original ROTJ Darth Vader was too short, had a very stylized sculpt and a tiny head. Even worse, the unmasked Vader head only came with the Return of the Jedi Luke. It seems the new Vader is based on the A New Hope Vader which corrected some of the mistakes of the previous Vader but still had some issues, like a somewhat inaccurate helmet sculpt and awkward cape. It remains to be seen if SHF reworked the helmet sculpt once more for this release. The feature to remove the helmet dome is certainly all new. The unmasked head certainly looks gorgeous and it might be something you’d want to get if you want to replace Sad Puppy Vader from the Black Series. The Stormtrooper seems to be based on the Rogue One sculpt which is still inaccurate, the crotch piece is much too large (or the belt sits too high). But you get superior articulation in return. And the helmet sculpt has been very much improved compared with the original Stormtrooper. Anyway, it’s still a weird choice to retool / revise previous figures instead of releasing any of the other all new prototypes. Like the Empire Strikes Back Pilot Luke or Crait Luke, however the latter may still be announced soon, see the previous article! Are you interested in an SHF ROTJ Vader and ANH Stormtrooper at all? Or are these figures an easy pass? Let us know in the comments!

UPDATE: Official promo photos added! Click through to see them!

SH Figuarts Magazine Scan

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Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Stormtrooper - SW - 1978

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Darth Vader - SW - 1978

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