Sellers have begun putting The Vintage Collection Imperial Combat Assault Tank on pre-order on eBay. Many have asked when this is arriving and the speculation has been “summer 2018”. Per this auction, it looks like July could be the month! Special thanks to JTA reader Gregory G. for the alert!
This is quite unbelievable, but Amazon is taking/accepting pre-orders for the upcoming The Vintage Collection Scarif Stormtrooper, Princess Leia (Boushh Disguise), Yak Face and Klaatu (Skiff Guard Outfit) figures! Hurry before the pre-orders sell out! I successfully placed my order. Special thanks to rivesjunctionite for the alert!
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.)
As per HasLab’s Exclusive Update #1, Hasbro added additional areas to the rails on Jabba’s Sail Barge to accept the existing cannon that came with both 2009’s LC Nikto Gunner [Nysad] (BD23) and 2013’s TBS [P1] Vizam (#17) figures, something JTA specifcially asked about at Toy Fair this year. As expected, the figures are selling out on the aftermarket so collectors can secure these accessories now. There are still a few on eBay (and Amazon), so you might want to see if you can secure one too. Some of the eBay aucions are completely untouchable, but you can find some loose sample for a great deal. It’s always possible that Hasbro can reissue either figure in The Vintage Collection, but why take the risk??
You probably didn’t get this email, because Hasbro Toy Shop isn’t even aware of it at the moment, but there is an exclusive update to the HasLab Jabba’s Sail Barge. Special thanks to our friends at BanthaSkull for forwarding their email to us!
JTA presented a detailed breakdown of the 6 in Black Series a few days ago. Now it’s time to look at The Vintage Collection. The line was only resurrected a few weeks ago, time to look at the line as a whole. How many figures are there? How many exclusives? How does TVC compare with the Black Series? Click through to find out everything you want to know about TVC!
After their greatest Toy Fair Presentations in five years, I’m holding Hasbro to a higher standard to what each convention event should reveal. I jogged my memory and remembered 2011’s San Diego Comic Con was one of their many highlights from the past. (Check out the slide presentation gallery by click thing image below.) I hope that this year’s 2018 SDCC event will take the necessary strides forward to mimic the best presentations of years’ past. Great things are in store, but we want to see the signs of that proof now. So Hasbro, please make this year’s SDCC event the greatest in five years too!
Are you looking for some great deals on single The Vintage Collection figures? JTA sponsor Dorkside Toys has select figures for $8.99 each!
Hasbro: please help a community out once again. This is the ONLY version of Shasa Tielon the market today. It’s a Micro Machines figure for Pete’s sake! (I thought I saw a LEGO mini figure yesterday, but it seems to have disappeared). This character is prominent both in Jabba’s palace as well as The Khetanna. So please make this figure a reality for The Vintage Collection? She would make a great release and we need more female aliens in our collections! They’re not complete without her!
Hasbro: please help a community out. This is the ONLY version of a Tonnika Sister on the market today. It’s a Micro Machines figure for Pete’s sake! We know you can make ONE of the characters now, so please do it for The Vintage Collection? She would make a great Hasbro Toy Shop exclusive (or something) too! She is an iconic addition to our cantina dioramas. It’s not complete without her!
As much as many of us like to criticize eBay for all of the “evil” people who sell on there, it has proven to be a great gauge for what Star Wars items go for on the aftermarket. In a very short moment of downtime, I curiously searched for three Star Wars characters (their respective action figures) across three definitive periods of collecting eras. I tried to pick characters of equal prominence but gave the Sequel Trilogy an advantage with a more popular “B” character. First I searched for the classic vintage Kenner Walrus Man (of which there are hundreds). Then I jumped to our modern era of Sequel Trilogy collecting and decided to choose Maz Kanata randomly. Once again, there are hundreds of her available as well (hundreds of each scale). Then I jumped to a random point in time during the Golden Age of Collecting and chose The Vintage Collection’s Wooof action figure. There are less than a dozen. (more….)
We have another The Vintage Collection Visual Guide update tonight, this time featuring the Walmart exclusive Rey (Island Journey) (VC122). Click below to check out our full guide page. If you didn’t catch our review of this figure posted earlier today, click here to have a look!
The Rey (Island Journey) (VC122) Walmart exclusive figure is PERFECT except for one major thing. Find out what it is 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.
We have a sneak peek for you for The Vintage Collection’s Rey (Island Journey) (VC122) Walmart exclusive figure. On paper, this figure is a collectors dream come true. She’s loaded with 28 points of articulation including a premium reverse ball-socket neck and ball-socket head combination for optimal head movement. The soft-goods are tailored beautifully, and the sculpt of the figure is stunning. As you’d expect, the figure is ruined thanks to “TBS paint operations on a TVC figure.” Hasbro MUST figure out how to optimize the facial deco on these gorgeously sculpted 3.75″ super-articulated action figures. Rey (Island Journey) is a perfect 10 were it not for her disappointing and sloppily applied paint job. Check it out in our RDRs now. The review is coming tomorrow.
UPDATE: Gone again! (Leia)
BUT WHO WILL IT BE? It’s always fun to speculate what’s coming next from Hasbro, and this is especially true when it comes to San Diego Comic Con exclusives. Hasbro has already let it “slip” that there will indeed be a The Vintage Collection SDCC exclusive this year. So, based on past experience, we’re going to surmise what it might be. Click through for more.
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….)
My gut told me that this was inevitable and I was right. Collectors who backed Jabba’s Sail Barge and used PayPal as their form of payment might be in a pickle (if you don’t have a backup method of payment that is). We have received confirmation that Hasbro is calling these affected backers of the barge and alerting them that they have until 5 PM on Thursday to provide them with a credit card number (not another attempt at the PayPal transaction – they will NOT attempt another PayPal transaction), or their Barge orders will be canceled. They will also NOT allow you to place a new order for the Barge so you can utilize PayPal again. It’s credit card or bust. You may have received your Behind The Workbench book. It doesn’t matter. PayPal is declining a few orders for reasons that aren’t yet totally clear. I don’t know if it’s because of a certain cutoff date or not, so if your PayPal transaction went through and the monies were debited, your order should be fine. Call Hasbro Customer Service at 1-800-408-0052 for more information on this.
UPDATE: SO far it looks like very few people were affected. Good news!
When the pre-order went live for the gorgeous The Vintage Collection Imperial Combat Assault Tank, the grumbling about its MSRP started immediately. We understand that it is a high price for this vehicle. But we’d like to remind you of a couple of things. (more….)
The point of this article is two-fold. Firstly, after multiple conversations with collecting friends (thank you Josh and Chris), we all think that a new super-articulated Stormtrooper could be in the works. Hasbro would need to tweak a couple of things on the Walmart exclusive Stormtrooper (Mimban) figure, but they could easily give us our definitive Imperial Stormtrooper finally. (WITH NO REMOVABLE HELMET!) Secondly, how do you feel about Hasbro’s new approach to articulation in the super-articulated 3.75″ scale? I personally am thrilled to see the inclusion of ball-jointed wrists and swivel thighs now. But what I sorely miss are “rocker” ankles. Would you prefer that Hasbro eliminate something in order to bring the “rocker” ankles back? Or are you fine with the way things are? Let us (and Hasbro) know in the comments!
The Vintage Collection Walmart exclusive Rey (Island Journey) figure is BACK IN STOCK on eBay! It’s more money before but still comes with FREE shipping! Check it out! They also have The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Stormtrooper (Mimban) and Chewbacca exclusive figures IN STOCK as well! Special thanks to Danny for the alert!
And speaking of the Gamorrean Guard, have any of you checked out the asking prices for recent live eBay auctions for The Vintage Collection figure? They’re quite accurate. You can confirm this yourself by checking out the SOLD LISTINGS in the advanced search function. It’s hard to believe that this beautiful 3.75″ super-articulated figure is going for more than The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ version! The figure was available in over a dozen case assortments throughout The Vintage Collection’s original run. The TVC Gamorrean Guard (VC21) figure has been a source of frustration for TVC collectors for years, and it appears the frustration is only going to get worse. No other figure from this line is as desired as this one is. It makes people green with envy, especially when they see collectors with more than one of them!
They also have The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Stormtrooper (Mimban) and Chewbacca exclusive figures IN STOCK as well!
Wow! Have you seen the eBay auctions for the Behind The Workbench booklet? If this is any indication of what the Yak Face figure will go for, people may be able to turn a pretty penny. Special thanks to Steve U. for the alert!
It’s always good to be proactive, isn’t it? Is there ever a time when planning for things ever turned out negatively in the end? Well, maybe, but stick with me that’s its a good thing for this post. JTA is getting inundated with store reports that show evidence that The Vintage Collection is on clearance at so many stores (both Walmart AND TARGET). Some of the prices are as low as $5 each. We even have a report from barely-alive Kmart that they have them on sale (clearance) too. I had an epiphany that retail is dead when it comes to Star Wars. I am completely serious about this. It’s not about what stores get and don’t get any more. It’s about the changing times. Because of these clearance trends, I have a suggestion. (more….)
Cool! Check it out. We have a first look image of the previously rveealed by Hasbro Walmart exclusive The Vintage Collection Stormtrooper (Mimban) figure card back art to share with you. It is for a promotion in Japan that features the Mimban Stormtrooper. Apprarently per Google Translate the promo is about a prize draw for people who send in barcodes of various Star Wars toys. Special thanks to JTA reader Bence B. for letting us know!
JTA reader Matthew C. sends us an image (from a Pixel Dan YouTube video) of what “photorealistic” technology might look like on a The Vintage Collection figure. Now, keep in mind that this is a Mattel figure, so Hasbro’s might look very different than this. And they’d have to improve the technology before making it final. Anyway, let us know what you think about this in our comments.
JTA readers Orlando R., Danny and Henry just received email confirmations that their Behind The Workbench booklet from Hasbro has shipped! You better check your inbox. You probably have one too! It’s getting REAL, folks!
eBay seller tunghori still have quite a few The Vintage Collection (or TVC-quality) figures IN STOCK. Don’t forget to pick up Vizam for your new Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna). Remember, Hasbro is retooling the railings on the Barge so that his AWESOME gun can be attached. There are other figures as well including the rare red-bandana Kithaba figure and Princess Leia (Slave Outfit). These are reasonably priced and as the aftermarket values for skiff guards and related figures skyrockets, get a few while you can for acceptable prices!
Because that’s where you’ll probably find them! Here is another reason why Walmart should lose the right to sell Star Wars action figures. Per JTA reader Ryan C., this particular Walmart still has boxed 3.75″ The Black Series [Phase III] figures in the aisle, but brand new The Vintage Collection figures in the clearance aisle. Maybe this Walmart employee looked at the first wave of TVC and exclaimed: “Not again!”
The Vintage Collection Rebel Trooper (Hoth) is IN STOCK at Hasbro Toy Shop. Use promo code SPRING2018 to save money! Thanks to all who wrote in to let us know!
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