The Vintage Collection TIE Interceptor is now $54.99 on Amazon. Special thanks to JTA reader Craig F. for the alert!
For many of us, in the last couple of years, we have found a new appreciation for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Many have likened the film to a bottle of fine wine, that is getting better with age. Certainly far from perfection, the issues in the film often go overlooked in favor of enjoying what is enjoyable about it. Jar Jar Binks is usually the scapegoat for the film’s critics, but even he doesn’t bother us like he used to. (more….)
About a month ago, I was doing some late night googling and searching for some deals on TVC and Black Series figures. Paul might remember some of the sketchy looking sites I emailed him in the past to get his opinion on lol. But, after tons of sketchy and straight fraudulent looking sites, I had discovered a couple of gems and there is one that I feel particularly deserves some praise. So, click through to find out a little more about this toy shop and my experience.
We’re continuing our discussion about what figures Hasbro should probably focus on for The Vintage Collection. Our next topic up for discussion is The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. We’ve enlisted the help of famed customizer Peakob1 and his readership add their voices to come up with a great cast of options. So now, we want our readers to check out their suggestions and continue to add to the list of character ideas for this great and rich period of Star Wars. Remember, this great cast of characters would be figures done in realistic style for The Vintage Collection. Click through for more!
JTA reader and friend Sebastian E. was inspired to customize an Ugnaught action figure based on our description in the Collect All 92! post we did a few days ago. Look how awesome it looks. And to think Hasbro has this tooling available right now as we speak. This would make a fine real addition to The Vintage Collection! Again, this customized figure is made up of parts from 2009’s TLC Ugnaught (BD 43) and 2009’s LC Ugnaught (BD28) figures.
Our good friends at BanthaSkull.com attended a different session of the Hasbro roundtable, so different topics on The Vintage Collection were discussed. Please check out their overview of the conversation and be sure to look for a slam at someone too.
You may or may not have noticed, but Anakin Skywalker has been conspicuously left out of our last Collect All 92! article for a very specific reason. There has been controversy surrounding what version of Anakin Skywalker the 1985 figure intended to represent. Was that figure supposed to be the Force Spirit as he appeared at the end of Return Of The Jedi, or was it an Expanded Universe “off screen” take of the character “in the flesh” that we never saw onscreen? Judging by the reference image on the POTF card back, it very clear to us that the figure is intended to be the Force Spirit. Either way, 1999’s POTF2 [FB/CT] Anakin Skywalker figure doesn’t represent a good modern update to the 1985 release. That being said, IF Hasbro ever updated this figure, would you prefer the Force Spirit approach taken with 2017’s TBS [P3] Obi-Wan Kenobi (Force Spirit) figure, or would you prefer a redo of the 1999 approach instead?
The Hasbro roundtable discussion, in my opinion, was a fruitful event. It got me inspired once again to figure out where we are with The Vintage Collection and where we need to go from an “old school/Original Trilogy” point of view. Please be patient, we will definitely be looking at the various sections of the Star Wars timeline individually so that a clearer and more focused discussion can be had. In the meantime, we have distilled where we stand with Hasbro updating the “Collect All 92!” original vintage Kenner figures in the modern line. This isn’t meant to be interpreted that Hasbro should “only do this” but instead a “when you focus on this, this is what should be considered.” We’re not alienating any group of collectors who want other types of figures. Those articles are forthcoming. To be clear, we will be doing similar articles for Prequel Trilogy, Sequel Trilogy and Expanded Universe characters in addition to other new canon including standalone films, Rebels and The Clone Wars. (more….)
In a surprising and exciting move, Hasbro decided to interview select media outlets to get their specific thoughts on The Vintage Collection as they plan the line for 2019. (more….)
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Our friends at The Force Guide (formerly Sir Steve’s Guide) have posted their HASCON Hasbro Q&A. They ask some great questions and get some fascinating answers. There are also awesome answers surrounding The Vintage Collection. Be sure to drop by and check it all out!
With all of the excitement about “photo realistic” technology, we couldn’t wait to ask Hasbro if they would use this progressive technology on figures for The Vintage Collection. (more….)
Originally seen on our The Black Series [Phase III] 3.75″ rumor report, Snoke is now officially part of The Vintage Collection as seen below. If you recall, Snoke was removed from the Walmart assortment with the speculation that he would be placed in TVC instead. It looks like this is exactly what happened.
Here’s a blast from the past. If this was reported seven years ago, then I totally missed it. Remember when Star Wars toys came with awesome product catalogs? During The Vintage Collection/The Clone Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side] line Hasbro made a beautiful one. It was inserted into vehicles and Battle Packs and stuff like that. Click the image below and look carefully at the figures shown. Do you notice an oddity? Was that one figure intended for The Vintage Collection at one point? Was it just a mistake and accidentally printed in the catalog? Either way, we still need it updated on a modern Kenner inspired vintage card back, so Hasbro please take note!
Hasbro, please consider Bob Hudsol for The Vintage Collection so you can make CJ a happier person. I believe it’s one of a half dozen figures he’ll buy from you. This way he’ll also become less likely to troll JTA (but that’s clearly for our own selfish reasons). Thank you. Now onto bigger and better things.
As you know, longtime collectors of the modern line are in desperate need for a modern update to the puppet version of Sy Snootles from Return Of The Jedi. But now that The Vintage Collection’s back, why not give us updates to the whole band in glorious Kenner inspired packaging now? Perhaps redo Max Rebo so that he better resembles how the creature really is thanks to Pablo Hildalgo, (stubby lower body). We think that since Hasbro is thinking more outside of the box that this might make for a great 2018 store exclusive somewhere, so can you please make it happen?
Holy BLEEP! Look what JTA reader Derek H. found at his local TJ Maxx discount chain store! The former Kmart exclusive B-wing Fighter from The Vintage Collection has wound up there for a mere $16.99. This item is 6 years old at this point. How is there stock still hanging around? The B-wing Fighter vehicle would easily be $49.99-$59.99 in today’s market! Let us know if you see these in your areas as well! We’re very curious to see how widespread this is!
We’re continuing to keep the conversation going! If you listened to the Hasbro Q&A (which was a team effort between JTA and Victoria’s Cantina – check it out HERE), you clearly remember Hasbro saying something that was as loud as clashing cymbals. It was also very heartwarming to fans of The Vintage Collection. When asked about working aliens/patrons from A New Hope (Chalmun’s Cantina) and Return Of The Jedi (Jabba’s Palace/skiff guards) into the planning of TVC they said “Absolutely, that’s kind of one of the main reasons we brought [The Vintage Collection] back. It is.”. (more….)
Hasbro agreed with us when we said that The Vintage Collection needs to be a conversation. They’ve since taken this quip of ours and used it in their SDCC presentation. Therefore, we’re going to keep that conversation indeed going. How should Hasbro approach 2018’s The Vintage Collection card backs? (more….)
Wouldn’t it “be” interesting to see into the future of The Vintage Collection? We are going to use our heads and come up with some things we “expect” to see. Click through for more.
There are a lot of mixed emotions when it comes to The Vintage Collection’s return. It’s been five years of H-E-double hockey sticks for longtime and hardcore 3.75” super-articulated collectors. Hasbro has listened to feedback from whiners like me and it is paying off hugely. The paradigm has shifted and we will once again see super-articulated action figures in glorious vintage Kenner inspired packaging. It feels like a dream, doesn’t it? Between being bombarded with adult collector complaints about TVC’s absence and Hasbro’s good stock market performance, the “stars have aligned” to make this all happen once again for us. If we’re patient, 2018 can be the greatest year since The Vintage Collection’s original run. However, many collectors are distressed by what was revealed thus far. Many are questioning why the line is beginning so many repacks. Believe it or not, it’s all for our benefit (my interpretation but I will explain). (more….)
I have had time to digest Hasbro’s presentation during San Diego Comic Con and I have distilled what concerns me and what elates me. While a 6” Maz Kanata is literally the VERY last thing I would ever want in my Star Wars collection personally, I have to admit that the rest of the presentation was Hasbro’s best in years. It certainly was far from perfection, but it’s a start and I want to be hopeful as I can. That being said, I do have great concerns. Adam Pawlus has already expressed his concern that The Vintage Collection smells like it might be dead on arrival. And in all honesty, part of me has similar reservations. But my hope outweighs the negatives at the moment. In an effort to keep thinking positively, I needed to itemize the pros and cons of what Hasbro has planned thus far. So, let’s talk about what will work and what absolutely won’t work so that we can clean up the negatives. Hasbro, please listen to this advising. We really know what’s best for The Vintage Collection. (more….)
It’s pretty eye-opening how far a little bit of good news can take you and can put that extra lift in your step. Let’s face it. The last four or five years of SDCC/Toy Fair Hasbro presentations have been violent kicks in the guts to super-articulated 3.75″ collectors. Thank the Maker things are changing in our favor. I mean, my interest was even piqued for the 5POA reveals, because deep down I knew that Hasbro had my back with the TVC announcements. Their Q&As even felt more promising than ever. Hopefully Hasbro has learned that they can no longer turn their backs on this 3.75″ super-articulated community. Yes, it’s going to take some time to get the momentum going, but there are big plans in the works. And we all need to work together to ensure they come to pass. So be patient.
Hasbro really started off this year’s presentation perfectly. I am so happy that the SDCC audience got to see that gorgeous The Vintage Collection “electronic press kit” video live like we did at SWCO. This powerful video will choke you up while you watch it. (If you haven’t seen it yet, click HERE.) It is truly the perfect way to start talking about The Vintage Collection in any setting, especially a convention. As you’ve heard Hasbro say multiple times now, this line is going to be a conversation. So, we’re going to absolutely make sure it stays a conversation. A constant one. Please, more than ever, when we post TVC-focused articles, be sure to leave your candid opinions about what Hasbro should (or shouldn’t) do with the line. We’ll remind you once again: they’re watching.
We are honored to have teamed up with our good friend, the illustrious Victoria from Victoria’s Cantina, this year to conduct our Hasbro Q&A during San Diego Comic Con. We also entered the current century because the Q&A is in the form of a video. This time YOU get to see the wry smiles and illuminating expressions on the Hasbro Team’s faces. While we focused our efforts on learning as much as we could about The Vintage Collection, there is plenty of stuff here on The Black Series 6″ line and 5POA as well. Reissue older 6″ figures? Gray-haired Han Solo? Using 6″ to make SA 3.75″ and vice versa? Will there be more 40th anniversary love in TVC? Will there be 40th The Empire Strikes Back figures? What about the fate of playsets? You’ll get the answers to all of these questions and more, so be sure to check out what this beautiful bunch of people had to say by clicking the thumbnail below!
Click through for some very important notes about The Vintage Collection from Hasbro’s presentation at San Diego Comic Con….
UPDATE: Star Wars Action News confirmed that “old” The Vintage Collection figures that are reissued in the “new” The Vintage Collection line will keep their original number. So, if Dengar was reissued, he would remain VC01.
Four years ago today, Jedi Temple Archives organized and coordinated an unprecedented event within the Star Wars collecting community: a celebration of the magnificent The Vintage Collection basic figure line (which originally ran from the middle of 2010 through sporadic parts of 2013) and entitled it A Digested Look At The Vintage Collection. We rounded up the best Star Wars fan sites on the web together to rank the Top 25 greatest figures in The Vintage Collection basic figure line. But most importantly, we even got Hasbro on board where three of their finest, including Dave Vennemeyer (who has been with the Star Wars brand since the start), chose their own top picks as well.
Because The Vintage Collection is returning in Spring 2018, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to re-share this amazing JTA Special Report with the collecting community. Many have left the hobby, but many have joined in and those that have remained are in for a treat next year. Besides, they get to see this report again. Our hope is that the new Hasbro brand team takes notes about what made the original The Vintage Collection so powerful and that they will ensure they focus on characters like those who made the Top 25 ranking (and even those listed in the honorable mentions). This is all necessary for the line to be successful. Know your audience, Hasbro. That is ALL we ask. Anyway, please enjoy this report for the first time or once again. Enjoy!
It may be more than just a coincidence that we’re seeing “rumors” about a conscious move away from 5POA as well as the return of The Vintage Collection. It seems like a last ditch effort to revitalize the Star Wars toy line. (more….)
The Vintage Collection TIE Interceptor is on Lightning Deal on Amazon!
We’re all over the moon about the possibilities with the return of The Vintage Collection. But we want to know how you’d react if the line opens up with a wave of straight The Force Awakens repacks (plus or minus an all-new figure). It seems many collectors are anxious about this and with the difficulty of the Walmart exclusive SA 3.75″ line making an impact at the brick and mortar level, you’d have to wonder if there are plans to get these figures out again but in the way they were always intended. Would it sour TVC’s re-arrival for you? Would you be ecstatic? Would you wonder what the heck is going on with Hasbro? Will you feel that new Star Wars Entertainment might kill the spirit and intent of this coveted line? Let us know your thoughts. (Special thanks to Sebastian E. at Blizzard Force Customs for loaning us these images of his custom TVC-inspired TFA figures. His Facebook page can be found HERE.)
Do we then expect
the future lines The Vintage Collection to be handled better? I don’t know. What’s going on? (more….)
It’s probably a good bet that collectors of the 3.75″ The Last Jedi line will see Hasbro double their efforts when it comes to articulation in the line. (more….)
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!
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.
If you recall, we informally polled our readers asking what currently existing 3.75″ super-articulated action figures they’d like to see re-released or added for the very first time to The Vintage Collection when it returns this Spring 2018. These figures would receive NO UPDATES or REFRESHES as they would be STRAIGHT REPACKS. (We’ll get to easy retools/kit-bashes at another time.) Now we’ve loosely compiled the results and came up with a solid list of 125 frequently requested characters. Click through for more….
This is really nothing new, but WOW! It would do Hasbro good to re-release so many figures that were part of the Comic Packs line, especially those from the red phase of the Legacy Collection. They would make lovely additions to The Vintage Collection next Spring. Check out the prices for the Ulic Qel-Droma/Exar Kun two-pack on eBay!
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