Is it the 30th anniversary of Star Wars again or did I just miss something? Because I don’t understand why 2019 will see the re-release of a figure from a dozen years ago. (more….)
OK, so the Old EU-philes were right. Darth Revan is HUGE. I have always liked Darth Revan, but I was never sure of how well he resonated with Star Wars fans as a whole. He is so integral to the Star Wars timeline, in fact, that he won a Fans’ Choice Poll. From this win, Hasbro then designed him for The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ line. The 6″ Darth Revan is a tremendous action figure. To meet the demand of his popularity, Hasbro released him in solid case assortments. And while all this was happening, 3.75″ collectors only got to enjoy their figure from 2007’s 30 (77-07) line, hoping that Hasbro would soon update the Sith Lord to super-articulated status utilizing the digital files from the 6″ figure. We’re still waiting.
But then 2018’s San Diego Comic-Con happened. And as Hasbro delivered their impressive PowerPoint presentation to the collecting community, they made the glorious announcement that Darth Revan was coming to The Vintage Collection in 2019. But instead of elation, I felt disappointment. They showed off the same 2007 figure. It’s a sculpt that only has fourteen total points of articulation (across ten areas of articulation – barely DOUBLE DIGIT articulation)! Sure, the 2007 Darth Revan has a beautiful sculpt, but the molded robes inhibit most of the figure’s movement anyway. So, I am perplexed. Why are we going this far back in history to choose The Vintage Collection candidates? What’s next? 1999’s The Power Of The Force “2” Han Solo CommTech?
Hasbro, please retool Darth Revan from the ground up. If this delays the figure into 2020 then so be it. The 2007 TAC release was appropriate for the time, but it ranks a “terrible” by today’s standards. The Vintage Collection cannot compromise on quality and articulation. And this particular Darth Revan figure will stick out like a sore thumb amongst the beauty you’re currently adding into the line. Thank you.
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