Welcome to another entry in our The Vintage Collection: The Ninety Six column. Hasbro recently made a commitment to collectors that they will be “focusing” on characters in The Vintage Collection that fall under “The Ninety Six” banner. If you’re new to this, it means that for every classic Kenner figure, there needs a modern counterpart. Between 2020 and 2021, Hasbro’s made an admirable effort by focusing on these characters. But there is more work to be done and we’ll figure out where we are step by step.
We’re right in alignment with Hasbro in our vintage Kenner database. There are 21 figures under the STAR WARS banner, 29 figures under THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK banner, 31 figures under the RETURN OF THE JEDI banner, and 15 figures under THE POWER OF THE FORCE banner. (Sy Snootles, Max Rebo, Droopy McCool, and Blue Snaggletooth brings the number to an even 100 figures.)
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Is there a definitive modern counterpart to 1978’s SW Princess Leia Organa?
2004’s THE ORIGINAL TRILOGY COLLECTION Princess Leia Organa figure is regarded as the closest placeholder.
Has Hasbro added this character’s card art and action figure into THE VINTAGE COLLECTION? And is it definitive?
No. To date, a Princess Leia Organa figure that meets this definition is only part of THE “VINTAGE” ORIGINAL TRILOGY COLLECTION line, a precursor to THE VINTAGE COLLECTION.
Does THE VINTAGE COLLECTION release completely satisfy the modern counterpart to 1978’s STAR WARS Luke Skywalker figure?
We’re still waiting for Hasbro to add this figure into THE VINTAGE COLLECTION. It’s still a big hole in our collections.
If Hasbro didn’t release the figure yet, do we have a near-definitive or definitive release of this character that can be added to THE VINTAGE COLLECTION as a straight repack, repaint, or with little retooling to update it?
At this point, an all-new figure from the ground up is the best way to approach this action figure. However, Hasbro released 2008’s TLC Princess Leia (BD 41). The figure comes close to satisfying the requirement, but Hasbro would need to tool an all-new portrait to make it specific to A NEW HOPE. If they made this update, it would serve as a fine substitute, but this option is unlikely to satisfy collectors at this point.
What does Hasbro have to do so we can check off “Princess Leia Organa” from our Vintage Vs. Modern checklists?
They need to tool an all-new action figure of Princess Leia Organa. Hasbro can also use the digital files with a few tweaks from 2016’s THE BLACK SERIES [PHASE III] Princess Leia Organa (30) figure to give us a definitive version.
The year and years elapsed (through 2021) since we last had this character in classic Kenner-styled packaging (vintage or modern)?
2004’s VOTC Princess Leia Organa. 17 years ago.
1978’s SW Princess Leia Organa. 43 years ago.
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