Welcome to another entry in our The Vintage Collection: The Ninety Six column. Hasbro recently committed 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 there needs a modern counterpart for every classic Kenner figure. 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.)
Read our assessment, and then be sure to add your thoughts into the comments. Let us know if you agree or disagree. If you’re a customizer, show us your custom definitive figure in the comments as well! Who knows? It might give Hasbro some ideas.
Is there a definitive modern counterpart to 1978’s SW Stormtrooper figure?
2020’s THE VINTAGE COLLECTION Imperial Stormtrooper (VC140) is regarded as the closest placeholder.
Has Hasbro added this character’s card art and figure into THE VINTAGE COLLECTION?
No. Although we have many decent to excellent Stormtrooper sculpts for figures, Hasbro hasn’t placed one of them on a STAR WARS card. Multiple figures satisfy the requirement of a “definitive” release of the Stormtrooper.
Does THE VINTAGE COLLECTION release completely satisfy the modern counterpart to 1978’s SW Stormtrooper figure?
No. It’s not like Hasbro hasn’t tried, however. The first Stormtrooper on a vintage Kenner card was 2004’s VOTC Stormtrooper figure, but the packaging was based on RETURN OF THE JEDI. Then, the first release in THE VINTAGE COLLECTION was based on THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and subsequently release on variant RETURN OF THE JEDI/REVENGE OF THE JEDI card art, all under VC41. However, the best Stormtrooper sculpt to date is 2020’s TVC Imperial Stormtrooper (VC140) figure. But it has a slight redesign specific to ROGUE ONE, and the packaging is also based on ROGUE ONE. The next best choice would be re-release the TVC Stormtrooper (VC171) figure on a STAR WARS card.
If Hasbro didn’t release the figure yet, do we have a near-definitive to the definitive release of this character that can be added to THE VINTAGE COLLECTION with little updating?
Yes, there are multiple other versions of the Stormtrooper that Hasbro could use to check off this character from our lists. It would be wonderful if they tweaked the shin armor of the VC140 figure to be specific to the Original Trilogy.
What does Hasbro have to do so we can check off “Stormtrooper” from our Vintage Vs. Modern checklists?
They need to get one of their fantastic sculpts on a STAR WARS card.
The year and years elapsed (through 2021) since we last had this character in classic Kenner packaging?
2020’s TVC Stormtrooper (VC171). (The Empire Strikes Back variant). 1 year ago.
2018’s TVC Imperial Stormtrooper (VC140). (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story variant). 2 years ago.
2011’s TVC Stormtrooper (VC41). (Return Of The Jedi/Revenge Of The Jedi variant). 10 years ago.
2011’s TVC Stormtrooper (VC41). (The Empire Strikes Back variant). 10 years ago.
2004’s VOTC Stormtrooper. (Return Of The Jedi variant). 17 years ago.
1978’s SW Stormtrooper. 43 years ago.
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