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 bring the number to an even 100 figures.)
Read our assessment, and then be sure to add your thoughts to 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 Han Solo?
2004’s VINTAGE ORIGINAL TRILOGY COLLECTION Han Solo 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 Han Solo figure that meets this definition is only part of THE “VINTAGE” ORIGINAL TRILOGY COLLECTION line, a precursor to THE VINTAGE COLLECTION. Hasbro released 2004’s VOTC Han Solo, and although the figure holds up well, even by today’s standards, an update is the best way to move forward here.
Does THE VINTAGE COLLECTION release completely satisfy the modern counterpart to 1978’s STAR WARS Han Solo 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?
It seems as if no two collectors agree on this point. Many feel that the Han Solo (Yavin Ceremony) (VC42) is the best super-articulated Han Solo (Episode IV) figure for our collections. Others still prefer the 2004 VOTC Han Solo figure. However, it doesn’t appear that we need an all-new figure from the ground up.
What does Hasbro have to do so we can check off “Han Solo” from our Vintage Vs. Modern checklists?
There will be a difference of opinion here, but if they take an older sculpt of Han Solo and get it into THE VINTAGE COLLECTION, this will be easily completed.
The year and years elapsed (through 2021) since we last had this character in classic Kenner-styled packaging (vintage or modern)?
2004’s VOTC Han Solo. 17 years ago.
1978’s SW Han Solo. 43 years ago.
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