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. Today we assess Snaggletooth.
Just a few notes: We’re right in alignment with Hasbro in our vintage Kenner database with the count. 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 please 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 1979’s SW Snaggletooth?
2021’s THE VINTAGE COLLECTION Zutton (VC189) figure.
However, other collectors believe 2001’s POWER OF THE JEDI Zutton (Snaggletooth) figure best represents the closest placeholder.
Has Hasbro added this character’s card art and action figure into THE VINTAGE COLLECTION? And is it definitive?
Yes and No. If you accept 2021’s THE VINTAGE COLLECTION Zutton (VC189) as the modern counterpart to 1979’s SW Snaggletooth, then yes. You generally accept they updated the card art to reflect the on-screen character as they did for the Ponda Baba (Walrus Man) (VC70) figure. If you still regard Zutmore from THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL as the modern counterpart to the 1979 figure, then you are still waiting for this character to be released in THE VINTAGE COLLECTION. If the line ended tomorrow, Zutton would still serve as an acceptable modern update.
Does THE VINTAGE COLLECTION release completely satisfy the modern counterpart to 1979’s STAR WARS Snaggletooth figure?
It depends upon your point of view. The 1979 SW Snaggletooth is an amalgamation of Zutmore from THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL and the character we see in Chalmun’s Cantina in A NEW HOPE. Snaggletooth with Zutmore qualities is no different from Greedo with a green ribbed jumpsuit, Hammerhead with a turquoise blue shell, or Walrus Man with blue arms and legs and black flippers. Hasbro already set a precedent that the 2021 THE VINTAGE COLLECTION Zutton (VC189) figure is the modern counterpart since they released this figure as “Snaggletooth” in 2012’s THE VINTAGE COLLECTION Villain Set [Version 2] Special Action Figure Set Target exclusive.
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?
Until Hasbro creates a new Zutmore action figure and releases it in THE VINTAGE COLLECTION, we’ll never officially know. But there is no reason that the current THE VINTAGE COLLECTION Zutton (VC189) doesn’t meet your needs as a modern counterpart to 1979’s SW Snaggletooth figure, even due to its inaccuracies. For example, the vintage Kenner Snaggletooth has furry hands. The on-screen Zutmore (from TSWHS) does not. But the on-screen Zutton (from ANH) does. The Kenner Snaggletooth figure has Zutton’s head sculpt (NOT Zutmore’s). It can get very confusing if you allow it.
What does Hasbro have to do so we can check off “Snaggletooth” from our Vintage Vs. Modern checklists?
We feel Hasbro has already done its part. Snaggletooth is done. If Hasbro decides to release Zutmore, we can revisit the conversation about its release in THE VINTAGE COLLECTION then.
The year and years elapsed (through 2021) since we last had this character in classic Kenner-styled packaging (vintage or modern)?
2021’s TVC Zutton (VC189). 0 years ago.
1979’s SW Snaggletooth. 42 years ago.
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