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 three versions of Boba Fett.
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.
2010’s THE VINTAGE COLLECTION Boba Fett (VCP03) (STAR WARS), 2009’s THE VINTAGE COLLECTION Boba Fett (VC09) (THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK), and 2020’s THE VINTAGE COLLECTION Boba Fett (VC186) (RETURN OF THE JEDI)
Has Hasbro added this character’s card art and action figure into THE VINTAGE COLLECTION? And is it definitive?
Yes. We have proper representation for all three Boba Fett action figures in the modern line. Both figures and card art are adequately represented in THE VINTAGE COLLECTION.
Does THE VINTAGE COLLECTION release completely satisfy the modern counterpart to 1979’s STAR WARS Boba Fett figure, 1980’s THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Boba Fett figure, and 1983’s RETURN OF THE JEDI Boba Fett figure?
As far as we’re concerned, yes. All three Boba Fett cards are fairly represented in THE VINTAGE COLLECTION.
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?
Hasbro made Boba Fett a priority many times in THE VINTAGE COLLECTION. They can update the VC09 figure based on THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK without a removable helmet, and better articulation would be welcomed.
What does Hasbro have to do so we can check off “Boba Fett” from our Vintage Vs. Modern checklists?
There are plenty of “concept” and “prototype” Boba Fett action figures Hasbro can produce for THE VINTAGE COLLECTION, and we’re confident collectors would accept them all. But the major movie-specific versions of Boba Fett are done.
The year and years elapsed (through 2021) since we last had this character in classic Kenner-styled packaging (vintage or modern)?
2020’s TVC Boba Fett (VC186) 1 year ago. [Return Of The Jedi alternate card]
2011’s TVC Boba Fett (VC09) 10 years ago. [Return Of The Jedi/Revenge Of The Jedi variation]
2010’s TVC Boba Fett (VCP03) 11 years ago. [Star Wars vintage Kenner reproduction]
2010’s TVC Boba Fett (VC09) 11 years ago.
2004’s VOTC Boba Fett 17 years ago. [Return Of The Jedi]
1983’s ROTJ Boba Fett 38 years ago.
1980’s TESB Boba Fett 41 years ago.
1979’s SW Boba Fett 42 years ago.
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