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The Vintage Collection: The Ninety Six - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Bespin Security Guard [A]

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 Bespin Security Guard [A].

Bespin Security Guard [A]

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 too! Who knows? It might give Hasbro some ideas.


THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Bespin Security Guard [A]

Is there a definitive modern counterpart to 1980’s ESB Bespin Security Guard [A]?

2022’s TVC Bespin Security Guard (Helder Spinoza) (VC233).


Has Hasbro added this character’s card art and action figure into THE VINTAGE COLLECTION? And is it definitive?


Yes. 1980’s ESB Bespin Security Guard [A] was one of the few remaining Kenner The Ninety Six figures Hasbro never updated in the modern line until 2022 when they released it as a Walmart exclusive. Hasbro released a few Bespin Security Guard action figures throughout the modern line, but up until now, none match this particular Kenner figure. The Kenner action figure and the character photo are two different Bespin Security Guard characters. The Kenner action figure represents Helder Spinoza. And Pedar Solardo is the character represented in the character photo. We technically need two separate action figures to cover both characters.


Does THE VINTAGE COLLECTION release completely satisfy the modern counterpart to 1980’s THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Bespin Security Guard [A] figure?



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?

As we alluded to, the Bespin Security Guard action figure will likely be a kit-bashed figure that uses existing tooling. Hasbro’s latest figure is 50% new and 50% old. Hasbro released two super-articulated Cloud City Wing Guard figures in the LEGACY COLLECTION line, but they never met collectors’ expectations. Now we have a definitive release.


What does Hasbro have to do so we can check off “Bespin Security Guard [A]” from our Vintage Vs. Modern checklists?

Hasbro has done its part.


The year and years elapsed (through 2021) since we last had this character in classic Kenner-styled packaging (vintage or modern)?

1980’s ESB Bespin Security Guard [A] 41 years ago.

2022’s TVC Bespin Security Guard (Helder Spinoza) (VC233) -1 years ago.

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