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 [B].
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 1982’s ESB Bespin Security Guard [B]?
2022’s THE VINTAGE COLLECTION Bespin Security Guard (Isdam Edian) (VC239).
Has Hasbro added this character’s card art and action figure into THE VINTAGE COLLECTION? And is it definitive?
Yes. And it only took four decades for Hasbro to do it! Most collectors would say we finally have our definitive “black” Bespin Security Guard. Sadly, it was much too long and painful wait.
Does THE VINTAGE COLLECTION release completely satisfy the modern counterpart to 1982’s THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Bespin Security Guard [B] figure?
Yes, and it blows the LEGACY COLLECTION figure out of the water.
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 released a definitive modern counterpart of the KENNER figure.
What does Hasbro have to do so we can check off “Bespin Security Guard [B]” from our Vintage Vs. Modern checklists?
Hasbro did their part. Collectors should be happy.
The year and years elapsed (through 2021) since we last had this character in classic Kenner-styled packaging (vintage or modern)?
2022’s TVC Bespin Security Guard (Isdam Edian) (VC239). -1 year ago.
1982’s ESB Bespin Security Guard [B]. 39 years ago.
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