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

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].

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.

 

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Bespin Security Guard [B]

Is there a definitive modern counterpart to 1982’s ESB Bespin Security Guard [B]?

2009’s LEGACY COLLECTION Cloud City Wing Guard [Sergeant Edian] (BD50) is generally 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. And it’s another painful omission at this point.

 

Does THE VINTAGE COLLECTION release completely satisfy the modern counterpart to 1982’s THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Bespin Security Guard [B] figure?

We’re still waiting for Hasbro to add this figure into THE VINTAGE COLLECTION. It’s a high-priority addition for the line.

 

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’s arguable. In 2009, the Cloud City Wing Guard tooling was considered definitive, but the clothing is too baggy for what we see on-screen by today’s standards. If Hasbro could revise the figure to include close-fitting pants, the figure would be much better. If Hasbro won’t update the tooling of the Cloud City Wing Guard, collectors would appreciate all-new tooling from the ground up. Besides, we need it for Bespin Security Guard [A] as well!.

 

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

Hasbro needs to tool an all-new action figure of Bespin Security Guard [B] THE VINTAGE COLLECTION. By today’s standards, it seems it is the only option we have.

 

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

1982’s ESB Bespin Security Guard [B]. 39 years ago.

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