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 Biker Scout.
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 definitive custom figure in the comments as well! Who knows? It might give Hasbro some ideas.
Is there a definitive modern counterpart to 1983’s ROTJ Biker Scout?
2013’s THE BLACK SERIES [PHASE I] Biker Scout (#07) 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. To date, a BIKER SCOUT figure that meets this definition is only part of THE “VINTAGE” THE SAGA COLLECTION line, a precursor to THE VINTAGE COLLECTION. Hasbro released 2006’s VTSC Biker Scout, but it is obsolete by today’s standards. Hasbro released 2021’s TVC Scout Trooper (VC196), but that figure is based on the JEDI FALLEN ORDER video game.
Does THE VINTAGE COLLECTION release completely satisfy the modern counterpart to 1983’s RETURN OF THE JEDI Biker Scout figure?
We’re still waiting for Hasbro to add this figure into THE VINTAGE COLLECTION. It’s still a big hole in our collections.
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. While there is a near-definitive sculpt, many collectors believe Hasbro can produce a better version. Hasbro may need to spend a little extra time perfecting a new version of BIKER SCOUT for THE VINTAGE COLLECTION.
What does Hasbro have to do so we can check off “Biker Scout” from our Vintage Vs. Modern checklists?
At the very least, they need to place 2013’s TBS [P1] Biker Scout (#07) on a RETURN OF THE JEDI card.
The year and years elapsed (through 2021) since we last had this character in classic Kenner-styled packaging (vintage or modern)?
2021’s TVC Scout Trooper (VC196) 0 years ago. (Jedi Fallen Order Variation)
2006’s VTSC Biker Scout 15 years ago.
1983’s ROTJ Biker Scout 38 years ago.
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