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 The Emperor.
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.
Has Hasbro added this character’s card art and action figure into THE VINTAGE COLLECTION? And is it definitive?
Yes. And although it’s a figure created from 90% previously existing tooling, the figure turned out well.
Does THE VINTAGE COLLECTION release completely satisfy the modern counterpart to 1984’s RETURN OF THE JEDI The Emperor figure?
Yes. Many collectors would have preferred to have the head sculpt of The Emperor figure from THE VINTAGE COLLECTION EMperor’s Throne Room exclusive instead, but many collectors are happy with both head sculpt overall.
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?
This character is done for THE VINTAGE COLLECTION.
What does Hasbro have to do so we can check off “The Emperor” from our Vintage Vs. Modern checklists?
Hasbro needn’t do anything. But if they ever re-release this figure at a later date, they should use the “exclusive” portrait instead.
The year and years elapsed (through 2021) since we last had this character in classic Kenner-styled packaging (vintage or modern)?
2021’s TVC The Emperor (VC200) 0 years ago.
1984’s ROTJ The Emperor 37 years ago.
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