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 Paploo.
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.
Has Hasbro added this character’s card art and action figure into THE VINTAGE COLLECTION? And is it definitive?
Yes, unfortunately. No, it’s not definitive.
Does THE VINTAGE COLLECTION release completely satisfy the modern counterpart to 1984’s RETURN OF THE JEDI Paploo figure?
It’s not a remotely acceptable version of Paploo, much to the chagrin of THE VINTAGE COLLECTION collecting community. The TVC Paploo (VC190) figure is nothing more than a repaint of 2012’s TVC Lumat (VC104) figure with a new head sculpt. It’s a poorly designed action 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?
Hasbro “phoned in” Paploo, and for better or worse, we likely have the closest modern counterpart to the vintage Kenner figure with this release. And it’s unlikely Hasbro will ever revisit the character. Many collectors feel that the Paploo figure that was part of the 2009 LEGACY COLLECTION Ewoks (BD18) two-pack is a better representation of the on-screen character.
What does Hasbro have to do so we can check off “Paploo” from our Vintage Vs. Modern checklists?
Hasbro released what they believe is an acceptable version of Paploo for THE VINTAGE COLLECTION. This release might be the only version we’ll get. Perhaps most disappointing is the card art. Hasbro didn’t bother to correct the character photo, and they gave one of the lamest explanations or reasons why they didn’t update it.
The year and years elapsed (through 2021) since we last had this character in classic Kenner-styled packaging (vintage or modern)?
2021’s TVC Paploo (VC190). 0 years ago
1984’s ROTJ Paploo. 37 years ago
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