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 Luke Skywalker (In Battle Poncho).
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 1985’s POTF Luke Skywalker (In Battle Poncho)?
2021’s TVC Luke Skywalker (Endor) (VC198)
Has Hasbro added this character’s card art and action figure into THE VINTAGE COLLECTION? And is it definitive?
Yes, and while not perfect, it is the definitive release of this character.
Does THE VINTAGE COLLECTION release completely satisfy the modern counterpart to 1985’s THE POWER OF THE FORCE Luke Skywalker (In Battle Poncho) figure?
The figure isn’t perfect. But it’s likely going to be the best version of the character we will receive in a 3.75-inch scale.
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 MANY versions of this character throughout the years. Each release fell short of reaching definitive status. 2021’s TVC Luke Skywalker (Endor) (VC198) comes closest to satisfying this definition.
What does Hasbro have to do so we can check off “Luke Skywalker (In Battle Poncho)” from our Vintage Vs. Modern checklists?
A retooled version of this figure to include a removable helmet would be greatly appreciated. Also, a re-release on THE POWER OF THE FORCE card and with coin would be an impressive gesture.
The year and years elapsed (through 2021) since we last had this character in classic Kenner-styled packaging (vintage or modern)?
2021’s TVC Luke Skywalker (Endor) (VC198). 0 years ago
1985’s POTF Luke Skywalker (In Battle Poncho). 36 years ago
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