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 Barada.
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 Barada?
2012’s TVC Kithaba (Skiff Guard) (VC56)
Has Hasbro added this character’s card art and action figure into THE VINTAGE COLLECTION? And is it definitive?
Does THE VINTAGE COLLECTION release completely satisfy the modern counterpart to 1985’s THE POWER OF THE FORCE Barada figure?
It’s arguable, but mostly yes. The 1985 THE POWER OF THE FORCE Barada action figure’s tooling is based on Barada, but the painted the figure in the spirit of Kithaba. In 2012, Hasbro released THE VINTAGE COLLECTION Kithaba (Skiff Guard) (VC56) figure to satiate demand for the 1985 counterpart. Technically, we also need Hasbro to produce a super-articulated version of Barada as well, and once they do, collectors will be satisfied. They can use the Kithaba (Skiff Guard) figure, retool and repaint it, and then all will be well.
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?
To make things as simple as possible, 1985’s THE POWER OF THE FORCE Barada is done. You can look at it in the same light as Greedo, Walrus Man, or Hammerhead, and it’s “close enough” to meet the definition of a modern version of the 1985 Barada.
What does Hasbro have to do so we can check off “Barada” from our Vintage Vs. Modern checklists?
Many collectors would like Hasbro to produce a modern super-articulated version of Barada for THE VINTAGE COLLECTION. Other than that, we’re done with this figure.
The year and years elapsed (through 2021) since we last had this character in classic Kenner-styled packaging (vintage or modern)?
2012’s TVC Kithaba (Skiff Guard) (VC56) 9 years ago.
1985’s POTF Barada 36 years ago.
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