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 Imperial Dignitary.
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 Imperial Dignitary?
1985’s POTF Imperial Dignitary is one of the few The Ninety Six Kenner figures Hasbro never updated in the modern line.
Has Hasbro added this character’s card art and action figure into THE VINTAGE COLLECTION? And is it definitive?
No. It’s a crime. And there is no excuse at this point. Imperial Dignitary, Sim Aloo, made it to a recent Fans’ Choice Poll finals, and collectors are desperate to have this character part of THE VINTAGE COLLECTION.
Does THE VINTAGE COLLECTION release completely satisfy the modern counterpart to 1985’s THE POWER OF THE FORCE Imperial Dignitary figure?
Hasbro has yet to add this figure to THE VINTAGE COLLECTION.
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?
There is no modern figure of this character, and Hasbro would need to tool an all-new figure. In the past, Hasbro produced Imperial Dignitary Janus Greejatus (Death Star Procession) (’03 #35) and Imperial Dignitary Kren Blista-Vanee (Death Star Procession) (’03 #41) for the STAR WARS “SAGA” [PHASE III] line. But neither represents the character Sim Aloo.
What does Hasbro have to do so we can check off “Imperial Dignitary” from our Vintage Vs. Modern checklists?
It’s becoming exhausting to keep asking Hasbro, but they need to tool an all-new Imperial Dignitary action figure and place it on either a RETURN OF THE JEDI or THE POWER OF THE FORCE card.
The year and years elapsed (through 2021) since we last had this character in classic Kenner-styled packaging (vintage or modern)?
1985’s POTF Imperial Dignitary 36 years ago.
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