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1984 RETURN OF THE JEDI Paploo: Trilogo Update

In 1984, new packaging for Star Wars figures was introduced for the European market. A cost containment initiative, the new packaging sported three languages of the Return Of The Jedi logo for a “one size fits all” approach. Although a “three-logo” design was created for The Power Of The Force line (as evidenced on some ‘boxed’ toys), it wasn’t carried over to the basic figure line’s card design. They continued to use the three Return Of The Jedi logos instead. Although the word “Trilogo” is found nowhere on the packaging, the term is universally adopted by all Star Wars collectors to describe this line of figures.

Today we revisit Paploo. Just like the Kenner version, the Trilogo card art also erroneously features a reference image of Romba instead of Paploo. Also, the name “pill” humorously has the subtitle of “Action Figure” added. See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1984’s RETURN OF THE JEDI Paploo figure HERE.

Paploo (Action Figure)

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1984 RETURN OF THE JEDI Lumat: Trilogo Update

In 1984, new packaging for Star Wars figures was introduced for the European market. A cost containment initiative, the new packaging sported three languages of the Return Of The Jedi logo for a “one size fits all” approach. Although a “three-logo” design was created for The Power Of The Force line (as evidenced on some ‘boxed’ toys), it wasn’t carried over to the basic figure line’s card design. They continued to use the three Return Of The Jedi logos instead. Although the word “Trilogo” is found nowhere on the packaging, the term is universally adopted by all Star Wars collectors to describe this line of figures.

Today we revisit Lumat. The Trilogo card art is nearly identical to the Kenner version. The name, however, is different. The Trilogo figure is called Lumat Ewok Warrior (Figurine Guerriere Ewok). See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1984’s RETURN OF THE JEDI Lumat figure HERE.

Lumat Ewok Warrior (Figurine Guerriere Ewok)

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David Prowse Dead At 85

As if 2020 couldn’t get worse, we lost a man who played one of the greatest villains in a movie franchise ever. David Prowse died on November 28th following a short illness. His character of Darth Vader will be remembered forever. Please feel free to leave your thoughts on how this actor impacted your life playing the incomparable Darth Vader character. Fox News has the details on this sad news.

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1984 RETURN OF THE JEDI Rancor Keeper: Trilogo Update

In 1984, new packaging for Star Wars figures was introduced for the European market. A cost containment initiative, the new packaging sported three languages of the Return Of The Jedi logo for a “one size fits all” approach. Although a “three-logo” design was created for The Power Of The Force line (as evidenced on some ‘boxed’ toys), it wasn’t carried over to the basic figure line’s card design. They continued to use the three Return Of The Jedi logos instead. Although the word “Trilogo” is found nowhere on the packaging, the term is universally adopted by all Star Wars collectors to describe this line of figures.

Today we revisit Rancor Keeper. The Trilogo card art is different than the Kenner version, with the most notable difference of the light blue background. The figure’s name was also changed to Rancor Keeper (Gardien du Rancor Monster) for the Trilogo release. See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1984’s RETURN OF THE JEDI Rancor Keeper figure HERE.

Rancor Keeper (Gardien du Rancor Monster)

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1984 RETURN OF THE JEDI AT-ST Driver: Trilogo Update

In 1984, new packaging for Star Wars figures was introduced for the European market. A cost containment initiative, the new packaging sported three languages of the Return Of The Jedi logo for a “one size fits all” approach. Although a “three-logo” design was created for The Power Of The Force line (as evidenced on some ‘boxed’ toys), it wasn’t carried over to the basic figure line’s card design. They continued to use the three Return Of The Jedi logos instead. Although the word “Trilogo” is found nowhere on the packaging, the term is universally adopted by all Star Wars collectors to describe this line of figures.

Today we revisit AT-ST Driver. The Trilogo card art is one of the few figures from the Return Of The Jedi line with a completely different reference image. It features a scene from the Battle of Endor with an incomplete composite from second and different film-out. The “incomplete scene” was obscured by the figure’s placement in the bubble. See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1984’s RETURN OF THE JEDI AT-ST Driver figure HERE.

AT-ST Driver

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1984 RETURN OF THE JEDI Prune Face: Trilogo Update

In 1984, new packaging for Star Wars figures was introduced for the European market. A cost containment initiative, the new packaging sported three languages of the Return Of The Jedi logo for a “one size fits all” approach. Although a “three-logo” design was created for The Power Of The Force line (as evidenced on some ‘boxed’ toys), it wasn’t carried over to the basic figure line’s card design. They continued to use the three Return Of The Jedi logos instead. Although the word “Trilogo” is found nowhere on the packaging, the term is universally adopted by all Star Wars collectors to describe this line of figures.

Today we revisit Prune Face. The Trilogo card art doesn’t vary much from the Kenner version. See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1984’s RETURN OF THE JEDI Prune Face figure HERE.

Prune Face

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You have to wonder what happens at Hasbro’s Product Development meeting. Do they pitch ideas based on what’s popular and sells? Or are they so far behind with playing catch-up for being ill-prepared with The Mandalorian, that everything is getting pushed to the backburner? Think about it.

Hasbro designs a multipack including a trio of Cantina aliens or Jabba’s aliens. Check. Classic vintage Kenner packaging. Check. The first run sells out in no time. Check. Hasbro solicits it once again due to its success. Check. Hasbro never produces another set like it again. Check. “We seem to be made to suffer. It’s our lot in life.” Check. (more….)

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Hasbro suckered us into pay almost $17 each for the same figure three times with the 501st Legion ARC Troopers Special Action Figure Set. But do you care? It’s rare when we get new characters from The Clone Wars, so we should gratefully accept he overcharge, right? (more….)

501st Legion ARC Troopers

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1984 RETURN OF THE JEDI Teebo: Trilogo Update

In 1984, new packaging for Star Wars figures was introduced for the European market. A cost containment initiative, the new packaging sported three languages of the Return Of The Jedi logo for a “one size fits all” approach. Although a “three-logo” design was created for The Power Of The Force line (as evidenced on some ‘boxed’ toys), it wasn’t carried over to the basic figure line’s card design. They continued to use the three Return Of The Jedi logos instead. Although the word “Trilogo” is found nowhere on the packaging, the term is universally adopted by all Star Wars collectors to describe this line of figures.

Today we revisit Teebo. The Trilogo card art has a different color palette when compared to the Kenner version. See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1984’s RETURN OF THE JEDI Teebo figure HERE.

Teebo

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Review: Chirrut Îmwe - TVC - VC174

Is this Chirrut Îmwe from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, or is it Otto The AutoPilot from Airplane!? We’re not certain. Chirrut Îmwe should have been a slam dunk/hit-it-out-of the-park perfect action figure, but we think it lacks in some important ways. (more….)

Chirrut Îmwe

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A coalition of local churches will deliver hundreds of thousands of pounds of food to those in need through a new initiative called “Feed the Hope.” The event will take place at more than 20 locations starting at 10 AM Saturday (tomorrow) in Trenton NJ/Philly PA areas. Click through for more.

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Review: Rebel Trooper (Hoth) - TBS6 [P4] - TESB03

The Black Series [Phase IV] 6″ Rebel Trooper (Hoth) figure is a wise repack for the line. But why didn’t Hasbro include two alternate faceplates with this version? Bad, Hasbro! Bad! (more….)

Rebel Trooper (Hoth)

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Review: Cad Bane - TBS6 [P4] - TCW06

The guys at Blue Milk have posted an exciting update to The Vintage Collection Archive Book. Check it out!

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Review: The Armorer - TBS6 [P4] - TM04

The Black Series [Phase IV] 6″ The Armorer figure from The Mandalorian is another hit for the line. Believable characters rock! There is an exclusive version too!  (more….)

The Armorer

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Hasbro presented some of their most recent The Vintage Collection and The Black Series 6″ products at the 2020 ZBrush Summit. They reveal some details about the TVC Jawa and ROTJ TBS6 Boba Fett Check out the video on YouTube! Special thanks to all who wrote in to let us know about this! Cool stuff!

    
  

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New The Mandalorian Mission Fleet Set On Amazon!

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A new Mission Fleet set based on The Mandalorian. has shown up on Amazon. Special thanks to JTA reader Craig for the alert!

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Review: Imperial Death Trooper - TBS6 [CC] - Amazon Exclusive

Kotobukiya has teamed up with BAIT for an exclusive (and extremely limited) ARTFX+ release of Boba Fett. More details to come next week.

    

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In 1984, new packaging for Star Wars figures was introduced for the European market. A cost containment initiative, the new packaging sported three languages of the Return Of The Jedi logo for a “one size fits all” approach. Although a “three-logo” design was created for The Power Of The Force line (as evidenced on some ‘boxed’ toys), it wasn’t carried over to the basic figure line’s card design. They continued to use the three Return Of The Jedi logos instead. Although the word “Trilogo” is found nowhere on the packaging, the term is universally adopted by all Star Wars collectors to describe this line of figures.

Today we revisit Han Solo (In Trench Coat). The Trilogo card art doesn’t differ from the Kenner version. See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1984’s RETURN OF THE JEDI Han Solo (In Trench Coat) figure HERE.

Han Solo (In Trench Coat)

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Review: Han Solo (Endor) - TBS6 [P4] - ROTJ05

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