If you were actively collecting during the fabulous The Original Trilogy Collection in 2004, you’re aware that Hasbro introduced the first “Vintage Kenner” carded figures, much to the excitement and amazement of the entire Star Wars collecting community. The Hasbro team back then realized the importance of the 1978 Star Wars toy line and the main characters that should be part of it. When choosing four characters for placement on the replica 1978 STAR WARS cards, Hasbro wisely chose Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, Han Solo, and Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi. These four main heroes are synonymous with the Star Wars branding. The modern counterparts started a fire in collectors to see every original Kenner figure updated in vintage Kenner packaging. So why are these four characters still conspicuously absent from The Vintage Collection after eight active years? (more….)
Click below for pre-order links to yesterday’s The Black Series reveals. These are all exclusives, so hopefully, they will fare better than the Target exclusives!
We will add links as we find them, so keep refreshing if all links are not yet live.
UPDATE: Well, it seems ShopDisney and Walgreens decided not to go by the official pre-order time, so who knows when they will go live (probably after their sitewide promotions end). Hopefully, Walmart will do like it did with their other TBS exclusives and put them back in stock once the dust settles. We will update this article with links when they are finally added.
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Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary Power of the Force “Red” Inspired (ShopDisney)
These are not available for pre-order yet, but the pages are live for both Walmart exclusive The Black Series Figures. Thanks to JTA reader Thomas for the alert! You can keep these handy when pre-orders go live tomorrow.
Another day, another Fan Celebration reveal. Three new The Black Series exclusives will go on sale tomorrow at 1 PM Eastern. The Clone Wars Clone Trooper (212th Battalion) will be a Walgreens exclusive. The Bad Batch Clone Captain Rex and Crosshair (Imperial) will both be Walmart exclusives. Thanks to the team at Jedi Business for sharing the news.
The next wave of Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary Figures have been revealed, this time featured on the card back that restarted it all. Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Greedo are all featured on 6″ TBS The Power of the Force “Red” card backs. These will be available to pre-order tomorrow (Friday) at 1 PM Eastern exclusively on both Hasbro Pulse and ShopDisney.
The team over at starwars-figuren.com have jointly revealed a new Special Action Figure Set featuring 4 carded figures from The Bad Batch. Click here for the full reveal. This set is an Amazon exclusive and goes up for pre-order today at 1PM Eastern.
Via Instagram, Hasbro Pulse dropped newly revealed carded images for the TVC Darth Maul (Mandalore) and Ahsoka Tano (Mandalore). Click here for the full post. They also added carded images for both ARC Trooper Echo and Offworld Jawa (Arvala-7), which were both previously revealed in a live stream event.
Hasbro revealed today the latest in the 6″ Gaming Greats line: Zaalbar from Knights of the Old Republic. Look for this to go up for pre-order on Tuesday at 1PM Eastern at Gamestop.com.
Hopefully, Hasbro is aware of the pure satisfaction The Vintage Collection community felt with their “I Am Your Father’s Day” presentation. After one product presentation full of repacks after another, the TVC crowd was growing weary with anger. We’re not sure what changed, but Hasbro provided a good balance of modern Disney Star Wars Entertainment with incredible announcements of character from the Original Trilogy, the way things always should be when it comes to this collection. Because the last presentation even excited us, we put together a quick list (all featured below) of six The Vintage Collection figure ideas they should either reveal or announce as part of the “pipeline” to keep that TVC fan engagement alive and well and with energetic momentum.
Hasbro, would you kindly announce/reveal Momaw Nadon (Hammerhead), 2-1B, 8D8, Tessek (Squid Head), Amanaman, or EV-9D9 as the next characters we can expect in The Vintage Collection? We guarantee you that any of these figures would continue that thunderous applause you received at the last event. Keep these developments alive and well for The Vintage Collection. Thank you. If you’re a reader, be sure to list who you want to see that makes you happy too.
Hasbro: First and foremost, THANK YOU for announcing that the long-awaited update to Bib Fortuna is finally coming in The Vintage Collection. It’s a quintessential character for the RETURN OF THE JEDI collection of characters in TVC. Previous Hasbro teams made it clear in the past that 2005’s TSC Bib Fortuna (SAGA 003) figure would be the last attempt on this character. Never say never! That said, we need to get this Bib Fortuna right, and the most important aspect of this figure will be its facial expression. Some characters and their action figures are “dependent” on a spectacular head sculpt, and Bib Fortuna is one of them. We should probably also talk about how Hasbro should address the rest of the figure as well. (more….)
JTA reader, friend, and customizer extraordinaire Alientek has put together a mock-up for us of what The Vintage Collection Republic Trooper (The Old Republic) (VC113) may look like for Hasbro to update it to current Lucasfilm standards. If they go this route, what do you think?
Pre-orders are live for yesterday’s The Vintage Collection and The Black Series announcements. Click below for product pages (We’ll add links as we find them)!
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What a coincidence! Just 90 days after The Vintage Collection Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear) (VC68) figure topped our 25 Better Choices For The Vintage Collection’s Fan Channel Repack Case Assortments As Voted By JTA Readers poll, Hasbro announces it as a repack for the current line. You’re welcome? Whatever happened behind the scenes to influence this decision, it will be interesting to see what the new version looks like with Photo Real (and perhaps other changes too). It will be interesting to see if any other finalists get reissued too!
The announcement of the upcoming “in the pipeline” The Vintage Collection Lobot figure is a tremendous victory for TVC collectors. Click through to learn why this is so.
It’s time for another Hasbro Star Wars Livestream! Click here to to watch the even live on YouTube! Then, head back over here where we will break down all of today’s The Vintage Collection and The Black Series reveals for you to discuss.
The Force is with you, #StarWars Fans! Tune into Hasbro Pulse’s YouTube channel at 11:00am ET on WEDNESDAY, June 9th, for a special Star Wars Fan First Wednesday livestream! Join Patrick, Chris, and Eric from the Hasbro Star Wars team as they kickoff 2021’s I Am Your Father’s Day celebration with some new reveals and upcoming pre-orders!
So, are you interested in guessing what Hasbro will be revealing for their I Am Your Father’s Day panel on Wednesday? Will they help me get closer to retirement with more The Ninety Six reveals (help us, Maker, you’re our only hope)? Will we see new Bad Batch 6-inch figures? Or will we see more new releases with that awful Lucasfilm 50th logo on them? Or will it be a whole bunch of nothing? Your thoughts in the comments, please!
Hasbro’s next Livestream is officially set for Wednesday, June 9th at 11 AM on Hasbro Pulse’s YouTube channel.
Join the Patrick, Chris, and Eric from the Hasbro Star Wars team as they kickoff 2021’s I Am Your Father’s Day celebration with some new reveals and upcoming pre-orders!
Princess Leia (Endor), Paploo, and Luke Skywalker (Endor – With Non-removable Helmet). Oh, and let’s not forget the upcoming Scout Trooper from the Gaming Greats line. Yet, the current Hasbro Star Wars team hasn’t announced the reissuing of the fantastic Toys R Us exclusive Speeder Bike vehicle from 2012’s SW [The Phantom Menace 3D] line look. Hasbro, it’s high time to get out this stunning Speeder Bike vehicle to the marketplace again. You’ve never placed it in The Vintage Collection packaging. Add in a pack-in Biker Scout figure in The Vintage Collection packaging, and you’ll make us all very happy collectors. Don’t screw this up for the 40th Anniversary of Return Of The Jedi.
Many The Vintage Collection Walmart exclusives can still be either pre-ordered or are in stock now, including 2019’s Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard) which is now marked down to $7.99. The most notable out-of-stock recent exclusives are Din Djarin and the Tusken Raider. Even after the pre-order debacle last year, it’s pretty impressive that most of these are still available, especially when you compare how Target has handled their pre-orders for exclusives (they last about 3 minutes, and then are never heard from again).
Click below for product pages for these (mostly) still available exclusives. We will see how well Walmart has adapted to the pre-order environment once the next round starts shipping in July!
The Services Archaeology and Heritage Association Facebook page posted an excellent image of the world’s oldest action figure. It’s a 1,500-year-old Ceramic Maya figurine with REMOVABLE HELMET, from El Perú-Waka’, Petén, Guatemala. If only The Vintage Collection’s Luke Skywalker (Endor) from the year 2021 had the same state-of-the-art update included.
We’re about a year and a half out from the Retro Collection Return Of The Jedi figures, so that means that Hasbro is planning the assortment as we speak. What six candidates do you want to see realized in this assortment of 5POA action figures? We think we’ve picked the 12 most popular characters, but you may have different feelings about this. Let us know in the comments! If you need some help recalling the original Kenner RETURN OF THE JEDI figures, click HERE.
Vice Admiral Rampart has been out of stock for most of the pre-order afternoon but now appears to be ready to pre-order. Hurry up if you missed him!
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