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The Latest The Vintage Collection RDRs Recap

In case you missed them, we reviewed the latest figures from Hasbro’s The Vintage Collection including AT-ST Driver (VC192), Paploo (VC190), Princess Leia (Endor) (VC191), Scout Trooper (VC196) (Gaming Greats), Heavy Battle Droid (VC193) (Gaming Greats), and Shadow Stormtrooper (VC194) (Gaming Greats). If you need to catch up, click any image below to be taken to that RDR! Thank you for reading!

AT-ST Driver Paploo Princess Leia (Endor) Scout Trooper Heavy Battle Droid Shadow Stormtrooper

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We’re receiving emails from readers asking us if we’ve sectioned off a place in our RDRs and VGs for the Lucasfilm 50 collection of Hasbro Star Wars action figures. Because the products marked with this logo are from across various lines, the best we could come up with was a search option. If you click HERE or type “Lucasfilm 50” in our RDRs search bar, you’ll be taken to a list of all the products released to date that sport the Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary logo. We hope that helps you out for those that are looking for this.

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The Vintage Collection Admiral Ackbar (VC22) re-released figure looks pretty good, albeit a little too dark. Unfortunately, Hasbro didn’t correct the color of the nameplate and figure backer. (NOTE: This gallery is incomplete. Only the new figure is shown. We will update the gallery at a later date and post an update.) Check out this excellently updated figure in our RDRs now! There’s more difference here than you may realize.

Admiral Ackbar

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The Vintage Collection Han Solo (Endor [In Trench Coat)]) (VC62) figure is a frustrating release. But, we have to give Hasbro credit. They made this figure look as good as it likely ever will unless they tool a new figure. The Photo Real updating is excellent, and the new color of the trench coat is great. But Hasbro changed a long-running name on this figure which will upset Kenner purists. It has many other enhancements as well. We took the time to break it all down for you by producing an all-new 80-image gallery complete with all versions (2006, 2011, and 2021) featured, comparison shots, diorama shots, and a breakdown of what separates the two releases in the Collector Notes. Check out this excellently updated figure in our RDRs now! There’s more difference here than you may realize.

Han Solo (Endor [In Trench Coat])

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The Vintage Collection Luke Skywalker (Hoth [Outfit]) (VC95) still needs new tooling, but the re-release is a major update. It looks good thanks to Photo Real updating and fixing matching elbow joints in the arms. It has many other enhancements as well. We took the time to break it all down for you by producing an all-new 108-image gallery complete with both versions (2012 and 2021) featured, comparison shots, diorama shots, and a breakdown of what separates the two releases in the Collector Notes. Check out this excellently updated figure in our RDRs now! There’s more difference here than you may realize.

Luke Skyalker (Hoth [Outfit]) (VC95)

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The Vintage Collection Emperor’s Royal Guard (VC105) has never looked better. And it has more than just a couple of enhancements. The Photo Real on this figure is excellent. And the new soft goods are perfection with newly fitted proportions and new beautiful drape. Hasbro also updated the red color of the figure. The subtle orange hue is now gone. We took the time to break it all down for you by producing an all-new 84-image gallery complete with both versions (2012 and 2021) featured, comparison shots, and a breakdown of what separates the two releases in the Collector Notes. Check out this excellently updated figure in our RDRs now! There’s more difference here than you may realize.

Emperor's Royal Guard (VC105)

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Droids Vintage Kenner Research Droids Reviews Begin Tomorrow!

Many of our cleverest readers figured out when we teased this on New Year’s Day, but here is the formal announcement! Jedi Temple Archives will begin vintage Kenner RDRs on Droids (and next month Ewoks) action figures beginning tomorrow. We hope you enjoy reading and viewing them as we did making them! Join us tomorrow for the fun!

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After getting to spend some quality time with my new The Vintage Collection Boba Fett figure from Return Of The Jedi, I noticed two details I missed earlier, although one might be a defect on my sample. The first is that Boba Fett’s head sits a double ball-socket joint, but the point here is that it’s a geodesic sphere, something we first saw on The Black Series [Phase I] Darth Vader (#26) figure. Also, Hasbro tooled a partial head, including a chin, and the lower sides of the jaw. Then I was playing with the jet pack and noticed it splits in half and has an interior that is sculpted as well. But again, this might be a defect on my sample. Check out both images by clicking below, and see even more images of this fantastic figure RIGHT HERE in our Research Droids Reviews! Please leave any comments on our Boba Fett RDR page!

     

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Well, here is something a little shocking. Did you know that The Vintage Collection TIE Fighter Pilot (VC65) REISSUE is really a new character in the lineup, and shouldn’t be counted as a reissue of the original VC65 figure from 2011? For unknown reasons, Hasbro repacked Lieutenant Oxixo as the 2021 TVC TIE Fighter Pilot reissue instead of the figure with the solid black helmet. Will there be a running change? Because this is incorrect. Lieutenant Oxixo needs a new VC number and new card art – it’s a new character for the line. If Rebel Fleet Trooper gets both a VC52 and a VC183 number and it’s the same figure, then a generic TIE Fighter Pilot and Lieutenant Oxixio need two unique numbers between them! The figure received a couple of other enhancements aside from the obvious. The Photo Real on this figure is not bad. But there are other things. We took the time to break it all down for you by producing an all-new 76-image gallery complete with both versions (2011 and 2021) featured, comparison shots, and a breakdown of what separates the two releases in the Collector Notes. Check out this confusing re-release in our RDRs now! There’s more difference here than you may realize.

TIE Fighter Pilot (VC65)

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The Vintage Collection Queen Amidala (VC84), also part of the “worst reissue wave ever,” has also never looked better. Frankly, the figure is a work of art. (It was in 2012 too.) It received a couple of enhancements. The Photo Real on this figure is absolutely mesmerizing. We took the time to break it all down for you by producing an all-new 64-image gallery complete with both versions (2012 and 2021) featured, comparison shots, and a breakdown of what separates the two releases in the Collector Notes. Check out this exquisitely updated figure in our RDRs now! There’s more difference here than you may realize.

Queen Amidala (VC84)

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The Vintage Collection Anakin Skywalker (Peasant Disguise) (VC32), also part of the “worst reissue wave ever,” has never looked better.And it has more than just a couple of enhancements. The Photo Real on this figure is stunning. And the new soft-goods are perfection. We took the time to break it all down for you by producing an all-new 68-image gallery complete with both versions (2011 and 2021) featured, comparison shots, and a breakdown of what separates the two releases in the Collector Notes. Check out this excellently updated figure in our RDRs now! There’s more difference here than you may realize.

Anakin Skywalker (Peasant Disguise) (VC32)

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The Vintage Collection Battle Droid (VC78), part of the “worst reissue wave ever,” was a curious release back in 2012. It’s more curious today because it’s not the best 3.75″ super-articulated Episode I Battle Droid action figure from Hasbro. The best is still from the 2011 Star Wars [Shadow of The Dark Side] Episode I Blue-ray Commemorative Edition four-pack. The figure is well-made and designed but falls short of definitive status thanks to its inhibited movement, and inability to stow the E5 blaster rifle on the backpack. Hasbro did make improvements, however, including a uniform weathered paint job. But Hasbro also employed a less rigid plastic this time, so the parts feel rubbery in places. We took the time to break it all down for you by producing an all-new 76-image gallery complete with both versions (2012 and 2021) featured, comparison shots, and a breakdown of what separates the two releases in the Collector Notes. Check out this excellently updated figure in our RDRs now! There’s more difference here than you may realize.

Battle Droid (VC78)

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We’ve updated our The Vintage Collection Tantive IV Corridor playset Photo Gallery with a bunch of new diorama images. Can you tell which ones are screen-accurate?



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New Additions Coming To Jedi Temple Archives In 2021

Coming to Jedi Temple Archives in 2021!

    

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The Black Series [Phase IV] Holiday Edition Recap

Christmas may have come an gone once again, but we’d like to give you one last opportunity to check out five action figures that celebrated the occasion for 2020 from Hasbro. Check out all five Holiday Edition The Black Series [Phase IV] figures. And be sure to check out the amazing digital artwork of Alientek while you’re there. Here is a recap.

      
   

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The Amazon exclusive The Black Series [Phase IV] Speeder Bike/Scout Trooper & The Child recreates an important scene from The Mandalorian. But are the figures that great inside of it? We’re not so sure. Check out a very rough gallery now, and the review is coming soon. The Child figure is a misnomer here. It’s an accessory. See our sneak peek by clicking through!

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The TARGET exclusive The Black Series [Phase IV] Remnant Stormtrooper is arriving. Our first question is why is this figure exclusive? How can anyone army-build this? Why aren’t solid case packs available for it? It seems impractical to keep releasing so many 6″ figures from The Mandalorian when there are no vehicles or world-building possible with them. But what do we know? See our sneak peek by clicking through!

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The Vintage Collection Wave 28 Recap

That’s a wrap! We just finished our look at The Vintage Collection wave 28 which includes The Mandalorian (VC181), Moff Gideon (VC180), Darth Vader (VC178), The Armorer (VC179), and Captain Rex (VC182). If you missed any of the reviews or the discussions, here’s your chance to catch up!

            

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Sneak Peek! Greef Karga - TBS6 [P4] - TM06

Check out our sneak peek on the brand new The Black Series [Phase IV] Greef Karga 6″ figure. It’s another one of Hasbro’s finest efforts. Check it out. The review is coming soon!

Greef Karga

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Sneak Peek! Kuiil - TBS6 [P4] - TM07

Check out our sneak peek on the brand new The Black Series [Phase IV] Kuiil 6″ figure. It’s the 6″ line’s first Ugnaught action figure, and Hasbro did a remarkable job on it. Check it out. The review is coming soon!

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Check out our sneak peek on the brand new The Black Series [Phase IV] Jar Jar Binks 6″ figure. Hasbro wants you to pay more money for this one, but there is no reason why this figure “as is” should be a penny more than $19.99. If they want to include a boat-load of more accessories, we’ll listen to their argument about a higher MSRP. But right now, something is rotten in Denmark. We digress. Jar Jar Binks is excellent, but some of the paint operations don’t look right. For example, the figure is too dark in spots. The included accessories are nice, and the figure comes loaded with premium articulation, but is it worth what Hasbro is asking for it? You decide. Check it out. The review is coming soon!

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1985 THE POWER OF THE FORCE Yak 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.

We are finishing the Trilogo line up with the final 15 The Power Of The Force Kenner figures, and there weren’t any coins provided with them. Today we revisit Yak Face. The Trilogo version has a darker wash. See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1985’s THE POWER OF THE FORCE Yak Face figure HERE.

Yak Face

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1985 THE POWER OF THE FORCE Imperial Dignitary: 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.

We are finishing the Trilogo line up with the final 15 The Power Of The Force Kenner figures, and there weren’t any coins provided with them. Today we revisit Imperial Dignitary. See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1985’s THE POWER OF THE FORCE Imperial Dignitary figure HERE.

Imperial Dignitary

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1985 THE POWER OF THE FORCE A-Wing Pilot: 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.

We are finishing the Trilogo line up with the final 15 The Power Of The Force Kenner figures, and there weren’t any coins provided with them. Today we revisit A-Wing Pilot. The Trilogo version features brighter colors of a horizontally-flipped reference image when compared to the Kenner release. See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1985’s THE POWER OF THE FORCE A-Wing Pilot figure HERE.

A-Wing Pilot

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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.

We are finishing the Trilogo line up with the final 15 The Power Of The Force Kenner figures, and there weren’t any coins provided with them. Today we revisit Lando Calrissian (General Pilot). The Trilogo version features brighter colors, but with more saturated hues. See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1985’s THE POWER OF THE FORCE Lando Calrissian (General Pilot) figure HERE.

Lando Calrissian (General Pilot)

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