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TVC Luke Skywalker (Yavin) (VC151) Parts Clarification

I made a couple of mistakes on the Luke Skywalker (Yavin) figure’s recipe. So, I wanted to clear that up here. Firstly, the figure is indeed a retool of 2013’s TBS [P1] Luke Skywalker (#05) figure. But the head sculpt (and hairpiece), forearms AND hands are all new parts. I initially believed they were the same hands of the Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight) figure from the Luke Skywalker Jedi Destiny set, but those hands are ball-jointed, and Luke Skywalker (Yavin)’s hands are swivel. I wanted to make that detail clear. They look to be based on each other, but they’re definitely different. If you haven’t seen our review on this figure, please check it out HERE.

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Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Zuckuss - ESB - 1982

Zuckuss • The Empire Strikes Back • 1982

Zuckuss

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Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Bespin Security Guard - ESB - 1982

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: AT-AT Commander - ESB - 1982

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: C-3PO (Removable Limbs) - ESB - 1982

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: ARTOO-DETOO (R2-D2) - ESB - 1982

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: 2-1B - ESB - 1981

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: AT-AT Driver - ESB - 1981

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Rebel Commander - ESB - 1981

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Leia (Hoth Outfit) - ESB - 1981

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Lobot - ESB - 1981

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Dengar - ESB - 1981

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Ugnaught - ESB - 1981

Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Yoda - ESB - 1980

Like it or not, we’re deeming all three Luke Skywalker figures in the Special Action Figure Set (Luke Skywalker Jedi Destiny) exclusive as definitive modern updates to the classic vintage Kenner figures. We updated all three status on the vintage Kenner pages, and you can click any of the images below to be taken to that respective vintage Kenner review to see the updates. If you haven’t checked out the the full review of the Special Action Figure Set (Luke Skywalker Jedi Destiny), be sure to CLICK HERE so you don’t miss out on a must-have release from Hasbro!

Luke Skywalker (Imperial Stormtrooper Outfit)  Luke Skywalker: X-Wing Pilot  Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight Outfit)

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It’s quite astounding how much joy toys from the Original Trilogy bring longtime collectors. I have two-thirds of the figures from the Special 3 Action Figures set already, but what a joy it was to see them in The Vintage Collection packaging. You don’t get the same response from other Star Wars toys across the saga. Anyway, Vedain (Skiff Pilot) utilizes two other The Vintage Collection figures with new parts, and Hasbro was VERY CLEVER how they did it. I almost didn’t notice the reused parts at first. And the two repacks have been repainted. This set also gives us numbers VC152, VC153 and VC154 in the collection’s sequencing. Another incredible hit, I can’t wait for more packs like this in the future. This is another gem in The Vintage Collection. Check out the gallery early RIGHT NOW!

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This is an impressive SDCC exclusive. Colorful, realistically styled and mimicking every square millimeter of the original vintage Kenner Boba Fett, the SDCC exclusive Boba Fett figure from The Black Series [The Empire Strikes Back 40] line starts off the celebration of everyone’s favorite film and its four-decade birthday. The review is coming soon, but you can check out the full Photo Gallery here.

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Oh, my lord. You’re going to be ANGRY that Hasbro made the Special Action Figure Set (Luke Skywalker Jedi Destiny) three-pack an exclusive that will be, well, let’s say, nearly impossible to track down outside of the aftermarket. I don’t know how else to say it other than this is the most brilliant set of figures Hasbro has ever produced for collectors. It’s egregious that they’re all relegated to an exclusive three-pack and NOT on individual TVC card backs. (Hopefully, they’re all forthcoming separately in The Vintage Collection because it’s ungodly to keep them in this exclusive set and never see re-release as basic figures.)  They should have initially released as basic figures in new case assortments. Start praying to your Maker now that these become more readily available singly. Some figures have some”photorealistic” deco issues (especially noticeable in the eyes), but I believe this will vary case by case.

All three Luke Skywalker figures have the most exceptional head sculpts I have ever seen on action figures for these characters. They cannot be bettered. Also, the technique utilized to recreate hair is quite astounding. The realism is uncanny. Luke Skywalker (Stormtrooper Disguise) uses most of the recently released Han Solo (Stormtrooper) (VC143) figure but now comes with a new head sculpt and belt which features a nonremovable commlink and grappling hook. The detail is beautiful. Luke Skywalker (X-wing Pilot) is the only all-new figure in the set, but it’s a phenomenal creation. His head sculpt is also remarkable. His helmet fits well, and ti’s nice to see ball-jointed wrists. But my most favorite figure is Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight). Piggybacking on the TVC Luke Skywalker (Lightsaber Construction) (VC87) figure from 2012, Hasbro tweaked the outfit with some revised wrinkles, draping, and textures and gave the figure a stunning portrait (with corrected hair part finally) and an all-new and appropriately sewn and styled cloak. Just look at the thing. It’s overwhelming how beautiful it is.

The review is coming soon, but a rough gallery is ready for you to peruse. This is one of the most significant additions, if not the 2nd or 3rd best additions, to The Vintage Collection. And collectors will be angry if Hasbro doesn’t make all three figures more readily available in the VERY near future. Check out the gallery HERE!

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Good gracious, Ignatius! Hasbro has just released another Bo Derek: The Vintage Collection’s Tatooine Skiff. It’s mind-numbing how beautifully perfect it is. Longer, more comprehensive, and roomier than the 1985 design, the 2019 model of the Tatooine Skiff still brings forth the nostalgia of the classic Kenner vehicle but has elevated it into 2019 with an unprecedented level of screen-accuracy and authenticity. We have an initial gallery completed but will be adding more images to the gallery in the next couple of days. And the review is tomorrow! But you can check all the good stuff out now! YOU MUST get this. If this vehicle doesn’t convert 6″ collectors to the 3.75″ scale, nothing will.

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Vintage Kenner RDRs Redux: Lando Calrissian - ESB - 1980

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