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Slave I (Boba Fett’s Spaceship) - TVC - Vehicles (Exclusive)

Name: Slave I (Boba Fett's Spaceship)
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: N/A (Vehicles) (2013 Exclusive)
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: August 2013
License: Hasbro

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What a beautiful mess the Slave I (Boba Fett’s Spaceship) exclusive vehicle is. It's its own oxymoron. It’s far from perfect mind you, but there is something powerful that the nostalgic Kenner replicas do for Star Wars collectors that no other toy can. It transports our collective minds to a time when things were much simpler and when we didn’t have to worry about adult things like paying the bills and putting a roof over our heads. No, we were simply the recipients of unequalled and unmatched goodness that was mostly given to us twice a year, at Christmas and at birthdays and during a time when children didn’t expect a daily “I exist therefore I receive” memento to give them a false sense of a positive self image or make them feel good about themselves. Wow. That went off topic fast. (You can really tell when there is a sense of disapproval on some unrelated issue here, can’t you?) Anyway, moving along, Slave I (Boba Fett’s Spaceship) – just in case you forgot who this vehicle belongs to – is visually much more impressive than anything else. The vehicle has gone through a series of issues. Collectors were prognosticating at the announcement of the Slave I getting released as an exclusive that there would unquestionably be issue with how the item got shipped. And we all were right. After a very rough start at its release, quickly remedied all shipping issues and got things back on track for collectors. They even reached out to collectors to ensure that their Slave I arrived safely and undamaged.

The packaging of the Slave I (Boba Fett’s Spaceship) vehicle is of course stunning. Based on the original Kenner packaging, Hasbro utilized modern action figures to recreate the original box art layout giving it a nostalgically modern facelift with elements that call out the vehicle’s name, who it belongs to and the film on which it is based. The Slave I is a colorful ship in general, but Hasbro ensured that the packaging was done equally colorful and the final product is truly visually stimulating. It’s fantastic to see other action figures from the Legacy Collection and The Vintage Collection joins this vehicle in a diorama display loosely based on a scene from The Empire Strikes Back. The packaging also goes on to explain some of the features of the vehicle too. The Slave I is much more compact than we expected, but rest assured that the larger scaled vehicle was chosen and repainted to make it specific to Episode V. From an artful perspective, we think Hasbro exceeded out expectation with its paint job.. We believe most collectors will be impressed with the Slave I, again, probably just visually because there are some other irreconcilable issues that won’t be going away. Aside from shipping issues, Slave I (Boba Fett’s Spaceship) has a price tag that is really unacceptable. It started off at an unforgiveable $99.99, but quickly came down to $69.99 once Hasbro announced its MSRP at 2013’s San Diego Comic Con. Even still, almost $70 is still a steep price tag to pay for a vehicle without electronics or a ton of action features – it only comes with a few.

The issues don’t end there either. Collector reports have hit the web explaining that parts were missing from the vehicle, like the Han Solo In Carbonite figure. We were fortunate enough to receive ours, but his head, especially his nose, got flattened because of improper packaging. He looks more like Dr. Evazan in carbonite more than Han Solo in carbonite. Such is life. The detention cell has no clear windows to see through this time. It’s just been cast in solid gray plastic. The last issue we feel the need to document is the partial inability of the spring-loaded wings to function as intended. You have to follow the directions clearly documented on the insert, but the only way you can lock the wings in the “flying” position is if they've been installed in the "landed position". With a little patience, you can get this to work and both wings have to be moved together in order for this to function. There is no need for replacement springs and the like. Thankfully the wings lay flat when the vehicle is in the landed position, but at $69.99, the vehicle should do everything smoothly without issue, except of course fly to you. Slave I (Boba Fett’s Spaceship) is a repaint of Boba Fett’s Slave I from 2010’s TCW [SOTDS] The Rise Of Boba Fett Ultimate Battle Packs set, a Toys R Us exclusive. This time it’s been decorated in the colors as the ship appeared in The Empire Strikes Back. The Slave I is a truly colorful vehicle. Adorned in mostly primary and secondary colors, it’s hard to believe a vehicle so lethal could be so beautiful. It’s almost ironic. Believed to be produced in a much smaller edition size than most other exclusives, and with the major shipping issues collectors have experienced, we don’t expect Slave I (Boba Fett’s Spaceship) to last forever. If you really want this, don’t delay. It may be the last time you ever see it.

Collector Notes

Slave I (Boba Fett's Spaceship)

Status: Slave I (Boba Fett's Spaceship) is a rework of Boba Fett's Slave I vehicle from 2010's TCW [SOTDS] The Rise Of Boba Fett Ultimate Battle Packs Toys R Us exclusive set.

Articulation Count: 11

Articulation Details: opening cockpit, opening detention cell door, opening/slide-out ramp, pivoting cockpit, 2 swivel wings, 2 bomb-dropping action features, swivel side door, 2 360 degree rotating cannons

Accessory Count: 7

Accessory Details: Han Solo in Carbonite figure, detention cell (2 pieces), 2 seismic charges, 2 projectiles

Date Stamp: 2010

Assortment Number: 98937

UPC: 653569877509

Retail: $69.99 USD

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Added: August 18, 2013
Category: Vintage Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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