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The Saga Collection

IG-88 (Bounty Hunter) - TSC - Vintage

Name: IG-88 (Bounty Hunter)
Collection: The Saga Collection
Number: N/A
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: May 2007
License: Hasbro

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Celebrate the legendary Star Wars films that changed the universe forever, with The Saga Collection. This collection brings to life the incredible story of good versus evil that captured our imagination and took us to a galaxy far, far away. The finest re-creations of the iconic Star Wars heroes and villains are back with incredible detail and premium features to commemorate each epic tale in the Star Wars saga. And, as a tribute to the dedication of Star Wars fans everywhere, we are re-releasing elements of the original packaging that harken back to the creation of Star Wars action figures, which began over 25 years ago with the Original Trilogy. May the Force be with you!

Probably the best version of IG-88 we will ever receive was released in The Saga Collection’s vintage sub-line. This droid didn’t get the respect it deserved since the reintroduction to the modern basic figure line that began long ago in 1995 and Hasbro seemed to make up for lost time by creating the end-all version of IG-88 (Bounty Hunter). Spectacularly crafted, painted, accessorized and having the ability to be posed in ways that were never attainable until now, IG-88 (Bounty Hunter) should make the even the most difficult to please shed tears of joy. The vintage line rarely disappointed collectors, but Hasbro essentially knocked us all off our feet with this second wave of figures (which were released as the 30 (77-07) line got into full swing). IG-88 and Bossk are definitely the two standout figures in the lot and this isn’t simply because they are cool bounty hunters, but because they have been crafted with expertise and art that very few action figures receive. IG-88 (Bounty Hunter) will never need to be revisited again and this is saying a lot for a line of figures that gets updates periodically even when they don’t necessarily need it. The probability is likely to be high that we will indeed see IG-88 tweaked in the future, but it will totally be for unfounded reasons. The figure is essentially perfect as is. But hey, that is our strong opinion and we are sure there are some that will disagree. But if you disagree, you would be wrong.

IG-88 has a stunning 17 points of articulation and if you count the swiveling armor on his thighs, you can add to more points. This is unprecedented for a “humanoid-ish” Star Wars character. (Editor's Note: Sure we saw a lot more articulation on 2001’s POTJ FX-7 and 2008’s TLC FX-6 (BD 28), but all that was housed in the multiple—and very similar—limbs.) IG-88’s various points of articulation are housed in all unique areas on the body which requires various tooling and precise engineering. Coming with the same guns as the 1980 vintage figure, IG-88 (Bounty Hunter) can hold these weapons fairly well—for the most part. Interestingly, the droid comes with a bladed weapon/bandolier on his back which wasn’t seen on the original vintage figure, or any modern version to date. It really can’t hold any weapons, but it certainly looks exquisite. His ammunition bandolier is loaded with cool grenades and the figure as a whole is quite a site to behold. There are some really magnificent details like the hoses on this bounty hunter’s legs are just brilliant. And while it may be easy to cast something in pretty much a solid color, Hasbro effortlessly matched the droid perfectly to its appearance in Episode V from the rusty orange wash, to the brighter silver accents. IG-88’s head has two points of articulation, one in the middle of the head and one at the base of the neck. Plus, IG-88 has such a perfect and balanced stature and it is truly just the icing on the cake for this figure. You won’t experience any awkward leans or bizarre stances. It just doesn’t disappoint in any way!

With the release of the 2007 VTSC Bossk and IG-88 figures, we now have very good updates to all six bounty hunters from the unforgettable scene. (Editor’s Note: A new Dengar was released in August 2010 as part of the very exciting The Vintage Collection.) Of course some are a lot better than others, but all have been significantly upgraded from that “awful” 2006 TSC box set entitled The Hunt For The Millennium Falcon Bounty Hunter Pack. We sometimes feel many of us take for granted far indeed the line has come and do not fully appreciate the small masterpieces Hasbro creates for us in the basic figure line. It is quite unbelievable how awesome IG-88 is and if you don’t have this figure in your collection yet, you are sorely missing out on a figure that eclipses the quality of some of the more popular figures in the line. But for those of you that already have this gem in your collections, you know what we are talking about here. Releasing figures in the “vintage” packaging certainly seems to ensure collectors that only the best quality is put forth in the figures contained within them. And of course this is the way it should be. If you haven’t had the fortune of adding the VTSC IG-88 (Bounty Hunter) to your collection yet, you are sorely missing out on one of the finest figures ever from Hasbro. This is not an exaggeration and it is not a plug for Hasbro. It is advice that you should heed because without this figure in your collection, your collection incomplete.

Collector Notes

IG-88 (Bounty Hunter)

Status: IG-88 (Bounty Hunter) is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 20 points

Articulation Details: double swivel head, 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel upper arms, 2 ball-jointed elbows, hinge-jointed torso, swivel waist, 2 swivel swivel hips, 2 swivel thighs, 2 swivel thigh armor, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 4

Accessory Details: blaster rifle, blaster pistol, vibro blade, removable bandolier

Date Stamp: 2007

Assortment Number: 87309/87295

UPC: 653569213949

Retail: $9.99 USD

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Vintage The Saga Collection (2006)
Biker Scout
Han Solo (In Trench Coat)
Luke Skywalker: X-wing Pilot
Sand People

Vintage The Saga Collection (2007)
Bossk (Bounty Hunter)
Han Solo (Hoth Outfit)
IG-88 (Bounty Hunter)
Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear)
Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues)
Princess Leia Organa (In Combat Poncho)

Added: May 22, 2010
Category: Saga Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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