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The Saga Collection

Greedo - TSC - Vintage

Name: Greedo
Collection: The Saga Collection
Number: N/A
Source: A New Hope
Availability: April 2006
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!

One of the most prolific background characters in the basic figure line is Greedo, and this is quite perplexing for a role that said very few lines and got fried by Han Solo very quickly in A New Hope. But typically bounty hunters with a short shelf life seem to become the most popular. Even though Greedo has seen many iterations throughout the modern basic figure line, each one seems to escape derision by collectors only because of how well Hasbro designed them. Each successive release got better and better, but each release seemed to miss perfection for one reason or another. That’s until now. Without a doubt, 2006’s The Saga Collection vintage-styled update is the definitive hands down. This time the action figure has gone through quite a metamorphosis from the 1979 SW Greedo incarnation. As we’ve mentioned, every release since has been decent, even if accuracy wasn’t all there. Greedo has seen multiple releases in The Power Of The Force "2" line, like 1996’s POTF2 [R/G] Greedo or 1999’s POTF2 [FB/CT] Greedo. Both were pretty good. Hasbro also produced 2002’s SW [S - P1] Greedo (3 of 3) Cantina Bar Section figure, and a repainted version of this release was part of The Original Trilogy Collection (released as 2004’s OTC Greedo (#22) figure). Now, The Saga Collection version is a premium-sculpted and exquisitely-decorated action figure and puts all past efforts to shame. Admittedly, the bonus here is to get Greedo on an original 1979 STAR WARS replicated card back. Keeping this packaged may be the direction you want to take with this figure. Or buy two so you can play with the other.

But even the most stringent collector may find fault on a nearly-perfect action figure. Some collectors took exception with the use of the soft-goods vest on this figure. In all fairness, it is too baggy and is too long for the figure’s height. But the way to quickly remedy this was to remove the vest from the 2004 OTC Greedo (OTC #22) figure and put it on this release. If you do this, you’ll customize a much more authentic and beautiful action figure with screen-accurate aesthetics. It makes this figure look significantly better. Greedo is one of the figures that allowed collectors to reflect on their stash of Star Wars action figure parts and accessories already in their collections. They realized how these older pieces could enhance the latest action figures entering the modern Hasbro Star Wars line. The point of the contemporary "vintage-styled" figures is to imitate some of the original figures’ aesthetics, like the inclusion of soft-goods when Kenner used soft-goods on the classic figures. But in Greedo’s case, the initial 1979 SW Greedo figure was so inaccurate to the character in Episode IV. Kenner created a screen-inaccurate outfit, and yet we loved it. But as we grew older, we longed for an exact miniature replica of the character seen on-screen. Hasbro wanted to go many steps beyond guessing, and give the 2006 VTSC Greedo some mixed media characteristics which would have worked much better is the creators at Hasbro tailored his vest a little closer to the chest. While we love soft-goods, we can also admit that soft-goods may not have been the best choice.

Greedo is an all-new figure. Arriving on store shelves and subsequently to collectors’ homes super-articulated, Greedo offers all the luxury of an ultimately mobile action figure while still hiding the joints well. Greedo’s primarily pale green jumpsuit has a realistic dirty wash, and it has settled in all the uniform’s crevices, especially in the ribbing. The same is true for the figure’s head and hands. While they are not the same color green, the head and hands also pick up this tremendously detailed wash. The sides of the arms and the legs are yellow, to show the different layers or parts of the costume. Outfitted with a belt that includes a functioning holster, Greedo’s blaster pistol sits in it and then transferred to the figure’s right hand where it holds the weapon tightly. Unfortunately, Hasbro didn’t paint Greedo’s eyes in a dark purple. They are painted in a shiny black instead. We will let this detail go for the moment because it is certainly close enough. Overall, Greedo should impress you on many levels, and he is one of our favorites from the 2006 issued vintage figures. 2006 was the year of Ultimate Galactic Hunts, both in the basic figure line as well as the vintage-styled figures. Still, it was only in the vintage line that fans could collect the various foils stickers inside each and send away for a George Lucas (In Stormtrooper Disguise) action figure (also on a vintage card). It was a nice gesture but wasn’t one of the best action figures ever made. You should be able to find Greedo for a fair price, and the figure is worth every penny. Greedo is genuinely definitive, and you need this incredibly updated figure for your Cantina dioramas.

Collector Notes

Greedo

Status: Greedo is an all-new figure.

Articulation Count: 22 points (14 areas of articulation)

Articulation Details: ball-socket head (1), ball-jointed left shoulder (2), ball-jointed right shoulder (2), ball-jointed left elbow (2), ball-jointed right elbow (2), swivel left wrist (1), swivel right wrist (1), swivel waist (1), swivel left hip (1), swivel right hip (1), ball-jointed left knee (2), ball-jointed right knee (2), ball-jointed left ankle (2), ball-jointed right ankle (2)

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: blaster, removable soft-goods vest

Date Stamp: 2005

Assortment Number: 87061/87129

UPC: 653569136873

Retail: $9.99 USD

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Added: May 25, 2010
Category: Saga Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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