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The Vintage Collection

Boba Fett - TVC - Basic (VC09)

Name: Boba Fett
Collection: The Vintage Collection
Number: VC09
Source: The Empire Strikes Back
Availability: August 2010*
License: Hasbro

* The Vintage Collection wave 1 was available at some retail stores as early as June 2010

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Man, oh man was the first wave of The Vintage Collection a bounty hunter lover’s dream come true! Hasbro gave us a vintage-styled update to the 2004 VOTC Boba Fett (an awesome sculpt) and then gave us an all-new Dengar (VC01) and finally a slightly repainted 4-LOM (VC10) to go along with the previously released 2007 VTSC Bossk (Bounty Hunter) and IG-88 (Bounty Hunter) figures (which were subsequently released in the 2010 Saga Legends line with minimal changes. For some unfortunate reason, Zuckuss (BD54) was relegated to the Saga Legends line without a chance to be memorialized in The Vintage Collection which is a complete bummer, because we almost ahd all six bounty hunters packaged on a vintage styled card. Of course we have the 2010 TVC Bounty Hunters (4-LOM/Zuckuss) set with the mix-up, but they are silver foiled and mistakenly identified on purpose. But as it has been with Zuckuss’ long history in the basic figure line, he always trails behind last as the bounty hunter to get updated in the line last. Let’s hope that Hasbro can squeeze him into The Vintage Collection before the line ends. But we are getting off track here because this review should be all about Boba Fett. Boba Fett gets a remarkable update (again) in the basic figure line, but this time we think Hasbro has gotten it right once and for all. (Editor's Note: Nope, we were wrong. Hasbro gave this figure another paint job and corrected the helmet color, "cheeks" on the helmet - now black, belt and cod section fabric color upgrades, the knee armor is brighter yellow, blaster rifle tip is black.... again and the detail on Boba Fett's boots have all been updated). See our updated photo gallery for the new paint revisions.) When we first received this figure in the 2008 TAC The Fett Legacy Evolutions set, we knew that a little more tweaking would be required before we could call the figure definitive. That moment almost came in 2009 when he was dramatically repainted in the Legacy Collection as Boba Fett (BD36). It was certainly a marked improvement and it’s a figure that we are extremely fond of still. Its very vibrant coloring made it look a little off from what we saw in the movie, but it was such a step beyond the Evolutions figure and that made it an instant hit with most collectors. But do you believe that Hasbro was able to take this figure another step ahead and get the coloring perfect this time (which we hope will also be the last time). There is of course the removable helmet issue and to be honest, we just can’t consider a Boba Fett figure to be definitive until it has a non-removable helmet. Sorry, but that is just our opinion and a decision on which we will not waiver.

But that doesn’t mean we do not adore this version of Boba Fett. It is (almost) perfect! The gray suit hasn’t really changed much over the years on this figure despite the many updates it has sustained. But Hasbro ensured that the finer details were accurate for this release in The Vintage Collection and it is quite a breath of fresh air to see just how much more awesome they made this already great action figure. (Editor's Note: It's quite amazing what Hasbro decides to update and fix and other things they just let go.) The biggest change is the new helmet deco. Hasbro lightened up the “cheek” portions and the crown of it to a lighter green. Then a darker green has been created to form an outline around the red colored portions of the helmet. And these dark red outlining the “nose” and visor of the helmet is has been done in a few shades darker as well. (Editor's Note: This has been changed to black now.) The results are incredible and this really looks like Boba Fett has jumped right off the screen and into your collection. The gauntlets on the forearms have also been painted in that lighter mint green and match they helmet perfectly well. And while the areas that are painted in yellow look nearly identical as the previous figures, something just looks richer about it this time around. The pouches have been painted in a light gray and have a very nice dirty wash on them. And this specific paint operation is closer to the original Evolutions figure than the 2009 Legacy Collection figure, although the overall color palette of this newly revised figure mirrors the 2009 figure more closely. If you keep the helmet on Boba Fett, you will realize that this is the definitive version of him for now. But if you take exception with the removable helmet, well, you are going to have to wait a little while longer for a more perfect version. His cape has been colored differently to be more authentic to the costume in the film. You won’t find any more dark tan or light brown here anymore because it has been replaced with a much lighter off white and light tan cape. It just looks fantastic. Lastly, the boots have been painted in a slightly darker color as well. (Editor's Note: Boba Fett's boots have also been updated as well. See photo gallery for more detail.)

One thing that we noticed on this figure and have yet to hear commented on anywhere else is the construction of the figure. The Evolutions and Legacy Collection versions of this figure have an awkward lean to the right (our left). No matter how you positioned them, there was almost no way to alleviate this issue. But right out of the package, The Vintage Collection Boba Fett (VC09) has a straight and erect posture and the most perfect stance to him. We love the stature that he has and while action figures are clearly inanimate objects, Boba Fett has an unmatched confidence in the action figure line. We’d like to think that Hasbro cleaned up some of the tooling on this figure, but that would be unlikely. Maybe the Hasbro employees who are assembling these figures are being extra careful with how the parts of Boba Fett go together? We don’t know, but there is no denying that this Boba Fett action figure has the best posture to date and he can stand unassisted and unaided by funky manipulation of the ankle joints. (Editor's Note: His posture remains erect for this latest update as well.) Heck, there were many times when we had to almost bend the Boba Fett (BD36) figure almost in half to prevent him from falling backwards. Whatever Hasbro did (or didn’t do) to the VC09 figure is nonetheless a huge improvement all around. If Hasbro can keep managing to find way to tweak already excellent action figures and make them better just like Boba Fett, we have a lot to look forward to in The Vintage Collection. The excitement in the air for this line is creating a buzz that we just haven’t heard or seen in years. And it is quite a shame to think that “packaging” has played a role in the waning interest in the Star Wars basic figure line. Let’s hope that The Clone Wars and Saga Legends lines are monitored more closely and that they don’t jeopardize shelf space for this unprecedented The Vintage Collection. This truly will be as good as it will get for us. This is not meant to be a sorrowful statement. No, it should be a reason to celebrate. This is what exactly the basic figure line should be and we just cannot wait for what is coming down the road.

Collector Notes

Boba Fett

Status: Boba Fett is a repaint of the Boba Fett figure from 2008's TAC The Fett Legacy Evolutions set. Prior to this release, the Boba Fett figure was most recently repainted and released as 2009's LC Boba Fett (BD36) figure.

Articulation Count: 14 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel forearms, ball-jointed torso, 2 swivel legs, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 4

Accessory Details: Mitrinomon Z-6 jetpack, removable helmet, EE-3 sawed-off blaster rifle, blaster pistol

Date Stamp: 2008

Assortment Number: 97581/97568

UPC: 653569498698

Retail: $8.99 USD

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Boba Fett

The Vintage Collection Wave 1
Dengar (VC01)
Leia (Hoth Outfit) (VC02)
Han Solo (Echo Base Outfit) (VC03)
Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues) (VC04)
AT-AT Commander (VC05)
See-Threepio (C-3PO) (VC06)
Dack Ralter (VC07)
Darth Vader (VC08)
Boba Fett (VC09)
4-LOM (VC10)
(Twin Pod) Cloud Car Pilot (VC11)

Added: July 10, 2010
Category: Vintage Collection, The
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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