The Vintage Collection Gaming Greats sub-line was perhaps the best announcement from the Hasbro Pulse Fan Fest presentation last Friday. And I am one who is eager to purchase them all. One thing is bothering me about them, however. (more….)
Sigh. I shouldn’t have walked away from Hasbro Pulse’s Fan Fest online event saying “Why does Hasbro hate The Vintage Collection collecting community so much? Why are they completely disengaged from its needs?” But I did. And between the sorry repacks confirmed, to the desperately needed repacks they’re dangling over our heads, I understand why people are fleeing from this scale left and right. The straw that broke the camel’s back for me was the announcement of the re-released Han Solo (Endor) figure. Does Hasbro store any record-keeping of their releases? Do they go to discount outlets? Do they have any indication of what fans want? (more….)
Hasbro, I am too tired to finish writing my standard “complaint” article after one of your online product reveals events, so you’ll have to come back tomorrow for that. However, I’d like to put in your ear that you need to fix the nameplate and figure backer color of Admiral Ackbar. It’s NOT green. The original 2010 figure messed this detail up, and you’re copying over the same error. The correct color is aqua. Not green or light green. Thanks.
There’s got to be a way that The Vintage Collection collecting community can get into Hasbro’s good graces that it inspires them to produce the best action figure line possible. As you all know well, it’s been a torturous uphill battle, and it often feels like they bother with us because they “have” to, not because they “want” to. I recently came across a clip of the season 1 finale of 2000’s Malcolm in the Middle television show (some of the greatest TV ever produced by the way), and I thought it was the perfect metaphor of the relationship between The Vintage Collection, The Vintage Collection collecting community, and Hasbro. And what metaphor would be complete without injecting Bea Arthur, ABBA, and buttons? Click through if you dare.
After Hasbro followed JTA’s advice and updated The Vintage Collection Boba Fett figure from Return Of The Jedi, they mentioned that some units in the earliest production run would feature the original and abominable card art (seen below) featuring the orange nameplate and figure backer and a zoomed-in image of the on-screen character. To date, no units have appeared for sale or arrived at retail. Was Hasbro incorrect, or are they forthcoming from a FILO method of distribution?
Unicorns do exist! I found the latest wave of The Vintage Collection at my local Target. To my amazement, Boba Fett was still hanging on the pegs and I didn’t get to the store until 11:30 AM on Saturday. Perhaps most have already given up on brick-and-mortar for Star Wars collecting and don’t bother anymore. There is little competition it seems.
There have been quite a few recent articles trying to pin down the blame on why The Vintage Collection is in the state that it’s in, and the editorials have been anywhere from ridiculous to conspiracy theory. After a recent audit of my The Vintage Collection stock, to my horror, I discovered I only have 38 Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight) figures in stock, 34 short of my six dozen minimum. (more….)
In case you haven’t noticed, the most recent wave of The Vintage Collection is strewn with horrid card art. What’s the deal, Hasbro? You need to fire your graphics team. These are mostly terrible. And if it wasn’t for JTA leading the campaign to fix the Return Of The Jedi Boba Fett card art, it would have been a total debacle! Princess Leia (Bespin Escape) is an embarrassment, Zutton is horrible. What the heck happened to Greef Karga’s packaging image? And with all the attention Baby Yoda is getting, you couldn’t find a less blurry image of Grogu? What’s with all of the hand-drawn-looking reference stills? They look worse than the vintage Kenner drawings! Please use high-resolution character film-outs, or hire someone else to do your packaging graphics. This collection deserves your best. Thank you!
That’s a wrap! We concluded our Research Droids Reviews on The Vintage Collection Wave 29, including the long-awaited Return Of The Jedi Boba Fett. If you missed any, be sure to catch up. The carded images are finally updated.
Is it just me, or has Hasbro severely lacked on communicating any HasLab Razor Crest updates? This wasted HasLab slot is eagerly anticipated, and we’re in the dark. You’d think they want the large population of collectors who backed 28K units happy, but what do I know? It feels like they were updating us on Jabba’s Sail Barge (The Khetanna) every couple of weeks, perhaps monthly. We haven’t had a blessed update since it was fully backed. “Where’s the update?” Clara Peller would want to know!
We’re extending the deadline for our poll asking you what action figures Hasbro already produced that they should pack into The Vintage Collection (for the first time) by ONE MORE DAY (today only). Here is your chance to pick five action figures from other lines you’d like to see reissued for the first time in The Vintage Collection packaging. So many incredible figures from The Legacy Collection, Legacy Collection, and The Black Series 3.75″ lines are worthy of inclusion (and other lines too). Who will you pick? Click through for directions.
We’re right around the corner from reaching the 200th The Vintage Collection figure. Do you think Hasbro should reserve it for a “Kenner 96” figure? Or does it not matter to you? The last time we reached a landmark like this was in 2012 when Hasbro released Starkiller (Vader’s Secret Apprentice) (VC100) figure, and quite a few collectors felt that Hasbro should have taken the landmark more seriously for a classic Kenner character. Anyway, let us know in the comments if VC200 means anything special to you, and who you’d like to see numbered that way.
We can handle the re-release of an excellent action figure like Zutton. What we cannot handle is an inferior paint job, and the refusal to update the figure’s mismatched insert-molded joints. What gives, Hasbro? At least Hasbro got the name right. People are confusing this character as Takeel, but if you do your research, you’ll find that Takeel has curly and thinning hair, Zutton does NOT. This is Zutton. And it’s a check-off of our “Kenner 96” list. Find out why this is true. (more….)
There is mixed reception with Princess Leia (Bespin Escape) (VC187) figure. But it’s not as bad as you think. Hasbro released the last version 20 YEARS ago. It’s hard to believe, isn’t it? This version has a lot of new tooling. See what Hasbro did! (more….)
After getting to spend some quality time with my new The Vintage Collection Boba Fett figure from Return Of The Jedi, I noticed two details I missed earlier, although one might be a defect on my sample. The first is that Boba Fett’s head sits a double ball-socket joint, but the point here is that it’s a geodesic sphere, something we first saw on The Black Series [Phase I] Darth Vader (#26) figure. Also, Hasbro tooled a partial head, including a chin, and the lower sides of the jaw. Then I was playing with the jet pack and noticed it splits in half and has an interior that is sculpted as well. But again, this might be a defect on my sample. Check out both images by clicking below, and see even more images of this fantastic figure RIGHT HERE in our Research Droids Reviews! Please leave any comments on our Boba Fett RDR page!
Wow. If Hasbro didn’t do anything right for The Vintage Collection for the rest of 2021 (which is likely at this point), we probably won’t care. Boba Fett (VC186), based on the character’s appearance from Return Of The Jedi, is the best 3.75″ super-articulated action figure of the year. It’s that good. 177 TVC figures separate the first ROTJ Boba Fett from this one, so we waited a LONG TIME for this update. Oh, and it has one tiny issue. Do you know what it is? Check out the rough gallery and the final review. Some updated images coming soon!! (more….)
There are a ton of “excellent” action figures already produced that Hasbro should pack into The Vintage Collection. Hasbro kicked-off the return of The Vintage Collection in this manner but chose the worst characters possible for the launch (they were mostly Sequel Trilogy characters). Here is your chance to pick five action figures from other lines you’d like to see reissued for the first time in The Vintage Collection packaging. So many incredible figures from The Legacy Collection, Legacy Collection, and The Black Series 3.75″ lines are worthy of inclusion (and other lines too). Who will you pick? Click through for directions.
Thank you to everyone who voted in our The Vintage Collection Fan Channel Repack Poll. We received an amazing amount of response and feedback, and we now have the results compiled. Hasbro should take these results, and compile six new case assortments based on these results. But we don’t live in a utopia. Click through for more!
Here is some cool news! If you’re looking for discounted The Vintage Collection figures, head to your local Ollie’s store. I just got back and found a dozen of each of The Empire Strikes Back See-Threepio (C-3PO), Luke Skywalker (Bespin), and Return Of The Jedi General Lando Calrissian, and the Disney Star Wars Cassian Andor (a ton of that figure – a ton). They are priced at $5.99 each and are joined by The Black Series [Phase III] Luke Skywalker (Yavin) and plush Baby Yoda merchandise. Good luck! Special thanks to JTA reader and friend Bing “Upstate” Hamton for the alert and news!
Hasbro’s choices for The Vintage Collection “Fan Channel” repack waves have been less than stellar, and if judging by the last assortment, utterly confusing. They may claim these figures are not for “us” but that’s not realistic. Let’s help them make the wisest repack choices. Click through for directions.
OK Hasbro, let’s play a game. And it’s probably going to come across as “let’s make a deal.” There is a lot of conspiracy theory, inconsistency, and no follow-through when it comes to The Vintage Collection versus The Black Series line. But one thing is certain. Collectors of super-articulated 3.75″ action figures are growing increasingly frustrated, to the point of weariness. You’ve admitted that the interest in The Vintage Collection and the excitement expressed by collectors has overwhelmed you. You, in so many words, said that you were impressed by the community’s passion in the line and that you’d be doing more for us as time moved forward. That hasn’t come to pass, unfortunately. So, here is what we’re proposing. How about, for one whole product year, you produce whatever you do for The Black Series [Phase IV] 6-inch line for The Vintage Collection 3.75-inch line? (more…)
Christmas 1983 was one of the greatest years for Star Wars toys. The Return Of The Jedi line included some of the most incredible Star Wars toys ever produced by Kenner. As we quickly approach the 40th Anniversary of the film, we’re going to offer some suggestions for you to produce for us to relive those wonderful days of old. Our next suggestion is The Vintage Collection Sy Snootles And The Max Rebo Band. Kener didn’t release these characters separately in the basic figure line. Instead, they created a special multipack so young kids could acquire the band in one fell swoop. We’re thinking this method would be best for the modern line as well. Either in a specially-boxed multipack or a Special Action Figure Set, we hope Hasbro gives us Sy Snootles And The Max Rebo Band in The Vintage Collection (and all based on the original version of the band, NOT the Special Edtion) for the 40th Anniversary. We should also note that Hasbro must include a puppet version of Sy Snootles!) Special thanks to JTA reader Joey P. for the mock-up artwork!
There are some fantastic action figures released or forthcoming in The Vintage Collection. Hasbro does surprise periodically. But there are many others that they haven’t updated yet for the line, which I am finding to be very problematic. I decided to look at each George Lucas-era Star Wars film, one by one, and pick the most obvious omission of a character from the film and not yet represented in The Vintage Collection. Because choosing one character proved almost impossible, I also chose a runner-up, thereby giving two options that are almost equally important for The Vintage Collection’s inclusion. As I tallied everything up, I discovered that Hasbro has a LOT of work to do, unfortunately. And they need to start banging these out right away. (more….)
Hasbro needs to go all-out for the 40th Anniversary of Episode VI. In our continuing series of Return Of The Jedi 40th Anniversary suggestions for Hasbro, we’d like to suggest the Jabba The Hutt Action Playset with a pack-in Oola action figure (on The Vintage Collection packaging). We’d ask that Hasbro put together the dais and accessories from 2010’s Star Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side] Jabba’s Throne set, the Jabba The Hutt figure from 2015’s TBS [P2] Jabba’s Rancor Pit multipack, and a specially-carded Oola action figure (also from the 2010 set). JTA reader Joey P. put together some mock images of what the set could look like. Let us know how you feel about this idea in our comments!
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