You saw our The Pathway To The Vintage Collection Special Report published on August 6th. Now let’s revisit the figures that set The Vintage Collection in motion. Let’s continue moving ahead with 2004’s VOTC Darth Vader figure in our newly updated review, complete with new text and photos and Visual Guide.
tunghori has listed the highly sought after Disney Droid Factory 40th Anniversary R2-D2 figure. If you want it, here is your chance! Special thanks to ALientek for the notification!
You saw our The Pathway To The Vintage Collection Special Report published on August 6th. Now let’s revisit the figures that set The Vintage Collection in motion. Let’s continue ahead with 2004’s VOTC Han Solo figure in our all-new updated review, complete with new text and photos and Visual Guide.
To understand The Vintage Collection’s present is to respect its history. If you’re relatively new to collecting, you’ve quickly figured out that The Vintage Collection is Hasbro’s most popular 3.75″ super-articulated basic figure line ever produced. And many collectors will tell that Hasbro no longer treats it with the tender loving care it deserves. (Opinions vary greatly on that sentiment.) However, lovers of this line became saddened when Hasbro temporarily retired the line in 2013 as it paved the way for The Black Series 6″ line. Collectors waited for a grueling half-decade before we saw the line’s return. You already know the rest of that story. But do you know how we got here the first time? Please join us in discovering The Pathway To The Vintage Collection on the 10th Anniversary of the original line launch!
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How many people cancelled their preorder for the Galaxy’s Edge Millennium Falcon at Target? One JTA reader was able to preorder it during the second wave with a 10% coupon, but after weeks of contemplating, he decided to cancel his order. He’s gone from fear of missing out to buyer’s remorse. (more….)
Up next for our The Vintage Collection Visual Guide updates is Clone Commander Wolffe (VC168). Click below to check out the complete Visual Guide. You can also read all about this figure in our full review right here.
We like The Vintage Collection K-2SO. But we wanted to love it. Do you know why we don’t love it? You’ll have to read our review to find out. The figure has some issues, and Hasbro could have prevented them. (more….)
Target.com has once again added their upcoming The Vintage Collection Millennium Falcon Smuggler’s Run vehicle exclusive to give collectors another chance. Hasbro has stated that quantities are limited. Let us know how you make out!
Collectors of The Vintage Collection line get to add another character from The Clone Wars into their collections! Are you ready for the phase II version of Clone Commander Wolffe? It’s an admirable effort with some surprising new tooling. Will you add this figure to your Plo Koon focus? (more….)
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The latest wave from The Vintage Collection is making its way to stores. Tonight’s Visual Guide features the long-awaited Power Droid (VC167). Click below to check out the full Visual Guide. Make sure to also visit our full review by clicking here.
And it’s getting worse. As if the debacle of TARGET’s Galaxy’s Edge exclusives wasn’t enough, JTA reader blueharvestcollector tagged us on Instagram, showing what the few who secured the TVC Millennium Falcon are doing with their pre-orders. It’s salt in the wound. Now, the irritation doesn’t come from an anti-capitalist attitude. Scalpers can do what they want, but only after the demand is met. This item lasted a mere moments online. Hasbro, you have to meet the demand for these exclusives better. All we hear is how you can’t price anything out. Then you finally release what collectors have begged for years to have another opportunity to purchase, and you make it limited. Why do you make these exclusives IMPOSSIBLE to secure? You need to work with TARGET ASAP and get more units available for pre-order. You’ve essentially ticked off most of your customers who wanted this, the TVC community that still remains. This is not how a relationship works. If there are more coming, then please let us know immediately. Because right now, people are walking away angry.
What would you do or what would be your response if Hasbro announced a modern update to the Creature Cantina for The Vintage Collection HasLab project? Imagine finally getting the bar complete with the distillery. Then think about carded pack-in figures like a Tonnika Sister, or a Blue Snaggletooth (among others). Oh, and imagine it filled with plenty of tables and chairs for various patrons. Let us know how you feel about this HasLab “idea.” (Please don’t comment on other suggestions just yet as we’ll be addressing multiple ideas this week.)
It only took 41 years! But Hasbro finally got it right! The Lars’ homestead EG-6 Power Droid is finally released and part of the wonderful The Vintage Collection. An original Kenner 20-Back, Hasbro maintained its original name and card art. It’s also the final 1979 figure to be designed/released. The bottom line is that It’s BEAUTIFUL. In retrospect, the Power Droid was so simple to produce. You have to wonder what took them so long to make it. (more….)
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What would you do or what would be your response if Hasbro announced the Rebel Blockade Runner for The Vintage Collection HasLab project? Imagine finally getting the vehicle from Kenner and Hasbro that didn’t get past prototype form. Imagine a Captain Antilles and Rebel Fleet Trooper with a new portrait carded in classic TVC packaging as pack-in figures (Please don’t comment on other suggestions just yet as we’ll be addressing multiple ideas this week.)
What would you do or what would be your response if Hasbro announced the Death Star Space Station for The Vintage Collection HasLab project? Imagine a set of alternate card backs for all-new pack-in figures of Princess Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker included? And how much of it would you like to see follow in the footsteps of the original Kenner release? (Please don’t comment on other suggestions just yet as we’ll be addressing multiple ideas this week.)
If you rewind your mind 16 years, the first wave of The Original Trilogy Collection “vintage-styled” action figures began showing up and brick and mortar right around this time. It blows my mind that sixteen years later, we STILL don’t have any of the first four figures from the line launch updated in The Vintage Collection yet. Hopefully, with Hasbro’s new directive of completing the “Kenner 96,” these four figures including Luke Skywalker Princess Leia Organa, Han Solo, and Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi should be the focus of Hasbro’s concentration. Could you imagine if they revealed all four of these on a Fan First Friday? The 3.75″ super-articulated collecting community might go a full year without complaining. Hasbro, these are LONG overdue. Please get them updated!
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Now that Hasbro revealed a Carbon-Freezing Chamber playset, it’s time to give them a reality check. The Vintage Collection collectors will not be able to enjoy this brand new playset without a few key figures. (more….)
Please continue to spread the word and have your fellow 3.75″ super-articulated collectors sign the petition at change.org to get Hasbro to make more NEW 3.75″ Star Wars The Vintage Collection figures per product year. Click HERE to sign. We’re now over 8K signatures. 10K signatures will make a significant statement to Hasbro and retail partners.
Do you think there is a good chance that Hasbro will announce another “Kenner 96” on Monday? And if you do, who do you think will get announced? Do you believe that they’ve only managed to release 55.1% of The Empire Strikes Back figures released between 1980 and 1982 into the modern Hasbro line (on TVC card backs)? Hasbro should be embarrassed. Click through to see a list of what characters have NEVER been released on a modern vintage The Empire Strikes Back Kenner-inspired card back to date.
Another one of the many great divides in The Vintage Collection is the Clone Trooper (VC45) figure. Some think it looks like a realistic version of the characters from The Clone Wars television series. Others feel it is a perfect 3.75″ encapsulation of the characters seen during the Battle of Geonosis in Attack Of The Clones. A wise repack in The Vintage Collection “2.0” lineup in our opinion, the figure finally comes with Photo Real, a flatter matte paint job, and significantly revised packaging. We took the time to break it all down for you by producing an all-new 92-image gallery complete with both versions featured, comparison shots, dioramas, and a breakdown of what separates the 2011 version from the 2020 new release in the Collector Notes. Check out this excellently updated figure in our RDRs now! There’s more difference here than you may realize.
There’s a lack of products celebrating the 40th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back for collectors of The Vintage Collection. Since Hasbro is very fond of repacks, how about they re-released 2010’s Star Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side] Bespin Cloud Car (which to date has never been offered in The Vintage Collection packaging), and then re-release 2010’s TVC Rebel Armored Snowspeeder (a former TARGET exclusive) or a variation of it again (based on the 2010 Star Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side] Luke Skywalker’s Snowspeeder vehicle). We need more vehicles in the line, and these both are worthy candidates to consider for the Fall/holiday season. Imagine a Cloud Car Pilot variant carded pack-in figure (with a different head) and the TBS [P1] Wedge Antilles (Snowspeeder Pilot) with Photo Real and carded pack-in figure and the selling point premiums!
Frustrated collectors often joke about how many repeat action figures we’re getting in The Vintage Collection. It’s become a chronic issue, that many are relabeling the second coming of The Vintage Collection as “The Repack Collection.” Yet, there is a great divide in opinion on how beneficial these repacks are. Getting decade-old action figures updated with Photo Real is a huge benefit in my eyes. And many of the action figures Hasbro chooses to re-release are classics, and I feel deserve another stab at retail. (more….)
I typically am not a reader of anything io9 publishes. It’s not an outlet that I visit and their content rarely resonates with me. However, today, an article they published yesterday caught my eye as it popped up in my notifications. They ranked the Top 15 versions/outfits of Han Solo across the Star Wars saga (major motion picture films only). The article got me thinking about how far has Hasbro comes to giving collectors 3.75″ super-articulated interpretations of these different Han Solo characters. After my analysis, I felt a little sad. We’ve received some magnificent mini works of art, but there are SO MANY versions they haven’t updated in The Vintage Collection yet, and some are so overdue it’s now criminal. Original Trilogy, Sequel Trilogy, and “standalone story films,” are all reflected in this Top 15 list. Then I’ve added my analysis to show the toy perspective. Check it out!
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