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1983 RETURN OF THE JEDI Rebel Commando: Trilogo Update

In 1984, new packaging for Star Wars figures was introduced for the European market. A cost containment initiative, the new packaging sported three languages of the Return Of The Jedi logo for a “one size fits all” approach. Although a “three-logo” design was created for The Power Of The Force line (as evidenced on some ‘boxed’ toys), it wasn’t carried over to the basic figure line’s card design. They continued to use the three Return Of The Jedi logos instead. Although the word “Trilogo” is found nowhere on the packaging, the term is universally adopted by all Star Wars collectors to describe this line of figures.

Today we revisit Rebel Commando. For the Trilogo art, they dramatically recolored the character, seemingly to match the action figure inside of the bubble. The color scheme is notably different than the Kenner version. See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1983’s RETURN OF THE JEDI Rebel Commando figure HERE.

Rebel Commando

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In 1984, new packaging for Star Wars figures was introduced for the European market. A cost containment initiative, the new packaging sported three languages of the Return Of The Jedi logo for a “one size fits all” approach. Although a “three-logo” design was created for The Power Of The Force line (as evidenced on some ‘boxed’ toys), it wasn’t carried over to the basic figure line’s card design. They continued to use the three Return Of The Jedi logos instead. Although the word “Trilogo” is found nowhere on the packaging, the term is universally adopted by all Star Wars collectors to describe this line of figures.

Today we revisit Logray (Ewok Medicine Man). For the Trilogo art, not much differs when compared to the original Kenner version. The reference image is yellower and darker when compared to the Kenner release. See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1983’s RETURN OF THE JEDI Logray (Ewok Medicine Man) figure HERE.

Logray (Ewok Medicine Man)

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1983 RETURN OF THE JEDI Chief Chirpa: Trilogo Update

In 1984, new packaging for Star Wars figures was introduced for the European market. A cost containment initiative, the new packaging sported three languages of the Return Of The Jedi logo for a “one size fits all” approach. Although a “three-logo” design was created for The Power Of The Force line (as evidenced on some ‘boxed’ toys), it wasn’t carried over to the basic figure line’s card design. They continued to use the three Return Of The Jedi logos instead. Although the word “Trilogo” is found nowhere on the packaging, the term is universally adopted by all Star Wars collectors to describe this line of figures.

Today we revisit Chief Chirpa. For the Trilogo art, not much differs when compared to the original Kenner version. The image of the character is slightly recolored. See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1983’s RETURN OF THE JEDI Chief Chirpa figure HERE.

Chief Chirpa

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1983 RETURN OF THE JEDI Emperor's Royal Guard: Trilogo Update

In 1984, new packaging for Star Wars figures was introduced for the European market. A cost containment initiative, the new packaging sported three languages of the Return Of The Jedi logo for a “one size fits all” approach. Although a “three-logo” design was created for The Power Of The Force line (as evidenced on some ‘boxed’ toys), it wasn’t carried over to the basic figure line’s card design. They continued to use the three Return Of The Jedi logos instead. Although the word “Trilogo” is found nowhere on the packaging, the term is universally adopted by all Star Wars collectors to describe this line of figures.

Today we revisit Emperor’s Royal Guard. For the Trilogo art, not much differs when compared to the original Kenner version. The image of the character and frame is repositioned a little. The name of the figure changed to Emperor’s Royal Guard (Garde Royal de L’Empereur). See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1983’s RETURN OF THE JEDI Emperor’s Royal Guard figure HERE.

Emperor's Royal Guard

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In 1984, new packaging for Star Wars figures was introduced for the European market. A cost containment initiative, the new packaging sported three languages of the Return Of The Jedi logo for a “one size fits all” approach. Although a “three-logo” design was created for The Power Of The Force line (as evidenced on some ‘boxed’ toys), it wasn’t carried over to the basic figure line’s card design. They continued to use the three Return Of The Jedi logos instead. Although the word “Trilogo” is found nowhere on the packaging, the term is universally adopted by all Star Wars collectors to describe this line of figures.

Today we revisit Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight Outfit). As one of the most popular action figures of 1983, not much was done to update the card art of the figure for the Trilogo run. See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1983’s RETURN OF THE JEDI Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight Outfit) figure HERE.

Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight Outfit)

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1983 RETURN OF THE JEDI Admiral Ackbar: Trilogo Update

In 1984, new packaging for Star Wars figures was introduced for the European market. A cost containment initiative, the new packaging sported three languages of the Return Of The Jedi logo for a “one size fits all” approach. Although a “three-logo” design was created for The Power Of The Force line (as evidenced on some ‘boxed’ toys), it wasn’t carried over to the basic figure line’s card design. They continued to use the three Return Of The Jedi logos instead. Although the word “Trilogo” is found nowhere on the packaging, the term is universally adopted by all Star Wars collectors to describe this line of figures.

Today we revisit Admiral Ackbar. The first mail-away figure from the Return Of The Jedi line, not much changed from the 1983 ROTJ Kenner card art to the Trilogo card art. See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1983’s RETURN OF THE JEDI Admiral Ackbar figure HERE.

Admiral Ackbar

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5POA is never OK, but at least Hasbro did something good with the Celebrate The Saga multipacks, a parting gift for collectors as they close the tooling archives on these figures forever. The Galactic Empire set includes a new take on R2-Q5, a figure we haven’t seen Hasbro release is 19 years. And the included TIE Fighter Pilot and Snowtrooper sculpts are better than their current super-articulated counterparts. The rest of the set is “meh.” Are you buying these sets for your collection? (more….)

Galactic Empire

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Visual Guide Update - Teebo (Ewok) (ROTJ02) - The Black Series

Our next Visual Guide update from The Black Series [Phase IV] is Teebo (Ewok) (ROTJ02). Click below to check out our full Visual Guide. You can also read our full review right here.

Teebo (Ewok) (ROTJ02) - The Black Series

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Review: Teebo (Ewok) - TBS6 [P4] - ROTJ02

Hasbro omitted a very important accessory with The Black Series [Phase IV] Teebo (Ewok) figure. Also, why did they qualify the character’s name with “Ewok”? Why is Hasbro so confused? (more….)

Teebo (Ewok)

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The Vintage Collection Wicket (VC27) re-release is an odd choice. But we’re thrilled to report it might be the best evidence of Phot Real deco in all The Vintage Collection. While imperfect, Hasbro got Wicket very close to screen-accuracy with updated deco focusing on the cowl as well as the figure’s fur and facial features. For The Vintage Collection “2.0” lineup, Wicket received a significant amount of updating. In our opinion, Wicket’s Photo Real deco is stunning. Star Wars collectors now have FIVE carded versions to track down of Wicket (VC27). We took the time to break it all down for you by producing an all-new 100-image gallery complete with both versions (2012 and 2020) featured, comparison shots, diorama shots with Kenner’s Star Wars: Ewoks figures, and a breakdown of what separates the two releases in the Collector Notes. Check out this excellently updated figure in our RDRs now! There’s more difference here than you may realize.

Wicket (VC27)

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We have another Visual Guide update from the new The Black Series [Phase IV] line. Click below to check out Admiral Ackbar (ROTJ01). We also have a full review of this figure in our review database right here.

Admiral Ackbar (ROTJ01) - The Black Series

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You saw our The Pathway To The Vintage Collection Special Report published on August 6th. Now we’re finishing up revisiting the figures that set The Vintage Collection in motion. We’ve reached the final figure. Princess Leia Organa (In Combat Poncho) was good in 2007 but needs a redo in 2020. We updated the figure in our newly updated review, complete with new text and photos and Visual Guide.

Princess Leia Organa (In Combat Poncho)

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Review: Admiral Ackbar - TBS6 [P4] - ROTJ01

We should have fallen in love with Admiral Ackbar, but we didn’t. It has a near-perfect sculpt, but the articulation is wonky, and the deco is off. Hasbro brought back that awful “open mouth” feature which means no head movement again. Also, why is the head so much darker than the arms? And the waist articulation makes it difficult to pose the figure. But if you just pose the figure out of the box, you probably won’t care about the issues. (more….)

Admiral Ackbar

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Revisit: Han Solo (In Trench Coat) - VTSC - 2006

You saw our The Pathway To The Vintage Collection Special Report published on August 6th. Now we’re revisiting the figures that set The Vintage Collection in motion. Let’s continue moving ahead with 2006’s VTSC Han Solo (In Trench Coat) figure in our newly updated review, complete with new text and photos and Visual Guide. This figure still looks great in 2020!

Han Solo (In Trench Coat)

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Revisit: Biker Scout - VTSC - 2006

You saw our The Pathway To The Vintage Collection Special Report published on August 6th. Now we’re revisiting the figures that set The Vintage Collection in motion. Let’s continue moving ahead with 2006’s VTSC Biker Scout figure in our newly updated review, complete with new text and photos and Visual Guide. This figure still looks great in 2020!

Biker Scout

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Revisit: Chewbacca - VOTC - 2004

You saw our The Pathway To The Vintage Collection Special Report published on August 6th. Now we’re revisiting the figures that set The Vintage Collection in motion. Let’s continue moving ahead with 2004’s VOTC Chewbacca figure in our newly updated review, complete with new text and photos and Visual Guide. This figure has been the template for all Chewbacca action figures through now!

Chewbacca

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Revisit: Stormtrooper - VOTC - 2004

You saw our The Pathway To The Vintage Collection Special Report published on August 6th. Now we’re revisiting the figures that set The Vintage Collection in motion. Let’s continue moving ahead with 2004’s VOTC Stormtrooper figure in our newly updated review, complete with new text and photos and Visual Guide. This figure changed the plateau of the 3.75″ basic figure line for years.

Stormtrooper

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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 Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) (With Extension Arm) figure in our newly updated review, complete with new text and photos and Visual Guide.

Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) (With Extension Arm)

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Tonight’s Visual Guide update features the Amazon exclusive The Black Series 6″  Emperor Palpatine and Throne. Click below to check out our Visual Guide of this set. You can also check out our full review of this set right here.

Emperor Palpatine And Throne - The Black Series [Phase III] (Amazon Exclusive)

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The third time is the charm! Hasbro finally perfected The Vintage Collection General Lando Calrissian (VC47) figure. It might be the best-looking figure from this newest wave of repacks. Amazingly, they trimmed down the length of the cape, and it looks SO MUCH better. There are other updates too. We took the time to break it all down for you by producing an all-new 80-image gallery complete with comparison shots, dioramas, and a breakdown of what separates the 2011 version from the 2020 new release in the Collector Notes. These figures are shipping through the “Fan Channel” as we speak, but you can see this excellent figure updated in our RDRs now! There’s more difference here than you may realize. The Photo Real technology on this figure is astounding!

General Lando Calrissian (VC47)

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The Star Wars “Saga” line gave us “Troop Builder” sets. Let’s now check out the Endor Troop Builder Set which was also a Fan Club exclusive in 2002. See more in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or comment about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.

Endor Troop Builder Set

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Review: Endor Attack - POTF2 [R/G] - Playset

It’s the final week of Research Droids Reviews! Those 100 days went FAST! The Power Of The Force “2” Endor Attack playset is AWESOME! You can use it as an extrapolation to the 1983 vintage Kenner ROTJ Ewok Village playset! See and learn more in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or comment about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.

Endor Attack

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1978 STAR WARS Chewbacca Redux: Trilogo Update

In 1984, a new packaging design of Star Wars packaging was introduced for the European market. A cost containment initiative, the new packaging sported three languages of the Return Of The Jedi logo for a “one size fits all” approach. Although a “three-logo” design was created for The Power Of The Force line (as evidenced on some ‘boxed’ toys), it wasn’t carried over to the basic figure line’s card design. They continued to use the three Return Of The Jedi logos instead. Although the word “Trilogo” is found nowhere on the packaging, the term is universally adopted by all Star Wars collectors to describe this line of figures.

Today we revisit Chewbacca. Chewbacca’s Trilogo card art features an alternate “portrait style” image of the character with a background of Endor. It was also used for the running change American Return Of The Jedi figure. The review’s Collector Notes are updated with this information. See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1978’s STAR WARS Chewbacca figure HERE.

Chewbacca

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Today is the last day before the final month of RDRs! But before we begin May, let’s end April with another one of the BEST EXCLUSIVES Hasbro ever produced. Let’s finish it off with 2003’s Star Wars “Saga” [Phase II] Princess Leia On Speeder (Endor Forest Chase) TARGET exclusive set. It’s probably the best of them all! See more in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or comment about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.

Princess Leia On Speeder  (Endor Forest Chase)

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We’re rapidly approaching the final month of RDRs! But before starting off May, let’s end April with some of the BEST EXCLUSIVES Hasbro has ever produced. We’re continuing with 2001’s Power Of The Jedi Speeder Bike (With Luke Skywalker) Action Collection TARGET exclusive. It’s incredible and has the best Luke Skywalker figure packed in with it! The Speeder Bike is HUGE and entirely delightful too! See more in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or comment about it on our Facebook page. Click the banner below for the direct link to the review! As always, you can also send your review requests via email if you’d like to see something that we didn’t cover yet.

Speeder Bike (With Luke Skywalker)

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