Welcome to another entry in our The Vintage Collection: The Ninety Six column. Hasbro recently committed to collectors that they will be “focusing” on characters in The Vintage Collection that fall under “The Ninety Six” banner. If you’re new to this, it means that there needs a modern counterpart for every classic Kenner figure. Between 2020 and 2021, Hasbro’s made an admirable effort by focusing on these characters. But there is more work to be done, and we’ll figure out where we are step by step. Today we assess FX-7 (Medical Droid).
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 FX-7. FX-7 ’s Trilogo card art features a horizontally-flipped image of the character against a revised starfield gradient background. The character’s name also changed, as Kenner and related companies dropped the “Medical Droid” subtitle. The review’s Collector Notes are updated with this information. See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1980’s STAR WARS FX-7 figure HERE.
Hasbro, you have treated 6″ collectors very well with the four-decade celebration of 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope. The collection of vintage Kenner-inspired card backs was an interesting take for The Black Series line, but it worked out well because collectors bought them up. Sadly, you provided 3.75″ super-articulated collectors with a paltry line of 3.75″ Titanium figures that were both terrible and a slap in the face. So, can we ask you to do something special for us for 2020, please? (more….)
Our “Some Like It Hoth” marathon of the Star Wars Series 3 Vintage Kenner Mini Action Figures has concluded. If you need to catch up on any of them, all you need to do is click any thumbnail below, and it will take you to the archive. We’d once again like to thank you for your participation. Recounting all of your childhood memories with these unequaled action figures and sharing the wonderful experiences you’ve all had with them is priceless. Please keep adding to the discussions! Also, please begin to prepare yourselves for more as we dive into August’s “You Bespin Me Round (Like A Record)” marathon where we look at the Series 4 figures. These reviews will focus on the Kenner action figures from the second wave of The Empire Strikes Back line.
Our “Some Like It Hoth” run of vintage Kenner reviews continues with the incredible FX-7 (Medical Droid) figure. In 2001, Hasbro released a definitive version of this figure on their very first try, but see this action figure’s historical start in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!
July may be the official start to a hot summer, but JTA is cooling things down as we look at the first wave of figures produced by Kenner for THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK line. As such, we’re excited to announce that July is “Some Like It Hoth” month in our vintage Kenner Research Droids Reviews. We will be focusing on Kenner’s Series 3 group of figures all month long. We hope you’ll bring your memories with you and add to the coversation in our comments.
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