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 Gamorrean Guard.
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 Gamorrean Guard. For the Trilogo art, the colors have been darkened a bit. Other than that, 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 Gamorrean Guard figure HERE.
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….)
We’re moving very briskly within JTA’s The Power Of The Force “2” Silver “Jubileap” Celebration! Next up is the Gamorrean Guard. How can you not love this figure? 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.
Pre-order the TVC Gamorrean Guard from Entertainment Earth! It’s arriving in May!
The Vintage Collection Gamorrean Guard (VC21) figure will be available next month in a more widespread fashion. But the figure has already hit Asian markets. We have a full look at what you can expect when you receive yours. We’ve also updated out 2010 review by adding 24 new images, including comparisons, to the original review, in addition to updating new Collector Notes. Be sure to check out the updated review, but also click through for a distilled list of how this release differs from previous versions.
JTA reader and friend Josh M. took some time to compile the three “vintage Kenner” Gamorran Guard figures side by side for a comparison shot, including the brand new re-released Gamorrean Guard from “TVC2.” Thank goodness I have the original! Foreign language sullies the re-released figure’s name pill. But of note, there are some critical card back changes made to the coloring and style of the packaging. Check it out!
You’d think a person of this unscrupulous character would just wait for these things to go on clearance. Hasbro treated the Gamorrean Guard 6″ figure right and made plenty of them for everyone. If you don’t want to pay $30 for it, then buy it when it is 50% off. Don’t steal.
Welcome to another one of our JTA Presents: Evolutions features! Let’s check out how close or far we are from having an ideal Hasbro 3.75″ Gamorrean Guard action figure. Have we arrived at definitive status yet? Weigh in and let us know what conclusion you’ll come to by clicking through and adding your two cents in the comments!
It’s hard to believe, but our “Jabba Don’t Preach” marathon of the Star Wars Series 6 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 November’s “Turning Ewokese” marathon where we look at the Return Of The Jedi Series 7 figures. These reviews will focus on 14 Kenner action figures from the second and third waves of the Return Of The Jedi line, and we’re very excited to tackle them.
JTA reader and friend Russ T. sends us a report that his local TARGET restocked both Moloch and Gamorrean Guard The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ figures. I can confirm that my local stores were restocked today too. It looks like there are finally enough of those pigs out there now.
Our “Jabba Don’t Preach” marathon continues with one of our favroite (and your favorite too) action figures of all time. We grew up with a gem with Kenner’s Gamorrean Guard figure. Relive your memories of this classic 1983 action figure 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!
We are happy to share an international store report from Switzerland. JTA reader Phil B. can confirm that some of Hasbro’s greatest exclusives are hitting his homeland, but not through standard retailers. These include The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Gamorrean Guard and The Vintage Collection Stormtrooper (Mimban) figures! Awesome find!
We are also getting quite a few new store reports of the TARGET exclusive TBS6 [P3] Gamorrean Guard. What’s interesting is that collectors are finding these in stores where Brickseek shows 0 units available. I have yet to see one of these in any of my local stores. Good luck if you’re still in need of this highly popular collectible!
And they ship for only $10 too! This has to be either (A) a scam or (B) bootleg figures, correct? Either way, for this price, it feels like a deal in some way, doesn’t it? This is an FYI, not a suggestion to purchase them. Check out the auction on eBay.
If you’re a The Black Series 6″ collector, have you had any luck recently securing the Gamorrean Guard at retails. With inaccurate Brickseek stock alerts and store orders filling online orders, it’s incredible that any of us have found anything at all. We have recently received new store reports of the figures on shelves, but many more of us have never seen it once. Let us know your experiences with this figure. We’re curious to know if you’ve had great success or not. I have also heard a rumor that what is out there is out there and that a re-order would need to take place for more to arrive. I cannot substantiate that rumor at all, however.
The plot thickens/drama intensifies with The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Gamorrean Guard. Now we’re getting reports of people who successfully ordered the item online when it was in stock AND WHO DID NOT choose store pick-up that are currently receiving cancellation notices from TARGET online. We have no idea how widespread this is or how many collectors it’s affected, but it’s annoying nonetheless. We wish you continued luck in your online experience ordering this underestimated exclusive.
You can stuff your sorries in a sack, TARGET! We suppose it was inevitable, but TARGET is once again sending out “sorry for the delay” emails for The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Gamorrean Guard 6″ figure, now stating that the earliest they may be able to fill the order is mid-September. What’s more, the email advises that you may need to “approve” this new delivery date. So pay attention to your inbox! It’s always good to double your production on the most popular army-building OT characters. Just sayin’.
JTA reader Vincent B. didn’t have the best experience with regards to the TARGET exclusive Gamorrean Guard figure. Click through for his story.
Out of nowhere, MULTIPLE TARGET stores across the country are receiving more Gamorrean Guard figures. Brickseek lies! (That’s a joke.) We have new reports from NJ, VA, NH, and NC and we imagine more will come in when the rest of the country opens up shop. Stores that showed no inventory last night had them on shelves this morning. Let the insanity begin! Thanks to all who wrote in with reports! Images below are from JTA reader Dana S. S.
Is The Black Series [Phase III] Gamorrean Guard 6″ figure the one that broke the camel’s back for many collectors? If you read some of our comments in the previous article, you might believe it’s the case. This experience has forced some collectors out wholly. The Gamorrean Guard was up for order longer than expected. But those who chose their local store pick-up option were greeted with cancellation emails. As you may know, TARGET using store stock to fulfill these orders, but the figures were already long gone by this point. Also, customers were given ridiculous stories by TARGET staff that they couldn’t get to the figures, that they couldn’t find them, or and that they would be out on Sunday with a new reset. These customers came back, and the figures were gone (each store only received four on average initially). Then those who ordered for home delivery received emails that their items were on back order with no approximated availability date. Later others received an email that this item will be delayed until August 20th (which isn’t the worst news of course). An Original Trilogy army-building character with the popularity of the Gamorrean Guard should have been produced in triplicate to all previous store exclusives. It shouldn’t have even been a store exclusive. But what do we know? Anyway, let us know of your trials and tribulations securing this highly sought-after figure, and we hope that many of you can report better news than the reports we’re getting. Click through to see some of the correspondence readers are receiving. If you have cancellation emails, please post them in the comments too!
Are you ready to PIG OUT!? The Black Series [Phase III] Gamorrean Guard 6″ figure is IN STOCK! RIGHT NOW! Special thanks to friend and JTA reader Russ T. and JTA reader Sam C. for the alerts! Good luck! It seems as if there is no limit at TARGET.com. As always, check out our full review on this beautiful figure HERE!
UPDATE: It’s “temporarily” out of stock. Keep checking!
The highly anticipated Gamorrean Guard 6″ figure is starting to hit Target brick & mortar. JTA reader Eric found his in Pleasant Hill, CA. Let us know in the comments if you are finding this in your area!
StarWars.com has updated their site to reflect on the reveals at SDCC this year. In their write up thye mention that the Gamorrean Guard is forthcoming in The Vintage Collection. A mistake and they meant the Elite Praetorian Guard, or is the Gamorrean Guard one of the next repacks that the line desperately needs? Check it out. Special thanks to all who wrote in to alert us.
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