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.
We have our next Visual Guide Update from The Black Series, featuring the Jawa in original Kenner deco. Click below for the full guide page. Make sure to also check out our full review of this figure right here.
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?
Tonight we are adding the awesome original Kenner deco The Black Series Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi to the Visual Guides. Click below for the full Visual Guide page. You can also check out our full review of this figure right here.
Hasbro just produced a small group of 6″ figures based on the deco of their vintage Kenner counterparts. The Black Series 6″ collectors didn’t ask for them (they probably don’t want them). But The Vintage Collection collectors have asked for action figures like this since 1995. Hasbro said they would NEVER do this. Fibbers. That said, Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi is one of the best 6″ figures ever produced. We hope the 6″ collecting community appreciates a gift like this! (more….)
Time flies when you’re having fun, but we reached the final figure in the 1985 Kenner DROIDS line. Speaking of flying, today’s review is the A-Wing Pilot, a straight repack of the figure from The Power Of The Force line. (more….)
Did you know that the Tatooine Skiff made multiple appearances in the DROIDS television show? We recreate a scene using it in our Photo Gallery today. One character part of this scene is Kez-Iban, who we later discover is a prince. (more….)
Here are some quick pics of the Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary line of Kenner-inspired The Black Series 6″ figures, something Hasbro said they would never do for 3.75″ collectors despite constant begging, but have done it for 6″ collectors. Whatever. Enjoy the pictures courtesy of friend and JTA reader Alientek. They’re awesome figures!
The Sise Fromm review is probably the only one that you’ll find the words “purple muumuu.” We’re continuing to look at the classic Kenner DROIDS line of action figures. Check out one of the DROIDS television series’ greatest villains. (more….)
We’re continuing to check out the vintage Kenner DROIDS line. Let’s move ahead with See-Threepio (C-3PO). It’s a bright action figure! And it’s awesome, even though very few can afford its aftermarket value today! (more….)
If Hasbro had a clue, they’d make the DROIDS Boba Fett for The Vintage Collection yesterday. But they won’t, so we’ll have to revisit the 1985 DROIDS Boba Fett Kenner figure instead. We open up our Kenner DROIDS line with Boba Fett, a main character in the television series. It doesn’t differ from the previous versions, but it comes in glorious colorful packaging, and it one of the holy grails in collecting today. Check out our opening DROIDS character in our Research Droids Reviews today! (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!
Many of our cleverest readers figured out when we teased this on New Year’s Day, but here is the formal announcement! Jedi Temple Archives will begin vintage Kenner RDRs on Droids (and next month Ewoks) action figures beginning tomorrow. We hope you enjoy reading and viewing them as we did making them! Join us tomorrow for the fun!
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.
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.
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