I forewarned you to pick up The Original Trilogy Collection Lobot (OTC #20) figure because I knew Hasbro wouldn’t include the awesome accessories that came with the neo-classic figure. Get him now before he’s gone forever. You’re going to want that space-aged laptop and communicator, trust me.
Hasbro revealed more Retro Collection and The Vintage Collection specialized figures today, including prototype and carbonized figures. There are also more Original 96 figures to add to the line, including the reveal of VC200. Click through for the detailed breakdown and discussion. Here’s a summary of what was announced:
The Vintage Collection (general release) (Pre-order September 9, 1 PM Eastern)
The Vintage Collection Troop Building Set (Pre-order September 9, 1 PM Eastern)
The Vintage Collection Carbonized Figures (Walmart) (Pre-order October 7, 1 PM Eastern)
Retro Collection (Target) (Pre-order September 9, 1 PM Eastern)
The Vintage Collection Pipeline Reveals
UPDATE: Details and images added
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 Lobot.
The announcement of the upcoming “in the pipeline” The Vintage Collection Lobot figure is a tremendous victory for TVC collectors. Click through to learn why this is so.
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The next two cards from the weekly Topps Star Wars Living Set are now out. Featuring the iconic blue starfield and the impressive artwork of Kris Penix, check out Cal Kestis (#137) and Lobot (#138). Each Tuesday, two new cards will be released and be only available for one week. Click here to view the entire Star Wars Living archive, including individual print runs.
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 Lobot. Lobot’s Trilogo card art features an alternate image used nowhere else in the classic toy line. Interestingly, Lobot is out of focus in the utilized image. Lando Calrissian (off-screen) is the character in focus in the uncropped film-out. See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1981’s THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Lobot 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….)
Welcome to another one our JTA Presents: Evolutions features! Let’s check out how close or far we are from having an ideal Hasbro 3.75″ Lobot 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!
Our “You Bespin Me Round (Like A Record)” marathon of the Star Wars Series 4 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 September’s “Pilots, Commanders And Droids! Oh My!” marathon where we look at the Series 5 figures. These reviews will focus on the Kenner action figures from the third batch of The Empire Strikes Back line.
Our “You Bespin Me Round (Like A Record)” continues with Lobot who was Lando’s aide. It’s a great figure, but perhaps he is too short. Relive your memories of this classic 1981 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!
If you still need the Walmart Exclusive 40th Anniversary Funko Pop Bespin 3-pack and Ewok 3-pack in stock they’re on sale for $16.99. Two great sets, especially if you’re looking for all the 40th Anniversary sets at a good price.
If you’re looking for the Walmart Exclusive Funko Pop Bespin 3-pack, it is now available for order online. They also still have the Walmart Exclusive Ewok 3-pack in stock, the three pack including Tarful, Emperor, Clone trooper, and another hard to find Walmart Exclusive Pop The Inquisitor is in stock (Along with The fifth brother and Seventh Sister Exclusives)! Phew… Have at it!
I had nearly forgotten about these Walmart Exclusive 40th Anniversary Funko Pop sets that we reported on previously in June, but JTA reader Justin sends us his find at his local walmart. After doing some digging, I found that these have just hit a few stores near me in NJ as well. Might be time to hit your Walmart if you’re a Pop fan! (or Ewok fan!). They are out of stock online, but here is the Ewok Set and Bespin Set in case you want to keep track!
Walmart may be scalping their own stock of TBS6  Wave 2 for $46 each, but hopefully that won’t happen to these! Funko releases two new Pop! 3-pack Walmart Exclusives. The Ewok (Teebo, Chirpa, Logray) 3-pack and the Cloud City (Lobot, Ugnaught, Bespin Guard) 3-pack. You can find more info in Funko’s Blog.
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