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 Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues).
Here is some cool news! If you’re looking for discounted The Vintage Collection figures, head to your local Ollie’s store. I just got back and found a dozen of each of The Empire Strikes Back See-Threepio (C-3PO), Luke Skywalker (Bespin), and Return Of The Jedi General Lando Calrissian, and the Disney Star Wars Cassian Andor (a ton of that figure – a ton). They are priced at $5.99 each and are joined by The Black Series [Phase III] Luke Skywalker (Yavin) and plush Baby Yoda merchandise. Good luck! Special thanks to JTA reader and friend Bing “Upstate” Hamton for the alert and news!
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….)
There’s trouble in HyperReal paradise! JTA Facebook reader Angelo C. posts images of his HyperReal Luke Skywalker (Bespin) figure and the news is damaging, literally. After posing the figure in a few action stances, the rubber in the crotch and armpits is tearing. We’ve also received reports that the HyperReal Darth Vader is also showing signs of breaking down. What a waste of resources and money, Hasbro. We don’t need any more “bigger” Star Wars action figures. Get back to basics! And buyer beware!
There have been a significant number of changes made to the re-released The Vintage Collection Luke Skywalker (Bespin) (VC04) figure. We took the time to break it all down for you by producing an all-new 80-image gallery. The new gallery includes comparison shots, dioramas, and a breakdown of what separates the 2010 version from the 2020 new release. (Do you believe a decade transpired in between their respective releases?) You can probably find Luke Skywalker (Bespin) (VC04) at your local TARGET and WALMART stores now. If not, orders should begin shipping from the “Fan Channel” shortly. There are more differences here than you may believe. Be sure to acclimate yourself to the many changes!
JTA reader Dan D. waited on pins and needles for his Retro Collection Luke Skywalker (Bespin) figure to arrive unharmed from Walmart. With all of the terrible shipping reports, he had good reason to worry. Click the image below to see what he received. (more….)
Found! JTA reader Eric S. found the latest wave of The Vintage Collection figures at TARGET. Interestingly, I thought this wave was a Fan Channel outlet-only wave, so I now have concerns that they might clog up shelves if there isn’t enough support to purchase them at the brick and mortar level.
Up next for our The Empire Strikes Back Retro Collection Visual Guide updates is Luke Skywalker (Bespin). Click below for our complete Visual Guide page. Make sure to also check out our full review of this figure right here.
NEW FIGURES! It’s time to look at the Retro Collection THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK action figures which are currently Walmart exclusives! Let’s continue with one of the most popular figures from 1980, Luke Skywalker (Bespin). 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.
Next up for our Visual Guides is the 40th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back! Click below to check out our The Black Series Luke Skywalker (Bespin) Visual Guide. Make sure you also stop by and read our full review of this figure right here.
More new figures! Let’s dive into The Black Series [The Empire Strikes Back 40] lineup. Let’s begin with Luke Skywalker (Bespin) which looks fantastic as a figure but comes in TERRIBLE packaging. 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.
We have a special “sneak peek” for you of The Black Series [The Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary] Luke Skywalker (Bespin) figure. You’re going to love this figure. Taking the base of 2014’s The Black Series [Phase I] Luke Skywalker (#11) figure, Hasbro tooled an all-new head sculpt for this release and completely repainted the figure. More importantly, Luke Skywalker lost the rubbery texture of the 2014 plastic. This release feels solid, rigid, and unbendable by comparison. The new portrait is stunning, and the use of Photo Real makes this likeness favor Mark Hamill very much. Unfortunately, Hasbro DESTROYED the card back art. I don’t think I’ve seen a worse interpretation of the Kenner card back. The ORIGINAL images exist on Google. It’s unknown why Hasbro would attempt to recreate the original reference image this making the character look “fake.” Or perhaps Hasbro can start using the “alternate” image of Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues), that they’re absolutely unwilling to use for reasons unknown. The review is coming soon, but please enjoy packaged, loose and comparison images in our RDRs now.
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