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 (Hoth Battle Gear).
The Vintage Collection Luke Skywalker (Hoth [Outfit]) (VC95) still needs new tooling, but the re-release is a major update. It looks good thanks to Photo Real updating and fixing matching elbow joints in the arms. It has many other enhancements as well. We took the time to break it all down for you by producing an all-new 108-image gallery complete with both versions (2012 and 2021) featured, comparison shots, diorama shots, and a breakdown of what separates the two releases in the Collector Notes. Check out this excellently updated figure in our RDRs now! There’s more difference here than you may realize.
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….)
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Walmart has the latest wave of The Black Series Archive figures listed on their web site. This wave sports the gold 50th Anniversary Lucasfilm LTD logo. As of this posting, only Luke and Han are in-stock. Click below for direct links!
To my shock and surprise, I found my very first two Wampa/Luke Skywalker sets at my local Walmart in Northeast Philly. I have heard of others seeing older products arrive in their local stores too. It appears as if more stock is making its way to Walmart. Now, where are those Mimban Stormtroopers?
The Star Wars [The Last Jedi] Force Link 2.0 Wampa/Luke Skywalker set is available to pre-order for $19.99 with a September 7th ship date on Amazon! Special thanks to JTA reader Craig F. and J. Christopher G. for the alerts!
The Wampa/LukeSkywalker (Hoth) set is ALSO in stock at Hasbro Toy Shop. You know you want it! Special thanks to Mark for the alert!
Today’s Visual Guide update features the Wampa/Luke Skywalker (Hoth) Deluxe set. Part of a transitional wave of figures for the deluxe line, this set comes in The Last Jedi packaging, but sports the Force Link 2.0 logo and comes with the Solo Wave 1 assortment. Click below for a full look at this nice set. You can also check out our full review of this set right here.
Wow! The Wampa/Luke Skywalker (Hoth) set is stunning. It’s hard to believe it’s part of the 5POA format. See why this is a must-have release from Hasbro. It’s better than you think it is and will complement The Vintage Collection line perfectly. Learn more in our Research Droids Reviews today! Be sure to leave your thoughts in our comments section, vote in the poll or even 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.
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