Welcome to another entry in our The Vintage Collection: The Ninety Six column. Hasbro recently made a commitment 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 for every classic Kenner figure, there needs a modern counterpart. 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.
We’re right in alignment with Hasbro in our vintage Kenner database. There are 21 figures under the STAR WARS banner, 29 figures under THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK banner, 31 figures under the RETURN OF THE JEDI banner, and 15 figures under THE POWER OF THE FORCE banner. (Sy Snootles, Max Rebo, Droopy McCool, and Blue Snaggletooth brings the number to an even 100 figures.)
Read our assessment, and then be sure to add your thoughts into the comments. Let us know if you agree or disagree. If you’re a customizer, show us your custom definitive figure in the comments as well! Who knows? It might give Hasbro some ideas.
There is mixed reception with Princess Leia (Bespin Escape) (VC187) figure. But it’s not as bad as you think. Hasbro released the last version 20 YEARS ago. It’s hard to believe, isn’t it? This version has a lot of new tooling. See what Hasbro did! (more….)
Gentle Giant has put several new pre-orders up, including their Captain Rex Deluxe Mini Bust (Star Wars: Rebels), Grand Admiral Thrawn Animated Mini Bust (Star Wars: Rebels), and Leia Organa Milestone Statue (A New Hope). Click below for pre-order pages.
You saw our The Pathway To The Vintage Collection Special Report yesterday. Now let’s revisit the figures that set The Vintage Collection in motion. Let’s continue with 2004’s VOTC Princess Leia Organa figure in our all-new updated review, complete with new text and photos and Visual Guide.
If you rewind your mind 16 years, the first wave of The Original Trilogy Collection “vintage-styled” action figures began showing up and brick and mortar right around this time. It blows my mind that sixteen years later, we STILL don’t have any of the first four figures from the line launch updated in The Vintage Collection yet. Hopefully, with Hasbro’s new directive of completing the “Kenner 96,” these four figures including Luke Skywalker Princess Leia Organa, Han Solo, and Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi should be the focus of Hasbro’s concentration. Could you imagine if they revealed all four of these on a Fan First Friday? The 3.75″ super-articulated collecting community might go a full year without complaining. Hasbro, these are LONG overdue. Please get them updated!
In a disconcerting and troubling move, Disney’s Galaxy Of Adventures’ latest installment recreating the Battle of Hoth removes General Rieekan from the story and promotes Princess Leia to a general without explanation. (Well, unless this is explained in a Disney Star Wars source I don’t know about.) What is going on over there? It seems that everything from The Empire Strikes Back would be preserved to celebrate its 40th Anniversary accurately. Is this the new canon for The Empire Strikes Back now? No General Rieekan? Determining what is canon and what isn’t when stories are conflicting with one another is creating a complete mess.
In 1984, a new packaging design of Star Wars packaging 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 collectors to describe this line of figures.
Today we revisit Princess Leia Organa. Princess Leia Organa’s Trilogo card art doesn’t deviate all that much from the standard American Kenner release. The same reference image was utilized across all lines and card backs, although its placement varies a bit. The review’s Collector Notes are updated with this information. See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1978’s STAR WARS Princess Leia Organa figure HERE.
Hasbro, we have to chat. Thank you for providing us definitive updates of the Luke Skywalker (Yavin) and Princess Leia Organa (Yavin) figures. You did a fantastic job on them, and the enhancements you made to the figures are appreciated. But did you realize you produced these characters as they appeared at the very end of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope? You forgot to update these characters in their outfits at the BEGINNING of the film. We made it easy for you. We provided images of the figures you neglected to update. Click through for more!
The Collector Series Princess Leia is very nice, although imperfect. 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.
Do you need the Retro Collection NOW? eBay seller tunghori has them for $9.99 and Grand Moff Tarkin for $14.99! Get them while you can if you’re interested!
We’re continuing our look at the first wave of the Retro Collection! Let’s continue with Princess Leia Organa with ALL NEW IMAGES ADDED including figure and weapon comparison shots, new displays with vintage Kenner playsets and vehicles, and updated galleries and Collector Notes. It’s the focus of 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 sneak peek of the first wave of Retro Collection figures for you to see. I love these things. But what a shame that Hasbro didn’t launch this line for the 40th anniversary of Star Wars. I hope they take the line as far as possible. Droids, Ewoks, unproduced vintage Kenner figures are only the beginning. And I would LOVE to see 1985 The Power Of The Force figures added as well. Right now they’re exclusively available at TARGET beginning May 12th, but they will have more widespread availability later this year in the Fall. Check them out and leave your thought about them in our review pages!
Love them or hate them, this is the wave that revitalized Star Wars collecting. We’ve updated all 9 figures from The Power of the Force [Red] wave 1 in our Visual Guides. You can click each image below to check out the newly updated Visual Guides for each figure, and you can also check out reviews of all of these figures in our Research Droids Reviews database.
Japanese Santa Claus came to me today and brought me a present from Japan. How nice of him! In the package was the brand new S.H. Figuarts Princess Leia, as seen in A New Hope. Click through for a few photos and some general thoughts about the figure!
Tonight we are adding the international exclusive Han Solo/Princess Leia Organa The Black Series [Phase III] 6-Inch set to our Visual Guides. Click below to have a full look at the full guide, and make sure to read additional details over in our full review.
Here’s the review of the Han Solo/Princess Leia Organa two-pack set which was an international exclusive for The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ line. Check it out 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.
If you pre-ordered the international exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] Han Solo/Princess Leia Organa set, they’re beginning to arrive from Entertainment Earth. We have a sneak peek gallery for you to check out now. Han Solo is a dramatic improvement from the one offered in the Deluxe set with Tauntau years ago. We’re not crazy about the furry collar. It looks fantastic, but it’s woven bizarrely and doesn’t stay in place. Also, it functions beautifully as a hood, but it is shaped like a ring, so there is no covering for the back of his head. So it renders it useless. The head sculpt is reused from the Han Solo (Bespin) figure, and he looks great in brown. Princess Leia Organa is a slight repaint of the Princess Leia (Hoth) basic figure. It’s a shame Hasbro didn’t include any other newness with her to make this set unique. Oh, and Han Solo wasn’t wearing this outfit in the scene they’re attempting to recreate here. Also, it’s inconsequential, but the bio on Han Solo reads very awkwardly. Like, it made us uncomfortable in spots. But whatever. Hasbro did an excellent job on this set, and it only has a few issues that won’t detract from its greatness too much. The review is coming soon, and after it, we jump into the final vintage Kenner reviews!
Let’s look at another fantastic Cinema Scenes set. You could probably pinpoint Hasbro’s start of bad case assortments to the Mynock Hunt. Find out why 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.
As we mentioned earlier, the Han Solo/Princess Leia Organa International exclusive will also be available online through Entertainment Earth starting tomorrow. Tune in at 9 am PST / 12 pm EST for the pre-orders to go live. Click here for the product page. Look for this to ship in December.
Tonight we are adding the all-new The Black Series Princess Leia (Bespin Escape) 6-inch figure to our Visual Guides. Click below to check our full guide page. Make sure to also visit our full review for additional details, gallery photos, discussion, and more!
The TARGET exclusive The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ Princess Leia (Bespin Escape) figure is one of the best human likeness figures Hasbro has done to date. See why everyone will want this one 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.
A magazine scan soliciting the SH Figuarts A New Hope Leia has appeared in the wild. The figure is coming in December! Pre-orders will certainly open soon. So anyone who wants her should keep their eyes open and wait for the pre-order! Leia is the last member of the classic A New Hope hero line-up still missing. Leia will come with an extra hood up optional piece and at least one alternate head sculpt. Click the image below for the full version of the magazine scan!
-Click HERE to return to the home page-