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 R5-D4.
In 1984, the new packaging design 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 R5-D4. In the Trilogo line, the figure was renamed Arfive-Defour (R5-D4). The Trilogo card art doesn’t vary much from the original card image. The review’s Collector Notes are updated with this information. See the full card art and additional notes by revisiting 1979’s STAR WARS R5-D4 figure HERE.
We’re continuing to look at the small-scaled Action Collection figures released in 1998. Let’s check out R5-D4. 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.
Tonight we are updating our Visual Guides from Wave 5 of the red-carded The Power of the Force line. Click each thumbnail below to check out our updated Visual Guides for these figures. This wave gave us some interesting figures, including a Tusken Raider who couldn’t hold his gaderfii stick, and one of the most interesting versions of R5-D4 ever made. Enjoy our look back at The Power of the Force [Red] wave 5! Don’t forget to also check out our full reviews for each of these figures right here!
Jon Favreau loves to tease… and this time he posted a photo of an R5 unit from The Mandalorian on his Instagram!
I wonder if this could be R5-D4? Only with a functioning motivator this time? I compared the photo with my Bandai model kit of R5 and even with how R5 appeared in the movie and the color scheme seems to be identical, however this R5 unit appears to show some more wear and tear than the R5 we meet in A New Hope. But it’s many years later, so who knows what he went through. Maybe some droid experts out there can shed some more light on it. Anyway, it’s photos like these that build up anticipation for the show!
Let’s check out another new figure in the Elite Series line. Disney did a great job with R5-D4. 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.
New Elite Series droids are coming to Shop Disney shortly. They’re currently available on the French version of the site. Special thanks to JTA reader Darth Rizzen for the alert!
Thank you for making our “Droids And Creatures + Two Main Features” look at the vintage Kenner Series 2 figures (the 20/21-Backs) another success. The stories you’re all sharing in addition to the priceless photos you’re adding to the comments are some of the greatest things we have experienced here to date. Keep them coming! If you need to catch up on any reviews, please click any thumbnail below to be taken to the STAR WARS archive.
May is over and we finished the 12-Back vintage Kenner collection. But June is Droids And Creatures Plus Two Main Features month at Jedi Temple Archives! You guessed it! We will be looking at the 20/21-Backs that augmented an already fantastic Series 1 collection of Kenner Star Wars figures. Come with us as we look at Cantina denizens and droid prisoners in addition to a main hero and cool villain. June is going to be a blast!
Good golly! R5-D4 is IN STOCK at GameStop. If you missed this figure, now is your chance! Special thanks to JTA reader Ben S. for the alert!
For those in Canada still searching for this, EBGames.ca has them in stock for $36. JTA Reader BB-Mate also lets us know that they are available in London Ontario stores for $30 CAD. If you still need it, might be time to snatch it up as it will become less and less available.
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