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We have more The Vintage Collection Visual Guide updates! Tonight we are adding the Carbon-Freezing Chamber playset. Click below to check out the full Visual Guide of this nice addition to the line, and click here to check out our full review of this set!

Carbon-Freezing Chamber - The Vintage Collection

 

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Amazon is bringing us the full Retro Collection bounty hunter set through a series of exclusive 2-packs. Dengar/IG-88 make up the second release in this series. Click below to check out our full Visual Guide of this Special 2 Action Figures set. We also have a full review of this set for your perusal. 

Dengar/IG-88 (Special 2 Action Figures) - Retro Collection

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Tonight’s Visual Guide update features the Amazon exclusive 2-pack Boba Fett/Bossk (Special 2 Action Figures) set. Click below to check out our fully detailed Visual Guide. You can also read our full review of this set right here.

Boba Fett/Bossk (Special 2 Action Figures) - Retro Collection

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Visual Guide Update - ARTOO-DETOO (R2-D2) (VC234) - TVC

Let’s continue our Visual Guide updates for the Walmart exclusive Original 96 wave. Next up is ARTOO-DETOO (R2-D2) (VC234). Click below for our full Visual Guide, and click here to read our full review.

ARTOO-DETOO (R2-D2) (VC234) - The Vintage Collection

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Visual Guide Update - Yoda (VC218) - The Vintage Collection

We have some Visual Guide updates for our The Vintage Collection Visual Guide guide, starting off with Yoda (VC218). Click below for the full guide page. We also have a full review of this figure right here.

Yoda (VC218) - The Vintage Collection

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Is TVC Giving Us More Original Trilogy "Love" Than We Realize?

If you’re a George Lucas-era Star Wars fan and collector, you likely feel that the whole IP is insufferable under Disney. Don’t worry; we’re not going down that path here. However, the focus of Disney Star Wars has affected Hasbro’s toy line the most. But as I looked back since the re-launch of The Vintage Collection in March of 2018, I realized that Hasbro did an admirable job of getting many characters from The Empire Strikes Back out to collectors, including MANY I never anticipated we’d see in the modern line. (more….)

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It’s another O96! Check out ARTOO-DETOO (R2-D2), complete with classic nameplate typo and stunning card art with The Empire Strikes Back entertainment logo. Oh yeah, and the figure? Well, it sucks! (more….)

ARTOO-DETOO (R2-D2)

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Review: Dengar - TBSA

The Black Series Archive Dengar figure has some enhanced paint operations when compared to the original. See it for yourself today in our review. (more….)

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The Star Wars “Saga” line is officially two decades old. We’re revisiting all of the figures that made up this unprecedented lineup. Today, we’re going to start off the revisiting with 2002’s Star Wars “Saga” [Phase I] Imperial Officer [Version 2] (’02 #55) figure. Check out the new review template, the all-new Photo Gallery, the rewritten review, and the other content we updated as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the line that supported Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones.

Imperial Officer [Version 2] ('02 #55)

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The Star Wars “Saga” line is officially two decades old. We’re revisiting all of the figures that made up this unprecedented lineup. Today, we continue with 2002’s Star Wars “Saga” [Phase I] Luke Skywalker (Bespin Duel) (’02 #29) figure. Check out the new review template, the all-new Photo Gallery, the rewritten review, and the other content we updated as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the line that supported Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones.

Luke Skywalker (Bespin Duel) ('02 #29)

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The Star Wars “Saga” line is officially two decades old. We’re revisiting all of the figures that made up this unprecedented lineup. Today, we continue with 2002’s Star Wars “Saga” [Phase I] Darth Vader (Bespin Duel) (’02 #30) figure. Check out the new review template, the all-new Photo Gallery, the rewritten review, and the other content we updated as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the line that supported Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones.

Darth Vader (Bespin Duel) ('02 #30)

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Review: Yoda - TVC - VC218

Hasbro fails TVC collectors again with The Vintage Collection Yoda (VC218) figure. Refusing to update the swivel elbows collectors have begged for since 2011, they plopped the “Cave Of Evil” figure on a card sporting The Empire Strikes Back entertainment logo, added a few different paint operations, and called it a day. They should be ashamed. (more….)

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We have a new series of Visual Guide updates starting today, featuring The Vintage Collection wave 32. First up, let’s take a look at Lobot (VC223). Click below for the full Visual Guide page, and click here if you want to check out our full review.

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Lobot (VC223) - The Vintage Collection

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Pre-orders are now open at Sideshow Collectibles for both versions of the Hot Toys Luke Skywalker (Bespin) DX-series figures. Click below for each pre-order page.

       

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Hot Toys has also released a Deluxe Version of The Empire Strikes Back Luke Skywalker (DX25), featuring a Dagobah-themed base and the battle-damaged Darth Vader helmet with Luke Skywalker’s face revealed. Click through for the full image gallery and details.

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It looks like Hot Toys has finally gotten around to re-releasing and updating the Bespin Luke Skywalker sixth scale figure originally released in 2012. Click through for full details and gallery images of The Empire Strikes Back Luke Skywalker (DX24) Sixth Scale Figure.

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This figure topped JTA’s Fans’ Choice Poll, and once we published the results, it wasn’t long until Hasbro announced its imminent re-release. The Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear) figure hasn’t looked better. They updated it with Photo Real deco, fixed the mismatched ankle joints, changed a few colors, and gave the boots a shiny finish instead of a matte finish. We took the time to break it all down for you by producing an all-new 56-image gallery complete with comparison shots, dioramas, and a breakdown of what separates the 2011 version from the 2021 new release in the Collector Notes. This figure is shipping in the Bib Fortuna wave, and Hasbro is selling solid case packs of the figure too. See this excellent figure updated in our RDRs now! There’s more difference here than you may realize.

Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear)

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Review: Lobot - TVC - VC223

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 Han Solo (In Carbonite Chamber).

Han Solo (In Carbonite Chamber)

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