Another wave of The Vintage Collection, another round of Visual Guides! Next up is The Emperor (VC200) from wave 31. Click below for our full Visual Guide. Make sure to also check out our full review.
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Of all places, you can pick up The Emperor, Teebo, IG-11, and Lando Calrissian at Macys.com for $10.99 each (with free shipping) as part of their Black Friday sale. A big thanks to JTA reader Robert for this alert!
Update: It looks like IG-11 has gone back to its full $13.99 price as of this time.
JTA reader Norman S. eagerly anticipated the delivery of The Vintage Collection The Emperor (VC200) figure from Amazon. But when he opened up his perfectly undamaged box, he couldn’t believe the contents inside. Click the images below for a clearer view.
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 The Emperor.
Emperor Palpatine is finally here, and the figure is VC200 in the TVC lineup. Hasbro only made us wait nearly four decades before adding the Original Trilogy version of The Emperor into our modern collections on a vintage-style Kenner card. To our surprise, the figure is 90% reused. It only has a new head, a new belt, and new soft goods. But it’s mostly based on a 2012 The Vintage Collection figure. Despite this slight disappointment, we are more excited that we finally have this figure in TVC. (more….)
Hasbro revealed more Retro Collection and The Vintage Collection specialized figures today, including prototype and carbonized figures. There are also more Original 96 figures to add to the line, including the reveal of VC200. Click through for the detailed breakdown and discussion. Here’s a summary of what was announced:
The Vintage Collection (general release) (Pre-order September 9, 1 PM Eastern)
The Vintage Collection Troop Building Set (Pre-order September 9, 1 PM Eastern)
The Vintage Collection Carbonized Figures (Walmart) (Pre-order October 7, 1 PM Eastern)
Retro Collection (Target) (Pre-order September 9, 1 PM Eastern)
The Vintage Collection Pipeline Reveals
UPDATE: Details and images added
In 1984, new packaging 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.
Hasbro, if you don’t MILK the appearance of Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker for an opportunity to bring The Vintage Collection collectors a super-articulated 3.75″ action figure of Emperor Palpatine, it may go down as one of the biggest mistakes of your career developing toys for the Star Wars brand license. Now, we know you’d likely be tempted to release it on a TROS card back, but we’re sorry to inform you it would have to go on a Return Of The Jedi card back so we can check off one of the Kenner original 92. Thank you. (Feel free to release a second version in a box with a throne too.)
Once again, it’s hard to believe, but our “Turning Ewokese” marathon of the Star Wars Series 7 Vintage Kenner Mini Action Figures has concluded. If you need to catch up on any of them, all you need to do is click any thumbnail below, and it will take you to the archive. We’d once again like to thank you for your participation. Recounting all of your childhood memories with these unequaled action figures and sharing the wonderful experiences you’ve all had with them is priceless. Please keep adding to the discussions! Also, please begin to prepare yourselves for more as we dive into December’s “The Final Countdown” marathon where we look at The Power Of The Force Series 8 figures which were the last wave of Kenner Star Wars figures of the vintage era. These reviews will focus on the final 15 Kenner action figures and represent some of my fondest memories of collecting as a young person. I am ecstatic to present them to you!
We continue our “Turning Ewokese” marathon with The Emperor. This action figure started out in life as a mail-away figure. Relive your memories of this classic 1984 action figure in our Research Droids Reviews today. Be sure to add your own experiences to the conversation! Reminisce your own childhood stories of this figure in our comments. Share your life-changing vintage Kenner adolescent experiences with us!
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