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After just hearing about these “pipeline” figures in a recent Hasbro livestream, we’re rather surprised to see prototypes already! They look incredible! Head over to our friends at Banthaskull.com for more pictures! I’m very excited for these releases. IG-11 being all-new is shocking in a really good way. Let us know what you think in the comments!

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The Vintage Collection Incinerator Trooper is STILL Available

It’s hard to believe after all the drama the Incinerator Trooper went through that you can still buy this troop building figure at retail. The quantity limit is still set to 2 per purchase, but you can combine him with some other figures to still get the free shipping, such as what’s left of the Carbonized Collection. And, if you like to play the lottery, you can always try the figure simply listed as Star Wars-lucas Star Wars Vintage Figures.

  

 

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Hasbro Star Wars Is An Online Exclusive

It’s almost as if Hasbro doesn’t realize that there is a hit series on Disney+ called The Mandalorian. It’s also almost as if Hasbro doesn’t want their products front and center at Big Box retail. And if we’re honest, it’s almost as if there isn’t a Star Wars toy line at all anymore when it comes to visiting the toy aisle physical retail shops. So why does Hasbro need brick-and-mortar again? (more….)

      

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The Walmart exclusive The Vintage Collection Din Djarin & The Child has hit Walmart stores ON CLEARANCE. JTA reader Nathan B. found them for $10 each in the clearance aisle. He writes “I’m in Columbia Missouri. Longtime reader/lurker. They have 50 Din and Child The Vintage Collection for $10. Was so unbelievable to see a shelf like this I thought I would share.” Once again, can The Vintage Collection get a fair shake on anything?

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Christmas 1983 was one of the greatest years for Star Wars toys. The Return Of The Jedi line included some of the most incredible Star Wars toys ever produced by Kenner. As we quickly approach the 40th Anniversary of the film, we’re going to offer some suggestions for you to produce for us to relive those wonderful days of old. Our next suggestion is The Vintage Collection Sy Snootles And The Max Rebo Band. Kener didn’t release these characters separately in the basic figure line. Instead, they created a special multipack so young kids could acquire the band in one fell swoop. We’re thinking this method would be best for the modern line as well. Either in a specially-boxed multipack or a Special Action Figure Set, we hope Hasbro gives us Sy Snootles And The Max Rebo Band in The Vintage Collection (and all based on the original version of the band, NOT the Special Edtion) for the 40th Anniversary. We should also note that Hasbro must include a puppet version of Sy Snootles!) Special thanks to JTA reader Joey P. for the mock-up artwork!

    

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The Vintage Collection Cara Dune Available At Gamestop.com

Gamestop.com currently has The Vintage Collection Cara Dune in-stock and ready to ship. Thanks to JTA reader Chris for the alert!

UPDATE: This didn’t last long! Now listed as Not Available.

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There are some fantastic action figures released or forthcoming in The Vintage Collection. Hasbro does surprise periodically. But there are many others that they haven’t updated yet for the line, which I am finding to be very problematic. I decided to look at each George Lucas-era Star Wars film, one by one, and pick the most obvious omission of a character from the film and not yet represented in The Vintage Collection. Because choosing one character proved almost impossible, I also chose a runner-up, thereby giving two options that are almost equally important for The Vintage Collection’s inclusion. As I tallied everything up, I discovered that Hasbro has a LOT of work to do, unfortunately. And they need to start banging these out right away. (more….)

         
         
         

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Alright, alright. It’s time to have the talk. We want to know everything you want, but what is the one ALL-NEW item do you believe HASBRO MUST PRODUCE for The Vintage Collection to properly celebrate the Return Of The Jedi 40th Anniversary in 2023? Is it a new Shuttle Tydirium? Is it Sim Aloo or the Max Rebo Band? Or perhaps you want a new Amanaman? Or is it something else they’ve never attacked previously? We want to focus on all-new tooling in this article, but if there is a re-release you’re desperate to see, feel free to mae it known! Let us know in the comments!

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Hasbro needs to go all-out for the 40th Anniversary of Episode VI. In our continuing series of Return Of The Jedi 40th Anniversary suggestions for Hasbro, we’d like to suggest the Jabba The Hutt Action Playset with a pack-in Oola action figure (on The Vintage Collection packaging). We’d ask that Hasbro put together the dais and accessories from 2010’s Star Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side] Jabba’s Throne set, the Jabba The Hutt figure from 2015’s TBS [P2] Jabba’s Rancor Pit multipack, and a specially-carded Oola action figure (also from the 2010 set). JTA reader Joey P. put together some mock images of what the set could look like. Let us know how you feel about this idea in our comments!

      

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BREAKING NEWS! Also, a production sample of the new The Vintage Collection Princess Leia (Bespin Escape) has hit on Facebook. Special thanks to JTA reader Geeker Things for the alert. Image courtesy of Michael Nads from The Vintage Collection Facebook Group. The figure looks amazing…. but that card art! Yikes!

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BREAKING NEWS! A production sample of the new The Vintage Collection Boba Fett on the revised Return Of The Jedi card back (as well as The Child) hits on Facebook. Special thanks to JTA reader Darth Eddie for the alert! Image courtesy of Michael Nads from The Vintage Collection Facebook Group.

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Hasbro Executes Order 66 On Cara Dune Action Figures

There are confirmations out there that Hasbro is canceling Cara Dune action figures in The Vintage Collection and The Black Series [Phase III] 6″ lines. Comicbook.com has the story.

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You will certainly remember The Vintage Collection drama about Darth Revan. Hasbro originally announced plans to put Revan on a vintage card, but hopes of collectors were dashed when they found out that Revan would be yet another repack of an old sculpt and not a new figure. Fans were unhappy and told Hasbro on fansites what they think about repacking the old Revan.

And then TVC Darth Revan was canceled, because of fan feedback, or so Hasbro said. Collectors felt that Hasbro had actually listened to them and was happy. Someone is claiming to contradict that. New information coming from toy industry veteran Scott Neitlich (he worked at Mattel and has industry contacts) has surfaced that casts the story in a new light and you will not believe what he says happened! Click through for the full story and please sit down, because you may find it hard to believe what I am about to tell you.

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Disney Canceled Cara Dune, Expect The Licensees To Follow Suit

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Now that they’ve canceled her character, expect the toys to disappear too. Grab Cara Dune from The Vintage Collection carbonized line before it’s gone forever!!

 

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Hasbro, Christmas 1983 was the best Christmas for many young Star Wars fans like myself. The Return Of The Jedi line included some of the greatest Star Wars toys ever produced by Kenner. As we quickly approach the 40th Anniversary of the film, we’re going to offer some suggestions for you to produce for us to relive those wonderful days of old. Our first suggestion is The Vintage Collection Rancor Monster. Please use 2009’s The Legacy Collection Jabba’s Rancor beast, and then include two pack-in figures: The Vintage Collection Malakili (Rancor Keeper), a repaint of 2009’s Legacy Collection BD21 figure, and The Vintage Collection Giran, a repack of 2009’s Legacy Collection BD22 figure. Thank you. A release like this will not only give new collectors a chance to acquire the beautiful rancor beast but also check off another Kenner 96, in addition to getting out a rare figure going for a lot of money on the aftermarket. Thank you.

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Toy Run Tuesday #81 - TVC Fallen Order Scout Trooper

Hello Toy Runners, it’s Tuesday evening, and a fine time for a TRT. Please click here to post your weekly finds, collections, and customs in the comments!

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You can go to any Walmart or Target store in your area and find almost every single Hasbro Star Wars product except for The Vintage Collection and The Black Series 6″ lines, save for a few 6″ remnants like Jyn Erso and Janna. And it’s been this way for much too long. What is going on here? How can Hasbro get all of the future and current peg-warming products out to retail with little effort? (more…)

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HURRY! Walmart Exclusive TVC Incinerator Trooper In Stock!

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Go Now! The Walmart exclusive Incinerator Trooper is IN STOCK as of this posting!

UPDATE: It’s flashing in and out of stock, so don’t give up and keep checking back! I was finally able to get an order in!

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The TVC Imperial Death Trooper is available from a third-party seller for $13.00 with FREE two-day shipping. There is limited stock. Once they’re gone, they’ll be available from Walmart for $17.68. Special thanks to JTA reader and friend Mark for the alert!

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See How Much Better The TVC Paploo Looks With Kit-Bashed Parts

JTA reader JW was inspired by our article yesterday to Photoshop the newly announced Paploo body with the head sculpt and cowl from the 2009 Legacy Collection figure. We think it looks infinitely better. Hasbro captured the likeness of that Ewok well in 2009, and has more screen-accuracy than a repainted or tweaked Logray head sculpt. Click the thumbnail below to see what it looks like. The new figure has much too long of a cowl, and this one is shortened a bit. And don’t forget about that better likeness. What do you think? (We watermarked the image to let everyone know this is a modified image.)

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Well, here is something a little shocking. Did you know that The Vintage Collection TIE Fighter Pilot (VC65) REISSUE is really a new character in the lineup, and shouldn’t be counted as a reissue of the original VC65 figure from 2011? For unknown reasons, Hasbro repacked Lieutenant Oxixo as the 2021 TVC TIE Fighter Pilot reissue instead of the figure with the solid black helmet. Will there be a running change? Because this is incorrect. Lieutenant Oxixo needs a new VC number and new card art – it’s a new character for the line. If Rebel Fleet Trooper gets both a VC52 and a VC183 number and it’s the same figure, then a generic TIE Fighter Pilot and Lieutenant Oxixio need two unique numbers between them! The figure received a couple of other enhancements aside from the obvious. The Photo Real on this figure is not bad. But there are other things. We took the time to break it all down for you by producing an all-new 76-image gallery complete with both versions (2011 and 2021) featured, comparison shots, and a breakdown of what separates the two releases in the Collector Notes. Check out this confusing re-release in our RDRs now! There’s more difference here than you may realize.

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Thank you for getting Paploo into The Vintage Collection, Hasbro. As one of the main Ewoks in Return Of The Jedi with tons of screen time, it’s awesome to get an update as well as another Kenner 96 release checked off in our collections. But as usual, you have some work to do. Click through for more.

    

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The Vintage Collection Queen Amidala (VC84), also part of the “worst reissue wave ever,” has also never looked better. Frankly, the figure is a work of art. (It was in 2012 too.) It received a couple of enhancements. The Photo Real on this figure is absolutely mesmerizing. We took the time to break it all down for you by producing an all-new 64-image gallery complete with both versions (2012 and 2021) featured, comparison shots, and a breakdown of what separates the two releases in the Collector Notes. Check out this exquisitely updated figure in our RDRs now! There’s more difference here than you may realize.

Queen Amidala (VC84)

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Hasbro added a new segment to their livestream this time: Pipeline reveals. There’s no product to show, but just giving us a look at what’s coming this fall and into 2022. For The Vintage Collection we were shown two upcoming figures: 

  • IG-11 (The Mandalorian)
  • Lando Calrissian (The Empire Strikes Back)

 

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Hasbro Fan First Friday: The Vintage Collection Reveals

Today’s Fan First Friday livestream gave us 5 new The Vintage Collection reveals, broken up into the Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary themed releases and mainstream releases. Click through for the full discussion! Look for some pre-orders to go live at 1 PM Eastern.

Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary

  • AT-ST Driver (Walmart exclusive)
  • Paploo (Walmart exclusive)
  • Princess Leia (Endor) (Walmart Exclusive)

Mainstream releases

  • Ahsoka Tano
  • Darth Maul

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