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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.

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Welcome to our new column entitled The Vintage Collection: The Ninety Six. 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.

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Pre-orders are now live for most figures, and pre-order pages are listed below for any still waiting to go live. Happy hunting!

Update: Vice Admiral Rampart  is back available to pre-order

The Vintage Collection

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JTA reader Lewis C. found The Mandalorian Greef Karga on clearance for $5.00. How many of you are still waiting for your orders to be fulfilled?

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Hasbro’s The Vintage Collection presentation today was disappointing. I don’t know anyone who can find complete satisfaction in what was offered today. The ONLY saving grace is the Tusken Raider which has new tooling to forgive its past sins, but we’ve been complaining about that for a decade and a half too. But the new announcements are entirely problematic. (more….)

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This was up earlier today but didn’t last long. Now it’s back, so if you want to score an extra one of these for a discount, head to Amazon now!

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Hasbro Fan First Tuesday Official Press Images

Click through for a gallery of official images from today’s Hasbro event. 

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Hasbro Fan First Tuesday: The Vintage Collection Reveals

Hasbro revealed a few more basic figures for their TVC line-up, more Original 96 figures, a new prototype figure from the Retro Collection, and an updated look at the HasLab Razor Crest. Click through for the detailed breakdown and discussion. Here’s a summary of what was announced:

The Vintage Collection (general release)

  • ARC Trooper Echo (Pre-order starts May 5, 1 PM Eastern)
  • Offworld Jawa (Arvala-7) (Pre-order starts May 5, 1 PM Eastern)
  • Teebo (Pre-order starts later this year)

The Vintage Collection (Lucasfilm 50th Anniversary) (Walmart Exclusives)

  • Death Star Droid (Pre-order starts May 5, 1 PM Eastern)
  • Luke Skywalker (Endor) (Pre-order starts May 5, 1 PM Eastern)
  • Tusken Raider (Pre-order starts May 5, 1 PM Eastern)

Fan Vote From the Vault Winner

  • Republic Trooper (The Old Republic) (Pre-order starts later this year)

Retro Collection

  • Boba Fett (Prototype Series) (Target Exclusive) (Pre-order starts May 5, 1 PM Eastern)

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Are you still looking for the amazing new TVC Boba Fett? Head over to GameStop.com right now to get him on sale! They also have quite a few other recent wave TVC figures on sale if you need to get your purchase up to the $35 free shipping threshhold.

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Victoria from Victoria’s Cantina is spearheading a campaign to get the Tonnika Sisters made into 3.75″ action figures. Click through for her message, and then sign the petition!

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TVC Incinerator Trooper Back In Stock! Two Per Order!

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The Incinerator Trooper is back in stock, two per order. Special thanks to JTA reader John C for the alert!

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Not even toys are exempt from politics it seems. As you know, Hasbro plans to phase out all plastic packaging by the end of 2022. They make that bold statement, but then they qualify later as “wherever possible.” But the question begs to be asked. “Will this have any future impact on The Vintage Collection?” At the moment, The Black Series 6″ packaging could easily transition to an environmentally friendly packaging style, but this isn’t true for TVC. PackWorld.com has an excellent article on this matter. Interestingly, none of the partnered brands are mentioned specifically to receive any packaging changes, but who knows if that will change? While we sure anything helps with unwanted plastic waste, it’s ironic that Hasbro’s whole existence is based on producing environmentally harmful products: plastic toys.

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The Vintage Collection Han Solo (Endor [In Trench Coat)]) (VC62) figure is a frustrating release. But, we have to give Hasbro credit. They made this figure look as good as it likely ever will unless they tool a new figure. The Photo Real updating is excellent, and the new color of the trench coat is great. But Hasbro changed a long-running name on this figure which will upset Kenner purists. It has many other enhancements as well. We took the time to break it all down for you by producing an all-new 80-image gallery complete with all versions (2006, 2011, and 2021) featured, comparison shots, diorama shots, and a breakdown of what separates the two releases in the Collector Notes. Check out this excellently updated figure in our RDRs now! There’s more difference here than you may realize.

Han Solo (Endor [In Trench Coat])

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The Vintage Collection Luke Skywalker (Hoth [Outfit]) (VC95) still needs new tooling, but the re-release is a major update. It looks good thanks to Photo Real updating and fixing matching elbow joints in the arms. It has many other enhancements as well. We took the time to break it all down for you by producing an all-new 108-image gallery complete with both versions (2012 and 2021) featured, comparison shots, diorama shots, and a breakdown of what separates the two releases in the Collector Notes. Check out this excellently updated figure in our RDRs now! There’s more difference here than you may realize.

Luke Skyalker (Hoth [Outfit]) (VC95)

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The Vintage Collection Emperor’s Royal Guard (VC105) has never looked better. And it has more than just a couple of enhancements. The Photo Real on this figure is excellent. And the new soft goods are perfection with newly fitted proportions and new beautiful drape. Hasbro also updated the red color of the figure. The subtle orange hue is now gone. We took the time to break it all down for you by producing an all-new 84-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 excellently updated figure in our RDRs now! There’s more difference here than you may realize.

Emperor's Royal Guard (VC105)

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I need your honest opinion and input about something. I had a heated back and forth with a good friend of mine on the color of The Vintage Collection’s Kithaba (Skiff Guard)’s original headband. If you recall, Hasbro changed it to red to be screen-accurate. But what color was the first version? Click through for more….

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The Vintage Collection Gaming Greats VC Numbers Revealed

Our friends at Star Wars Figuren has the next four The Vintage Collection card back numbers.

Scout Trooper VC196
Electrostaff Purge Trooper VC195
Shadow Stormtrooper VC194
Heavy Battle Droid VC193

      

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Hasbro has a tremendous opportunity to release The Vintage Collection products that everyone wants with very little cost. Contained costs + fan engagement + desperately wanted/needed figures = happiness everywhere. (more….)

    
    

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The Vintage Collection Incinerator Trooper is Back In Stock

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After a long term of availability, the Incinerator Trooper finally went Out of Stock for a while. Now, it’s currently listed back in stock for those interested. You can also still pick up a few of the exclusive TVC carbonized figures.

  

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The Vintage Collection Gaming Greats sub-line was perhaps the best announcement from the Hasbro Pulse Fan Fest presentation last Friday. And I am one who is eager to purchase them all. One thing is bothering me about them, however. (more….)

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Sigh. I shouldn’t have walked away from Hasbro Pulse’s Fan Fest online event saying “Why does Hasbro hate The Vintage Collection collecting community so much? Why are they completely disengaged from its needs?” But I did. And between the sorry repacks confirmed, to the desperately needed repacks they’re dangling over our heads, I understand why people are fleeing from this scale left and right. The straw that broke the camel’s back for me was the announcement of the re-released Han Solo (Endor) figure. Does Hasbro store any record-keeping of their releases? Do they go to discount outlets? Do they have any indication of what fans want? (more….)

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Hasbro, I am too tired to finish writing my standard “complaint” article after one of your online product reveals events, so you’ll have to come back tomorrow for that. However, I’d like to put in your ear that you need to fix the nameplate and figure backer color of Admiral Ackbar. It’s NOT green. The original 2010 figure messed this detail up, and you’re copying over the same error. The correct color is aqua. Not green or light green. Thanks.

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Pre-Order Todays Hasbro Pulse Fan Fest Reveals

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We are updating and adding pre-order links to today’s reveals as we find them Here’s the complete list of both The Vintage Collection and The Black Series reveals that are up for pre-order today. Head over to Entertainment Earth or Amazon to pre-order! Direct links to the product pages will be added soon…

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Go here to place your vote for one of these figures to make it into a future repack wave:

  • VC100 Starkiller (Vader’s Apprentice)
  • VC102 Ahsoka
  • VC107 Weequay
  • VC113 Republic Trooper (The Old Republic)
  • VC126 Imperial Assault Tank Driver

Sadly, Hasbro chose Instagram as their voting system for this poll. 

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Hasbro Pulse Fan Fest 2021: The Vintage Collection Reveals

Today’s Hasbro Pulse Fan Fest Livestream gave us a look at our next repack wave, a new TVC Gaming Greats line, and a new vehicle/figure combination: Antoc Merrick’s X-wing Fighter. And, Antoc Merric will come carded.  Click through for the full discussion! Look for most pre-orders to go live at 5 PM Eastern.

Note: Antoc Merric’s X-wing will NOT be available for pre-order at this time. Pre-order date/time TBA.

Gaming Greats (Shared Fan Channel Exclusives)

  • Heavy Battle Droid (Battlefront II)
  • Shadow Stormtrooper (The Force Awakens)
  • Scout Trooper (Jedi Fallen Order)
  • Electrostaff Purge Trooper

Repack Wave

  • VC22 Admiral Ackbar
  • VC62 Han Solo (Endor)
  • VC95 Luke Skywalker (Hoth)
  • VC105 Emperor’s Royal Guard

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