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!
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….)
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!
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!
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.
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.)
2020 has come and gone, and that’s good for many reasons, of course. But it’s bad for others. One reason in particular that it’s not good is because of how Hasbro treated The Vintage Collection for The Empire Strikes Back’s 40th Anniversary. (more….)
Hasbro has claimed that 2021 will be a renewed focus for the Kenner 96. And there is one character is desperate need of an update that is once again relevant in Disney Star Wars, something that makes an action figure for the character extra special. Appearing in a cameo in the Season 2 finale of The Mandalorian, it appears Bib Fortuna is now in control of Jabba’s Palace. I just found out thanks to YouTube! (more….)
Are you tired of proving your worth to Hasbro, 3.75″ collectors? How is it that we literally “kill” it for The Khetanna and then only get two all-new action figures to populate it? And then we all step up to the plate HUGELY once again for the Razor Crest, only to see Hasbro asleep at the wheel. Why aren’t they banging out 3.75″ action figures for us after that major campaign success? They owe it to us to make us new characters from The Mandalorian for The Vintage Collection. And after two years, how is it that we don’t have some core and behind the scenes characters from The Mandalorian yet? (Would you announce Kuiil already?) While Hasbro is obsessively reusing parts from their older 6″ figures, they’re doing next to nothing to utilize older 3.75″ super-articulated figures that could be revitalized to bring us new characters from The Mandalorian. Oh, and yes, we deserve some all-new tooling as well. (more….)
Look, this isn’t another dig at “sixers.” So don’t take it that way. But will Hasbro ever throw a bone to TVC collectors? It’s pure frustration. The Vintage Collection cannot catch a break. Retail doesn’t care. Collectors are getting numb again. And it’s obvious that Hasbro certainly doesn’t care. (more….)
OK, Hasbro. Firstly, thank you for doing right by collectors of The Vintage Collection. Today’s announcement was LONG OVERDUE, but at least it’s here now. Secondly, since you’ve confirmed this figure’s release, it’s now time to talk about that card back. You should have time to remedy the multiple issues that plague it and get it to your art department to fix it. Click through for more.
Hasbro, it’s time to execute Order Darth Revan (VC150) on the latest repacks for The Vintage Collection. The Battle Droid isn’t a terrible inclusion, but two of the others included made up the Great TPM 3D Debacle of 2012. Another was part of a wave that bottlenecked distribution in early 2011 (Anakin Skywalker), and lastly, a figure that’s needed an all-new sculpt since 2008 (the TIE Fighter Pilot) is perhaps the worst of the foursome. This wave is a no-win situation. Please do better. Here are some ideas: General Grievous. Rebel Trooper (Echo Base). Shae Vizla. Clone Trooper (501st Legion- the rarest TVC figures from the original run). Kit Fisto. Jango Fett. Grand Moff Tarkin. Luke Skywalker (Dagobah Landing). ARC Trooper Commander. Starkiller. Weequay. Emperor’s Royal Guard. There are SO MANY OTHERS that should have come before these four.
As you know, Ollie’s stores got multiple case assortments of The Vintage Collection in enough quantity to make a big deal about it and posted the news in their ad the week they went for sale. If you’re a collector of The Vintage Collection, you know that MANY of the figures that arrived at Ollie’s never made their way to brick and mortar stores like TARGET and WALMART. A lot of collectors saw the Rogue One Stormtrooper for the first time at Ollie’s, and on clearance to boot. One of the case boxes from the same Hasbro distribution center went to Ollie’s. And then we have another picture of a Walmart case from Walmart with the local label pulled back for comparison. What we discovered is not unexpected, but still disconcerting. It provides proof of how frustrating the current state of distribution is. Click through for more.
The Vintage Collection is in desperate need of Emperor Palpatine figures. We have an idea of how to kill three birds with one stone. (more….)
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Entertainment Earth is starting some trouble on Instagram. They’re asking for Star Wars fans to vote on their favorite Star Wars line: The Black Series 6″ line, or The Vintage Collection. As of this post, The Vintage Collection is forging ahead of the 6″ line. What will the end result be? Most people who collect TVC aren’t even on Instagram (unempirical data assessment). It will be interesting to see how all this pans out!
And it’s getting worse. As if the debacle of TARGET’s Galaxy’s Edge exclusives wasn’t enough, JTA reader blueharvestcollector tagged us on Instagram, showing what the few who secured the TVC Millennium Falcon are doing with their pre-orders. It’s salt in the wound. Now, the irritation doesn’t come from an anti-capitalist attitude. Scalpers can do what they want, but only after the demand is met. This item lasted a mere moments online. Hasbro, you have to meet the demand for these exclusives better. All we hear is how you can’t price anything out. Then you finally release what collectors have begged for years to have another opportunity to purchase, and you make it limited. Why do you make these exclusives IMPOSSIBLE to secure? You need to work with TARGET ASAP and get more units available for pre-order. You’ve essentially ticked off most of your customers who wanted this, the TVC community that still remains. This is not how a relationship works. If there are more coming, then please let us know immediately. Because right now, people are walking away angry.
If you rewind your mind 16 years, the first wave of The Original Trilogy Collection “vintage-styled” action figures began showing up and brick and mortar right around this time. It blows my mind that sixteen years later, we STILL don’t have any of the first four figures from the line launch updated in The Vintage Collection yet. Hopefully, with Hasbro’s new directive of completing the “Kenner 96,” these four figures including Luke Skywalker Princess Leia Organa, Han Solo, and Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi should be the focus of Hasbro’s concentration. Could you imagine if they revealed all four of these on a Fan First Friday? The 3.75″ super-articulated collecting community might go a full year without complaining. Hasbro, these are LONG overdue. Please get them updated!
Now that Hasbro revealed a Carbon-Freezing Chamber playset, it’s time to give them a reality check. The Vintage Collection collectors will not be able to enjoy this brand new playset without a few key figures. (more….)
Please continue to spread the word and have your fellow 3.75″ super-articulated collectors sign the petition at change.org to get Hasbro to make more NEW 3.75″ Star Wars The Vintage Collection figures per product year. Click HERE to sign. We’re now over 8K signatures. 10K signatures will make a significant statement to Hasbro and retail partners.
Do you think there is a good chance that Hasbro will announce another “Kenner 96” on Monday? And if you do, who do you think will get announced? Do you believe that they’ve only managed to release 55.1% of The Empire Strikes Back figures released between 1980 and 1982 into the modern Hasbro line (on TVC card backs)? Hasbro should be embarrassed. Click through to see a list of what characters have NEVER been released on a modern vintage The Empire Strikes Back Kenner-inspired card back to date.
There’s a lack of products celebrating the 40th Anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back for collectors of The Vintage Collection. Since Hasbro is very fond of repacks, how about they re-released 2010’s Star Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side] Bespin Cloud Car (which to date has never been offered in The Vintage Collection packaging), and then re-release 2010’s TVC Rebel Armored Snowspeeder (a former TARGET exclusive) or a variation of it again (based on the 2010 Star Wars [Shadow Of The Dark Side] Luke Skywalker’s Snowspeeder vehicle). We need more vehicles in the line, and these both are worthy candidates to consider for the Fall/holiday season. Imagine a Cloud Car Pilot variant carded pack-in figure (with a different head) and the TBS [P1] Wedge Antilles (Snowspeeder Pilot) with Photo Real and carded pack-in figure and the selling point premiums!
As long as I’ve been collecting and reporting on the Hasbro toy line, there has been an endless circle of blame between retail and Hasbro. Hasbro says they send the stuff to retail. Retail says that Hasbro never sends the product. Wherever the truth lies, collectors know that the bottom line is that The Vintage Collection has primarily become an online/mail-order collection of action figures. (more….)
This isn’t a rumor. This isn’t news. But man oh man, Hasbro seems ever unwavering in their stance that things WILL NOT improve as far as The Vintage Collection is concerned (from collectors’ perspectives). For me, it is disconcerting. (more….)
While NY Toy Fair was gut-wrenching and devastating to most, the announcement of the Lars homestead EG-6 Power Droid was such incredible news for me. I was so excited it was confirmed (it’s been hinted by my sources for over a year and a half now), that I didn’t care that Hasbro phoned it in for the rest of The Vintage Collection reveals. We’ve posted nearly half a dozen front-page articles whining and moaning how Hasbro has NEVER updated the vintage Kenner Power Droid figure in the modern line. It only took them years, but I could not be happier that the modern definitive modern update to the vintage Kenner Power Droid is finally here. (Be prepared for more whining and moaning for the few others yet to be made too in the near future.) (more….)
Hasbro, there is an AWFUL rumor circulating (NOT FROM JTA) that all of the straight repacks you announced this past weekend WILL NOT come with Photo Real deco. We don’t see how that’s possible. You said that all figures released going forward would have Photo Real on them. On the contrary, we’ve also heard they WILL COME with Photo Real deco. At this point, we’re not sure what’s happening with them. But if you don’t include Photo Real deco, it will be one of your most egregious mistakes to date. (more….)
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