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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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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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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 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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There’s got to be a way that The Vintage Collection collecting community can get into Hasbro’s good graces that it inspires them to produce the best action figure line possible. As you all know well, it’s been a torturous uphill battle, and it often feels like they bother with us because they “have” to, not because they “want” to. I recently came across a clip of the season 1 finale of 2000’s Malcolm in the Middle television show (some of the greatest TV ever produced by the way), and I thought it was the perfect metaphor of the relationship between The Vintage Collection, The Vintage Collection collecting community, and Hasbro. And what metaphor would be complete without injecting Bea Arthur, ABBA, and buttons? Click through if you dare.

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There have been quite a few recent articles trying to pin down the blame on why The Vintage Collection is in the state that it’s in, and the editorials have been anywhere from ridiculous to conspiracy theory. After a recent audit of my The Vintage Collection stock, to my horror, I discovered I only have 38 Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight) figures in stock, 34 short of my six dozen minimum. (more….)

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In case you haven’t noticed, the most recent wave of The Vintage Collection is strewn with horrid card art. What’s the deal, Hasbro? You need to fire your graphics team. These are mostly terrible. And if it wasn’t for JTA leading the campaign to fix the Return Of The Jedi Boba Fett card art, it would have been a total debacle! Princess Leia (Bespin Escape) is an embarrassment, Zutton is horrible. What the heck happened to Greef Karga’s packaging image? And with all the attention Baby Yoda is getting, you couldn’t find a less blurry image of Grogu? What’s with all of the hand-drawn-looking reference stills? They look worse than the vintage Kenner drawings! Please use high-resolution character film-outs, or hire someone else to do your packaging graphics. This collection deserves your best. Thank you!

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We’re extending the deadline for our poll asking you what action figures Hasbro already produced that they should pack into The Vintage Collection (for the first time) by ONE MORE DAY (today only). Here is your chance to pick five action figures from other lines you’d like to see reissued for the first time in The Vintage Collection packaging. So many incredible figures from The Legacy Collection, Legacy Collection, and The Black Series 3.75″ lines are worthy of inclusion (and other lines too). Who will you pick? Click through for directions.

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We’re right around the corner from reaching the 200th The Vintage Collection figure. Do you think Hasbro should reserve it for a “Kenner 96” figure? Or does it not matter to you? The last time we reached a landmark like this was in 2012 when Hasbro released Starkiller (Vader’s Secret Apprentice) (VC100) figure, and quite a few collectors felt that Hasbro should have taken the landmark more seriously for a classic Kenner character. Anyway, let us know in the comments if VC200 means anything special to you, and who you’d like to see numbered that way.

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There are a ton of “excellent” action figures already produced that Hasbro should pack into The Vintage Collection. Hasbro kicked-off the return of The Vintage Collection in this manner but chose the worst characters possible for the launch (they were mostly Sequel Trilogy characters). Here is your chance to pick five action figures from other lines you’d like to see reissued for the first time in The Vintage Collection packaging. So many incredible figures from The Legacy Collection, Legacy Collection, and The Black Series 3.75″ lines are worthy of inclusion (and other lines too). Who will you pick? Click through for directions.

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Thank you to everyone who voted in our The Vintage Collection Fan Channel Repack Poll. We received an amazing amount of response and feedback, and we now have the results compiled. Hasbro should take these results, and compile six new case assortments based on these results. But we don’t live in a utopia. Click through for more!

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Today is the last day to add your choices before we lock the comments and tally the results! Hasbro’s choices for The Vintage Collection “Fan Channel” repack waves have been less than stellar, and if judging by the last assortment, utterly confusing. They may claim these figures are not for “us” but that’s not realistic. Let’s help them make the wisest repack choices. Click through for directions and to add your picks.

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Hasbro’s choices for The Vintage Collection “Fan Channel” repack waves have been less than stellar, and if judging by the last assortment, utterly confusing. They may claim these figures are not for “us” but that’s not realistic. Let’s help them make the wisest repack choices. Click through for directions.

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Hasbro, Let's Play A Fun Game For One Whole Product Year

OK Hasbro, let’s play a game. And it’s probably going to come across as “let’s make a deal.” There is a lot of conspiracy theory, inconsistency, and no follow-through when it comes to The Vintage Collection versus The Black Series line. But one thing is certain. Collectors of super-articulated 3.75″ action figures are growing increasingly frustrated, to the point of weariness. You’ve admitted that the interest in The Vintage Collection and the excitement expressed by collectors has overwhelmed you. You, in so many words, said that you were impressed by the community’s passion in the line and that you’d be doing more for us as time moved forward. That hasn’t come to pass, unfortunately. So, here is what we’re proposing. How about, for one whole product year, you produce whatever you do for The Black Series [Phase IV] 6-inch line for The Vintage Collection 3.75-inch line? (more…)

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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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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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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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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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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….)

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It's Time To Produce The Vintage Collection Bib Fortuna

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….)

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