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#finishthe96 - november 2021 update 2: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

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11 of the 29 Kenner ESB figures have been fully updated into The Vintage Collection.


2 figures haven’t their trademark mustaches since the Kenner line:

•Rebel Commander

•Bespin Security Guard: figure is Helder Spinoza; card is Pedar Solardo


7 figures have been updated but not on a vintage card:

•Imperial Commander: image is General Veers in gray; figure wears black

•2-1B (1997)

•FX-7 (2001)

•AT-AT Driver (2009)

•Bespin Security Guard (Sgt. Edian, 2009); sculpt is a different character

•Ugnaught (2009)

•C-3PO (Removable Limbs, 1998/2006)


4 figures have been updated on vintage cards pre-TVC:

•Han Solo (Hoth Outfit, 2007)

•Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear, 2007)

•IG-88 (2007)

•Bossk (2007)


2 vintage figures have been updated, but not on ESB cards:

•TIE Fighter Pilot, last released in 2021 on ROTJ card

•R2-D2 with Sensorscope, released pre-TVC in 2004 on ROTJ card; sensorscope changed to extension arm


2 vintage cards have not been fully updated:

•Zuckuss has not appeared on a modern vintage card with his current name and movie-accurate colors

•Rebel Soldier (Hoth Battle Gear) was released in 2018 with a flipped image, orange changed to blue, and figure changed to better match filmout (and original Rebel Commander)


2 figures have been released with their original names in an exclusive 2010 set with foil cards:

•4-LOM, now Zuckuss

•Zuckuss, now 4-LOM


3 vintage figures had alternate cards that haven’t been updated:

•Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues)

•Leia Organa (Bespin Gown)

•Yoda, The Jedi Master


11 figures have been fully updated into TVC:

•Dengar (2010)

•Princess Leia Organa (Hoth, 2010/2019)

•Luke Skywalker (Bespin, 2010/2020)

•AT-AT Commander (2010)

•4-LOM (2010)

•(Twin-Pod) Cloud Car Pilot (2010)

•Han Solo (Bespin, 2011/2020)

•Luke Skywalker (Hoth, 2012/2021)

•Princess Leia Organa (Bespin Outfit, 2012)

•Lando Calrissian (2021)

•Lobot (2021)


1 figure pipelined for 2022 could be another full vintage update:

•Yoda


Many have been released in Retro Collection and/or on Kenner cards in The Black Series but not TVC. We want those TVC figures, not excuses!


Analysis by @thevintageconcepts



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#finishthe96 - november 2021 update 1

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#FinishThe96! Last January, we took a look at which of the original 96 Kenner figures Hasbro still needs to update into The Vintage Collection. Of course, this is one focus for TVC among many, and we’re thrilled to see figures from new media like The Mandalorian or The Clone Wars season 7. But modern updates for the original 96 figures are important to the line.


Throughout 2021, partly in celebration of Lucasfilm’s 50th anniversary, Hasbro showed their commitment to releasing these figures. This year, 12 new #FinishThe96 figures or cards were offered in TVC for the first time.

•VC186 Boba Fett (alt card)

•VC190 Paploo

•VC191 Princess Leia (Endor)

•VC192 AT-ST Driver

•VC197 Death Star Droid

•VC198 Luke Skywalker (Endor)

•VC199 Tusken Raider

•VC200 The Emperor

•VC205 Lando Calrissian

•VC207 Teebo

•VC223 Lobot

•VC224 Bib Fortuna


While not technically part of the 96, the Kenner Droids and Ewoks figures deserve recognition as well. It’s great to finally see modern interpretations of these unique figures (and their coins!) on classic cards.

•C-3PO (Droids)

•R2-D2 (Droids)

•Boba Fett (Droids)


One more original 96 character is in the pipeline, hopefully coming on a proper ESB card.

•Yoda


2021 saw five specialty repacks of #FinishThe96 figures that were previously available in TVC.

•VC22 Admiral Ackbar

•VC62 Han Solo (Endor)

•VC65 TIE Fighter Pilot (still needs an ESB card)

•VC95 Luke Skywalker (Hoth)

•VC105 Emperor’s Royal Guard (uses 2012 card, not 1983)


A few “96-adjacent” figures are also making their way into the line, similar to but not exactly like some Kenner releases.

•VC189 Zutton

•VC68 Hoth Rebel Soldier (Echo Base Battle Gear)


That’s quite a healthy offering of #FinishThe96 figures for one year alone! Stay tuned this month as we break down what we have and what we need.


Be sure to listen to our previous podcast episodes on this subject, and check out @bossksbounty’s #FinishThe96 series on YouTube!


Analysis by @thevintageconcepts



SWTVC hasbro Q&a - november 1st, 2021


This morning, our very own @milehighground sat down with Patrick Schneider and Chris Reiff of the Hasbro Star Wars brand team to ask some of our burning questions about The Vintage Collection. If you haven’t already listened to the latest episode of The SWTVC Podcast, here are the questions and answers in text form! Thanks again to the Hasbro Star Wars brand team and to @litzkypr!


May the Force be with you!


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Question 1



SWTVC: We just got the reveal of a Maldo Kreis Mandalorian and Grogu in both Vintage Collection and Black Series, and recently we have seen figures like Bib Fortuna and Figrin D’an pipelined for both scales around the same time. We welcome this “balance the scales” approach and would love to see more of it going forward. Can you talk a little bit about this approach? Are the Vintage Collection and Black Series teams able to share their development work across the scales?


Chris: Short answer: yes, we’re able to share back and forth. We do all the time. I mean, it’s critical in these things with as much detail and color and spec-ing as we do, and development work as we do, to share and talk constantly about that. Emily and Eric, who deal with TVC and Black Series principally, they’re in constant communication on stuff. So, in scenarios like this, with all the little spiders and stuff in those two sets, I mean, that one was a perfect example of doing both of those at the same time, really let us lean into having the array of spider sizes. So, we try and play a little bit that way, and be able to make offerings that work, and work with each other that way. But that being said, sometimes the priorities for TVC and filling a character void that we’ve had, or for Black Series the same thing, it doesn’t always make sense to do the same figures, the “balance the scales” thing like you said, it doesn’t always make sense for that to happen. So, it’s about what’s the priority, and what’s the most important thing for each of those lines, and for those fans.


Patrick: I should just say, Chris is the manager on the design side for our whole fan line, so sometimes the sharing of things is him talking to himself, so that definitely is happening!


Question 2


SWTVC: It’s great to see so many Vintage Collection items coming from new and recent media like The Mandalorian seasons one and two and The Clone Wars season seven. However, these items are joining the line a year and a half to a couple years after the entertainment first aired, and will be hitting shelves as fans are enjoying one of the five new seasons of Star Wars TV coming in 2022 alone, leaving the line in a constant state of catch-up. We know it can take about 18 months to two years to get a figure to shelf, so does this mean you guys are gauging fan reaction to new properties before deciding to make product to support them? Or is the popularity of recent media, TVC in general, and the onslaught of shows about to hit us in the next few years, does that you more confidence to get new media figures into TVC earlier?


Patrick: Yeah, absolutely. We work closely with Lucasfilm and we’re always trying to strike the balance. We know in the perfect world, getting product right as the show or movie is airing is ideal. That being said, you know, we’ve said that the movies and TV shows are also important, right? We’ve said in the past for Episode VII, we saw Luke at the end of that movie the same time you guys did. We’ve said in the past obviously with Grogu/The Child, being able for fans to see that in that show was so, you know, emotional and so amazing and we certainly wouldn’t want that to have not happened. So we are still getting figures in some scales at some point with the show or shortly after. I think of, you know, Bo-Katan Black Series we announced last year during Mandalorian, I’m sure there are others. So, we certainly strive for that where possible. Where it makes more sense for fans’ enjoyment of the TV show or movie, then we make sure it’s a little later.


Question 3

SWTVC: As worldbuilders, TVC collectors do really appreciate the recent focus on figures from Clone Wars season seven, allowing us to build out these Mandalore battle scenes with most of the key players. This is following on building out recent themes like the heroes of Endor, and filling out the recent TVC playsets. Will we be seeing more themed releases going forward, or does the onslaught of new media make that a bit more difficult?


Chris: It’s a difficult problem, but a fun problem to have, right? Themed releases, and figures that work together, are an important part of that worldbuilding experience for TVC, so that is something we do and intend to continue doing. But it is maybe a little more limited when there are so many properties, and we’re trying to get to everything in there. But I think you’ll see that sort of theming across multiple years too, where maybe we can’t do six figures at once this year, but maybe we can do a couple next year, kind of thing, that work with those, and continue those little windows and worlds that way.


Evan: I’ll just say, I hope to see a Client also make the jump to Vintage Collection for our Nevarro playset.


Chris: Noted!


Question 4


SWTVC: Intentional or not, the release of the specialty Vintage Collection Obi-Wan Kenobi and Mace Windu figures does coincide with the 20th anniversary of Attack of the Clones. There are still some other great Attack of the Clones figures, such as the one that Chris from Bantha Skull mentioned, the Anakin from 2013 Black Series; there’s also a Padmé there. They’d look great on TVC cards with photoreal updates. And of course we still need a new Count Dooku. Wouldn’t say no to another Republic Gunship, release either. We know you’re not going to do much, probably, for that anniversary, but is there hope, at least, that some more of these items might make their way into the line soon-ish?


Chris: Yeah, we don’t… I think you’re expecting the answer I’m gonna give you, is that we don’t have anything to tell you. In the interest of speed, we’ll leave it there.


Patrick: Yeah, I will also just say, like we’ve mentioned, 2022 has a lot of entertainment coming, so that's where we’re kind of laser-focused.




Question 5


SWTVC: Going back to the Maldo Kreis pack in TVC in particular with that kind of line expression of the more deluxe, larger card with the spiders, does that kind of open the door for more worldbuilding, fun little pack-in items in this deluxe kind of style going forward, now that there’s a line expression that can accommodate that?


Chris: Yeah, I think that’s a safe bet that that sort of approach to things is… It’s fun, we enjoyed it. The fan response has been good, so I think that’s encouraging for future stuff.

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The Bad Batch wouldn’t leave Crosshair behind…now let’s hope Hasbro doesn’t leave The Vintage Collection behind!


We first discussed wanting The Bad Batch figures in The Vintage Collection after the show’s premiere, so we thought we’d revisit the topic for #TVCWishlistWednesday after the season finale. Along the way, Hasbro revealed the amazing Amazon exclusive four-pack featuring Captain Rex, the Elite Squad Trooper, Captain Grey, and fan favorite Captain Howzer (or is that Ballast?). This set sold out very quickly, becoming Amazon’s top seller of the day (according to Hasbro), prompting more quantities to be made available early next year—and showing a clear desire for figures from this series.


While not every episode is perfect (need we remind you about early seasons of The Clone Wars and Rebels?), this show offers a fun blast of Star Wars action in a fascinating time of change for the galaxy, and it absolutely screams “toyetic.” Now, we know the Havoc Marauder probably isn’t flying onto shelves any time soon, and there are plenty of other Star Wars properties that deserve their space in the line, too. But the anticipation around TVC figures from animated series like Ahsoka, Maul, and Echo shows there is plenty of demand for characters outside the original trilogy and The Mandalorian.


Not to be all “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia,” but The Black Series already has several characters from this show available for sale or preorder right now. Lucky for us, that means Hasbro should be able to leverage the digital sculpts of these figures to #BalanceTheScalesHasbro and make TVC versions of them. The 6” versions of Hunter and Crosshair feature the same arms, legs, and lower torsos, and we imagine 3.75” versions of them could do the same, so that’s some tooling budget saved right there. The show also featured tons of plain white phase II clone troopers, so what better excuse to pump out a revised version of the figure on a Bad Batch card? Not to mention a new Clone Commando that could then be repainted a dozen different ways!


Which characters from #TheBadBatch do you want to see in #TheVintageCollection first?

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