A few notes on this afternoon's Hasbro presentation:
The big news announcement, especially for Vintage Collection fans is the specially carded Revenge of the Jedi cardbacks featuring the unproduced title and logo for Episode VI. There will be 12 figures carded with this logo including a new Slave Leia, B-wing Pilot, Death Star Luke. These will not be considered chase Galactic Hunt figures and should be readily available in retail.
Hasbro loves upgrades, and this Obi-Wan Kenobi takes a good figure and makes it even better by adding cloth robes plus jointed knees and ankles. Packaged with your choice of vehicles, it's a great, great figure you really need to get for piloting purposes. Read on!
He had to come up eventually! Jabba the Hutt was the most sought-after exclusive of late summer 2010, and today? Half price. Life just isn't fair, but even if you paid full price for this guy, I expect you'll like it. Want to see more? Read on!
A holdover from Wave 2 Revenge of the Sith, Yoda gets remixed somewhat in Wave 5. Featuring a vastly improved repainted head sculpt from the 2007 Kybruck figure along with that version's torso, Vintage Yoda sports new swivel jointed arms and ball jointed shoulders and knees. The cloak also fits nicely, and as Adam Pawlus noted in this week's Q&A, lacks a hood and features some Dagobah like weathering. In whole, it's a great figure and we really like the inclusion of The Force blast/shield accessory.
While we just got a pretty nice vintage version of this figure, it's worth noting that this Super Battle Droid has ball-jointed ankles. And this one came from last year, too! Should you track down this Target exclusive? Read on!
Since he was first released for The 30th Anniversary Collection in 2007, this super articulated and removable helmet version of Commander Gree with superior paint deco has seen a couple of re-issues as a "Greatest Hit". He's definitely worth picking up for the nice look of the Vintage card alone. And if you've yet to collect him loose after almost 4 years, here's another chance.
The sculpt for Han Solo (Yavin Ceremony) was originally seen in Legacy Collection BD30 Han Solo (Death Star Escape). But in a testament to the nuanced improvement in paint and paint application, the new Vintage Collection figure looks remarkably better.
When the Clone Wars movie first hit fans asked when they could expect a Jungle Camo ARF Trooper. Well, not exactly-- they asked where they could buy those cool scouts, but this is what they turned out to be. You should get two-- not one, but two. Read on!
This Stormtrooper, while recycling some parts from 2007's 30th Anniversary Collection version (head) and 2009's Sandtrooper packed in with the Walmart Dewback (body) is a pretty good effort. It suffers from loose helmet syndrome and the cardback wrongly depicts its first issue on an Empire Strikes Back card, but you can do far worse for $9 to $10 bucks. It will be interesting to see how this figure sells next to the lingering Vintage Sandtrooper.
This R5-D4 unit, forgive the pun, has a B.A.D. motivator. The sculpt and detachable parts harken back to Build-A-Droid R5-C7 from 2009, with some minor improvements in deco accuracy. Sure it's mainly rehash, but you gotta admit that "Star Wars" vintage card front with the classic photo gives reminiscent goose bumps of picking one up as a wide eyed eight year old at Gemco and Fedmart. Yeah, we go way back kids.
Featuring a new head sculpt and an updated Resurgence of the Jedi body now with a soft goods skirt and Stormtrooper belt, Death Star Escape Luke Skywalker is a worthy interpretation of the moisture farmboy. The commlink is detachable, the soft goods allow a little more poseability, and it's certainly one of the better ANH Luke head sculpts yet. There will be a robust debate on whether this is a better likeness over the Resurgence figure, but it ultimately falls on the eye of the beholder because both are pretty well executed.
The VC15 Clone Trooper is updated with yellow deco and an additional blaster rifle to transform into a 212th Battalion Clone Trooper that will adequately army build and re-enforce your Battle of Utapau diorama. The removable helmet gives this version the advantage over the 2006 Saga Collection version, although that yellowing discoloration on the helmet isn't battle damage. It's just the yellowing and discoloration of cheaper grade plastics.
A repaint of 2007's 30th Anniversary Collection figure but with the holes from the flame attachment filled in, the Vintage Super Battle Droid includes some Geonosian dust deco on the feet but unfortunately lacking the ankle articulation of the recent Target exclusive 2 pack version. A Hasbro "Greatest Hit" that looks great carded Vintage style, but you can do better and cheaper elsewhere if you want to open and army build.
The new Vintage Collection Senate Guard uses a few parts from 2005's version and even includes a nice nod to the Clone Wars television series in the form of the longer left shoulder armor. The helmet isn't actually removable, but there is a separate sculpted "head" underneath that actually acts as more of a frontal facade for the helmet. We do like the material used for the outer cloak, which has a nice drape when posing the figure in action type poses.