Reader David pointed us out to "Astromech Arithmetic" which is essentially his visual checklist of pretty much every variation on the R2-D2 body type since 1978. There's a lot of R2-D2s here, including the two silver ones, the McQuarrie version, and, of course, all the other droids. Check it out!
The Vintage Kenner Star Wars 3-Packs are some of the most rare and difficult action toy collectibles to track down, let alone compile a complete set. To commemorate Empire's 30th anniversary, Hasbro teams up with Target to produce 3 packs within a 3 pack and reproduces the classic Kenner packaging that sends wings aflutter for many who love the nostalgia and design of the black and silver piping as well as that Kenner logo.
Saga Legends parties like it's 1999 with this repacked version of Darth Maul. First released for The Episode I assortment as part of the Sith Speeder and Darth Maul deluxe vehicle set, the figure was also repacked as part of 2007's Saga Legends. Why the affinity for this particular figure? Beats us. We can think of a couple of other versions of Maul that would be a little bit more worthy of a $7-$8 pricepoint. As it stands, this figure is a fine example of another era. While we miss the novelty of Commtech Chips, let's leave this figure to that era.
Behold, a sign of a figure to come! Hasbro's Imperial Scanning Crew figures were meant to include a running change with an alternate accessory and different head sculpt. This didn't happen-- and for all we know, it won't happen. But how is the original? Read on!
It's hard to believe that it's been four years since this figure's release and she's definitely due for an upgrade given what Hasbro's recently achieved with the likeness and articulation of The Vintage Collection Hoth Leia. Those swivel jointed elbows can certainly be updated with discreet ball joints and all will be right with the world.
Saga Legends 05 Jango Fett saw a running change from the 2002 pre-posed Kamino Escape version to the slightly improved and more feature rich TAC iteration from 2007, which actually matches the product photo on the cardback. While neither version is perfect, we're hoping it will soon be a study in an almost decade long evolution once the new Vintage Collection figure is released. You've come a long way Hasbro.
Have another Clone Commander but this time, from Bantha Squad! Hasbro's creative use of paint and parts-swapping resulted in this nifty character, which we posed on a Playmobil backdrop. That thing's great. So is the figure. Read on!
It appears Hasbro made a paint modification for the Vintage Collection 09 Boba Fett for more character accuracy. The latest figures shipping with the Return of the Jedi wave has paint changes in the helmet, from a green outline on the cheek to black, and the blaster tip has changed from silver to black. There are also hue changes in the armor, specifically on the shoulder and knees. Finally, Fett's boots also has an altered paint scheme.
Just in time for Black Friday, we have a handy "Holiday Gifting Season" Hasbro Star Wars Exclusives Gift Guide to print out and give as a helpful suggestion "cheat sheet" to give to those who might be confused by all the cool Hasbro Star Wars toys out there.
What's red and shot in the heart? Why, this red Clone Trooper officer! What a nice figure. It uses the 2003 body with special deco that, so far, has not returned in the line. Should you track it down? Read on!
This figure is going on almost 5 years and still looks good. Our favorite misfiring Rodian barfly was first released in 2006 as part of the Vintage Ultimate Galactic Hunt for The Saga Collection. He comes with a blaster and a cache of "secret" weapons he'll most likely never need.
The Gand bounty hunter was also released in 2010 as a Celebration V exclusive Zuckuss/4-LOM Vintage 2 pack. This version was released last year as part of The Legacy Collection/Build A Droid assortment and given an all new sculpt. While the soft goods skirt had some critics, the figure was superbly sculpted and well received overall.
In the year of the bounty hunter, the Saga Legends assortment begins with three of the ESB 6 with Dengar, 4-LOM and Boba Fett being part of the new Vintage Collection. IG-88 was originally released in 2007 as part of the Saga Vintage Collection. He is refreshed for Saga Legends at a lower pricepoint but maintains the excellent sculpt and likeness of the previous release without the premium cost.
One of the dangers of toys from video games is the game may not be done before the toys are, so the Secret Apprentice looks nothing like Sam Witwer, really. (Although it's arguably no more off than most Han figures are from Harrison Ford.) How does this 2008 release stack up now that the sequel is out? Read on!
The Trandoshan bounty hunter saw his best figure yet in the 2007 Vintage Saga Collection release. So it goes without saying that his Saga Legends re-release is a welcome one amongst collectors because he's cheaper and comes with all sorts of additional weaponry (with only the grenade launcher specific to the character), a figure stand, and the Galactic Battle Game playability. Although the cool vintage card from '07 may trump all the other extras for some of you, with this figure getting cheaper for all the holiday deals, open one up and appreciate Hasbro's handy work if you haven't already.