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Image Bank: Clone Trooper (212th Battalion)

By Mike — Sunday, February 6, 2011

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.

 

Image Bank: VC37 Super Battle Droid

By Mike — Sunday, February 6, 2011

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.

 

Image Bank: VC36 Senate Guard

By Mike — Sunday, February 6, 2011

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.

Image Bank: VC35 Mace Windu

By Mike — Saturday, February 5, 2011

It's like Hasbro managed to shrink Samuel L. Jackson's noggin into 3.75 inch scale because the head sculpt on this figure is just amazing from every angle. A bulky soft goods cloak is a slight draw back, but we must admit it's slightly better than the Hershey's chocolate syrup shell of the Episode I figure's sculpted cloak pictured on the cardback. The figure also comes with a lightsaber and hilt that attaches to the belt and standard ball jointed arms, knees, and waist. A great figure deserving of Vintage premium status.

 

 

Image Bank: VC34 Jango Fett

By Mike — Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Take 2007's TAC Evolutions Jango Fett, retool his wrist gauntlets, swap out the JT-12 jetpack for a more colorful Z-6 pack with a removable "firing" dummy rocket, add some minor deco changes and a removable poncho, and there you have the "new" Vintage Collection Jango Fett. We're quite frankly slightly underwhelmed by Hasbro's effort, especially for a character that's worthy of a good "ultimate" upgrade. Keeping the figure carded in the awesome Kenner inspired card is probably a good option if you have the EVO version already.

Image Bank: VC33 Padmé Amidala (Peasant Disguise)

By Mike — Tuesday, February 1, 2011

If only all peasants dressed this finely. With swappable headpieces, a nicely done soft goods shawl, and detailed paint deco, the all new Padmé Amidala in Peasant Disguise makes a worthy partner to just also released Peasant Anakin. While it would be nice if someday Hasbro figured out a way to make a gowned Padmé sit, we're really not complaining. She's quite stunning.

 

Image Bank: VC32 Anakin Skywalker (Peasant Disguise)

By Mike — Tuesday, February 1, 2011

He's vastly improved from the original "Peasant Disguise" Anakin pictured on the cardback, with nice articulation and great paint detail, particularly on the tunic. The new Vintage AOTC era Anakin Skywalker came out much better in plastic than the pre-release Hasbro product shots, and we highly recommend upgrading your 2002 clunker for the newer, sleeker 2010 model today.

 

 

Image Bank: VC30 Zam Wesell

By Mike — Monday, January 31, 2011

Like a grape Otter Pop of perfection, the new Vintage Collection Zam Wesell impresses with a highly detailed sculpt and an evolutionary jump from the 2002 pre-posed, action featured Saga version. You've now got an almost spot on facial likeness of Leanna Walsman, removable helmet, swappable heads, and super-articulation. This one will be the definite version for awhile, folks. So make sure to pick her up!

 

Image Bank: VC29 Kit Fisto

By Mike — Monday, January 31, 2011

The Nautolan Jedi Master receives the ultra Vintage Collection treatment featuring an all new sculpt, super articulation, and a removable soft goods cloak. While Kit Fisto has had quite a few iterations in the past, this version has to be considered the best yet. The paint detail is quite nice and the poseability makes most older versions obscure. He'll also fit nicely in the new Wal-Mart exclusive Starfighter.

 

Image Bank: SL20 Battle Droids

By Mike — Monday, December 27, 2010

Originally released last year for Target's Geonosis Arena sets, these red Battle Droids, one being a commander, are prime for the army building. Look out for a correction to a smaller size for the eyes by Hasbro for better accuracy. 

Image Bank: SL19 501st Legion Trooper

By Mike — Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Vader's crack unit gets repacked again for Saga Legends 2010 after being released for The 30th Anniversary Collection Saga Legends assortment from 2007. Again, the body of the ROTS super-articulated Clone Trooper (III-41) from 2005 is used and applied with the distinct markings of the 501st Legion. Win all around.

Image Bank: SL18 Chewbacca

By Mike — Tuesday, December 21, 2010

While the head sculpt is "New Hope" Chewie, being originally released as part of the 2005 Early Bird Kit promotion, Hasbro spattered some slightly distinguishing paint apps for the Hoth treatment. The body itself, with its awesome sculpt and mostly masterfully hidden articulation, not to mention the almost perfect scale, originated from VOTC Chewie in 2004. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Just repaint it. It certainly applies here.

Image Bank: SL17 C-3PO

By Mike — Tuesday, December 21, 2010

SL17 C-3PO is a repack of The Saga Collection release from 2006 featuring the golden deity on his Ewok throne. The vac metal is quite striking and perhaps too clean on this figure, but the overall result is good and true to that particular scene from Return of the Jedi. Would an Ewok fire spit Han and Luke be too much too ask from Hasbro? Probably.

Image Bank: SL12 Obi-Wan Kenobi

By Mike — Monday, December 20, 2010

Hasbro corrected the first release of SL12 Obi-Wan Kenobi, the AOTC "you don't want to sell me death sticks" version from Saga 2003, to the intended and represented, not to mention much better done, TAC iteration from 2008. How do mix ups like these happen at the factory? We can only guess, but Hasbro may need to go home and rethink their life...err...quality control.

Image Bank: SL16 Clone Trooper

By Mike — Monday, December 20, 2010

Speaking of the white ROTS Clone Trooper from 2005, here he is next as SL16! This particular mold has been used a few times, including the ROTS Commander Gree and exclusive Covert Ops Clone Trooper