This figure may not be the most articulated or even definitive R2-D2, but boy is he fun with all the flashing lights and electronic sounds. A repack of the Revenge of the Sith figure from 2005, this mold actually saw its first incarnation in plastic as the POTF2 Power FX R2-D2.
Ah, the tale of two Vaders, also known as Vader's aplenty for the holiday pegs. First releasing the removable helmet figure from 2008's The Legacy Collection (BD08), Hasbro run changes it for the more ESB appropriate version from 2006's The Saga Collection. Both versions are readily available on the pegs along with the newly released The Vintage Collection figure.
Hasbro's latest print ad spotlights their new Vintage Collection and The Empire Strikes Back wave featuring Han Solo and Princess Leia recreating the Hoth Rebel base evacuation.
Size matters not, yet Yoda comes packin with a firing cannon! First released in 2005 for the Revenge of the Sith collection, this version comes with a removable plastic molded cape, which hinders his poseability when he has it on, but has decent articulation underneath.
The "guts" of this sculpt was from the Sith Evolutions figure from 2005, which Hasbro retooled along with a new headsculpt for The 30th Anniversary Collection in 2008. Now that The Vintage Collection figure is considered the frontrunner, this SL version, with its limited arm articulation but not too bad a head sculpt, is relegated to secondary Battle Pack filler status. You know, for the kids.
This Clone Trooper mold was part of an immensely popular Entertainment Earth exclusive in 2005 and was later re-released for the TAC Saga Legends assortment in 2007. He's not a bad EP2 (Phase II) clone to build troops if you're inclined to do so, especially with all the 2 fers and BOGO's being promoted at your favorite retailer this holiday season.
First released as an Episode III Sneak Preview figure, this version of General Grievous has been repacked so many times we lost count. The cape was switched from white to grey and an electrostaff added in 2006 for The Saga Collection, but everything else, save some slight deco changes, remains the same. You can also pick up this Grievous in the just released Battle of Utapau Battlepack if you haven't had enough of him.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.