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.
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.
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.
A repaint of the original white super-articulated Revenge of the Sith Clone Trooper from 2005 for the ROTS Skirmish in the Senate Battlepack, this Shock Trooper has seen many lives as either a Saga Legends or Battlepack repack. Still, the sculpt is good and the deco is appealing, therefore, he's still a decent army builder to beef up Palpatine's goon squad.
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.
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.
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.