Out of all the scene specific Vader's, an "Emperor's Wrath" is probably one of the more symbolic in the saga. Perhaps this figure should have been badged as "Redemption" Vader, though it doesn't have as cool a tone. This is the third Force Lightning energized 'Wrath" Vader in the line (although "Emperor's Wrath" as a sub-moniker isn't mentioned on either card variant), the first as far back as 2000's Power of the Jedi. The Vintage Collection version includes a detachable hand, Force Lightning effects, and what's become a signature look for this scene specific figure; a transparent helmet.
Today's (technically) Figure of the Day is Han Solo in Carbonite from 1996, which is pretty gosh-darned similar to the old Kenner one from the 1980s. New color, new stickers, and because we've got a deadline, read on!
Welcome to Q&A! This week: Is the line taking a break? Not really. Another distribution question? What a stunner! What about shopping online? Well, that ain't bad. All this and more fun talking about pricing in this week's fantosmonious splendifferous and potentially boring column!
From our sponsors at Brian's Toys: Restocked, Restocked, Restocked' is the theme for this week's Brian's Toys newsletter. A HUGE selection of Gentle Giant mini busts have been restocked, including old classics and new favorites -- almost 50 in all! Here to steal the thunder, the Vintage-Style Wave 13, Sideshow Collectibles Premium Format Boba Fett & General Grievous, and a lot of Loose Vintage AFA figures have also been put back in stock.
Take a bow! Presenting some hi-res images of the upcoming final wave of The Vintage Collection featuring a new Royal Guard, Nien Nunb, Lumat, Clone Wars realistic Ahsoka and Obi-Wan, Republic Trooper, Prune Face, and Weequay along with four re-issued Discover The Force figures. We will miss you Vintage Collection; your silver and black nostalgic Kenner-ness, the fantastic sculpt and articulation, and the definitive versions of many characters. Don't be away too long!
It's probably the most compelling Mythos statue we've seen so far just for the fact that it provides a glimpse of Obi-Wan Kenobi evolving from McGregor to Guinness and that large backpack holds so many caveats of interest, like his Clone Wars armor and Anakin's lightsaber.
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Leia Organa in her glamorous Bespin gown has always been one of the princess' more ornate outfits in the saga. Her standard white color pallet was starkly disrupted during the Cloud City sequence and it was a great change of pace from a costuming standpoint. The figure renditions over the years have attempted to recreate the outer gown, from the vinyl cape of the classic vintage Kenner version to the more woven POTF2 Princess Collection that would be more appropriate as window dressing. For the 2012 Vintage Collection, you get two variant cardbacks with one paying homage to a "Lost Line" look to go with a nicely sculpted and articulated figure. But did Hasbro get the gown right?
Diamond Select Toys wrote in to share news of not one, but two exclusives! Boba Fett and R2-Q5 banks are coming, and the quality of these things is usually pretty top-notch. Want to know more about the exclusives? Click through, and write down that booth #632 is the booth!
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