Because you love this kind of stuff, I've got some impressions of Hasbro Star Wars The Vintage Collection Wave 6 for you! This new batch of figures started shipping to online stores just after Toy Fair, meaning you can either grab them online or hunt them down in your favorite-- or least-favorite-- local stores. What does the first truly mixed wave of new, non-repainted figures have for you? Read on!
Luke Skywalker (Dagobah Landing) is extremely impressive despite being about 90% recycled parts. The forearms/hands are new, the head is new (and one of Hasbro's best Mark Hamill sculpts yet), but the rest is recycled from the Hoth Pilot Luke Skywalker, currently being sold as Saga Legends figure #SL21. The articulation is at its normal exceptional level, and the Empire Strikes Back figure's personality is well-served by the quality of plastics Hasbro used on this one. Even though you might be thinking you should skip this one, fans of good figures should make it a point to track this one down.
The new Attack of the Clones Clone Trooper is astonishing-- I'll be going into it in detail in Figure of the Day shortly, but the all-new sculpt has bending wrists, ball-jointed hips, a helmet that's so perfect you can't even tell that it's removable at first glance, and both of his weapons have added painted details present. This one is so good that it makes Hasbro's previous best efforts, which were landmark figures in their time, look like also-rans. You gotta get this one.
While a significant improvement over previous efforts, General Lando Calrissian is the first updated figure in The Vintage Collection that's a tribute to the original Power of the Force collection. This figure is an absolute improvement over previous releases, and sports 14 points of articulation plus ball-jointed hips to help him better sit in vehicles. He has a removable cloth cape and a removable holster for his pistol, and the head sculpt is acceptable-- it's a little thin, although this could just be the way the hair on his head and face are painted. The main test for this figure is his ability to sit in the 2008 big Millennium Falcon vehicle as seen in Return of the Jedi, and I'm glad to say that he does indeed fit in the pilot's chair just fine.
As the first all-new Return of the Jedi-specific member of his species since 1997, the Weequay Skiff Guard is pretty good. The shoulders are big, the armor is well-sculpted, really the only flaw on this never-before-made figure is that his neck seems a little long. He'll be right at home on one of your Skiff toys, and includes a pike and a blaster. It should come as no surprise that he has 14 points of articulation and, while excellent, isn't as astonishingly great is Giran or Wooof.
While I don't think anyone wanted to ask for a new AT-RT Driver from Revenge of the Sith, this is a significant upgrade. Not only did they add in a ball-jointed torso and a wonderful removable helmet, but his backpack is a separate accessory, his deco has been improved, and he has two guns-- not a bad touch. The ball-jointed hips should do wonders with getting him to sit on an AT-RT, particularly if Hasbro ever cranks out another movie version of the vehicle. You might be past the stage of army-building this one, but it's a really good figure that's worth picking up even if, at first glance, he doesn't look all that much different from the 2005 release.
Rounding out the new wave of figures is Fi-Ek Sirch, previously made as an action figure with the less-creative name "Nikto Jedi Knight." There was a version in 2002 with the hood up, and another around 2003 which featured no cloak as a Toys "R" Us exclusive. This one is a big improvement in terms of articulation, but the 2002 release may be more authentic with a hood that hangs on his head just right and a pose that matches the cardback photo. This new version has 14 points of articulation, a ratty little cloak which is similar in texture to the Vintage The Saga Collection Tusken Raiders, and a lightsaber with a matching hilt that goes onto his belt. If you like Jedi figures, you'll want this one, even if he doesn't have ball-jointed hips. He's got jointed legs, which is a big step up from last time.
All in all, it's a good wave of figures despite not bringing much never-before-seen action to the table. If you're in the market for these (and enjoy the kind of content Galactic Hunter has to offer), please feel free to pick these up at our sponsors and let 'em know we sent you! Entertainment Earth, Brian's Toys, Toy-Palace, and Big Bad Toy Store help to support our coverage of Toy Fair and Star Wars in general, so help us help you help them-- buy something!