Galactic Hunter.com's Star Wars Q&A with Adam Pawlus
August 6, 2007
1. Do you know what caused the delay earlier this year in getting out
the 30th Anniversary Collection? Are there still problems, because
new figures are barely trickling out?! Was Hasbro affected by the
lead paint problems Mattel is having out of China? Just wondering...
The "delay" in early 2007 was pretty much marketing decision-making. The product was ready and selling in other countries weeks (if not a month or so) before the USA, Hasbro just wisely realized they could sell more of the final three waves of repaints between the main line and Wal-Mart. While we as fans want Hasbro to release absolutely everything at once, it isn't a good idea for them to do so-- I mean, why crank out 2007 product when the Wal-Mart wave hadn't even hit yet? People might skip those figures and move on without realizing they hit, rather than missing them because distribution sucked. (I kid, I kid.)
As of yet, the Mattel paint problems only affects Mattel's Fisher-Price lines, and nothing else (that I've heard of). There are countless factories in China, some of which do business for multiple vendors, and some of which do not. If there is a safety concern I have no doubt you will hear about it absolutely everywhere immediately, and if you don't, you'll see scores of figures on eBay with "RARE! RECALLED! UNSAFE!" in the headlines.
2. I want your opinion on the Legends figures, specifically which figures you would purchase if you only wanted the 7 unique coins. This is assuming you already own versions of all the coming figures (I know the pit droids are technically new, to us at least, but let's say they are the same old molds).
Step 1: buy what you don't have. Step 2: see Step 1.
If there aren't figures you missed, well, it really just boils down to duplicate preference, plus the Darktrooper. The prequels are easy-- Episode I has Battle Droids and Pit Droids. Episode II has the AOTC Clone Trooper, and who can have enough of those? III has the Shock Trooper and Clone Trooper, and the Clone is technically new. The original trilogy is where it gets tricky. For Episode IV, you have 3 unique new flavors of Sandtrooper, so if you're into trooper variations, you're covered. V and VI is where it gets nasty, but I'd say you may as well get some Imperial Officers for Empire and most likely Boba Fett for Jedi. If you like troopers, you're covered. If not, well, uh, trade?
3. What are your thoughts on people selling R2-KT for inflated asking prices on ebay? I have no problem with people starting it at or below what they paid for it, for the market will do with it what the market will do with it, but naturally there are a lot of auctions where people are asking inflated prices to begin with.
I am not planning on buying one for myself, but I do think that it is a very nice thing that Hasbro has done to honor the child who passed away. I don't recall, was it proceeds from the figure that were going to be donated, or was Hasbro and Lucasfilm making a flat donation, or am I remembering that wrong altogether?
Anyway, I guess what I'm getting at, is it seems kind of wrong to be selling this figure for an inflated price. All the others, fair game, considering the expenses most people had to pay just to go, so I get wanting to recoup some of the cost. Oh well, I guess it doesn't matter what I think as whether I'm right or being overly sensitive, people will sell them anyway. For something like this, though, Hasbro should have made them more plentiful on their website or wherever.
When a figure is initially sold from Hasbro for charity, it's a charity item. The second it goes from Hasbro into somebody else's hands, it becomes a toy or a collectible, and subject to the same crap any other action figure will get. R2-KT has a backstory which lead some people to believe it's an extra special figure. In some senses, it is-- I mean, how often can you buy a figure that will brighten the days of children with horrible medical afflictions? But in another, more accurate sense, it isn't. Some people may have bought this figure solely to be charitable. I wish I could say I was one of them, but let's face it-- I'm a Star Wars fan, I wanted a pink robot, and it was icing on the cake that it supports a noble cause.
For this release, Hasbro donated $100,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and claims to be making no profits. I assume this means this is a supremely limited edition item, because when you charge $9.99 for a repaint of a mold you've squeezed out for no less than 11 different droid releases, your costs probably aren't exactly high unless your production run is particularly low. As such, Hasbro probably recouped its manufacturing costs (I assume, I have no idea) and a decent chunk of the donation. Again, I assume-- I don't have access to Hasbro's books nor did I get a chance to ask them the ins and outs of this particular item while I was in San Diego, because I was too busy working/not sleeping.
I don't share your sense of what matters here. While I do have a problem with the scalping of pretty much any figure within days after its release in general, after its release is over, it becomes a collectible. (For the record, R2-KT is still available on other sites.) There are more R2-KTs in the distribution system still (as you've seen, I assume) so hopefully people aren't buying these for higher prices on eBay. (Remember, kids: dealers who buy up exclusives and figures to sell you at twice the price aren't providing you with a valuable service, they bought up product that you may have had the chance to buy in stores, online via HasbroToyShop, or elsewhere.) Yes, it's scummy to scalp a charity item, but I'm sure any collector hobby has had items like this in the past. Hasbro got its money, the Make-A-Wish Foundation got its money, and the by-product is a small plastic robot toy. What happens to those figures is inconsequential, the charity has received a kind donation, and that's what this is all about-- you can still donate to Make-A-Wish, and wait to get the figure for $10 when they show up in stock again (or wait until fans lose interest in 8-18 months and they're less than cost on eBay).
While it's not up to me, I'm sure most/all fans agree that hopefully, this will be an item that Hasbro doesn't get stuck with (as what's more sad than a figure for charity becoming a pegwarmer?), and more importantly, that this is a figure fans can get. So far, it looks like there are plenty in the system so anyone who wants one can pay the $9.99. Or, more importantly if we really want to help out those in need, we can just write a check and 100% of the funds will go to a good cause directly. Visit Wish.org for more on this charity.
4. Saw the reveal of the figures in the EE "Elite Forces" pack (formerly the
mystery set.) Definitely have some mixed feelings, as the figures
themselves are pretty cool but most of the head sculpts are disappointing.
Instead of bad-ass commandos, they look like a bunch of young, wimpy nerds
more appropriate for the Disney Channel than Star Wars. Anyway, that's not
really part of my question, just a bit of griping. Hey, we wouldn't be SW
fans if we didn't gripe. :)
My question is simply this: Will it be possible to buy the two separate
sets individually? Personally I have no real need for so many differently
colored Mandalorians, but I'd definitely be interested in picking up the
"Omega Squad" set, while skipping on the "Clone Troopers" set. Unlike the
droids two packs, which spread out the best figures over the two sets, the
"Omega Squad" set definitely seems to have all the best figures in it (Llats
Ward, Rav Bralor and the black commandos.)
So will these be sold separately at any point? Or are we stuck paying
double and getting 7 figures we may not want?
Thanks very much. Despite my earlier rant, I do think this will be a cool
addition to my collection (at least the figures that I want) and thanks for
your efforts in making this a reality.
While as Entertainment Earth's Toy Evangelist (seriously, that's one of the many titles that appear on my business cards-- collect them all!) I have involvement in every exclusive, most of the development of this fine set came to you directly from Hasbro. I (well, we) sent Hasbro notes about some things we wanted in the sets, and the end result is what you see here. A lot of it was Hasbro, a little bit of it was me going "WAAAAAH WANT OMEGA SQUAD!!!" and lucking out in actually getting Omega Squad. That said, hats off to Hasbro's crack designers.
At this time, Entertainment Earth is only selling the figures in one big 14-figure set with both boxes. Why? Well, it's long and complicated, but the short answer is bundling helps keep prices down. If EE sold it individually, I would guess it probably wouldn't be $33.50 per box. But that's EE-- if you do (or don't) know this, my corporate overlords sell these and other fine items wholesale to pretty much anybody with a store, kinda like what Diamond does, only differently. If your local comic shop orders a case from EE Distribution, they can sell you one, or three, or whatever they gosh darn want to. They can also dictate the pricing. (You got options a-plenty, I'm happy to say.)
I got to play with the samples last week and I more or less dug them all for different reasons. Llats Ward certainly was better than expected, and I got a kick of having my very own Derryl Depriest in Mandalorian Armor on my desk for a couple of days. That way I can hold it in my hand and say "At last I have the lead of the Star Wars team right where I want him! Now, make for me Lumiya, Kiro, Dani, and Den Siva action figures from the old Marvel comics by 2009 or I shall crush you like a bug! BWAHAHAHAHA!" (Did I mention I'm a dork? No? Well, that should give it away.)
5. For the 30th Anniversary Collection and Saga Legends lines, which of the figures have intentional running variants/changes?
Saga Legends: There have been 3 sets of Pit Droids shown out of an expected (this week) 6. There are 4 flavors of Clone Trooper Officer. There are at least 4 flavors of Battle Droids. There are 3 heads on the Imperial Officer. There are 3 confirmed Sandtroopers with buzz of more, perhaps in 2008, perhaps in different tooling. Depending on tooling availability, there may be a mold variant on the 501st Clone Trooper-- I know that's the plan but I'll believe it when I see one.
30th Anniversary: Aside from gold coins and packaging variants, I know of no actual significant intentional variants to the actual plastic figures at this time. The Ceremonial Luke Skywalker comes with either a Luke hilt or a Darth Vader hilt, though. (And no, I do not want you to write in about anyone's cousin's finding slightly different shades of blue lightsabers. Thank you.)
6. Was waxing nostalgic the other day over the vintage line
(1977-1985)...anyway, I was thinking about how as a kid there were only
maybe a handful of times that I wished my 5-points of articulation action
figures could do more than they were built to do, hold a weapon with two
hands for example, kneel perhaps, sit in a chair without looking like a 4
year old in a Lazyboy. But I realised that most of the time I just didn't
care about this lack of super-articulation, I was totally happy just to be
able to reenact or expand upon the Star Wars saga in my own living room or
back yard or on the beach or wherever. Maybe we couldn't afford to care, in
part because we still had to wait to see the movies again in the cinema
rather than owning them on DVD or even VHS, and this was one of our only
really good ways to access the adventure and the characters (besides the
Book and Records, man those were great!). Regardless, it got me wondering if
it just hadn't crossed anyone's mind at that point in toy history to try
super-articulation or if it had but they felt it was unnecessary for what a
toy was supposed to do and represent (a tool for a kid's imagination
perhaps?). Was it technologically unfeasible at that point? Was it just not
thought of because of the concept of what a toy was then? I mean, I guess
Star Wars kind of invented the 3 and 3/4 figure so maybe it was just a
matter of time. But if they had thought about it but didn't do it, what does
that say about the status of toys, kids, the industry now? Do you personally
think that a good toy necessarily needs to be super articulated to be
"quality" or is there a philosophical difference now between what a toy is
supposed to be? Do kids really expect more or is it the parents and
collectors? I'm kind of guessing it's more the latter, especially when
watching how my own kids and nephews play with action figures themselves,
not really distinguishing between the beefier POTF2 sculpts or the 2007 VOTC
molds at all.
Anyway, just a thought and probably a pretty obvious one. If there is a real
question in there maybe its: To your knowledge was super-articulation ever
considered back then? GI Joe seems to have come pretty close though that
would be somewhat late in the game compared to the Star Wars releases.
Oy, that's long. For reasons like pricing, safety, and necessity, as far as I know, super-articulation wasn't even a consideration in those days. There were thoughts of changing up articulation for some specific figures in order to make them compatible with other kinds of toys, but Kenner decided on things like the Dewback's trap-door solution so they could keep the figures' costs down. I never really missed the added joints because my 5-joint figures did what I wanted them to do: sit down, hold a gun, pilot a vehicle, and stand up properly. That's all I ask from my toys, and a lot of modern figures can't do that despite having more articulation than ever.
Some collectors refuse to buy anything that isn't 14-points-of-articulation. I find this odd-- if the figure looks good, and holds together well, (and you like it), why not get it? Is Scorch a crappy figure just because he isn't absolutely hyper-articulated? No. Is 2007 Gunner Han Solo a poor release because he doesn't have ankles? No. Super articulation is a nice feature to have because, in some cases, it makes up for other shortcomings, like the ability to sit, or hold a gun. (At least it's doing something well.)
I likes my Joes, and I likes my Clones. Each has a unique aesthetic for its line, and I generally don't sit around going "man, these 14 Stormtroopers I got suck because they only have six joints each." I enjoy them for what they are, and if a better one comes out, I can admire it on its merits. Although, honestly, I have more problems with figures that can't sit or stand or hold a gun than I do with figures with a mere 10 joints. If you can't play with it as a toy, that's a problem. If it can't assume the lotus position, I'll live, and so will everyone else.
7. Quick prediction-now that the Con's are over, what do you predict is the future of my two favorite sublines - the McQuarrie Concept figures and theVintage figures?
History has shown us that Hasbro officially reveals Vintage figures at Toy Fair in New York every February. The 2004, 2006, and 2007 lines all made their debut at the show, even if rumors cropped up long before the show. As such, at this time, things are going as they normally would if a 2008 Vintage line were to happen.
Given what seems to be Hasbro's uncertainty of where to go next, Target's near insta-clearance of the line, what many perceive as poor overall sales, and very few A+ characters left to do, I'd say it's almost time to either let it go or reboot it. Including prequel figures would make me happy. Including Expanded Universe figures would make me happy. But precedent and market conditions lead me to believe we won't see more. I'm sure the coin mail-in didn't help-- I mean, in 2006, we got a Stormtrooper with George Lucas under the helmet. A lot of us were going "wow, that's a heck of a nice idea! I'll take three. How could Hasbro possibly make anything cooler than that?" The answer: they apparently couldn't, or elected not to.
As to McQuarrie Concept Figures, I love 'em, but I say the answer is similar to what I said about vintage. There aren't many A+ designs left to do, and some of them aren't so hot. (Or maybe I'm the only one who got Yoda and was like "meh" over it not being the cooler design of what seemed to be George Lucas as a little person in a funny hat.) I really hope the "concept" line continues, but not just McQuarrie stuff. Lots of other awesome artists shaped the look and feel of the entire saga, and there are plenty of awesome designs from some movies (*cough* Return of the Jedi) that were designed by other talented craftsmen and women. So here's hoping we see more conceptual stuff, even weird stuff.
8. This may be the greatest year in the history of the modern line to be a Star Wars fan. There is a huge variety of figures and vehicles, including lots of EU. Do McQuarrie figures count as EU? Do Clone Wars figures count as EU? Is Clone Wars part of Star Wars canon? I think so. Anyway, there is a ton of cool stuff. Best of all, I have given up being a completist years ago so I can pass on the 100 figures that are being reissued without feeling any anguish.
That said, I have a problem. As a healthy red-blooded Star Wars fan, I have done my best to inundate my children with Star Wars paraphernalia. They've had their pictures taken with David Prowse, Anthony Daniels, Jeremy Bulloch, etc... They have a load of Galactic Heroes. (They are four and two years old respectively.) I have educated them well. The two year old can clearly distinguish between clone troopers from Episode 2 and Episode 3. He adores astromech repaints from the 3 3/4 inch line. He can rip McQuarrie Boba Fett in half at the waste with a mere twist of the wrist. Ball jointed wrists and necks are soft as butter in his hands.
Now to the point, each day, I get up early in the morning and as I drink my cup of coffee before I go to work, I sit down at the computer and quickly check a regular slate of Star Wars Action Figure related websites, including Galactic Hunter, Rebelscum, Yakface and, most recently added to the list, Yak's Pub. We all enjoy Figure of the Day because it has both a picture and text. Here is the problem: on Monday morning I like to read you Q&A, but my children are bored because they can't read yet and they want to see pictures. Particularly, they want to see Yak's Pub. Here is my suggestion, please put some pictures of action figures in your Q&A column so those of us who try to read the column with two children sitting in our laps can at least get through the first few questions before the kids start chanting "Yak's Club". (I know, I told them it was Yak's Pub about a hundred times, but they don't know what a Pub is and they think that Yakface has his own Club like Mickey Mouse.) Also, if you can collaborate with the proprietor of Yak's Pub to post a Yak's Pub image in your Galactic Hunter Q&A, that would really raise your column in my children's eyes.
Uh, wait, your kids are reading this? HEY KIDS: TELL YOUR DAD TO STOP FORCING YOU TO READ THIS JUNK AND ASK FOR AN XBOX 360 OR SOMETHING. (And then ask for Super Contra.) How old are they? I wouldn't let my kids read this. It's a good thing I don't have any. Do your kids need lessons on snotty answers, occasional cursing, and references to extremely irrational behavior in the pursuit of toys? That's sort of what I do here: advocate bad behavior in adults. And write about corporate junk that I assume, to kids, would be about as exciting as C-SPAN.
The column doesn't have pictures because, by and large, I am a lazy person and the kind of stuff I write about here really doesn't always illustrate well. When I started writing on the Internet about Star Wars, which was 12 years ago this week, I worked in text exclusively. No pictures, nothing. This column is the same way because it's easier to do without having to set up and shoot stuff. That and I really don't want kids reading this column-- seriously, collector sites show a lot of us at our worst. I can't imagine kids caring about the stuff I write about-- distribution, how SKUs work in a store computer system, variations-- I'd be bored with this junk too if I were them. Show them their pictures, they deserve the best. This is just a column by a cranky fan who desperately needs a vacation. That and your kids will eventually rebel against you to be "cool," and if they turn their backs from action figures, they could get into the hard stuff. Like Pez Dispensers. Or worse, focusing on their grades in school. You don't want that, straight-A students are a scary bunch. (I speak from experience.)
Expanded Universe means (depending on who you ask and when) "anything not in any of the six movies." Clone Wars? Concept Art? It's all EU. While it's all part of the rich tapestry that makes up the saga, George has said more than once that anything not in the movies could be contradicted. And sure enough, it can be-- there are lots of stories in the fiction, the games, and elsewhere that go against what another source stated. Clone Wars has multiple tellings of similar events, so there's really no way to say "all of this is definitive, and this is not." But I consider anything to have aired on TV to be part of the official canon, even the Ewok movies and the cartoons. Especially the Droids series. (My fanboyish glee for Vlix, Kea Moll, and the rest knows no bounds.) I also love the post-ROTJ Marvel comics to no end, but then again, I'm weird like that.
9. Thanks for the great coverage of Comic Con 2007. I was just noticing the display of the "R2-D2 Endor Capture" and was noticing it was the "third-leg-deployed" version. It was only the two-legged version when he was tied up in the movie (or not tied up in some shots if you look closely), and R2 even stayed in two-leg (Kenny Baker) mode when he was cut free and started zapping the furry buggers. Any chance the Comic Con version was just a mock-up and the release version will be corrected to two-legs only? Obviously, you can tell, this will be keeping me up nights : )
This R2-D2 is based on the 2004 "Vintage" mold, which has been reused for other releases. All of these releases have one thing in common: that third leg pops out quickly and easily, so you can choose to display the figure with all three legs, or just two. This figure will most likely be no exception-- you may configure it at will. Unless having it in the packaging disturbs you, in which case perhaps you should invest in some sleeping pills.
10. I've got a couple of questions for you, past and future.
I have started to buy back a lot of the figures from my youth. It's mostly
Star Wars and G.I. Joe from the early 80's (not a whole lot of Star Wars;
G.I. Joe from beginning of 3 3/4 line to around 1987). I'm in college right
now (at 30 years old with wife and kid) so I am on a budget and just picking
up what I can whenever I can. What do you see in the future of these two
vintage lines as far as price goes. Should I hurry up and get them now or
will the prices pretty much stay the same? Your thoughts on how to get my
collection back would be appreciated.
My four year old loves Star Wars and it looks like there is going to be some
pretty awesome products in the future. Do you know when the pre-scout-walker
clone thing is coming out? And what about Grievous's ship? Is Hasbro really
warming up to playsets? I wish they would come out with some more cheap
diorama things like the cantina set with a few plastic items thrown in.
Those things have a lot of play value.
You don't let your kid read this, right? (I hope?)
When it comes to buying "old stuff" (read: anything that you can't buy at a store today), I follow one simple rule: shop by price. Watch everything on the secondary market that you want, monitor pricing, and be a vulture. Prices go up and down all the time, and some things sell cheaply due to the sellers making a mistake, a flaw that frankly doesn't bother us as a collector, and so on. Courtesy of the madness that is the AFA grading crowd, I think that we will see ungraded items remain somewhat affordable, especially if they have minor flaws (a dinged paint job here, a punched hole there, etc.) That and some collector groups give up, grow up, and move on, sending prices crashing to Earth. You can't predict the future, but you can predict your disposable income. Buy what you can't live without now, and everything else, wait until it gets to a price you're willing to pay. (Me, I have no "budget." Toys are on the same level as gasoline.) A good reissue, or a new version of an old item, can easily cause a price to crash. (Isn't that right, Droids-boxed A-Wing Fighter?)
There is no "right time" to buy anything because you can't predict the future. For example, I bought a mint-in-sealed-box Optimus Prime around the year 2000 right before Takara reissued the damn thing in Japan. The price was excellent, and on the rise-- and yet, I could've had a reproduction for a fraction of what I paid for the sealed on that I immediately opened later. Oops. It's a tricky business.
I assume your second question references the AT-AP. (I keep telling people the "AP" stands for "Adam Pawlus." The funny thing is people seem to believe me.) This, and Grievous' Starfighter, are expected to ship in 2007, but late in the year. Hasbro usually (but not always) starts allowing pre-orders 3 or 4 months before release, and as of today, I haven't seen anything.
Hasbro is not warming up to playsets. At Comic-Con, I had fans tell me they heard that Hasbro said "oh yeah, playsets, maybe!" I then walked up to several Hasbro people and asked about this. "No playsets" was the response. And I'm not saying this out of some "ho ho, I know there will be playsets and I will lead them astray!" thing either-- I have seen zero evidence to support all-new molded playsets out of Hasbro, or for that matter, reissues. The extra pieces with basic figures are just that, a value-add to encourage sales.
Wow, it's slow. Aside from Comic-Con, there's really been a lack of new exciting goodies in the stores. Which is good as I've basically worked for 12 straight days and don't want to write any more.
Comic-Con was good-- not a lot of golly-gee announcements, as some were neat, and some were expected, but I have to say I'm not sure what to make of Gree and the Elite Corps Trooper getting new molds. I mean, they told us flat-out it'd be a while off, we got the old ones, I (for one) had moved on. I loved the Indiana Jones stuff so far. I'm a little miffed I didn't see any all-new molded Marvel comic packs post-Star Wars #81, and was really hoping to get a first glimpse at some Legacy comic figures. Although there really did seem to be something for everyone, like a New Jedi Order-era Luke, what seems to be an Ulic Qel-Droma era Mandalore (never though I'd see that), and shocker of shockers, a new 2-1B. Complain as we do, it's obvious Hasbro is trying to keep a lot of us happy and continues to find new ways to surprise us rather than doing yet another Darth Maul that splits in the middle. Kudos.
I really do appreciate how they try to have an exclusive at nearly every pricepoint at Comic-Con, but I think this year was beyond overkill. I heard line horror stories galore, and more continue to pour in. (Especially for Gentle Giant and Hasbro. Haven't heard any Sideshow-related complaints yet, nor Funko, nor Kotobukiya, nor Master Replicas, nor Mattel.) It really is shocking just how much scratch you can drop at a non-Star Wars show for exclusives. Heck, it almost seemed like CIV and Comic-Con had about the same amount of stuff. Thankfully, the stuff was good, so if you braved the lines you got some fairly neat items. R2-KT, I have to say, I really like. (She's standing near R4-M6, and I figure by this time in 2015, I'll be able to buy some Pantone Astromech Box Set and complete my set of droids in every last possible color.) $10 is expensive for yet another repaint, but she does have a nice box, a trading card, and some very small text on her. Cute. The Shadow Scout Trooper felt like I got ripped off-- a $7-$10 figure with a $$5-10 vehicle mold that was originally created in 1983? Granted, it had nice packaging. And looked really cool. But $25? I can get a Jedi Starfighter or V-Wing or other cool ship for less than that. The deal of the show was Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda, a mere $15 for two figures. (Which isn't cheap, as such, but it was certainly a good deal for a convention exclusive set.)
My hope for 2008 Comic-Con is that all stores start taking pre-orders for their exclusives months in advance so everybody can go home happy, and perhaps it might be easier for limits to be imposed, for lines to be more orderly, and most important of all, for me to not have to see snarling line coordinators. (I'm not going to name names or point fingers.) Back in the day, Botcon (the Transformers show) let you register for exclusives when you registered for the show. There's no reason they can't do this for Celebration V, and certainly there can be a way to coordinate this with Comic-Con's web site. Having to wait in a line to maybe get the exclusives you want just isn't cool, considering how much it costs to get there. (And for the record, I did get my stuff-- my employers were kind enough to understand when I need to go wait in a line for small plastic men, thankfully. And Siph, a KT is here and should be in the mail soonish.)
Oh, one last thing: got my Saga Legends Wave 2. Haven't opened them all yet, but I can say that we got what we were originally shown. The Sandtrooper is indeed the 2006 mold with the Evolutions coloring, more or less. (The mud isn't nearly as intense. I love it, I'm quite pleased we're getting some different troopers in the line.) The 501st Clone is nearly identical to the 2005/2006 release, but without the muddy/dirty/bloody boots. The red Battle Droids are nice, I got one set, and I must get another. (Or more.) The rest of it is pretty much repackapalooza, but it is nice to see Vintage 2004 Boba Fett on the market again. If you don't have one yet, get this one.
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