Released October 2004
Reviewed by Adam Pawlus
Photography by Michael Sullenger
Reviewed on November 12, 2004
The usual benchmark of greatness in the modern Star Wars line has been Boba Fett. More often than not, this character gets the royal treatment, such as in 1995 when he was the most detailed figure in the line, or when he was given the super-deluxe treatment as the 300th figure in early 2001. This new Vintage version exists to show you just how spiffy Hasbro can make the figure as he appeared in Return of the Jedi, and this should erase the questionable version from from your memory that's a part of the regular OTC right now.
This figure is packaged with a rifle and removable backpack, both of which appear to be new.
While he can't do every pose you might want, he's quite capable of doing most of what you'd try to have him do. Plus he can stand in a fairly normal pose, something most Fetts since 1995 haven't been able to do.
As you can see, Hasbro paid attention. The rocket pack, gloves, and gauntlets are more or less accurately portrayed as they were on the film, although fans have debated just how accurate the color of the suit is. Since Fett's been many colors, well, it's hard to pinpoint an exact proper color scheme.
This figure has more detail and more joints than any other Boba Fett, which is good-- they charged us accordingly. He's no longer stuck in a single goofy pose in which he's aiming at something, never to do anything else ever again. Now he can be stuck in many goofy poses.
He's just as posable as the Stormtrooper, except Fett doesn't have the added waist joint. That, and the gauntlets look a little clunky. But aside from that, he's awesome.
The helmet's detail and movable rangefinder show that Hasbro's fully capable of sculpting a figure properly, and making sure not to leave out too much. Obviously, when converting a large prop into something the size of a small grape you're going to lose some of the detail, but thankfully it's pretty true to the film.
The non-firing backpack plugs into a hole in the back, much like most entries since Saga. The T-slot thing introduced in POTF2 seems long gone, which is too bad as that was the absolutely finest way to get a removable accessory of this nature to stay on, stay straight, and not pop off.
If the jumpsuit color bothers you, odds are that's the only really bothersome thing about the figure itself-- the sculpt is great, the articulation is great, it's just that little matter of color at I'm not quite sure what to say. It might be right, but it looks pretty faded to me.
This set includes the gun and the jetpack.
The weapon looks new (or at least new-ish) and is most certainly not the same one used for either of the recent Fetts. The rocketpack is similar to Jango's in a lot of ways, but also appears to be a new mold with a non-firing rocket. Both are a little better than the quality I've come to expect, with the coloring and paint feeling appropriate while the plastic doesn't feel too rubbery. Good work, Hasbro!
For their own reasons, Hasbro went back to the Kenner days and recreated one of the Return of the Jedi card fronts-- the same photo was originally used in the old days for ANH through ROJ, but Hasbro opted to release the modern figure only with the Jedi logo. Go figure, it'd be a great variation to produce.
Another photo was used during the Return of the Jedi run in the old days that would have been more appropriate to this figure, as it was based on the Jedi design. But well, this is what you want, this is what you get.
The front of the cardback is basically the same as the 1983 cardback. I don't much feel like combing over the part numbers and such to check for differences, but it's certainly close enough to be acceptable. The preview fireball photo used since ANH is nifty, but a lot of fans-- myself included-- were hoping for the photo from ROJ as it's truer to the figure, and to the logo used on the package.
The back of the card is somewhat lame, using similar graphics to those used on other OTC products. It would be nice to have a vintage-esque lineup of the new VOTC figures instead of just the four from that movie. It's OK, but nothing too special.
The clamshell is nice, and it's taped shut to protect the innards. There's an embossed Star Wars logo on the back, and you could probably cram any old vintage figure in here if you open your VOTC figures and happen to have other real vintage figures in need of star case type storage. The case is too shallow for anything but vintage figures, or perhaps thinner, early POTF2 and POTJ figures.
I especially like the embossed Imperial and Rebel logos on the top of the clamshell. All in all, it's good packaging, but the regular OTC style impressed me a little bit more.
He's new, he's hot, and I've seen him lots. Actually, I've seen him more than any other Return of the Jedi Vintage figure and only slightly less often than Yoda or Vader. He's one of the easier ones to find, but you need to hunt-- he sells quickly.
Best Fett ever? While this is probably the finest Return of the Jedi Boba Fett, the color issue may have some fans pooh-poohing it as a great figure. Make no mistakes, it's a great figure, but a couple of things here and there may leave fans wanting more. Which is probably good, otherwise Hasbro would be out of new ways to do Boba Fett from between now and when the license finally expires once and for all... and then someone like Jakks Pacific will get it and you'll have "Sweaty Luke." But I digress.
It's a welcome step in Fett evolution and prime for a couple of repaints-- there's still the ESB and Pre-ESB deco, and it's notable that Hasbro has not produced an accurate version of that preproduction armor since the old days.
Snag it if you see it, you won't be sorry.
Our sample was obtained from Toys "R" Us in October 2004.