Cardback Shrinkage for The Last Jedi Basic Figures

Our friend and First Order Transmissions co-host Corey has gotten his mechanical hand on the first 11 basic figures from The Last Jedi. Interestingly, Hasbro has elected to scale down the cardbacks once again similar to what they did for the “Lava Vader” and Star Wars Rebels line looks.

Stay tuned for additional images and reviews for all of the first 11 figures coming soon.

  • GIBBS v2

    Ugh…

    I could not even take the Rebels figures seriously when I ran into for the first time. Shrinking the card some much made them feel cheap and childish.

    • Emperor was a jerk

      Childish.. like a child’s toy from a child’s tv show?
      πŸ˜‰

      • GIBBS v2

        Touche’

    • AllThePowa

      The irony…

  • Rivesjunctionite

    It shrinks?
    Like a frightened turtle!
    I don’t know how you guys walk around with those things.

  • tc14droid

    Cards have not been the 6×9 in forever. TLJ look the same size as TFA. Is there a photo of that? Seems like a better comparison.

    • Ryan M

      agreed. They look like the Rogue One cards but bubble is moved to the other side pretty much

  • Ryan M

    I wish they would stop making 5 point of articulation figures really. If they were made in a vintage style or if the price point was $5 or less I don’t think it would bother me as much, but when we had The Legacy Collection (TLC) figures we got a good price point (around $8 each), good figure sculpts, great articulation, Good accessories, several had Build-A-Droid or hologram extras, and nice packaging.

  • Barney Dunn

    You would never know there is a new Star Wars film coming out. No mention of The Last Jedi like it never happened. You can already imagine the clearance stickers on these boring looking figures.

  • Gloriouscollector

    For those who do collect this line this doesn’t really matter.

  • Dave

    Seeing as how I stopped collecting Hasbro’s 3 3/4″ ever since they discontinued TVC back in 2011 and went to 5POA I never looked back and gotta say “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!”

  • As someone who doesnt care about the packaging, I gotta say…I dont really care if the packaging gets smaller or bigger. Or whether it is styled after the original cardback or totally new. Just give us real “action” figures. Despite how nice the sculpts are, Im tired of these mannequin figures.

  • 80sRobot

    I gotta say I love the Rogue One branded cards (and packaging). The artwork used, the colors, the logo, all of it. Sad Hasbro didn’t continue this with TLJ branding.

  • As much as I liked the TFA and R1 card designs, I am happy to see the folded cardboard-glued-over&under-a-backing bubble design retired — very hard to open and save a decent-condition cardback with the last series. Sometimes a given figure may have had less and/or dryer glue, but usually was a chore to open.

    • 80sRobot

      Actually, they’re easy to open without damaging them, if you know how to do it. You start with an X-acto or utility knife to carefully separate the glue holding together the fold. Then use a butter knife to insert it into the gap and carefully separate and open out the fold. Most of my R1 cards have been opened this way, and I could reseal them with glue and you’d hardly notice that they’re no longer mint. I’ll snap some close-ups of these cards later and put them here.

      These new cards go back to the bubble-glued-onto-the-cardboard way. So you won’t be able to preserve them and re-mint them. πŸ™‚

      • Thanks; that’s a great perspective! There’s always an upside. Less effort for a plain bubble glued on, but your approach on re-minting these is something that hadn’t crossed my mind — very cool!

      • 80sRobot
        • 80sRobot

          1. Using an X-acto or utility blade (AKA box cutter), carefully slice into the two sheets of cardboard along the top (including where the hanger is), and the bottom. You want to gently separate the glue binding the cardboard. (Along the top, it’s three layers you need to separate — the two cardboard sheets sandwiched around a single plastic sheet.)

          2. With a butter knife, slide it under the bubble from the bottom. Carefully move the knife toward the left and up, traveling along where the bubble meets the cardboard backing. You want to separate it from the back, but it if tears, then the tears will happen behind the front fold of the cardboard. Do the same along the top — stick the butter knife under the bubble.

          3. Then stick the butter knife into the bottom, where the fold meets and gently work it toward the bubble. Do the same along the top — insert butter knife into the fold at top, carefully cut/separate the two cardboard sheets, working slowly toward the bubble. There is not much glue where the fold is.

          4. The glue that binds the bubble to the cardboard on the right side of the card tends to be weak. It may naturally come loose without damaging the background graphic.

          All the TFA and R1 cards can be opened this way, I’ve found.

          • Nice breakdown. I don’t feel so bad now about the work I put in to keep the card in decent shape (using razor blade to start prying the layers apart at the critical j-hook area, and finger slide to do the rest). I have had many figs see the glue separate nicely and leave almost no outer paper lost (others not so cleanly). I toss the bubble when I’m done and stack the cards, so the new series will see less time spent (but is more prohibitive on your re-minting process). Thanks for taking the time to share this. I’m glad I’m not the only one who’d dealt with it!

  • Ben Bonstein

    Is that headline intended as a Seinfeld reference?

  • Super Amigo

    Actually, there’s a lot to like in the new packaging: The size cut is a definite improvement; I vehemently hate those giant round blisters that don’t fit anywhere. Besides the Vintage design, that comes first easily, the red phase Legacy is the second best Star Wars packaging ever. This one is close to that so…

    The other thing I like is the lack of mention of the particular movie they belong as a subtitle and I’m especially fond they refrained from using a current character mug atop every package. At this point Star Wars figures are just that, Star Wars figures. Under this model I don’t mind that Hasbro releases figures based on all the different movies and mediums in the same line.

  • John Titus

    Wonder if they are shrinking the TVC cards as well?

    • No

    • Rykrof_Enloe

      Hasbro’s intended shrinkage with TVC is the size of our savings accounts

    • The D.O.

      They better not!

  • LesterF

    Anyone seen/heard what the price point is going to be on TLK figures?

    • LesterF

      Sorry, TLJ.

      • FN-GZ

        $8 for 3.75″ 5POA figures and $20 for Six inch figures. There’s also exclusives and vehicles that cost a bit more than that.

      • Forgiven.

  • comicalUser

    Cardback shrinkage and hook shrinkage. Wow! The hooks/peg holes keep getting smaller and smaller! They hard to go through on the pegs as it is; several fall off of the pegs as I try to thumb through them. I can only imagine upset store personnel always having to straighten, I try to put stuff back when it falls for me, but I am sure there are many who simp0ly do not care.

    • Super Amigo

      They are making hooks smaller and more ventilated to avoid peg overheating.

  • Sith Lord Jacen

    Easy pass on the dollar store looking junk . Bring on The Vintage Collection

  • Brian Beck

    So the pic you decided to post is of the one that will be the next 2 year peg warmer πŸ™‚

  • ronstoneygold

    Less storage space

  • General Hux

    No problem from me, I like that they’re changing things up.

    • Darth Parsley

      Agree

  • Kraig Mclaughlin

    Wonder if any thought was given that if they make the “regular” fig cards smaller, the eventual “vintage” collection card would be bigger and seem like a better value to justify the higher price?

  • RumSleg

    Looks good to me. I don’t mind the smaller card at all.

    • Ryan M

      Same here. I am buying them for the figure not the card. I think the 40th cards were nice on the Black Series assortment for vintage fans but commonly these basic assortment of figures are for kids to tear open and play with and many adult collectors open them and display them on stands that I know.

  • The D.O.

    Are they smaller than RO and TFA card backs?

  • The D.O.

    On the bright-side, a smaller card back could mean an extra peg(s) for the figures on the shelves at stores….

    • Ryan M

      usually the 3.75″ stuff hangs on pegs forever. I still have loads of Episode VII figures warming pegs at local stores here.

  • Paul

    Do you know why it just says Star wars and doesn’t say “The Last Jedi” on any of the these.

    • The D.O.

      Was thinking the same thing. They did two different card designs for TFA, so why not now?

      • Paul

        Agreed.

      • Barney Dunn

        Disney execs maybe not wanting anything connected to The Last Jedi in case it is a misfire. Perhaps “too dark” like Temple of Doom or some other backlash from parents. They figure their Star Wars brand can always outlive one bad film, might as well not mention it on the toys.

    • Rykrof_Enloe

      Because they will be using this as a “unified template” right now for other media to be on these cards too (i.e the probe droid and rathtar are in this line). This might be an attempt to encourage retailers to continue to order/stock past the initial barrage if they don’t see it as specific to a single film.

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      • Paul

        I get that but as they are already making the cards individual to teh characters; e.g. card for Finn has a picture of Finn on it, it seems weird not to include the name of the new movie as well. Heck they could even do it in such a way that they print the name of the associated media on the card for all figures: Ep IV Obi-wan says “A New Hope,” Ezra figure says “Rebels,”etc. If the cards weren’t so individualized it would make more sense to just say Star Wars as a cost cutting measure or to try and represent everything as a part of the whole, but with the way they’re doing it right now it just seems odd.

    • Jackson Perez

      Also, doesn’t the Han Solo movie come out five months after TLJ? Perhaps they’re testing out a unified line?

      • Paul

        I hadn’t thought of that but that could point to their thinking

    • 80sRobot

      Hasbro didn’t release any figures bearing the “Attack of the Clones” logo when that movie was released, right? (I don’t remember exactly.) That was lame then, too!

      • Paul

        They didn’t say it on the card but on the blister insert it had the name of the movie and below that the character name. It did have the two hands holding the lightsaber on the card back and the lightsaber is Anakin’s fomo AOTC so that could be considered as visual signage for AOTC, but that may be a bit of a stretch

  • Ryan M

    Well that 3.75″ figure sculpt looks pretty decent I will give Hasbro that one.