Listen to the latest episode of the Cantina Chatter Podcast! In this episode, I am joined by Jayson from YakFace.com and Chris from The Collectors Hutt as we discuss our hopes and expectations for the return of Star Wars The Vintage Collection. Click the link in my bio to listen on YouTube or download the episode on iTunes.
This morning we were able to firm up a few key details for Hasbro’s relaunch of The Vintage Collection in 2018. As you know, the first wave(s) consists of repacks from the 3.75″ Black Series line. Click on through for latest developments.
Hasbro has revealed several new 6″ Black Series figures during their SDCC panel including:
6″ Black Series Figures
General Leia (Episode VII)
Captain Rex (removable helmet)
Maz Kanata with trunk and lightsaber
Dewback with new Sandtrooper
Rebel Fleet Trooper with helmet, blaster and Death Star data card
3.75″ Vintage Collection Figures* & Vehicles
Rey, FO Stormtrooper, Kylo Ren, Jyn, Cassian, Death Trooper, Hoth Rebel Trooper, New Hovertank Driver, New Dr. Aphra
*Sequential numbering resumes with #116
3.75″ Rogue One Hovertank – working treads, accurate details, removable Kyber crystal chamber
3.75″ Star Wars Universe Figures (5POA)
Emperor Palpatine with Force Lightning
Rathtar with Bala-Tik
Luke with Wampa (articulated)
Vader with Probe Droid
Boba Fett with Han Solo
Maul and Qui-Gon (added wrist articulation)
Click on through to see the images aggregated from social media. Thanks to Star Wars Action News and FigureShield for providing the live stream.
StarWars.com has updated today officially announcing Doctor Aphra as the winner of the Hasbro Fans’ Choice poll. Coming in second was Ahsoka (Star Wars Rebels). Congrats to those that voted for Aphra and thank you to all that participated in the survey.
Look for Doctor Aphra to join the 3.75″ Vintage Collection line in 2018.
StarWars.com has updated today, activating the official Hasbro 3.75″ Fans’ Choice Poll! After asking the fans and culling the lists submitted by nearly two dozen participating fan organizations, the following characters have been selected:
Dr. Aphra, Yak Face (Saelt-Marae), Emperor Palpatine, Sim Aloo, Clone Trooper “Fives” and Ahsoka Tano (Star Wars Rebels)
The winner of this poll will be realized in super-articulated form and released on the Vintage Collection card back in 2018. Vote early, vote often.
We’ve been getting a lot of questions via email and social media regarding the status of the official Hasbro’s Fans’ Choice poll for the 3.75″ Vintage Collection. Per Hasbro press release and StarWars.com’s post, the poll was to have started yesterday (April 26) and run until April 30. As of this post, the poll has yet to go live but we’ll announce it as soon as it does.
Here is a great video from Action Figure Attack on Facebook showing the return of the Vintage Collection at Hasbro panel from Star Wars Celebration. Kudos to Hasbro showing that they really do care. Look for TVC to hit pegs once again in Spring 2018.
Back by popular demand! Hasbro is once again asking you, the fans and collectors, to help determine the next figure(s) released in the 3.75″ Vintage Collection line. Click on through for details on how to cast your vote for the 2017 Fans’ Choice Poll!
Stop. Rumor Time. We’ve received a tad bit of intel regarding a future (not necessarily the next) wave of 3.75″ Black Series figures coming to Walmart next year.
Without spilling the beans fully, I can hint that all four will probably be repacks; two of them are potential army builders, one is a very requested figure from the Original Trilogy offered briefly in the Vintage Collection and one is a perennial favorite.
Any guesses? Leave them in the comment section or forums and stay tuned for more vague rumors and cryptic writings (maybe even for Episode VIII) in the coming days.
PROS: If variety is the spice of life then this set is for you as Entertainment Earth has created a truly unique boxed set featuring several different astromechs pulling from live action and animated sources. My favorites of the set include Jabba’s unnamed bartender droid – a figure I for one never expected to receive; R2-C2 – Ziro the Hutt’s bartender/service droid mainly because of the wild deco; and finally, QT-KT because of its reference to R2-KT and a great arc in The Clone Wars series. The sculpt used for the base of each droid is recycled from the Vintage Collection R2-D2 (VC25) which is a solid design with a decent amount of articulation for an astromech.
CONS: This biggest complaint I’ve run across for this set is the price, which is interesting considering the cost breakdown per figure is about what we pay at retail now for TVC/Black Series quality figures. Secondly, depending on your mileage, paint apps are a little loosey-goosey on some droids, and not quite accurate on others so it’s a mixed bag, but nothing that should stop you from acquiring this set. Thirdly, a couple of the astromechs have issues with the retractable leg remaining in its fully-extended position, resulting in the droid falling forward. And finally, the first runs of this set have a four digit date stamp pressed into each of the 6 domes* which is disappointing, but it is on the back of the dome so it’s not really a deal breaker either.
Head to the toyguide for our detailed image gallery and to judge for yourself whether this set is worth adding to your collection.
*According to Entertainment Earth, the date stamp should only be present on these early samples and production pieces will not have them.
Note: this advanced sample was provided to us by Entertainment Earth and I’d like to thank Bethany and Adam for including us in this early product reveal.
UPDATE: We have added six new images into the toyguide for this set to reflect the final production versions which eliminate the production stamps on the back of each dome.