2011 the vintage collection series 2
with the announcement of blu-ray star wars release
and 3-d versions of the movie to be return to theater starting in 2012
with the phantom menace, hasbro is forced to rearrange the vintage
collection line. wave 5 which was plan for march of 2011 is
slightly bump up and arrive early in January of 2011. this is the
first so called "mixed wave" where the figures are not mainly from just
one movie but from any combinations of all six movies along with
expanded universe materials. also shipping with this wave are
figures from previous wave including darth vader, anakin (sith-vader),
general grievous, and unfortunately more sandtrooper.
a new hope (episode iv)
vc39 luke skywalker (death star
this is sort of a brand new figure as this
version of luke was never part of the old kenner line. the figure
depicts luke when he was being chase by stormtrooper and trying to
escape the death star. the card back is from the first star wars
movie (a new hope) and the card blend really well with the vintage
kenner stuffs. the figure itself is combination of the 2008
popular resurgence of the jedi with new head, belt and added cloth
material. he is another "to scale" figure and might looks a little
short after all these years seeing "tall" luke action-figures.
this card is a replica of one of the original kenner
star wars toys. the figure itself is not entirely new, it's
actually repaint from
build-a-droid r5 toys. the figure is not particularly interesting
and being from b-o-d line he sports unsightly hole on the side of his
body, though most collectors probably buy him because of the nostalgia
classic card back.
vc41 han solo (yavin ceremony)
this figure is hasbro attempting to find a different
version of han to re-issue and using parts from previous toys. the
figure is kit-bash of 2009 legacy collection han solo (death star
escape) which in turn is based on 2004 vintage original trilogy
collection han solo. many collectors are grumbling about the
incorrect shirt since han wore his shirt buttoned-up at yavin ceremony.
the card back is from original star wars style, the picture uses for the
card is blurry (which some could argue is in keeping with the classic
line spirit) but the group picture with other character in the
background just doesn't make han standout from the rest.
this is another figure from the classic line and this
time re-released on empire strikes back card. (the previous vintage
from 2004 and 2006 have stormtrooper on return of the jedi and original
star wars, though the latter one was actually george lucas in
stormtrooper disguise). the figure is kit-bash from the recent
2009 imperial stormtrooper on dewback with head from 2007 30th
anniversary collection series stormtrooper. the helmet is painted
with his visor looks like sunglasses which also make the figure looks
somewhat peculiar just like the 2007 version.
vc23 luke skywalker (jedi knight
the initial assortment of wave 5 include luke
skywalker jedi knight from wave 3 as part of the line up. this
figure of luke doesn't actually fit his card description since it is
missing the cape that he wore during his appearance at jabba's palace.
the figure is actually depicting luke after he surrendered himself to
the empire on endor and taken to his father, darth vader. hasbro
promise to rectify the mistake but it appears initial assortment still
use the card back from classic series. unlike the figure from wave
3 return of the jedi, there is no boba fett offer sticker.
vc23 luke skywalker (endor capture)
subsequence shipment of wave 5 has the newly revise
luke skywalker as he appeared as prisoner of vader on endor. the
card back is using return of the jedi template with picture of luke and
stormtrooper that brings him to vader. hasbro has stated that
correct luke jedi figure is forthcoming and will include appropriate
accessories such as the cape. so we will most likely see another
luke on the classic return of the jedi card back.
yoda is also another figure in wave 3 that got
changed, but unlike luke jedi, yoda was actually removed from the
original assortment. he was originally plan to appear on the
classic return of the jedi card back as yoda the jedi master (which
depict old yoda from empire strike back and return of the jedi).
the inclusion of force lightning and his lightsaber (along with hover
chair which was removed in final product) would make him more like yoda
from the prequel. the new card back looks great on revenge of the
sith template but hopefully someday there will also be update version of
empire strike back era yoda on the classic card back.
vc13 darth vader
also in this wave is also another card correction
figure. this figure of darth vader (from episode III) was
originally released as anakin skywalker in wave 2. this was then
corrected to darth vader (since at the point he is depicted, he already
turned to the dark side and christened as new sith lord). the
figure actually got released early along with figures from wave 3 even
though the new revised card shown him with wave 5 figures. the
most recent release in wave 5 is without the boba fett (rocket firing)
vc38 clone trooper (212th battalion)
the two last figures in the line are actually the
planned figures for this assortment but ironically they are both
repaints and repackaged of previously released figure. vc38 is the 212th
battalion clone trooper (served under obi-wan). the card back is
alright if looks a little bit cartoonish. the figure is repainted
of clone trooper (phase 2) , and depict in new uniforms without any wear
and tear (which makes him looks a bit odd next to the card picture).
vc43 commander gree
the ever popular commander gree is the final figure
in the first "mixed wave" of 2011 (or final wave of 2010 depends on how
you want to look at it) he is whoesale repackaged of commander
gree from 30th anniversary collection line. the card back is nice but
again looks a little cartoony and cgi.
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