Hasbro have had their fair share of criticism from Star Wars collectors in recent years and some of it justifiably so. Poor distribution, even poorer case assortments, cutting back on articulation on certain lines of figures and some questionable choices regarding figure selection have led to furious fans fretting in forums.
But bringing back the Vintage Collection in 2010 was one of their better decisions. The Vintage Collection has rekindled a lot of fans’ love affair for collecting 4-inch action figures. The cards were a throw-back to the old Kenner cards from the late 70s, early 80s. Although the current super-articulated figures are a million miles more aesthetically pleasing than their 1970s counterparts.
So it came as quite a surprise when at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, Hasbro announced that the Vintage Collection would be going on an extended hiatus and being replaced by the Build-A-Droid series.
The final Vintage Collection Wave will be released in the UK before the end of the year. In the US the wave will be a shared exclusive only available at online stores. It features 12 new figures on Vintage Cards, four of which were previously available in the Walmart/Asda Discover The Force exclusive wave – Mawhonic, Naboo Pilot, Gungan Warrior & Aurra Sing.
Of the others included in the wave, the highlights are the new Emperor’s Royal Guard which comes with the Crimson Empire training gear and TOR Trooper from the RPG The Old Republic.
The complete set of 12 figures is available to pre-order at Order66ToyStore now, priced £95.99. Figures are also available individually, priced £9.99 each