Hasbro Star Wars Vintage – Luke and Leia Review

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It’s August again. August and I have always had a love/hate relationship. I love it because it means the launch of the years new Star Wars toy lines, and the stores a resetting the shelves for Christmas, I hate it because it also means a price increase in said toy line, and stores are thinking about Christmas. This year to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Empire Strikes Back Hasbro has launched the “Vintage” toy line. Unlike the Clone Wars line, this line seems to be aimed at the nostalgic adult collector. The vintage line is created to look exactly like the “Empire” line thirty years ago, right down to the vintage mail away Boba Fett. The vintage line is replacing the Build-A-Droid line from the previous two years.

I picked up the Luke and Leia, as they are the only real holes in my collection that came in this wave. I thought they would make an excellent test case for the new line. Not only do these figures seem to have a reduced number of accessories, but depending on the store a dollar to two dollar price increase. On the surface that might seem like a bad thing, but in reality it means more money to make a higher quality figure. In the case of these two it means exceptional sculpts and paint applications.

Not only does Luke have a wonderful sculpt and paint he also has a ball jointed – head, shoulders, elbows, torso, hips, knees, and ankles. He also has swivel wrists. The figure is so well sculpted that the points of articulation blend into the sculpt. Not only is Luke on his way to becoming a Jedi Master, but due to the articulation, a master of tantric sex.

For me personally the most remarkable thing about this figure Leia, is that it actually bears a resemblance to Leia. This is something of an anomaly in female figures. This figure is an above average sculpt and paint job. She has a ball jointed – head, shoulders, elbows, and knees. She has swivel wrists elbows, waist, and hips. However, it has no form of ankle joint.

As something of a side note- I have been hearing a lot of complaints lately about the fact that the Marvel line is better than the Star Wars line because of its articulation. This bothers me for several reasons, the greatest being that the marvel line is built upon the shoulders of G.I. Joe and Star wars, right down to toy designs and marketing. If the Star Wars line had not been so successful for the last ten years, Hasbro wouldn’t have even gotten the Marvel contract away from Toy Biz. As far as articulation goes, marvel has had more because they can use the same body for multiple figures. They need fewer molds to make the same number of toys. Because they need fewer molds the cost of producing the line is lower, so they have more room(as far as cost goes) for increased articulation. Think about it, how many different applications does a Darth Vader Sculpt have? How about yoda?


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