Hasbro to announce new retro Kenner-style figure line
For years Star Wars kids of the 70’s and 80’s have been customizing vintage Kenner figures to fill in the voids left by the original Kenner design team but those days look like they will soon end.
Yakface.com has reported that Hasbro/Kenner will soon announce a new retro Star Wars toy line featuring figures missed in the original line.
We wonder what figures there will be? Imperial Dignitary #2 perhaps?
Here is our list of vintage Kenner figures we would have loved as kids.
As one of Emperor Palpatine’s most loyal administrators, Grand Moff Tarkin devised and administered the construction of the first Death Star battle station. The governor ruled a large section of the Outer Rim Territories, including Tatooine, with an iron fist of terror and brutality. How one of the key vilains was missed from the vintage line is still a mystery. The senior senator of the Old Republic went underground to form the Rebel Alliance following the rise of the evil Empire. She was instrumental in the Rebel’s struggle for freedom. This figure has been missed repeatedly thru Star Wars, ROTJ, Clone Wars, Rogue One Ekelarc Yong was a pilot who served in the Rebel Alliance in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. This was the first time the new Y-Wing pilot jump suit and helmet was seen. One of the great omissions was the Han Solo Stormtrooper disguise figure, made even more glaring by the pea-head Luke figure released in the Last 17 POTF line. this is at the top of the list for many collectors. Fans of the Empire Strikes Back remember the training sequences with sleeveless luke and Yoda. While the backpack was released this was for the Bespin Luke figure and would have been far more pleasing if more movie accurate. Biggs Darklighter was Lukes friend from Tatooine and his wing man in the famous Battle of Yavin Death Star trench run. How Wedge was missed is astonishing. A true hero of the Rebellion, Wedge Antilles has flown in the battle of Yavin and helped Luke Skywalker destroy the first Death Star.
During the Battle of Endor, Wedge, as Red Leader, spearheaded an attack that took aim at the Second Death Star’s main reactor. Another iconic figure that was missed. Maybe they didn’t want young buys strangling plastic slugs with bikini-ladened female toys. Would have been a great addition to the Jabba playset. The Rebel Troopers seen in the opening minutes of Star Wars were never made by Kenner a figures? Why not? Who knows they would have made a great army builder in opposition to the Stormtroopers. Green R2 Unit R2-X2 seen during the preparations for the Battle of Yavin and would have been an easy re-sticker and dome replacement using the R2-D2 mold. R2-Q5 is an imperial R2 unit from ROTJ and would have made a great foe for R2-D2 during play. The figure would have been an easy re-sticker and dome replacement using the R2-D2 mold. Long Snoot – The informant from Tatooine eads Stormtroopers to Han, Chewy, Obi Wan and luke while boarding the Millennium Falcon in Mos Eisley. Would have been a great figure especially with the Creature Cantina playset. Evazan is another crucial figure missed especially with the Creature Cantina playset. I called him pig face as a kid until he got his real name more recently. Black Death Star Droid- For some reason released in silver this droid was seen in Star Wars as black with silver eyes. Should have been bundled with Death Star Droid or Chewbacca so kids could recreate some classic scenes from the Death Star. Capt. Raymus Antilles was on the Tantive IV at the start of Star Wars. While coming to a quick and violent end he would have made a great captain for the Rebel Troopers that Kenner also never made. While we got this figure in the original line the problem with it was you couldnt remove his helmet like you could with the Leia figure. So this is more of a rework to fix an ill conceived figure. While a Bantha was released in the POTF 1990s lines to get a retro style Bantha in the vein of the Taun Taun’s and Dewback would be perfect. R5-J2 is an imperial droid from RTOJ that just looked cool and is a black repaint/sticker of R5-D4 so easy to do for Kenner.
While there is no news on any new retro playsets and vehicles there were a few playsets and vehicles never made for the original Kenner’s 3.75″ line. I have omitted the Skyhopper and Tie Bomber as these were released in the 1990’s POTF and POTJ lines.
While we have Haslabs barge coming out soon a more affordable and retro version would be great in similar scale to the Rebel transport which could then be used as a carry case to store all the Jabba related figures and all those stick weapons. Sooo many sticks. All Kenner needed to do was scale up the Micro World Bespin set to 3.75″ figures but instead we got ….. nada! My Favourite scene in all the Star Wars films in the final battle between Luke and Darth. As kids we needed to throw the Emperor down a hole – we never got to, Having a Rebel Control Room/Base would have been so cool especially if they could make clear plastic screens glow blue or something like that. We had so many imperial bases a Rebel base to use for Yavin or Hoth would have been great. I was thinking this could be a rehash of the Death Star Space station with an exploding dish at the top rather than a cannon and a sliding entry door at the bottom where the trash compactor was on the original. Also imaging if this had a large platform where the Imperial Shuttle could land or be displayed … awesome!!! The Tantive IV is the only ship, other than those mentioned above that we missed out on. These prototypes shown here would have been great! The Tantive IV is the only ship, other than those mentioned above that we missed out on. These prototypes shown here would have been great! The Ghost is a central pillar of the Star Wars Rebels storyline and I cant believe that the ship on which 90% of the show takes place has never been created. Well if your making a Kenner line lets make this vehicle to suit the Kenner-esque Rebels figure line.
So these are the figures announced by Hasbro thus far all images are from Yakface.com :