The Vintage Collection Action Figures
Item No.: Asst. E0370 No. E4060
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: January 2019
Appearances: Return of the Jedi
Bio: Klaatu was a male Kadas'sa'Nikto gambler who worked for Jabba the Hutt. He often repaired the crime lord's skiffs. Klaatu also took enjoyment in Jabba's executions by rancor in Jabba's Palace. (Stolen from Wookieepedia. Packaging has no bio.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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The 1984 Kenner original lacked the "skirt" that we got in 1998's first modern-era version of this Klaatu, and that skirt remains in 2019. The figure has been enhanced to a ridiculous extent, with a wipe bringing out the pleats in the outfit and so much articulation. For a figure that mostly stands around, 28 points of articulation is a large number. He can stand, and can even be posed to swing his legs forward - a plus, given this month's alleged release of the Sail Barge is going to need piloting. Thanks to separate trigger fingers and bend-and-swivel wrists, it would seem Klaatu exists mostly to remind you just how much these Vintage figures have improved since the last full line ended in 2012. It also makes me sad to see just how few we're likely to get, because Hasbro has basically done the impossible and squeezed in more articulation and detail on a tiny figure. It's remarkable.
A lot of the figures for the recent movies are pretty good. It's hard to deny the quality of many Rey and Jyn figures, but there's certainly a push back from fans that want those movies from when they were kids from now until the end of time. I need some of each - with these as the first new original trilogy alien figures out of Hasbro in almost four years, we're reminded just how much we love their classic work and what they can do when they're provided reference from a movie that's not still in production. I look forward to new new-movie-figures from The Force Awakens now that the secret is out, and Hasbro could make their very best work without the veil of NDAs. It's turned out so well for the original trilogy that I can say I am still eager to see what they might do for us the next time they bring someone to today's standards, because this is great.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Entertainment Earth.
Day 2,559: February 12, 2019