The Retro Collection Walmart Exclusive
Item No.: Asst. E9646 No. E9653
Includes: Blaster pistol
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: April 2020
Appearances: The Empire Strikes Back
Bio: Trained in combat and martial skills from a young age, Boba Fett became a legend over the course of his career which included contracts for the Empire and the criminal underworld. (Stolen from Wookieepedia. Packaging has no bio.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
Availability: Click here to buy it at Amazon now!
Boba Fett [FOTD #1,429] in 2010. Each figure has pros and cons, plus there are some running changes and tweaks in the run of millions of original 1970s and 1980s Bobas Fett.
The 2020 figure stands well - the 2010 tends to fall over backward, and the 1979 figure also stands well. The 2020 figure also seems to grip the blaster best, and has incredibly tight joints. He's a bit smoother, a bit shinier, and for anyone that has handled, dealed in, or played with the original toys you can tell there's something a bit off with the 2020 version. And there are new date stamps on the legs! To the average fan, I doubt they'll notice it's different - but for $10, it's good enough and significantly cheaper than getting real, actual Kenner toys that are 40 or so years old.
If you're a completist, just get whatever. I would recommend you be happy with the previous releases you already have, but if you don't have any of those $10 is a deal for this figure. It's different enough to be interesting, and a nice thing to have. But it's not the best.
Packaging Notes: The packaging is bad. Lucasfilm and Hasbro went out of their way to make sure you couldn't possibly mistake it for the original - there's a distinctive fake wear pattern. The coffin bubble now is significantly enlarged and has a tray (and a paper disclaimer) inside. There's a "4+" sticker on it, and a WARNING box. And the big RETRO COLLECTION sticker in several languages, which, let's be frank, that multi-language look is garbage on retro figures unless you're making Tri-Logo packaging. The back is much worse. There are no co-sells pictured, but there's a tiny red box with the characters named. There are tons of disclaimers and logos you can't avoid - but the yellow text explaining this collection is a total waste of space that could have gone to photography or an illustration. Don't get me wrong, it's good enough for fans who never had a crack at the originals - but of all The Vintage Collection-esque packaging over the years, I think I can safely say this is the ugliest. They kept the 1978-1979 Luke and Leia art on the back with the original Star Wars logo too, not even bothering to make something more appropriate to the sequel. There's no reason for something like this to be or look rushed, and I hope we see some more love put into whatever we get for Return of the Jedi someday.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Walmart thanks to my pal Scott "ToyGuru" Neitlich! Did you see his new Spector Creative YouTube channel yet? Click here.
Day 2,692: May 21, 2020