The Vintage Collection 3 3/4-Inch Deluxe
Item No.: No. F5575
Includes: Figure, cable, cannon, 3 legs, harness, ammo/power source
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: May 2022?
Appearances: The Mandalorian
Bio: Elite shock troops fanatically loyal to the Empire and impossible to sway from the Imperial cause. They wear imposing white armor, which allows them to survive in almost any environment. (Taken from marketing copy. There is no bio.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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Vintage figures were about $15 when this was released - and this Deluxe set was $20. They removed the basic Stormtrooper blaster pistol, but instead you got a nice big E-Web Cannon, or a Tri-Pod Laser Cannon if you're my age. It seems to be a new mold with a rubbery plastic power cord connecting cannon to its power generator. You get three snap-in legs and the whole thing assembles pretty easily. It's a little on the shorter side, so your figure will need to lean or crouch down to grab the somewhat small looking handles. It seems to be about the right in-universe size, but due to the figure's arm poses and such it comes off as weird. The original Kenner incarnation of the toy looked more sensible, and the Mission Fleet one today also looks like a better toy - even if this one may be more properly sized. You'll appreciate the sculpted detail, and I like that it has a laser blast effect to plug in the barrel. It doesn't shoot or anything, it's just a special effect.
The funny thing is I think I would've enjoyed this concept much more as part of a big kid's line. If they had a simpler, easier-to-pose trooper figure and a rocket-launching cannon for $15 instead of the pretense that this is a serious collectible for adults, Hasbro may have sold many more units and I'd be gushing about how much fun it is. For example, This gift set was $20 with all this and much more - and while it was 20 years ago, a typical figure then was $6 and it was still an incredible value in its day. If Hasbro could make a better value proposition - maybe add a second trooper at a slightly higher price, or throw something to occupy the copious empty space in the packaging - I think it would be easier to swallow.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Walmart.
Day 3,012: March 16, 2023