The Retro Collection 3 3/4-Inch Action Figure Shop Disney / Hasbro Pulse Exclusive Set
Item No.: Asst. F7649 No. F7649
Includes: n/a with R2-D2, Tusken Raider, Death Squad Commander, Jawa, Obi-Wan Kenobi
Action Feature: n/a
Availability: May 2023
Appearances: Star Wars
Bio: The Star Wars Retro Collection features design and detailing inspired by the original 1970s Star Wars figures and eatures original figure design and detailing! Continue your collection from a galaxy far, far away. (Stolen from the marketing copy. Packaging has no bio.)
Image: Adam's photo lab.
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Addendum: As the comment below states, you can indeed pull off the head and limbs - but they are not as smooth as the original removable limbs function, and probably were not intended for you to yank them off. I still advise not yanking them off more than once or twice to keep this figure in the best possible shape.
Commentary: After saying "But I don't bother" for years Hasbro realized they could show up with the coldest six pack, rather than saying "no" to everything. Finally - finally - we got reissues of the rest of the original 12, or the figures that came out on 12-backs in 1978. If you believe my older friends, not all 12 came out at the same time and getting a Jawa in some areas came a lot later but I haven't had a lot of confirmation of this. What I do know is that the 2023 reissue of See-Threepio (C-3PO) is excellent, and better than the ones Stan Solo made. And his are usually slightly better reproductions compared to what Hasbro gives us. His have variant paint jobs - and I hope Hasbro takes notice - but the official product's sculpting and/or paint is much closer to the original for a fraction of the cost. You should get this one.
This time around, the cardbacks come unpunched and that's a nice surprise. It still has the doofy sticker (thus raising costs) and the awful faux weathering (presumably a licensor requirement), and the backs of the card are hideous walls of words with none of the charm of the original art or design. I know it's a challenge to include multiple languages here, but I can't imagine they're selling enough in all of these countries (or even distributing the at all) to warrant teeny tiny illegible letters when you could show upsells and illustrations. At least it's on a nice cardback, packaged in a wonderful box modeled after an old Canadian exclusive boxed set. Other than the sticker and the back of the card, Hasbro did a nice job with the packaging here.
It's funny that after years of complaining about the same characters being reissued and resculpted, and samey troopers getting repainted and re-repainted, I'm heaping praise on replicas of action figures I got at garage sales for pennies 30-40 years ago. But Hasbro did a good job here and it's worth saying they really seem to have improved this one - but with the vac-metal deco, they have to. If the paint washed out the sculpted details, I'd be complaining. Instead, I'd say you can go ahead and be happy you bought this one. Please note it's a Shop Disney and Hasbro Pulse exclusive, and is $20 cheaper at Hasbro Pulse at press time.
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Hasbro Pulse.
Day 3,035: June 6, 2023