The Retro Collection 3 3/4-Inch Action Figure Shop Disney / Hasbro Pulse Exclusive Set
Item No.: Asst. F7649 No. F7649
Includes: Blaster with R2-D2, Tusken Raider, C-3PO, Death Squad Commander, 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.
Availability: Click here to buy it at Amazon now!A fan-made "custom" "replica" of it is surprisingly cheap and high-quality but not perfect, just the way I like it. Hasbro's new (old) Jawa also has enough changes made to it where it's obvious - but not awful - that they tweaked it.
Hasbro did make a few changes to the figure from the Kenner original, but thanks to the cloak none of them may matter. The figure's yellow eyes aren't painted as much as the original as there's an unpainted border now. The figure's body is a bit more saturated in color, giving it a little more red than brown. The right hand was notably retooled to better hold the included blaster (but you may not exactly want to swap it for the original figure. It's not a great fit.) The folds are in the same places with the robes, some of which have different depths. It doesn't quite seem as soft in detail as some other figures - whoever did it has done a better job - and at a quick glance you could probably be fooled it was an original. It's also worth noting the point on the back of his head hood is a different shape from the original, which I find to be welcome. Why do the exact same thing again? If it's better or weirder, a change is welcome.
As of my writing this you can get a complete original Kenner cloth cape Jawa figure - one that's over 40 years old - for $45. They tend to hold up very well with time. This new one is about $12, provided you want the whole boxed set. While I am all for getting the Real Deal and owning a piece of history, a lot of fans aren't going to be able to tell the difference and it might be hard to know how a cloth cape will smell until it is in your house. It's almost a shame it's part of a boxed set - I could see picking up a few more as "army builders." While some of the remade figures fall a little short of the original figure expectations, I'd say they nailed it with the Jawa. It's about as good as I expect Hasbro to be able to deliver, if not slightly better, when it comes to retro reproductions. The foot peg hole even fits on the PDT-8 on my desk without a fight. How awesome!
Collector's Notes: I got mine from Hasbro Pulse.
Day 3,042: June 29, 2023