The Vintage Collection: The Ninety Six – RETURN OF THE JEDI Admiral Ackbar

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Welcome to another entry in our The Vintage Collection: The Ninety Six column. Hasbro recently committed to collectors that they will be “focusing” on characters in The Vintage Collection that fall under “The Ninety Six” banner. If you’re new to this, it means that there needs a modern counterpart for every classic Kenner figure. Between 2020 and 2021, Hasbro’s made an admirable effort by focusing on these characters. But there is more work to be done, and we’ll figure out where we are step by step. Today we assess Admiral Ackbar.

Just a few notes: We’re right in alignment with Hasbro in our vintage Kenner database with the count. There are 21 figures under the STAR WARS banner, 29 figures under THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK banner, 31 figures under the RETURN OF THE JEDI banner, and 15 figures under THE POWER OF THE FORCE banner. (Sy Snootles, Max Rebo, Droopy McCool, and Blue Snaggletooth bring the number to an even 100 figures.)

Read our assessment, and then please add your thoughts to the comments. Let us know if you agree or disagree. If you’re a customizer, show us your definitive custom figure in the comments as well! Who knows? It might give Hasbro some ideas.

 

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Admiral Ackbar

Is there a definitive modern counterpart to 1983’s ROTJ Admiral Ackbar?

2010’s/2021’s TVC Admiral Ackbar (VC22)

 

Has Hasbro added this character’s card art and action figure into THE VINTAGE COLLECTION? And is it definitive?

Yes, Admiral Ackbar is done. And collectors got two chances at this figure as well in THE VINTAGE COLLECTION.

 

Does THE VINTAGE COLLECTION release completely satisfy the modern counterpart to 1983’s RETURN OF THE JEDI Admiral Ackbar figure?

Yes. We don’t need another Admiral Ackbar action figure again.

 

If Hasbro didn’t release the figure yet, do we have a near-definitive or definitive release of this character that can be added to THE VINTAGE COLLECTION as a straight repack, repaint, or with little retooling to update it?

It’s done.

 

What does Hasbro have to do so we can check off “Admiral Ackbar” from our Vintage Vs. Modern checklists?

If, for some reason, this figure gets re-released again, Hasbro could lighten up the color of the skin. It’s a tad too dark still, but it’s an easy issue to overlook.

 

The year and years elapsed (through 2021) since we last had this character in classic Kenner-styled packaging (vintage or modern)?

2011’s TVC Admiral Ackbar (VC22). 10 years/0 years ago (Return Of The Jedi variant)

2010’s/2021’s TVC Admiral Ackbar (VC22). 11 years/0 years ago (Return Of The Jedi variant)

1983’s ROTJ Admiral Ackbar. 38 years ago

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