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 FX-7 (Medical Droid).
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 custom definitive figure in the comments as well! Who knows? It might give Hasbro some ideas.
THE EMPIRE STRIKE BACK FX-7 (Medical Droid)
Is there a definitive modern counterpart to 1980’s ESB FX-7 (Medical Droid)?
2010’s FX-7 from THE VINTAGE COLLECTION’s Special Action Figure Set [Hoth Rebels/Bespin Alliance/Imperial Set] is generally regarded as the closest placeholder.
Has Hasbro added this character’s card art and action figure into THE VINTAGE COLLECTION? And is it definitive?
No, not as a single carded figure. However, Hasbro did include a revised version of 2001’s POTJ FX-7 (Medical Droid) figure in THE VINTAGE COLLECTION’s Special Action Figure Set [Hoth Rebels/Bespin Alliance/Imperial Set] multipack. It came with enhanced and screen-accurate paint operations. They need to release this figure on a THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK card and call it a day.
Does THE VINTAGE COLLECTION release completely satisfy the modern counterpart to 1980’s THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK FX-7 (Medical Droid) figure?
We’ve yet to receive this figure as part of THE VINTAGE COLLECTION basic figure line.
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?
Yes. All they need to do is take the FX-7 figure from THE VINTAGE COLLECTION’s Special Action Figure Set [Hoth Rebels/Bespin Alliance/Imperial Set]. They could easily check this character off of our Vintage Versus Modern lists.
What does Hasbro have to do so we can check off “FX-7 (Medical Droid)” from our Vintage Vs. Modern checklists?
Re-release the 2010 figure on a vintage card. There is no reason to tool an all-new sculpt of this figure. The 2001 tooling was years ahead of its time.
The year and years elapsed (through 2021) since we last had this character in classic Kenner-styled packaging (vintage or modern)?
1980’s ESB FX-7 (Medical Droid). 41 years ago.
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