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 Leia (Hoth Outfit).
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 STRIKES BACK Leia (Hoth Outfit)
Is there a definitive modern counterpart to 1981’s ESB Leia (Hoth Outfit)?
2010’s/2019’s THE VINTAGE COLLECTION Princess Leia Organa (Hoth) [Leia (Hoth Outfit)] (VC02)
Has Hasbro added this character’s card art and action figure into THE VINTAGE COLLECTION? And is it definitive?
Yes. 2010’s/2019’s TVC Princess Leia Organa (Hoth) [Leia (Hoth Outfit)] (VC02) figure is the definitive modern counterpart to the classic Kenner figure. However, some feel that Hasbro can better it.
Does THE VINTAGE COLLECTION release completely satisfy the modern counterpart to 1980’s THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Leia (Hoth Outfit) figure?
It is arguable. Many collectors feel that Hasbro’s current technology today could produce a truly definitive modern replacement for 1981’s ESB Leia (Hoth Outfit) figure. As an example, the Princess Leia (Hoth) figure from 2020’s Celebrate The Saga Rebel Alliance set proves this. If the figure came with more articulation, it would easily supplant the VC02 version.
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?
We currently have a modern replacement to 1981’s ESB Leia (Hoth Outfit) figure.
What does Hasbro have to do so we can check off “Leia (Hoth Outfit)” from our Vintage Vs. Modern checklists?
Aside from tooling a better and more definitive action figure, nothing. Also, many collectors would love to see Hasbro release the variant “Trilogo” image into THE VINTAGE COLLECTION as well.
The year and years elapsed (through 2021) since we last had this character in classic Kenner-styled packaging (vintage or modern)?
2010’s/2019’s TVC Princess Leia Organa (Hoth) [Leia (Hoth Outfit)] (VC02). 11/2 years ago
1981’s ESB Leia (Hoth Outfit). 40 years ago
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