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 Luke Skywalker (Hoth Battle Gear).
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 Luke Skywalker (Hoth Battle Gear)
Is there a definitive modern counterpart to 1982’s ESB Luke Skywalker (Hoth Battle Gear)?
2012’s/2021’s THE VINTAGE COLLECTION Luke Skywalker (Hoth [Outfit]) (VC95)
Has Hasbro added this character’s card art and action figure into THE VINTAGE COLLECTION? And is it definitive?
Yes. Hasbro released and then re-released THE VINTAGE COLLECTION Luke Skywalker (Hoth [Outfit]) (VC95) figure with Photo Real update.
Does THE VINTAGE COLLECTION release completely satisfy the modern counterpart to 1981’s THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Luke Skywalker (Hoth Battle Gear) figure?
Yes, to complete The Ninety Six, but it’s arguable if the figure represents the most definitive interpretation of this character as some collectors feel the action figure can be bettered.
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?
The original THE VINTAGE COLLECTION figure and its re-release are not perfect. Despite the Photo Real update, Hasbro has yet to update the figure’s headscarf issue. And many collectors would love to have a battle-damaged alternate portrait with Photo Real for additional display and diorama needs. But since they already re-released the figure, it’s next to impossible now that we will see any additional updates made.
What does Hasbro have to do so we can check off “Luke Skywalker (Hoth Battle Gear)” from our Vintage Vs. Modern checklists?
Some feel we need a new figure from the ground up, while others are satisfied with what Hasbro’s already released. We feel it could go for one more round of augmentation.
The year and years elapsed (through 2021) since we last had this character in classic Kenner-styled packaging (vintage or modern)?
2012’s/2021’s TVC Luke Skywalker (Hoth [Outfit]) (VC95) 9 years/0 years ago.
1982’s ESB Luke Skywalker (Hoth Battle Gear) 39 years ago.