Hasbro's Vintage Collection - Difficult To See. Always In Motion Is The Future

Jay Cochran - May 18, 2020
A recent open letter sent to Hasbro by our friend over at Bossk’s Bounty has sparked a bit of debate amongst those in the Star Wars action figure collecting community. In their letter, they express concerns over the future of Hasbro’s Vintage Collection line. They seem to worry that Hasbro will eventually completely phase out the highly articulated small scale figures.

I don’t think there is any denying that the toy collecting landscape has changed over the years as collectors seem to have shifted their focus to the larger scale 6” and 7” figures. Because of this, we have seen many companies including Hasbro change their focus as well. According to Bossk, Hasbro will produce only 12 Star Wars Vintage Collection figures split into four waves (plus two reissue fan channel waves) this year. Within those 12 figures, three are repacks leaving only nine new figures for the year. I haven’t personally fact checked these numbers, but they sound about right.

Star Wars fans aren’t the only ones to see this change happen. For Marvel, the once popular 3.75” Marvel Universe line is all but gone in favor of the larger 6” Marvel Legends. Hasbro also brought G.I. Joe back to shelves after a several year hiatus, but not in the original 3 3/4” scale. Now G.I. Joe is getting the 6” treatment in keeping with Marvel Legends, Star Wars Black Series, Power Rangers Lightning Collection, and Ghostbuster Plasma figures. Are you noticing a trend?

While Star Wars fans who still want 3.75” figures have been feeling left behind, Star Wars is one of the few lines left at mass market still seeing any kind of real love in the smaller scale.

So why the shift from smaller scales to larger ones? The biggest reason generally cited is cost. Most detailed and articulated figures done in the 3.75” scale retail in the neighborhood of $12-$15 a piece. A 6” figure of the same caliber, which is considered to have more poseability to it, costs only $5 more at $20 a pop. The thinking being, people feel they are getting more for their money with the larger scale figure. Because of this, the big box retailers like Walmart and Target seemingly want to carry the larger scale figures over the smaller ones. I don’t know about your local store, but at my Target, they have only stocked the first wave of VC figures which included Snoke. That wave sat on shelves for two years. The Walmart near me isn’t much better. They seem to stock only one or two cases per wave for the Vintage Collection. While they do seem to eventually sell out for the most part, one or two cases isn’t really a lot of figures for a retailer like Walmart. My guess is that if Walmart ordered a substantial number of cases for each wave, they would end up with a lot more in the way of peg warmers.

In the past, one of the biggest proponents for doing smaller scale figures was making vehicles and playlets to go along with them. That is no longer the case — once again due to costs. The price of most detailed vehicles (even at the smaller scale) are so expensive these days that many people no longer purchase them or wait for them to go on discount. Look at the recent Vintage Collection Tie Fighter that started retailing for $79.99. It’s now selling at BBTS for a discounted price of $34.99.

Go to Amazon, and you will see the Imperial Tank which was a brand new vehicle that Hasbro made for the Rogue One movie a few years ago. It originally retailed for $79.99 and is now selling for only $29.95.

While discounts are great for the consumer, they are usually an indication of merchandise that has not sold terribly well.

Now I did some checking with a few smaller online retailers who sell Star Wars. While they tell me that overall the larger 6” Black Series figures sell better, they are still seeing decent demand for the smaller Vintage Collection ones. While good, I’m not sure it’s good enough to justify Hasbro putting the effort into the smaller scale figures that some collectors want to see.



Some fan sites over the last 2 week have tried to start a social media campaign asking folks to use the hashtag #BackTVC to show Hasbro how much demand there is for the Vintage Collection line. Honestly, I think this will do more harm than good. It would be one thing if there was enough people out there using the #Hashtag to actually get it trending on social media, but as I type this I see the hashtag on only a little over 800 posts on Instagram. I don’t think that is going to be a terribly impressive number to change anyone’s mind. The fact is, the only real symbol that will convince anyone they are wrong, is the $ sign. If you really want to get Hasbro’s attention, you likely will need to speak with your wallets and not your keyboards.


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JayC - 2020-05-19 @ 2:43 pm
9 hours ago, memocromatico said:

I hope costs eventually go down so we can get some more vehicles for the 6" figures I'd love an U-Wing on my shelf with the rest of the Rogues. Maybe they're planning it and that's why they're withholding Bodhi Rook!Sigh... wishful thinking in the end...

Yeah unfortunately unless their is some type of significant cut in quality the prices only go up on these things, not down.

memocromatico - 2020-05-19 @ 4:50 am

I hope costs eventually go down so we can get some more vehicles for the 6" figures I'd love an U-Wing on my shelf with the rest of the Rogues. Maybe they're planning it and that's why they're withholding Bodhi Rook!Sigh... wishful thinking in the end...

JayC - 2020-05-18 @ 11:32 pm
4 hours ago, Archangel2496 said:

I hope the line continues. I would love to finally see some reissues from older molds wich are very expensive/hard to find nowadays. Like Exar Kun, Ulic Qel Droma, etc..

But I have to admit their selection does feel a bit lackluster. I reached out to them multiple times as an example about the VC Revan they were supposed to do. Never even got a reply.

I don't think the line will totally go away but nor do I think it will ever return to the glory days of old.

Archangel2496 - 2020-05-18 @ 7:06 pm

I hope the line continues. I would love to finally see some reissues from older molds wich are very expensive/hard to find nowadays. Like Exar Kun, Ulic Qel Droma, etc..

But I have to admit their selection does feel a bit lackluster. I reached out to them multiple times as an example about the VC Revan they were supposed to do. Never even got a reply.

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