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Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi - TAC - Commemorative Tin Collection (6 of 6)

Name: Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi
Collection: 30 (77-07)
Number: 6 of 6 (Commemorative Tin Collection)
Source: Return Of The Jedi
Availability: November 2006
License: Hasbro

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While a large facet of the collecting community mourned the cancellation of The Saga Collection in late 2006, they were also elated because between the end of the year and early 2007 Hasbro would be releasing three Repack & Repaint waves to bide time while they geared up for something bigger. And most of us had no inkling just how big of a celebration the 30th anniversary of Star Wars would be, especially from Hasbro. But Hasbro decided to start the party early by releasing six general release Commemorative Tin Collection sets to whet everyone’s anniversary for the anniversary collection beginning first quarter of 2007. Depending upon where you lived, November/December 2006 saw the arrival of the Commemorative Tin Collection sets and to our surprise they brought more newness to our lives than we had expected. Sure, Hasbro had to repack some previously released action figures to help pad these multipacks, but they also added a few cool surprises into the mix to make things interesting. No matter the set, something new could be found within it and they were warmly embraced by the collecting community as welcomed additions to the basic figure line. With a nice deluxe graphics-embossed tin, it was the icing on the cake for most.

It’s honestly hard to rate which one is the best, but the Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi Commemorative Tin Collection set may be a high ranking candidate on that list. In it collectors are treated to a revised Scout Trooper, a repacked Darth Vader, a repainted Princess Leia and a retooled Rebel Commando. Together they make quite a mixed group, but again, there is enough here to interest collectors despite the many reused parts. The Scout Trooper, for all intents and purposes, is a retool of the 2006 VTSC Biker Scout figure. Hasbro took the head sculpt from the Biker Scout figure from the 2006 TSC Endor AT-AT (All Terrain Armored Transport) Toys R Us exclusive, retooled it so it would fit on a ball-socket, and added it to the 2006 VTSC figure. What this creates is an awesome interpretation of this classic character in a light that is never seen in the film. The clone head under the helmet will likely annoy some, but we think this take on the Scout Trooper is quite interesting. Besides, it makes it a new figure for us. The paint operations are also very nice on this release. Darth Vader is a very slight repaint (if at all) of 2004’s VOTC Darth Vader figure. This sculpt is now tired and we hope that Hasbro retires it soon. It still looks like a decent Darth Vader action figure however even a couple of year later.

The most dramatically altered action figures in this set however are the two oldest. Interestingly, both from 1998 during The Power Of The Force “2” line. Princess Leia is a repaint of the Princess Leia figure from the Princess Leia & Wicket The Ewok Princess Leia Collection set. This time the figure received a completely new paint job which has been done to very closely mimic the outfit she wore in the film this time. Also, she has been given a completely new skirt (which is removable by the way) in a plush material. She has also been given darker colored soft-goods braids that also mirror Princess Leia’s appearance in the film a little more accurately. She doesn’t come with any accessories but then again she didn’t have any from this scene in the film. Some collectors may not be happy with this version of Princess Leia either, but there is no doubt that it’s a tremendous enhancement from the 1998 version. But perhaps our favorite from this lot is the updated Rebel Commando. Yes, it’s simply articulated, but it looks fantastic. Hasbro retooled the neck joint. They re-sculpted it in a way so that it would accept a ball-socket head sculpt. The neck post has been glued permanently, so you cannot twist it. But that is moot because the new ball-socket head gives you all the movement you need. As you can see, this set comes with a great deal of newness. If Hasbro has to reuse parts for these sets, they definitely made it interesting.

Collector Notes

Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi (Commemorative Tin Collection – 6 of 6)

Assortment Number: 87205/87154

UPC: 653569186342

Retail: $24.99 USD

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Scout Trooper

Also known as: Biker Scouts
Vehicle: Speeder Bike
Assignment: Advance scout
Scout troopers are often assigned to small, ground-based units. They operate in groups of four called lances, and are relied upon to identify potential threats and notify the larger main force of stormtroopers.

Status: Scout Trooper is a kit-bashed figure that utilizes the body from 2006's VTSC Biker Scout with a retooled head from the Biker Scout from 2006's TSC Endor AT-AT (All Terrain Armored Transport) vehicle which has been changed from swivel articulation to ball-jointed articulation.

Articulation Count: 14 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head (with a hinge-jointed face plate), 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 ball-jointed elbows, 2 swivel forearms, ball-jointed torso, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: blaster pistol, removable helmet (front half)

Date Stamp: 2005

Darth Vader

Ship: Executor
Attends: The Emperor
Captures: Luke Skywalker
From the bridge of the Super Star Destroyer Executor, Darth Vader senses the approaching presence of Luke Skywalker. He allows his son's ship to land, and then travels to the forest moon of Endor to capture the Emperor's prize.

Status: Darth Vader is a straight repack of 2004's VOTC Darth Vader figure.

Articulation Count: 14 points

Articulation Details: swivel head, 2 ball-jointed shoulders, 2 swivel elbows, 2 swivel gloves, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips, 2 ball-jointed knees, 2 ball-jointed ankles

Accessory Count: 2

Accessory Details: lightsaber, lightsaber hilt

Date Stamp: 2004

Princess Leia

Leads: A Rebel strike team
Befriends: Wicket the Ewok
Senses: That Luke is all right
After becoming separated from the Rebel strike team she had helped lead to the forest moon of Endor, Leia finds herself surrounded and befriended by the native Ewoks, who later help her team defeat Imperial forces.

Status: Princess Leia is a repaint of 1998's POTF2 Princess Leia & Wicket the Ewok Princess Leia Collection set. This time the figure has been given a new soft-goods skirt and has been given a much more natural and screen accurate paint job.

Articulation Count: 5 points

Articulation Details: swivel head (inhibited movement), 2 swivel shoulders, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: None

Accessory Details: None

Date Stamp: 1997

Rebel Commando

Handpicked by: Han Solo
Mission: Destroy the shield generator
Celebrate: At the Ewok village
Chosen for what might have been the most important mission of the Rebellion, each of these Rebel commandoes is a master at small-squad tactics, sabotage and night-time combat.

Status: Rebel Commando is kit-bashed figure that utilizes the body from 1998's POTF2 Endor Rebel Soldier figure with an all-new permanently glued-in-place neck post. Additionally, the figure has also been given an all-new ball-socket portrait which represents a new character not yet released in the modern Star Wars action figure line until now. It's unknown if this figure has been based on an actual character in Return Of The Jedi or not.

Articulation Count: 6 points

Articulation Details: ball-socket head, 2 swivel shoulders, swivel waist, 2 swivel hips

Accessory Count: 3

Accessory Details: removable helmet, blaster rifle, removable backpack

Date Stamp: 1997

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Added: July 6, 2014
Category: 30 (77-07)
Reviewer: Paul Harrison
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