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 Emperor’s Royal Guard.
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 definitive custom figure in the comments as well! Who knows? It might give Hasbro some ideas.
RETURN OF THE JEDI Emperor’s Royal Guard
Is there a definitive modern counterpart to 1983’s ROTJ Emperor’s Royal Guard?
2012’s/2021’s THE VINTAGE COLLECTION Emperor’s Royal Guard (VC105)
Has Hasbro added this character’s card art and action figure into THE VINTAGE COLLECTION? And is it definitive?
Does THE VINTAGE COLLECTION release completely satisfy the modern counterpart to 1983’s RETURN OF THE JEDI Emperor’s Royal Guard figure?
99% of the collecting community will agree with this sentiment, but 1% won’t. Many feel that this figure isn’t yet done until Hasbro releases an Emperor’s Royal Guard WITHOUT a removable helmet. And many want to see Hasbro use the original character photo of the 1983 release.
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 Emperor’s Royal Guard is essentially done. Aside from a few enhancements, collectors are happy with this figure, as evidenced by its sales history.
What does Hasbro have to do so we can check off “Emperor’s Royal Guard” from our Vintage Vs. Modern checklists?
Aside from the suggestions above, there is nothing else to do. We have this figure in THE VINTAGE COLLECTION.
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 Emperor’s Royal Guard (VC105) 9 years/0 years ago.
1983’s ROTJ Emperor’s Royal Guard 38 years ago.