The Vintage Collection: The Ninety Six – RETURN OF THE JEDI Squid Head


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 Squid Head.

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 Squid Head

Is there a definitive modern counterpart to 1983’s ROTJ Squid Head?

2001’s POWER OF THE JEDI Tessek is generally regarded as the closest placeholder.

 

Has Hasbro added this character’s card art and action figure into THE VINTAGE COLLECTION? And is it definitive?

No.

 

Does THE VINTAGE COLLECTION release completely satisfy the modern counterpart to 1983’s RETURN OF THE JEDI Squid Head figure?

Hasbro only attempted a modern version of Squid Head once, and while an excellent action figure, it falls short of what collectors accept as definitive status because of its lack of articulation. The tooling is nearly flawless, however.

 

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?

While a beautiful action figure, POWER OF THE JEDI’s Tessek release won’t hold up by today’s standards, and it’s about time Hasbro produces an all-new action figure from the ground up. We need Tessek for The Khetanna, and we needed Tessek in THE VINTAGE COLLECTION yesterday.

 

What does Hasbro have to do so we can check off “Squid Head” from our Vintage Vs. Modern checklists?

Hasbro MUST tool an all-new “Squid Head” action figure.

 

The year and years elapsed (through 2021) since we last had this character in classic Kenner-styled packaging (vintage or modern)?

1983’s ROTJ Squid Head. 38 years ago





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