Vintage Superior to Modern

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Are there any vintage products you consider to be superior to their post 1995 counterparts? I think the following Vintage Products are superior or at least as good:

Jabba the Hutt- the Dias Jabba sits on makes the difference

The Snowspeeder- way better than the POTF2 version, equal to the POTJ version.

TIE fighter- at least we had some electronics!

What do you think?
 

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Time to make a list:
VINTAGE vs. "MODERN"
Han Hoth / POTF2 Han Hoth
Emperor's Royal Guard / POTF2 Emperor's Royal Guard OR POTJ Coruscant Guard
Max Rebo Band / Rebo Band pairs
Landspeeder / POTF2 Landspeeder
Han's blaster (all black, any film logo) / Han's blaster (orange? ORANGE?!?)
Any Micro World scene / Any Micro Machines scene
Jawa Sandcrawler / _____ (insert unproduced product here)
Twin Pod Cloud Car / _____ (insert unproduced product here)
Death Star playset / _____ (insert unproduced product here)
Others?
 

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I forgot about Han's blaster! A relic of the good old days when th ecops wouldn't imagine a ten year old having a real gun. I forgot about how cool the old school micro machines were as well.
 

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i think the vintage packages were superior to the newer ones. The whole card is a picture straight from the movie of the guy you were buying! Makes better displays IMO.
 

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I think all of the ROTJ figures are superior to their post '95 counterparts. The top spots of list are Royal Guard, Endor Han, Jedi Luke, Bib Fortuna, Poncho Leia and any Ewok. Yoda, Hoth Han, Yak Face and General Lando also make the list. Most of the vintage playset rock, none for modern do. Most of the vehicle are also way cool in their vintage incarnation than their modern. The expiations are:
F/X X-Wing, way better than the vintage
POTF2 Snowspeeder, better electronics and could shoot the harpoon
Saga Landspeeder, bigger and better paint job
AT-ST, same
Speederbikes, same
Skiff, same
 

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JON9000 said:
Jabba the Hutt- the Dias Jabba sits on makes the difference
I just thought of this; being dropped into the Rancor pit would've been better than being so close to Jabba's body in the Kenner toy! :eek: :cry:

Bobajames said:
i think the vintage packages were superior to the newer ones. The whole card is a picture straight from the movie of the guy you were buying! Makes better displays IMO.
I agree wholeheartedly! Backs of cards were much, much better as well.

Other better Vintage ones:
Star Destroyer or Death Squad Trooper/POTF2 Death Star Trooper
Land of Jawas playset (with Escape Pod)/ _____ (insert unproduced product here)
Lobot/POTF2 Lobot
Hoth Rebel Soldier/POTF2 Hoth Rebel Soldier
R5-D4/POTF2 R5-D4
In-box catalogs/crappy POTF2 and later "catalogs" :mad:
 

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Both the Micro Collection and the Micro Machines series were great.
I still prefer Micro Machines over the Micro Collection because MM figurines weren´t made out of metal. Probably one of the reasons for this line´s downfall. :(
 

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Bel-Cam Jos said:
In-box catalogs/crappy POTF2 and later "catalogs" :mad:

The Kenner catalogs rocked! As a kid I'd drool over the few that I had. I still have a two ROTJ catalogs mostly intact and the pages of some ESB. A few years ago I picked up a SW and ESB and its got me itching for more. I can't as the same about Hasbro's.
 
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The vintage cardbacks were far superior to any of the garbage ones in the newer lines. From the picture on the front to the checklists on the back, the vintage cards were clearly made for collectors.

I'll bring up the vintage cards. Though in many respects the new cards are better looking, their price completely negates the positives about them. As a kid with little money, being able to go to the local store and put down a buck for 3 packs of Empire Strikes Back cards (with, what, 20 cards a pack or so?) was a great way to re-live the movie (no VCR's back then). So for a pure cost vs. value evaluation, the vintage collector movie cards win hands down.
 

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I'll second (or third I guess) the vote on the cardbacks. The old ones are so representative of what I loved about the line back then, I remember daydreaming for hours looking at all that plastic. I think those cards and memories are why I have enjoyed the silver figures so far, made with that retro look to them.
 

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I gotta say the vintage Y-Wing, it had an astromech slot! Why loose the removable astromech feature?

Of course, it works the other way for the newer Dagobah X-Wing! I love that they finally included a removable astromech.
 

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sith_killer_99 said:
I gotta say the vintage Y-Wing, it had an astromech slot! Why loose the removable astromech feature?

Of course, it works the other way for the newer Dagobah X-Wing! I love that they finally included a removable astromech.
Also the vintage one had more accurate front canons. The POTF II featurered shorter ones.
 

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sith_killer_99 said:
I gotta say the vintage Y-Wing, it had an astromech slot! Why loose the removable astromech feature?
Why not? The fact that there was a removable astromech droid was just one of the reasons I thought the Y-Wing was so much better than the X-Wing as a kid (I'm talking only about the toys).
 

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JON9000 said:
i'll add general Madine to the list. Madine had gray hair, as I recall. Unless he shows up in the prequels!!
We talking about the figure or the actor? The figure had gray hair. The actor had brown hair. Also the figure's uniform had different colors from the costume. All that a side General Madine was one of my favor ROTJ figures as a kid.
 

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LusiferSam said:
The figure had gray hair. ... Also the figure's uniform had different colors from the costume. All that a side General Madine was one of my favor ROTJ figures as a kid.
Unless you believe the "green hair" variation. Bogus, IMO. But yes, his torso was one of the best to add a head to. Before the POTF line, you could make General Lando by simply removing Skiff lando's head and replacing it. Or make Han a true general the same way (well, not by using Lando's head, of course :rolleyes: ). And Madine had two gripping hands, not always common in Kenner figures.

p.s. Could we call him G.Mad, a la Jennifer Lopez? (I sense a thread coming! )
 

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Madine was one of the better vintage figures. Even though it was a plain figure(not to flashy and all) it was awesome. K.I.S.S. rule applied to that one. HOwever one of my favorite all time vintage figures has and always will be the snowtrooper. For some reason as a kid, I loved this figure. I still have about three of the vintage ones.
 

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The vintage line will forever be my favorite. I still have most of my figs. Skipping over the 1995 - EpI era (which I did myself...) I have had a lot of fun comparing the later sculpts to their predecessors. It is remarkable how well the old holds up - and how there was a certain amount of imagination necessary to complete the fig.

From packaging to vehicles to the figures themselves - I vote vintage!
 

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What vintage figures are better than their modern versions?

With all the improvements in toymaking technology, you would think that every new figure would be an improvement over what came before, but we've learned that's not the case as we have inferior versions of some characters released after a nearly perfect version (case in point, the 300th Boba Fett followed up by the 2003 Saga Boba).

Soooo, which vintage figures are still better than their modern counterparts? Right off the top of my head I can think of Bib Fortuna and Endor Leia. Both of them represented the pinnacle of Star Wars figures for the time and Hasbro has yet to top either figure (mostly because Hasbro is starting to seem inept at creating soft-goods accessories).

Han Endor and the Emperor's Royal Guard would be other examples of how much better Kenner was at handling cloth accessories.

Any others that you feel still outshine the modern action figures?