The Vintage Collection debuted on April 3rd, 2010 with a German Jedi-Con exclusive convention 2-pack, which featured Bounty Hunters 4-Lom and Zuckuss. The basic figure assortment was available on store shelves in August of 2010.
For The Vintage Collection Hasbro brought back the much loved Kenner packaging-style from the late 70's and 80's with a coffin blister and a movie still or character picture to the right of the figure. The original Vintage Collection included Star Wars figures from all available Star Wars media entertainment at the time, including the original and prequel trilogies, the Clone Wars and the Expanded Universe.
The original Vintage Collection ended in 2013 and took a five year break before it returned to store shelves again in April 2018. Eight years total passed between the launch of the first Vintage Collection and the second one. The Vintage Collection is aimed exclusively at collectors with a state-of-the-art representation and a realistic appearance of the character.
Here is a look at the basic figure assortment from The Vintage Collection between 2010 and 2013.
Here is a look at vintage-style 3-packs which were released at Target stores exclusively.
Here is a look at more exclusive figures from The Vintage Collection.
After the original The Vintage Collection ended in 2013, Hasbro took a five year break before bringing it back again in April 2018. For continuity the numbering for the figures in the basic assortment continued with #116.
In 2018 Hasbro began to re-release older, previously released The Vintage Collection figures with the same VC number on the back of the packaging as before. Most figures however weren't straight re-packs, they were also given significant paint updates especially around the facial area. The packaging of those figures had also changed from the previous releases which was most noticeably on the back with different figures pictured and updated legal statements.
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