Saturday, June 8, 2013

Bring Back Star Wars Action Figures

This weeks assignment from the League of Extraordinary Bloggers asks:

Bring it back! What product or media property would you like to see revived, and how would you imagine it being different today?

There was a time I wanted Battlestar Galactica to be brought back totally re-imagined and I wrote a story treatment and a first draft to a script and then just dropped the idea. Ironically, twenty some odd years later it happened for real and was redone amazingly by Ronald Moore with many of the same ideas I had for a reboot.

I've also have longed for re-imagined versions of the Six Million Dollar Man and Buck Rogers to no avail. Maybe one day someone will bring those franchises back to life. Star Trek was even on my short list once, which my body J.J is doing a great job.

However, instead of pop culture TV or movie revivals, I would like to see a certain line of action figures return. Are you listening Hasbro?

One toy line I longed to have return was Mego's World's Greatest Super Heroes line. Paul "Dr. Mego" Clarke and Mattel had made a valiant effort to do this with their Retro-Action DC Super Heroes line, but unfortunately that line did not last as long as I would have liked. However,  Toy Figure Inc will be reproducing exact replica's of one the beloved action figure lines from my childhood.

So, What's left you ask? Star Wars action figures.

You may be thinking this dude needs to get a clue. That's been done too, but I want something different. I want Star Wars figures brought back in the styling of the original Kenner action figures.

Just like Mattel's updated versions of  Mego's WGSH figures, Hasbro has done a great job updating the orginal line and even bringing back new sculpts and molds of the toys with original vintage style packing that is really cool, but I want figures that looked the way they did in the 70's and 80's.

Rocket Firing Boba Fett. Photo: Batcave Toy Room
I'd love for Hasbro to do something out of the box for a change and go back and create figures for characters like Grand Moff Tarkin, Uncle Owen, Aunt Beru, and countless others using the original sculpting and molding techniques of the originals. Like something they did with the Rocket Firing Boba Fett.

So many of the updated figures look fantastic, but they don't fit in with the 3 3/4 goodness that I know.

Hasbro your Star Wars line has been looking pretty sad to me these days. If your looking for a new idea to keep things going until the new films come out, going back to basics might just be the way to go.

About the author: John Sholtz is an avid toy collector and the interim editor of the Batcave Toy Room due to the abrupt death of Bruce Wayne. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter at, Facebook, Google+ and Linkedin.


  1. That is a great idea and I would buy SO many of them.

  2. Sounds like you should be checking out the 2013 Saga Legends, 5-POA neutrally posed SW figures, even made from the same plastic as the Kenner figures. The first wave is very Prequel-centric, but it evens out a bit more after that...

    1. Still not quite what I'm talking about Joe. The Saga Legend figures are still a little too detailed for the original lines standards, but had the line continued and as technology improved the figures would have continued to be more detailed and become what they did anyway. I guess another way to put it would be to pretend Kenner made a third wave of figures rather than two before the Empire Strikes Back figures came out.

  3. Awesome idea. I need more Luke Skywalker figures for the collection.

  4. I'd buy a bunch of new "old style" figures in a heartbeat. I am liking those new Saga Legends figures Joe posted, but I'll wait until they make some figures based on the good trilogy.


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