2004 International Toy Fair New York

This year, it's all about the classics. For 2004, Hasbro is planning to turn the focus on The Original Trilogy Collection. Using graphics similar to the legendary Kenner line, this line will include a mixture of all-new figures and see the return of some classic favorites. It's all part of building up the excitement for the DVD release of the classic trilogy in September.

A Kenner Tribute, Part I
The first part of the line-up will actually feature the original Kenner logo and graphics, right down the assortment number. If you've been following our recent series of Vintage Photo Archive updates, you'll be familiar with most of these designs. The catch here is that the figures themselves are all-new sculpts, complete with extra articulation, accessories and "soft goods" where appropriate. There will be 12 figures in this line, 4 from each film.

While only Luke Skywalker, Ben Kenobi, and Han Solo were on display, a look at the list on the back of the card design reveals a look at Princess Leia, the fourth figure from the A New Hope wave. The cardback will also feature similar graphics to the Action Figure Archives, another nod to a valuable vintage resource. Future waves will see Darth Vader, C-3PO, Yoda, and Lando Calrissian from The Empire Strikes Back, and Chewbacca, R2-D2, Boba Fett and Han Solo (presumably in his Endor Battle Gear) from Return of the Jedi.

The Re-releases Continues
The second part of the new line-up will be a mixture of all-new figures and repackaged favorites, with a packaging design using elements of the Kenner series and the recent Saga series. Using an "OTC" numbering system, there will be at least 20 figures in this line, including Dagobah and Bespin themed waves similar to what we've already seen in 2004. Rebel figures will be in blue, while Imperial figures will be in red. New figures include Ben Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, R2-D2 and Yoda from Dagobah, and Princess Leia, Cloud Car Pilot, and Lobot from Bespin. The rest of the figures will be re-released favorites including Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker (X-Wing Pilot), Chewbacca, Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker (Jabba's Palace), Han Solo, R2-D2, Wicket, Stormtrooper, Ben Kenobi, C-3PO, Scout Trooper (clean version), and a TIE Fighter Pilot.

Familiar Vehicles
On the vehicle front, look for a re-released X-Wing and TIE Fighter, packaged in the OTC packaging. Both ships look to be the exact same versions as the POTF2 releases, which is strange since better versions have been made since then.

Another vehicle to be released in the OTC line is a Millennium Falcon which has undergone some slight modifications. Although the one shown was a "prototype" and not the actual version that will be released, we've been told that this new version will come with electronic lights and sounds, a launching missile, and an improved cockpit to better fit the figures.

A Kenner Tribute, Part II
In the 12" scale, the nod to Kenner continues, as the vintage-style designs are incorporated onto the larger scale figures. On display were a new version of Luke Skywalker and a Stormtrooper. The third figure is this line, Boba Fett, was not shown.

And the rest...
Other items being re-released in the OTC packaging include lightsabers, Electronic Ask Yoda, and a Monopoly game. Several of the Unleashed figures were also on display, but sadly, nothing new.

See the entire gallery here: Hasbro.

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