The Retro Collection Hits Home
There was a rare event this Friday evening at my local Asda.
It wasn’t rare that my wife and I were shopping there; no, that’s a fairly regular occurrence. The rarity was that we happened to be shopping at the same time that wave one of the Star Wars Retro Collection was sitting on the shelves, just waiting to be bought.
And so, the inevitable happened. Well, partially…
When the Retro Collection was announced back at New York Toy Fair 2019 I was sceptical, but even then wrote that I would probably pick up a Chewbacca to fit into the POTF2 Millennium Falcon.
After finding a discarded vintage Millennium Falcon last year that idea grew stronger, and the thought of having a vintage crew to display with the ship as originally intended crossed my mind a few times. Yet despite some half-hearted eBay searches, the dog-eared quality of affordable vintage figures and inflated secondary market prices of the Retro Collection always put me off.
That’s why I couldn’t believe my luck last night. Months after the first release, all six figures were sitting there untouched at the RRP of £9.97.
With them in hand it didn’t take much deliberation to choose the ones I wanted – Chewbacca and Han Solo. You can’t have one without the other, right? And especially not when there’s a Millennium Falcon to fly.
The tougher decision came after putting Han and Chewie in the basket. Should I buy the rest of the wave just to complete the set?
It took some weighing up. Princess Leia looked glorious, with the whitest plastic I’ve ever seen on the figure. Luke was a similar quality, albeit with a little paint slop, while the Stormtrooper looked as goofy as it always has.
Yet there was one more figure present that hit me right in the nostalgias.
Like Chewbacca, Darth Vader was a character that Kenner never revisited in the original line, and the 1978 figure was the very same that I played with back in the days before POTF2. Seeing the figure in hand once more – and the finest version I’d ever seen up close, no less – bought on a warm feeling that I simply hadn’t expected. And with that, my wife offered to buy it for me as a gift.
The rest of the wave went back. Whether it’s a fellow collector or a kid who finds Luke, Leia and the Stormtrooper, I hope that the find brings them as much joy as it did for me.
So it appears that I’ve signed on for the Retro Collection. While I won’t be a completist (I’ll save that for when Hasbro re-releases POTF2 figures 😜), I will cherry-pick a few more as and when I’m lucky enough to find them.
All that’s left to say is damn you Hasbro. Your Retro Collection has converted me!
And also… thanks for the nostalgia hit.