The Retro Collection Strikes Back
You may recall a post from March in which I celebrated finding the first wave of the Star Wars Retro Collection at my local Asda. Well, whilst on a rare post-COVID trip to the very same supermarket yesterday evening I stumbled upon something equally surprising – the Retro Collection Empire Strikes Back wave!
Putting it like that makes it sound like they were all there, but I wasn’t that lucky – Bespin Luke Skywalker, Yoda and Boba Fett were already gone. Still, finding the Hoth versions of Han Solo and Princess Leia was a most excellent and welcome surprise (to be sure). Both were a part of my small collection of hand-me-down Star Wars toys back in the late ’80s/early ’90s, and it’s a joy to have them back in-hand again.
I left Lando for another collector as I already have a vintage version that I’m in the process of restoring. He’ll be the subject of his own post soon, worry not.
Honestly, I never expected the Retro Collection to have that big of an impact on me personally. The vintage card backs aren’t really that remarkable after years of cynical pandering and the original ’78 figures do very little for me (Darth Vader, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2 aside). Yet now that Hasbro has moved on to the figures that did impact on my childhood, the appeal is blindingly obvious.
£10 a pop to rekindle some great memories? I’m all about that. The Retro Collection has indeed struck back.
If you’re looking for the complete wave you can still pre-order it at Star Action Figures. Go now!