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JTA Presents: Evolutions – Chewbacca [A New Hope]

Chewbacca [A New Hope]

Welcome to a different one our JTA Presents: Evolutions options! Let’s take a look at how shut or far we’re from having a great Hasbro three.75″ Chewbacca [A New Hope] motion determine. Have we arrived at definitive standing but? Weigh in and tell us what conclusion you’ll come to by clicking by means of and including your two cents within the feedback!

Chewbacca [A New Hope]


Chewbacca is likely one of the most beloved characters in all the Star Wars saga. Up to now, he’s made an look in each single episodic journey save for The Phantom Menace and Assault Of The Clones. In 1978, he turned each younger boy’s and each younger woman’s area canine, and we all know from A New Hope that he was Han’s pet too, from a sure perspective. (You noticed his stroke him like a canine on the Demise Star, proper?) He was one of many first 4 Kenner Star Wars motion figures produced and continues to be a mainstay within the Hasbro primary determine line. Chewbacca has distinct seems to be from movie to movie, and Hasbro does an excellent job at capturing every nuance. However regardless of 40 years of Chewbacca [A New Hope] motion figures, can we certainly have a definitive model but?


Chewbacca from 1978’s Star Wars line


The classic Kenner Chewbacca is likely one of the most distinct motion figures ever produced. His crystal blue eyes and slicked again fur solidified him as considered one of our favorites as youngsters. His bowcaster didn’t imitate the prop within the movie precisely, however none of us cared all that a lot. We have been so completely satisfied to have this hulking upright-strolling canine-like character in our collections as a result of he was lovable, tall and a trustworthy companion to the Insurgent Alliance and its buddies. He’ll go down in historical past as one of many “Early Bird Figures” (and allow us to not overlook concerning the legendary “green” crossbow packaged with him). And he’ll endlessly stay one of the crucial revered characters in all the Star Wars saga.


Chewbacca from 1995’s The Energy Of The Pressure “2” [Red] line.


When Kenner/Hasbro introduced the relaunch of the Star Wars primary determine line, Chewbacca was one of many first characters on their listing to reintroduce. Star Wars collectors have been so excited by the announcement that the majority missed the truth that the 1995 The Energy Of The Pressure “2” [Red] iteration of him appeared an entire lot extra like an ape than an upright canine. (Didn’t Spaceballs get this element right in a sardonic method?) Regardless, collectors purchased him up like there was no tomorrow. The determine’s utterly display-inaccurate sculpt was one thing followers of the road would shortly start to criticize, and Kenner/Hasbro was fast to deal with this determine’s points with subsequent higher sculpts sooner or later.


Chewbacca from 1995’s The Energy Of The Drive “2” [Red] Basic Version four-Pack Toys R Us unique set.


Wait, didn’t we see this sculpt? Yeah, we did. About 17 years in the past. You may be questioning why this determine will get counted as a singular sculpt. That’s as a result of Hasbro forged the figures featured in The Energy Of The Pressure “2” [Red] Basic Version four-Pack set from the precise classic Kenner figures. So, they’re distinctive sculpts from that perspective. Hasbro forged Chewbacca is a uninteresting brown colour, and the POTF2 model misplaced the shiny luster of the unique 1978 determine. The Basic Version four-Pack despatched the group right into a rage, and followers threatened to promote all of their classic Kenner stuff earlier than Hasbro’s trendy stuff devalued the originals. Yeah, that by no means occurred. In the present day, it’s fairly easy to inform this determine aside from the 1978 unique launch. The freak out about this set was utterly unwarranted.


Chewbacca from 1997’s The Energy Of The Pressure “2” [Green/Freeze Frame] Dying Star Escape Cinema Scenes set.


Kenner/Hasbro created a product sub-line the place they’d seize three figures, preserving a scene from the Star Wars saga. They referred to as the road Cinema Scenes, and it was immediately embraced by the accumulating group. All the figures contained with these units have been all-new sculpts. One Toys R Us unique, the Demise Star Escape Cinema Scenes set, launched a revised model of 1995’s POTF2 [R] Chewbacca determine. This time Kenner/Hasbro tooled new arms and some different elements on Chewbacca to recreate his palms in binders. The set went over nicely, however followers have been disenchanted that Chewbacca wasn’t utterly revisited to look extra display-correct. Regardless of this, the set was successful, and we’ve a really scene-particular Chewbacca determine for his or her collections.


Chewbacca from 2000’s Energy Of The Jedi line.


It might be fairly a prolonged period of time earlier than Hasbro revisited one other A New Hope model of Chewbacca. Initially deliberate for the CommTech line, 2000’s POTJ Chewbacca (Dejarik Champion) was subsequent in line to symbolize the character from Episode IV. One other VERY scene-particular model of Chewbacca, the all-new sculpt was good for one scene, and one scene solely. The determine, together with his palms behind his head, seemed ridiculous if configured in another approach. No less than he got here with a dejarik recreation desk to finish the look in a really plausible method. The determine has an amazing likeness to the onscreen character, however when you needed to make the most of the determine in some other show, it was a pointless motion.


Chewbacca from 2002’s Energy Of The Jedi Han Solo And Chewbacca (Demise Star Escape) Silver Anniversary (1977-2002) set.


The 25th Anniversary of Star Wars passed off on the tail finish of the Energy Of The Jedi line. Earlier than transitioning into the Star Wars “Saga” [Phase I] line, Hasbro launched three two-packs commemorating the silver anniversary of the Star Wars franchise. One set was 2002’s POTJ Han Solo And Chewbacca (Demise Star Escape) which options much less-articulated and motion-oriented variations of our most favourite characters from A New Hope. Truthfully, the Chewbacca n this set is among the most wonderful motion figures of the Wookiee Hasbro ever produced. However there isn’t any strategy to quantify it as a definitive determine due to its pre-posed nature. If Hasbro might one way or the other incorporate the artwork of this determine into tremendous-articulation, Star Wars collectors can be delighted individuals.


Chewbacca from 2002’s Star Wars “Saga” [Phase I] Demise Star Trash Compactor (Princess Leia & Chewbacca) (2 of two) Scene Packs set.


One other wonderful scene-particular model of Chewbacca was a part of the 2002 Star Wars “Saga” [Phase I] Dying Star Trash Compactor (Princess Leia & Chewbacca) (2 of two) set. Pre-posed, unarticulated and statuesque, it nonetheless seems unbelievable to today. As soon as once more, if Hasbro might discover a approach to work in tremendous-articulation to lovely sculpts like this, collectors can be completely happy individuals. From his tall stature to the expression on this face, this model of Chewbacca holds a particular place within the hearts of many collectors. Some don’t just like the exaggerated look that this sculpt has, however many overlook it as a result of the detailing is so unimaginable.


Chewbacca from 2005’s The Saga Assortment Early Fowl Figures set.


A small miracle occurred in 2005. In help of the Revenge Of The Sith line and to thank longtime collectors of the road, Hasbro launched a reproduction of the Early Hen Certificates Package deal. And identical to the unique, the promise of receiving 4 Star Wars motion figures was a part of the deal if the paperwork was crammed out appropriately and necessities have been met. What many followers don’t understand about these Walmart exclusives was that they have been designed to satiate collectors and provides them hints what can be coming that December (The Saga Assortment). Within the Early Chook Figures set was a retooled Chewbacca. The determine was based mostly on 2004’s The Unique Trilogy Assortment “Vintage” Chewbacca with an all-new head sculpt and all-new paint job. The determine appeared fairly good, however quickly collectors needed a revised model with a greater portrait subsequent.


Chewbacca (BD31) from 2009’s Legacy Assortment line.


Hasbro made nice use of the VOTC Chewbacca sculpt, they usually utilized it once more within the Legacy Assortment once they produced a brand new model of Chewbacca sporting a communications headset (as seen throughout his co-piloting of the Millennium Falcon). The determine was wrongly coloured and got here with the flawed head sculpt (his Episode VI head sculpt), however the determine served a objective because it was scene particular. Apart from, collectors just lately bought The Legacy Assortment Millennium Falcon and have been joyful to see a model of Chewbacca that might work together superbly with it. The determine went over properly regardless of its display-inaccuracy and was a placeholder for definitive standing for years for a lot of collectors. Nonetheless, the coloring of the determine is so off for others that they don’t just like the determine a lot in any respect.


Chewbacca from 2012’s Star Wars [The Phantom Menace 3D] Insurgent Heroes Battle Packs set.


Collectors unanimously agree that 2012 was an entire debacle for each the Star Wars model and the amassing group. On reflection, merchandise from 2012 look extremely higher than the choices of right now and had collectors recognized that they could have scaled again their complaining a bit greater than they did. The Insurgent Heroes Battle Packs set took a Chewbacca determine initially based mostly on The Empire Strikes Again and reintroduced it because the Chewbacca from A New Hope, therefore the rationale for its inclusion right here. General, it isn’t a terrific likeness to Chewbacca, and we’re unsure why Hasbro thought this determine would make sense to incorporate within the Battle Packs set. Most significantly, collectors have been unhappy to see weak units like this get launched again and again. The road was altering for worse.


Chewbacca from 2013’s Star Wars [Revenge Of The Sith/Darth Vader] Han Solo And Chewbacca (Demise Star) (MS07) Mission Collection set.


Longtime Star Wars collectors noticed the writing on the wall and tried to face the music with the discharge of the Saga Legends and Mission Collection strains of 2013 (and past). The primary line was formally lowered to 5POA motion figures, and one of many worst releases from that period was Chewbacca from the Han Solo And Chewbacca (Dying Star) (MS07) Mission Collection set. What the heck occurred at Hasbro with this determine? Firstly, the determine seems like a bushy and stretched-out model of Plastic Man, the paint operations are so dreadful that the determine appears prefer it has rabies, and the size is inaccurate to the onscreen character. For sure, this model of Chewbacca is perhaps the worst model of him ever.


Chewbacca (#11) from The Black Collection [Phase II] line.


The closest Star Wars collectors got here to receiving a definitive Chewbacca based mostly on A New Hope was The Black Collection [Phase II] Chewbacca (#11) determine. Based mostly on the digital information of the 6” determine, Hasbro took the 2004 VOTC Chewbacca physique and gave the determine a brand new head based mostly on his look from A New Hope. Collectors sincerely appreciated the gesture, however the completed determine got here with the incorrect coloring and sloppy paint operations. Hasbro is repainting the identical determine for The Classic Assortment launch in 2019, and from the official pictures, Hasbro launched, it appears like will probably be a drastic enchancment. It’s fairly unbelievable that it took Hasbro this lengthy to launch one of many Early chook figures within the trendy The Classic Assortment, isn’t it?


Chewbacca [A New Hope] Group Shot



Questions for dialogue:

1. In your opinion, do we have now a definitive model of this determine?

2. If we don’t have a definitive model of this determine, ought to Hasbro device a brand new determine from the bottom up once more, or ought to they tweak a present sculpt to good it as an alternative?

three. If the determine ranks as definitive for you, do you need to see it repackaged in classic Kenner packaging (The Classic Assortment) if it isn’t already?

four. Add some other factors of observe or curiosity within the feedback about any of those variations of Chewbacca [A New Hope] motion figures.

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