The Vintage Collection: The Ninety Six – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Zuckuss

Welcome to another entry in our The Vintage Collection: The Ninety Six column. Hasbro recently committed to collectors that they will be “focusing” on characters in The Vintage Collection that fall under “The Ninety Six” banner. If you’re new to this, it means that there needs a modern counterpart for every classic Kenner figure. Between 2020 and 2021, Hasbro’s made an admirable effort by focusing on these characters. But there is more work to be done, and we’ll figure out where we are step by step. Today we assess Zuckuss.

Just a few notes: We’re right in alignment with Hasbro in our vintage Kenner database with the count. There are 21 figures under the STAR WARS banner, 29 figures under THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK banner, 31 figures under the RETURN OF THE JEDI banner, and 15 figures under THE POWER OF THE FORCE banner. (Sy Snootles, Max Rebo, Droopy McCool, and Blue Snaggletooth bring the number to an even 100 figures.)

Read our assessment, and then please add your thoughts to the comments. Let us know if you agree or disagree. If you’re a customizer, show us your custom definitive figure in the comments as well! Who knows? It might give Hasbro some ideas.

 

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Zuckuss

Is there a definitive modern counterpart to 1982’s ESB Zuckuss?

2010’s THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 4-LOM (VC10)

 

Has Hasbro added this character’s card art and action figure into THE VINTAGE COLLECTION? And is it definitive?

Yes. Hasbro released THE VINTAGE COLLECTION 4-LOM (VC10) figure.

 

Does THE VINTAGE COLLECTION release completely satisfy the modern counterpart to 1982’s THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Zuckuss figure?

By definition, yes. But technically, the figure they used is terribly outdated. Most collectors want Hasbro to get permission from Disney and re-release this THE VINTAGE COLLECTION release with the updated Droid Depot 4-LOM figure instead.

 

If Hasbro didn’t release the figure yet, do we have a near-definitive or definitive release of this character that can be added to THE VINTAGE COLLECTION as a straight repack, repaint, or with little retooling to update it?

The original THE VINTAGE COLLECTION figure meets our definition for modern counterpart. But as previously mentioned, we need an updated figure at this point.

 

What does Hasbro have to do so we can check off “Zuckuss” from our Vintage Vs. Modern checklists?

Other than tooling a better version of the character or reusing the Droid Depot 4-LOM figure, there isn’t much else Hasbro needs to do.

 

The year and years elapsed (through 2021) since we last had this character in classic Kenner-styled packaging (vintage or modern)?

2010’s TVC 4-LOM (VC10) 11 years ago.

2010’s TVC Zuckuss (VCP02) 11 years ago.

1982’s ESB Zuckuss 39 years ago.

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