TVC Prepares for 40th Anniversary of Return of the Jedi

The December 6th Vintage Collection reveals make a clear statement that the 40th anniversary of Return of the Jedi is a priority. Hasbro revealed the Endor bunker with Rebel Commando in Scout Trooper disguise,  and an AT-ST with Chewbacca – preorders are now open. We have also recently gotten news of a new Speeder Bike with Scout Trooper, and some figures from Jabba’s Palace.

The Vintage Collection Speeder Bike

The question that seems to be building amongst the TVC collector community is “How will this impact the next HasLab project?”  It would make good sense to connect upcoming figures to the next HasLab. For example, in 2019 HasLab released it’s first project (the Khetanna – Jabba’s Sail Barge) and shortly thereafter collectors got a 3-pack of Jabba characters and a Skiff.  So what could the recent preorders tell us about a future project?

Tatooine Skiff

HasLab is a crowd sourcing opportunity for Hasbro to make large scale projects for fans and collectors. Due to the Endor theme of recent preorders, the conclusion many are jumping to is that the next HasLab could be a new Ewok Village.  There are 3 reasons why this hope has merit:

  1. It has not been replicated since its debut playset in 1983.
  2. The timing fits perfectly with the Return of the Jedi Anniversary.
  3. There are an abundant of potential tier add-ons available.

Kenner Ewok Village

The first two reasons are self-explanatory so let’s focus on the third for a moment. Not only are there a number of Ewoks/Rebels that you could include (on the card preferably), but there are also Endor mini-rigs that could make this a very tempting proposition for fans and collectors. 

The Ewok Glider and Catapult are well known from the movie and would make easy tier unlocks for the casual fan.

Endor Forest Ranger

For the more serious Star Wars fans, you could have the Endor Forrest Ranger (with Endor Rebel Soldier?) or the “deep cut” Endor Security Scout. Or maybe even . . . an Ewok Battle Wagon?!

Kenner Ewok Battle Wagon

At this point it’s all speculation, but Hasbro has begun leading us down a potentially fun year of collecting in 2023. Would you be happy with an Ewok Village Playset as the next Vintage Collection HasLab?  What do you think an appropriate price point would be for it? Let us know in the comments.

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6 thoughts on “TVC Prepares for 40th Anniversary of Return of the Jedi”

  1. Well done, Andy. I think Hasbro should try to keep under $350 if at all possible. We want these projects to fund and it seems to be a sweet spot price, hopefully.

    • That’s the hope, though I’d imagine a village would probably be close to the 500 price point (like the Khetanna). That’s what my gut says anyway. Hope you’re right!

  2. Hi Andy, i thought an Ewok Village was quite likely too but then a few things have made me doubt it. Firstly the Throne room set is coming as “surrogate HasLab” environment piece next year and ties to both current and classic media – ticks the box for ROTJ. This sold only 10,000 units and I reckon they would want the next SW HasLab to do better than that. There were lots of questions about the value of plastic walls and crockery. The fact they have had 2 recent unsuccessful SW campaigns suggests that they need the next project to be a slam-dunk winner. Ewok Village is popular but might not be as popular (certainly ranked lower in the Bossk’s and other polls) as other choices. Vehicles may be considered a safer bet so I wouldn’t rule out an Imperial Shuttle or a Sandcrawler. Both tie into old and new media. Maybe we’ll find out at Star Wars Celebration next year!

    • Great points Doug. I wouldn’t be bummed with a Shuttle, but I do wonder what the price tag for an Ewok Village might be…. (*shudders*)


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