After a five-year hiatus, the Star Wars Vintage Collection finally returns to stores this week. The fan-favorite 3.75" collection of Star Wars characters was teased for a return during Celebration 2017 in Orlando, and over the course of the past year Hasbro slowly revealed more and more about the line's anticipated resurgence. Now it's back, and it's almost like The Vintage Collection hasn't skipped a beat.
The first wave kicks things off with a Jakku Rey, Jyn Erso, Supreme Leader Snoke, a First Order Trooper, Kylo Ren, and an Echo Base Rebel Soldier. Technically this batch is slated to drop on April 13 along with the next wave of Black Series figures tied to Solo: A Star Wars Story, but some retailers have been a little lax in following those guidelines. If you did happen to snag some already, hooray for you. If you didn't yet see any of these figures at retail, don't fret; they're on the way.
It's a big deal to see The Vintage Collection finally return, as so much of the Star Wars action figure history is tied to the 3.75" scale. The Black Series, which are all at 6" scale, is a fantastic series too, but there's just something special about the smaller figures. They share a bit more DNA with Kenner's 1978 offering, and they've got such a similar packaging aesthetic that it's hard not to feel the pang of nostalgia when you see them in person.
This batch is just the first of a few new waves coming this year for The Vintage Collection, as characters from Solo and Rogue One are on deck in the coming months, as well as the fan-voted Doctor Aphra from the Marvel Comic series. There are also vehicles on the way, like the Imperial Combat Assault Tank from Rogue One, and the HasLab-funded Jabba's Sail Barge (though that's got a 2019 release for backers only).
Speaking of vintage, with Rampage about to let loose on cinemas worldwide, there's no time like the present to start investing in your very own collection of graded classic video games. Rampage on the NES isn't exactly a rare bird, but finding a copy today in complete condition in a package that could be considered "near mint" is a slightly tougher task. It's one thing to have a loose copy from a flea market on hand, but to really make a statement you'll need something a bit more dramatic.
Complete in a lucite case provided by grading company VGA, this copy of Rampage sealed in its original package can be yours for $285, or the best offer you can muster. Comparatively, this is a seemingly fair price from Rampage in such condition, and it's much more affordable than something like original NES Legend of Zelda. Yes, Rampage isn't quite as lustrous as that golden box, but it's a great way to begin your collection. It's also got that "new movie" hype behind it, and just about everyone who has ever been to an arcade knows or remembers
Unlike some other kinds of grading (like action figures and comics), video game grading like this actually makes a great deal of sense. The old cartridges may still hold up now, but they won't hold up forever. Keeping historic elements of gaming history alive for posterity is going to be an important part of the legacy of video games. Actively participating in ensuring future generations that will be gaming in something akin to the Oasis is important, but with something like Rampage, it can also be fun. It's a game about a giant ape, lizard, and wolf punching buildings. Doesn't get much more video game than that.