Check out our review of the Amazon Exclusive Dengar and IG-88 Retro Collection 2-Pack from the Star Wars Empire Strikes Back movie plus vintage figure comparisons! The Star Wars Retro Collection is firing on all cylinders with this latest Bounty Hunter 2-pack, brining back all of the vintage feels we had as kids. Imagine walking into the the store and seeing a minty fresh Dengar and IG-88! Welp, you can’t and since these are Amazon Exclusives, they have to be shipped to you but let’s take a journey with the old and new as we dive into this new 2-pack and compare them their vintage counterparts.
Dengar and IG-88 2-Pack
Dengar and IG-88 make up the second installment in the Star Wars Retro Collection Bounty Hunter 2-Packs. The Star Wars Retro Collection features design and detailing inspired by the original 1970s Star Wars figures and Hasbro has knocked it out of the part with this pair! It’s very hard to tell these are not vintage figures from the 80’s but there are some tale tail signs that we will cover in our vintage figure comparison below.
Like the Boba Fett and Bossk 2-Pack, Dengar and IG-88 come packed in a special box that shows off the figures on the front and the iconic Bounty Hunter lineup from The Empire Strikes Back movie on the back.
Inside the box, there are two separately carded figures of Dengar and IG-88 on retro styled cards that previous Retro Collection figures in the series have been on. It’s great to see a minty fresh version of these two!
The original Dengar figure came out in Wave 3 of the vintage The Empire Strikes Back series on a 41 back card while IG-88 came out in Wave 1 on a 31 back card. The the image of Dengar appears to be slightly different than the one that what used on the Retro Collection card, IG-88’s looks like it’s a dead ringer!
Dengar first made his on screen appearance, albeit briefly, in The Empire Strikes Back movie. He also briefly appeared in Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. According to Wookiepedia:
Dengar, also known as Dengar the Demolisher, was a Corellian human bounty hunter operating since the early stages of the Clone Wars. Dengar participated in an operation on Quarzite—during which he served as a member of Krayt’s Claw, a syndicate of hunters including Boba Fett, Bossk, and Asajj Ventress—to secure property valuable to Lord Otua Blank of the planet Quarzite. Dengar also took jobs for clients such as the Grand Hutt Council, fighting against Maul and his Shadow Collective on Nal Hutta. Dengar remained active through the Galactic Civil War, during which he was one of several bounty hunters hired by Darth Vader to capture Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon. Though Dengar ultimately lost Vader’s bounty to his rival and partner Boba Fett, he was later present with Bossk and Fett in Jabba’s Palace on Tatooine during Solo’s rescue by Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker. Dengar’s impressive longevity led him to continue his work as a bounty hunter even after the Empire was defeated at the Battle of Endor. Around a year later, he teamed up with other tenured hunters such as Embo when he joined Jas Emari and her crew after the Battle of Jakku.Wookiepedia – Dengar
This iconic image of Dengar comes from the bounty hunter line up where he briefly appears in The Empire Strikes Back movie. Although it would be nice to have seen images of other retro collection figures, it just has the names Dengar and IG-88 set off in red. This Retro Collection is really bringing back all of the vintage vibes and feels!
The Dengar figure was pretty simple and basic for the time, with a cream white paint app and chocolate brown armor.
Chest and Back
The details on the chest armor are painted nice and even with no overspray invading the white parts. Dengar’s backpack is also set off in whites and browns, but the color on the backpack has a tinge of red to it.
The thigh and shin armor pieces were also nicely detailed, right down to his white shoes.
Dengar comes packed with a dark blue Imperial Hoth rifle that is an exact replica of the vintage figure.
Vintage Figure Comparison
Speaking of exact replica, Retro Collection figure (reft) is an exact copy of the vintage Dengar figure from 1981 (right) with one minor difference. The vintage figure’s paint has a glossy sheen on the brown armor versus the Retro Collection figure has more of a matte finish.
Even the guns look the same although you can see some very minor differences in some of the sculpted parts above the rifle handle.
IG-88 was a rogue assassin droid manufactured by Holowan Laboratories who worked as a bounty hunter. Following the Battle of Hoth, he and several other bounty hunters were summoned by Darth Vader to the Executor and hired to track down the Millennium Falcon and its Rebel crew. Unable to track his quarry, IG-88 trailed his chief rival, Boba Fett, to Bespin, where the bounty hunter nearly destroyed the assassin droid; however, IG-88 managed to survive. At some point IG-88 undertook a software infiltration into Death Star II, but his plan was single-handedly thwarted by R2-Q5. Decades later, the droid met with mercenary Bazine Netal to speak about the location of the Millennium Falcon.
Packed on his vintage style card from 1981, IG-88 is on the Retro Collection card back that shows off his two weapons. Like Dengar, the back of the card is exactly the same with his name set off by a red marquee.
The figure design is highly intricate with an overall gray paint app with a black strap running across his chest and back.
The arm design is exactly the same on the right on the left but has different sculpted parts on the right and left sides of his droid body.
The right and left legs are designed slightly differently with tubes running in various places.
IG-88 comes packed with a blue Imperial blaster and an IG-88 rifle.
The weapons fit nicely in his hands and he can grasp and hold both weapons with no issues.
Vintage Figure Comparison
The main difference between the Retro Collection figure (left) and the vintage figure from 1981 (right) is that the Retro Collection version is slightly larger in stature. The paint app also seems a shade lighter on the Retro collection figure. Similar to Dengar, the vintage figure has more of a shinier paint app versus the matte finish on the Retro Collection figure.
The weapons also look pretty much like carbon copies of each other!
Where to Buy
You can purchase the Dengar and IG-88 2-Pack on Amazon and if you missed out on the Boba Fett and Bossk Sets, you can find them at the links below:
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