The Vintage Collection debuted on April 3rd, 2010 with a German Jedi-Con exclusive convention 2-pack, which featured Bounty Hunters 4-Lom and Zuckuss. Four months later in August 2010 the set was a Star Wars Celebration V exclusive in the United States, which was held in the same month The Vintage Collection launched on store shelves. For The Vintage Collection Hasbro brought back the much loved Kenner packaging-style from the late 70s and 80s with a coffin blister and a large character picture next to the figure. In 2013 The Vintage Collection went on a five year hiatus before being resurrected in 2018.
Here is a look at the Star Wars: The Vintage Collection figures which were released between 2010 and 2013 single carded in the basic assortment. Those figures are sometimes referred to as VC 1.0.
Here is a look at 3-packs which were released exclusively at Target stores.
Here is a look at exclusive figures from The Vintage Collection.
In 2012 Hasbro released an exclusive multipack at San Diego Comic Con. The Carbon Freezing Chamber set included 7 individually carded figures with six of them being carded on a cancelled packaging design from the late 70's which Kenner had considered for the original Star Wars action figure line. Because of the cancelled card design the figures are referred to as the LOST LINE. Those six figures (all but Jar Jar in Carbonite), on the same cards, were also sold at retail and were not exclusive to this set. In addition those six figures were also released in the basic Vintage Collection assortment on different cards. The seventh figure, Jar Jar Binks in Carbonite, was only available in this set but he came packaged on a Vintage Collection style card and not on a cancelled card design card. This 7-pack cost $79.99 at the convention and was later made available through HasbroToyShop.com in limited numbers. If you'd like to learn more about the card design have a look at Gus Lopez's website TheSWCA.com please.
After the original The Vintage Collection ended in 2013, Hasbro took a five year break before bringing it back again in April 2018. For continuity the numbering for the figures in the basic assortment continued with #116.
In 2018 Hasbro began to re-issue previously released The Vintage Collection figures with the same VC number on the back of the packaging as before. Most figures however weren't straight re-packs, they were given significant paint updates especially around the facial area. The packaging was changed from the previous releases which was most noticeable on the back with different figures pictured and updated legal statements.