|This article is a review an analysis about new Star Wars action figures released from Kenner-Hasbro since 1995. It explains card waves and collections, packaging, figures variations, and other important facts that makes this toy line very different from the vintage 1978-85 collection. Please note that some information may have been omitted for a better reading. It is not allowed to take this article for any publication, without author's agreement. Article updated on December, 7th 2000.|
|A new toy line|
it was an immediate success for children and collectors, enough so that
the toy line could go on. In a few years of production, the number of
available figures and accessories is really impressive and constantly
growing, month after month. Good thing is, quality is constantly improving,
offering more and more details (molds and paint realism) and playing
possibilities (articulated knees and elbows, removable helmets...).
|Different Collections of cards|
The first action figures produced were taken directly from the Classic Trilogy and based from characters already available during the vintage era. Figures released between 1995 and mi-96 were packaged with a red lightsaber picture on the card front and a character’s shot from the movies, located at the left of the plastic bulb that holds the figure. Then, came the Shadows Of The Empire wave, during 1996, which were taken from the same novel’s main characters and were packaged with a purple lightsaber card.
|The toy line improvement|
early 1999, with the Episode I coming to theaters, Kenner changed the card
drawing with a new background for the Star Wars logo and a
“lightspeed” type star field. Left to the bubble, a “flashback”
photo of the character showing it in both Classic Trilogy and Episode I.
Also important, the famous Kenner blue logo used on Star Wars toys since
1978, was replaced with the Hasbro logo, and for all following toys
produced ever since.
In November 2000,
both Classical and Episode I lines sells under the same toy line called
“Power of the Jedi”. In this new line, the CommTech chips have been
removed and replaced by a small booklet that describes the character. The
Darth Vader head stays on the top of the card and is completed with the
young Obi-Wan from Episode I. Also, lots of Classic Trilogy characters
will be released (Chewbacca with chess game, Dagobah spirit Darth Vader...)
and Hasbro does not plan to release older molds under this new packaging,
which is a good thing to slow down card variations.
consecration of these lines is the release of the 300th action figure
since 1978. This action figure will be Boba Fett, sold in a window box
with a background and a short notice on the back about the toy line since
the beginning. Hasbro also takes the opportunity to give back this action
figure its famous backpack rocket which had to be removed in 1979 for