Monday, May 04, 2015

Star Wars collection

May the fourth be with you! I thought today would be a good time to get this on McBlog. In the past couple years I've started collecting vintage Star Wars toys. In an effort to not let it consume my wallet I decided I would just stick to the original trilogy's Kenner line: figures, vehicles, playsets. I remember always being a big fan as a kid and with the new movie on the way I've found myself watching the movies (over and over) and the newer cartoon series.

"Try not. Do or do not. There is no try." Yoda is a smart Jedi master, but I don't think he was aware how annoying craigslist and garage sale visits can be when you want to collect vintage toys. And so, over the last few months I've been on a purchasing streak via eBay. Rather than just dive in, I started "watching" different auctions until I gained a good understanding of what the price points were and how I could amass a collection without spending thousands of dollars. Yep, people buy and sell Star Wars toys made from 1977-1985 for hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars. The basic strategy is to buy bulk lots that include mostly items you need. Once you have duplicates you sell them individually. Obviously buying things loose, as opposed to unopened in their original packaging, is much easier and not so pricey. Finding figures with their original weapons and accessories is a nice plus, but hasn't been a requirement for me. In fact, some of the larger ships I now have are missing pieces and stickers or I doubt I would have entertained buying them at the inflated prices.

So what to do with a large collection of old toys? I decided to put up some extra shelving around my home office desk.

The original toy line was manufactured by Kenner. Although some were made in exclusive deals with Sears or General Mills. Figures, vehicles and playsets all have a manufacturer date stamps that helps determine they aren't re-released items (or counterfeits). The figures were released in waves and the wave was nicknamed due to the number of figures (in a plastic bubble glued to a cardback) available after each offering. In other words, the original twelve figures released are called 12-back. Hard core collectors just buy all the variations in original packaging (think forty year old virgin; if you want to go further down this rabbit hole check this out: Anyway, in an effort to keep track of my collection I've compiled this extensive list of Kenner's full lineup (although JediBusiness has better info on the figures).

Star Wars: A New Hope (1978-79)

Figures in Wave 1 (12-back)
Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2)
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi 
Darth Vader
Death Squad Commander
Han Solo
Luke Skywalker

Wave 2 (20-back)
Walrus Man
Snaggletooth (red, not blue Snaggletooth)
Death Star Droid
Power Droid

Wave 3 (21-back)
Boba Fett

Patrol Dewback

Darth Vader TIE Fighter
Imperial Troop Transporter (with sound)
Millennium Falcon
Radio Controlled Jawa Sandcrawler
Sonic Controlled Landspeeder
TIE Fighter 
X-wing Fighter

Cantina Adventure Set (Sears exclusive)
Creature Cantina
Death Star Space Station (trash compactor and monster)
Droid Factory
Land of the Jawas 

The Empire Strikes Back (1980-82)

Wave 1 (31-back)
Bespin Security Guard [Version A]
Bossk (Bounty Hunter)
FX-7 (Medical Droid)
Han Solo (Hoth Outfit)
IG-88 (Bounty Hunter)
Imperial Stormtrooper (Hoth Battle Gear)
Lando Calrissian
Leia Organa (Bespin Gown)
Luke Skywalker (Bespin Fatigues)
Rebel Soldier (Hoth Battle Gear)

Wave 2 (32-back)

Wave 3 (41-back)
AT-AT Driver
Han Solo (Bespin Outfit)
Imperial Commander
Leia (Hoth Outfit)
Rebel Commander
Too-Onebee (2-1B)

Wave 4 (45-back)
Artoo Detoo (R2-D2) (with Sensorscope)
AT-AT Commander
Bespin Security Guard [Version B]
Cloud Car Pilot (Twin-Pod)
Luke Skywalker (Hoth Battle Gear)
See-Threepio (C-3PO) (with removable limbs)

Wave 5 (47-back)
Imperial Tie Fighter Pilot

Wave 6 (48-back)

Tauntaun [Closed Belly]
Tauntaun [Open Belly]

Imperial Cruiser (without sound)
Rebel Armored Snowspeeder
Rebel Transport
Scout Walker (AT-ST)
Slave I
Twin-Pod Cloud Car
X-wing Fighter (battle damaged)

Cloud City Playset (Sears exclusive)
Dagobah Action Playset
Rebel Command Center
Turret Probot Playset

Return of the Jedi (1983-84)

Wave 1 (65-back)
Admiral Ackbar
Bib Fortuna
Biker Scout
Chief Chirpa
Emperor's Royal Guard
Gamorrean Guard
General Madine
Lando Calrissian (Skiff Guard Disguise)
Logray (Ewok Medicine Man)
Luke Skywalker (Jedi Knight Outfit)
Nien Nunb
Princess Leia Organa (Boushh Disguise)
Rebel Commando
Squid Head

Wave 2 (77-back)
AT-ST Driver
B-Wing Pilot
The Emperor
Han Solo (Trench Coat)
Klaatu (In Skiff Guard Outfit)
Princess Leia Organa (In Combat Poncho)
Prune Face
Rancor Keeper
Wicket W. Warrick

Wave 3 (79-back)


Sy Snootles & The Rebo Band (Sy Snootles, Max Rebo, Droopy McCool)

Jabba the Hutt with Salacious Crumb
Rancor Monster

B-Wing Fighter
Imperial Shuttle
Speeder Bike
TIE Fighter (Battle damaged)
TIE Interceptor
Y-Wing Fighter

Ewok Village
Jabba the Hutt Dungeon (two versions)

Power of the Force (1985)
Anakin Skywalker
Artoo-Detoo (R2-D2) (with pop-up Lightsaber)
A-Wing Pilot
Han Solo (In Carbonite Chamber)
Imperial Dignitary
Imperial Gunner
Lando Calrissian (General Pilot)
Luke Skywalker (Imperial Stormtrooper Outfit)
Luke Skywalker (In Battle Poncho)
Yak Face


Ewok Battle Wagon
Tatooine Skiff

1 comment:

Kristen said...

Hiya. It's Kristen. I have princess leia in the bespin gown and princess leia in the hoth outfit (both without accessories). If you want either of them, I can give them to Christina next time I see her. I can also check and see if my parents have anything else!