Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker brings the “Skywalker Saga” to a mind-melting conclusion this December (if Kevin Smith is to be believed). Before then, revisit and revel in how it all began with these iconic retro action figures!
Revisit Star Wars’ First Action Figures with The Retro Collection
This case of Star Wars The Retro Collection Action Figures is based on the original 3-3/4-inch action figures from Kenner that forever changed movie merchandising.
These figures aren’t exactly identical in size and detail to the ones Kenner shipped in 1978. (No one wants villainous scum passing them off as originals!) But the minor differences won’t detract from the classic sheen these figures will give your collection.
Three of Kenner’s first fab four are here:
- Luke Skywalker, with retractable yellow lightsaber embedded in his right arm.
- Princess Leia, in a white pantsuit and vinyl cape, blaster at the ready.
- Chewbacca, ferocity on his furry face and bowcaster in hand.
Recreations of three more of Kenner’s first dozen figures round out the case:
- Han Solo, toting his trusty DL-44 heavy blaster and sporting a head resembling the original figure’s “large head” variation.
- An Imperial Stormtrooper, clad head to toe in white armor and carrying a standard-issue Imperial blaster.
- Darth Vader, dread Dark Lord of the Sith, with an embedded red lightsaber and close-fitting vinyl black cloak.
Each figure comes on a gorgeous, instantly recognizable 6-by-9-inch cardback, adorned with the silver wraparound “Star Wars” title, the Brothers Hildebrandt’s Style B poster art, and the Kenner logo. The faux weathering is convincing, but the “Retro Collection” labeling ensures this packaging won’t be mistaken as 40+ years old.
The Star Wars The Retro Collection Action Figures Wave 1 Case is astonishing, almost authentic recreations of figures that fired countless first-generation Star Wars collectors’ imaginations and helped cement the movie’s place in toy history.
The Scoundrel Disguised as a Stormtrooper
When Luke and Han go undercover to save Princess Leia from the Death Star, Star Wars’ action really ramps up.
But for eight years, fans had to swap out their figures of the boys for Stormtrooper figures if they wanted to reenact the rescue accurately.
In 1984, Kenner’s fabled “Power of the Force” line finally gave collectors a Luke-in-Stormtrooper disguise figure; it became “one of the most popular boy’s toys from the 1980s,” according to action figure expert Mark Bellomo.
But a similar figure for Han wouldn’t follow until 1995 – as a mail-away premium from Kellogg’s Froot Loops!
Now, the reluctant but reward-seeking rogue gets the full Kenner-carded treatment: the exclusive Star Wars The Vintage Collection Han Solo (Stormtrooper). This figure boasts a more realistic body physique than the comically bulked-up 1995 figure. It also has an amazing likeness of Harrison Ford’s face!
Impressive attention to detail, multiple points of articulation, blaster, and removable helmet make this figure a must-add for any Star Wars collection. (Plus, its price means you don’t have to rescue a princess to make it fit your budget!)
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