T H E G U ULT THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO VINTAGE IDIM E TAT OE ® 1977-1985 ACTION FIGURES hen Star Wars landed in movie theaters in 1977, it became a popular cultural phenomenon and introduced the world to heroes like Luke Skywalker, super villain Darth Vader, Wookies, Stormtroopers, robots, Jedi Knights, space vehicles and lightsabers. The adventures continued with a toy line that soon followed, starting a hobby that still leaves ABOUT THE AUTHOR collectors fascinated almost 40 years later. One of the top toy experts in The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Star Wars Action the country, Mark Bellomo has Figures 1977-1985 is the deﬁ nitive reference to written a number of bestselling vintage action ﬁ gures, accessories, creatures, books on toys and popular culture, including Transformers: playsets and vehicles. Written by nationally Identiﬁ cation & Price Guide, renowned toy expert Mark Bellomo, the book The Ultimate Guide to G.I. Joe: features current values on the secondary market 1982-1994, and Toys and Prices. Bellomo also consults for ﬁ lm and 600+ beautiful color photographs.
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CONTENTS Introduction 4 Star Wars: Ewoks 153 How to Use This Book 5 1985 154 Price Descriptions 7 Large Size 157 PART 1: ACTION FIGURES Star Wars, 1978-1979 157 Star Wars 10 The Empire Strikes Back, 1980 166 1977 12 PART II: ACCESSORIES (Creatures, 1978 First Wave 14 After the Early Bird 20 Playsets, and Vehicles) Add-on Assortment 32 Star Wars Late 1978 Second Wave 38 1978 168 1979 Second Wave 47 1979 178 The Empire Strikes Back 50 The Empire Strikes Back 1980 First Wave 51 1980 194 1980 Second Wave 65 1981 207 1980 Third Wave 74 1982 222 1981 Third Wave 78 1982 Third Wave 82 Return of the Jedi 1983 235 Return of the Jedi 86 1984 250 1982 First Wave 87 1983 First Wave 90 Power of the Force 1984 Second Wave 114 1985 260 1984 Third Wave 124 Star Wars: Droids Power of the Force 126 1985 266 1984 127 1985 133 Index 269 Collector’s Coins 142 Bibliography 270 Star Wars: Droids (The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO) 146 1985 147 3 1-9_Frontmatter.indd 3 8/12/14 8:07 AM.
INTRODUCTION D ue to the 1973 oil crisis that skyrocketed the Figures” in pack-in catalogs, on product boxes, and within cost of the petroleum-based plastic used to promotional materials for the company’s nascent Star Wars make action ﬁ gures, toy producers had to toy line to distinguish the smaller size of these plastic scale down their product or halt production altogether. characters relative to the much larger existing action ﬁ g- Therefore, the new standard size for the marketplace ure lines of the 1970s, such as Hasbro’s foot-tall G.I. Joe became the 3-3/4-inch scale—a dimension that allowed Adventure Team members, the 10-inch tall Gabriel/Hubley children to inexpensively obtain many multiple ﬁ gures, Lone Ranger Rides Again! Western heroes, Mego’s 8-inch while aﬁ cionados could engage themselves in the pur- tall Ofﬁ cial World’s Greatest Super-Heroes line of DC and suit of a “Collect ’Em All” mentality that continues to Marvel comic book characters, and Kenner’s own fully ar- this day. At $1.99 each, you could purchase ﬁ ve Imperial ticulated and über-popular 13-inch tall Six Million Dollar Stormtroopers for ten dollars in 1978: currently, one Man and 12-1/4-inch tall Bionic Woman franchises.
STAR WARS Episode IV: A New Hope volved with Episode IV considered the movie “weird” and a “children’s ﬁ lm”; they were put off by the more A long time ago, in a galaxy far, fantastic elements of the plot introduced by writer/ far away … director George Lucas. The entire production was also plagued by forces majeure that caused Lucas to It is a period of civil war. Rebel miss his planned Christmastime 1976 release date. spaceships, striking from a hidden base, Moreover, since science ﬁ ction ﬁ lms were largely un- have won their ﬁ rst victory against the inspiring in terms of revenue and critical acclaim— evil Galactic Empire. performing well initially, and then trailing off into box ofﬁ ce oblivion—America originally didn’t believe During the battle, Rebel spies managed to in the possibility of success for Star Wars.