Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Star Wars - 30th Anniversary Collection (Hasbro)



Star Wars turned 30, and Hasbro launched into a full fledge campaign to dominate the toy isle. Over 80 basic figures, a ton of sub set figures, and an entire closet worth of vehicles were produced for the 30th Anniversary Collection. The series which ran from 2007 to the first few months of 2008 was large enough to overwhelm even the most seasoned collector.

COIN ALBUM

Much like the vintage Power of the Force line, the 30th Anniversary Collection showcased figures packed with coins. However, unlike the PotF line, Hasbro planned ahead for collector's who would soon be swimming in coins, and release a coin album book. To sweeten the deal, the coin album came packed with the first figure in the line, Darth Vader.


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30th Anniversary Coin Album with Darth Vader


BASIC FIGURES

The basic line offered a wide variety of figures never released before including an assortment of figures based off of the concept designs from Ralph McQuarrie.


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Galactic Marine, Mustafar Lava Miner, R2-D2, Obi-Wan Kenobi
Mace Windu, Airborne Trooper, Super Battle Droid, Stormtrooper (Ralph McQuarrie Concept)


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Rebel Honor Guard, Han Solo (Falcon Gunner), Luke Skywalker (Ceremony), Death Star Trooper
Biggs Darklighter (Rebel Pilot), Boba Fett (Ralph McQuarrie Concept)


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Dath Vader, Biggs Darklighter, Luke Skywalker (with Moisture Vaporator)
Jawa and LIN Droid, Stormtrooper (Removable Helmet), Chewbacca (Ralph McQuarrie Concept)


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M'iiyoom Onith, Elis Helrot, Animated Debut Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker
CZ-4, Umpass-Stay, Darth Vader (with two helmets) (Ralph McQuarrie Concept)


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Hermi Odle, C-3PO and Salacious Crumb, Roron Corobb, Yoda and Kybuck, Anakin Skywalker
Darth Revan, Darth Malak, Pre-Cyborg Grievous, Starkiller Hero (Ralph McQuarrie Concept)


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Han Solo with Torture Rack, Lando Calrissian (Smuggler Outfit), General McQuarrie
4-LOM, Snowtrooper (Ralph McQuarrie Concept)


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Romba and Graak, Tycho Celchu (A-Wing Pilot), Anakin Skywalker's Spirit
R2-D2 with Cargo Net, Han Solo (Ralph McQuarrie Concept)


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Dath Vader (Hologram), Clone Trooper (7th Legion Trooper), Clone Trooper with Poncho, R2-B1
Naboo Soldier, Rebel Vanguard Trooper, Pax Bonkik


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Clone Troper (Training Gear), Padme Amidala, Jango Fett
Voolvif Monn, Destroyer Droid, Rebel Trooper (Ralph McQuarrie Concept)


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Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, Commander Gree, Kashyyyk Trooper
Tri-Droid, Surgical Droid 2-1B, Po Nudo, Mustafar Panning Droid


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Imperial Evo Trooper, Imperial Jump Trooper, Maris Brood
Battle-Damaged Darth Vader, Rahm Kota, Emperor's Shadow Guard, Juno Eclipse


GALACTIC HUNT FIGURES

To please the collector's who live for the thrill of the chase, Hasbro produced a new line of Galactic Hunt figures. However unlike the previous Hunt figures which included pewter holographic pack ins, these included gold coins.


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Galactic Marine, R2-D2, Mace Windu, Airborne Trooper
Storm Trooper (Ralph McQuarrie Concept), Han Solo (Falcon Gunner), Luke Skywalker (Ceremony), Biggs Darklighter (Rebel Pilot)


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Boba Fett (Ralph McQuarrie Concept), Darth Vader
Chewbacca (Ralph McQuarrie Concept), Animated Debut Boba Fett


SAGA LEGENDS FIGURES

Those fancy repacks known as "Saga Legends" came back around for another dose in the series. Five fans choice figures were also released under this sub series.


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Battle Droids (Tan), Battle Droids (Red) (Slashed), Battle Droids (Tan) (Slashed)
C-3PO with Battle Droid Head, Clone Trooper (Attack of the Clones), Clone Trooper (Revenge of the Sith)


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Darth Maul, Darth Vader, General Grievous
R2-D2, Shock Trooper, Yoda


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501st Legion Trooper, Boba Fett, Darth Vader, Destroyer Droid
Obi-Wan Kenobi, Princess Leia in Boushh Disguise, Saesee Tiin


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Darktrooper, Clone Commander, Clone Trooper Officer (Blue), Clone Trooper Officer (Green)
Clone Trooper Officer (Red), Clone Trooper Officer (Yellow), Imperial Officer, Pit Droids (White)


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Pit Droids (Orange), Pit Droids (Red), Sandtrooper (Grey) (Clean), Sandtrooper (Grey) (Dirty)
Sandtrooper (Orange) (Dirty), Sandtrooper (Blaster Rifle)


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Biker Scout, R4-I9, RA-7, TC-14
Commander Neyo, Covert Ops Clone Trooper, Shadow Stormtrooper, Utapau Shadowtrooper, Zev Senesca


EXCLUSIVE FIGURES

Disney released a Cantina Band Member set exclusively at their park. Each figure was sculpted the exact same, but came with a different instrument. Because they weren't distinguished with names, you would need to pay close attention when compiling a set.


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Cantina Band Member 1, Cantina Band Member 2, Cantina Band Member 3
Cantina Band Member 4, Cantina Band Member 5


Various figures were also made available via events and online sites, but none was more special than the R2-K2 droid which celebrated the life of young Katie Johnson (May 13, 1998 - August 9, 2005).


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Father's Day Two-Pack and Card (Walmart), Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda (Ralph McQuarrie Concept) (San Diego Comic Con), General Grievous - Concept Art (Star Wars Shop), R2-K2 (San Diego Comic Con, Star Wars Shop)
Stormtrooper Commander (Toys R' Us), Luke Skywalker (Ralph McQuarrie Concept) (Celebration IV), C-3PO and R2-D2 (Ralph McQuarrie Concept) (Celebration IV), 501st Stormtrooper


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Republic Elite Forces 1 (Entertainment Earth), Republic Elite Forces 2 (Entertainment Earth)
Battlefront II: Droid Pack (Previews), Battlefront II: Clone Pack (Previews)Clone and Commander's Gift Pack


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The Max Rebo Band: Jabba's Palace Entertainers (Walmart), The Max Rebo Band: Jabba's Palace Musicians (Walmart)
Shadow Troopers (Star Wars Shop), The Force Unleashed 1 (Walmart), The Force Unleashed 2 (Walmart)


DROID FACTORY FIGURES

Walmart released the multi pack exclusive Droid Factory sets.


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1 of 6, 2 of 6, 3 of 6
4 of 6, 5 of 6, 6 of 6


ORDER 66 FIGURES

Not to be left out of the exclusive club, Target released two waves of Order 66 multi packs.


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1 of 6, 2 of 6, 3 of 6
4 of 6, 5 of 6, 6 of 6


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1 of 6, 2 of 6, 3 of 6
4 of 6, 5 of 6, 6 of 6


COMIC PACKS

Comic two packs were an interesting concpet both in regards to what they were, and also with the unique figures they came packed with. They were a continuation of sorts of the expanded universe line seen back in the Power of the Force II series. It was in no way meant to be a means to collect any one given series of comics as the issues were fairly random.


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Crimson Empire, Star Wars #1 (Marvel), Star Wars #2 (Marvel), Star Wars #3 (Marvel)
Star Wars #19(Dark Horse), Star Wars #4 (Marvel), Republic #55, Star Wars #31 (Dark Horse)


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Infinities #2, Heir To The Empire #1, Republic #52, X-Wing Rogue Squadron #21)
Purge, Empire #39, Empire #37, Tales #22


Walmart offered three exclusive comic packs.


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Revenge of the Sith #4, Star Wars #81 (Marvel), Republic #79


BATTLE PACKS

Battle Packs were plentiful in the 30th Anniversary Collection. Between new ones, repacks, exclusives and the new ultra packs, there was certainly a wide selection to choose from.


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Ambush on Ilum, Battle of Geonosis, Battle on Mygeto
Betrayl on Bespin, Betrayal on Felucia, Droid Factory Capture
Capture of Tantive IV, Jedi Training on Dagobah


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ARC-170 Eluite Squad (Target), AT-RT Assault Squad (Target), Attack on Kashyyyk (Target)
Bantha with Tusken Raiders (Brown) (Toys R' Us), Bantha with Tusken Raiders (Red) (Toys R' Us), STAP Attack (Toys R' Us)
Hoth Patrol (Toys R' Us), Treachery on Saleucami (Walmart), Arena Encounter (Toys R' Us)


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Clone Attack on Coruscant, The Hunt for Grievous
Jedi Vs. Darth Sidious, Jedi Vs. Sith
The Battle of Endor, The Battle of Hoth


EVOLUTIONS

A was personally really fond of the Evolutions packs. They were a great concept, and what's not to love about a multi pack with great figures?


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Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader, The Sith
Clone Trooper to Sandtrooper
The Fett Legacy, Vader's Secret Apprentice
The Jedi Legacy, The Sith Legacy


COMMEMORATIVE TINS

Hasbro produced very "pretty" tin collections based on the various films from the Saga. Each tin included four figures.

Walmart also released an exclusive set.


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The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones 1
Attack of the Clones 2, Revenge of the Sith 1


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Revenge of the Sith 2, A New Hope
The Empire Strikes Back


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Return of the Jedi 1, Return of the Jedi 2
Cantina Band Members (Walmart)


VEHICLES

The series saw a good amount of vehicles, but sadly the majority of them were repacks.


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V-Wing Starfighter, Sith Infiltrator, Saesee Tiin's Jedi Starfighter
Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter, Darth Vader's Sith Starfighter, AT-AP Walker


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TIE Fighter, Trade Federation Armored Assault Tank, Darth Vaders TIE Advanced X1 Starfighter
Hailfire Droid, Anakin Sktywalker's Jedi Starfighter, General Grievous' Starfighter


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Elite TIE Interceptor (Toys R' Us), ARC-170 Starfighter (Target)
Y-Wing Fighter (Toys R' Us), Shadow Scout with Speeder Bike (San Diego Comic Con, Star Wars Shop)
Obi-Wan's Starfighter w/ Hyperdrive Ring (Toys R' Us), TIE Bomber (Target)


EXCLUSIVE COINS

Rounding off the 30th Anniversary Collection was a set of exclusive coins.


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Toy Fair Coin with Case, Celebration IV, San Diego Comic Con, Celebration Europe
Vintage Mail Away Coin Set (Hasbro Direct)


It's large, it's impressive, it's a whole lot of fun to collect and play with. The 30th Anniversary Collection was and still is one of the greatest series based on the Star Wars line to date.

Join us September 23 when we take a look at the two individual series that make up (a portion) of the (still running) Legacy Collection. We'll follow that up on the 26th with our final Star Wars celebration post with the (still running) two part The Clone Wars series.

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