2002 to 2004 was the era of the Saga. Figures and vehicles were pumped out at a rapid rate, spreading out into exclusive after exclusive to store after store with over 100 figures comprised to make up the Saga set.
Unlike most of the series of figures, the Saga figures don't actually get broken up into waves until 2004. 2002's and 2003's figures are each considered one large wave.
Though called the "Saga" series, the line was initially tailored to be an Attack of the Clones series to coincide with the film's release.
2002 BASIC FIGURES
Anakin Skywalker (Peasant Disguise), Padme Amidala (Arena Escape), Obi-Wan Kenobi (Coruscant Chase), C-3PO (Protocol Droid)
Kit Fisto (Jedi Master), Super Battle Droid, Boba Fett (Kamino Escape), Tusken Raider Female with Tusken Child
Captain Typho, Shaak Ti (Jedi Master), Battle Droid (Arena Battle), Battle Droid (Arena Battle) (Red Version)
Plo Koon, Jango Fett (Kamino Escape), R2-D2 (Coruscant Sentry), Geonosian Warrior
Dexter Jettster, Clone Trooper (Red), Zam Wesell (Bounty Hunter), Royal Guard (Coruscant Security)
Saesee Tiin (Jedi Master), Nikto (Jedi Knight), Anakin Skywalker (Hanger Duel), Yoda (Jedi Master)
Jar Jar Binks (Gungan Senator), Taun We (Kamino Cloner), Luminara Unduli (Jedi Master), Count Dooku (Dark Lord)
Mace Windu (Geonosian Rescue), Luke Skywalker (Bespin Duel), Darth Vader (Bespin Duel), Jango Fett (Final Battle)
Qui-Gon Jinn (Jedi Master), Endor Rebel Soldier (Bearded), Endor Rebel Soldier, Massiff with Geonosian Warrior
Orn Free Ta, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Jedi Starfighter Pilot), Han Solo (Endor Raid), Chewbacca (Cloud City)
Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, Djas Puhr (Alien Bounty Hunter), Padme Amidala (Coruscant Attack), Darth Maul (Sith Training)
Anakin Skywalker (Tatooine Attack), Ki-Adi Mundi (Jedi Master), Ephant Mon (Fan's Choice Figure), Teemto Pagalies (Pod Racer)
The Rebel Fleet Trooper was available in both a red and black hair version.
Jango Fett (Slave I Pilot). Destroyer Droid (Geonosis Battle), Clone Trooper (Republic Gunship Pilot), Watto (Mos Espa Junk Dealer)
Lott Dod (Neimoidian Senator), Tusken Raider with Massiff, Yoda (Jedi High Council), Rebel Fleet Trooper
The Imperial Officer was available in both a blond and brown hair version.
Eeth Koth (Jedi Master), Teebo
2002 TROOP BUILDER FIGURES
The Star Wars Fan Club offered two interesting sets in 2002 - Troop Builders. These were four pack mail away which included a squad of the figure in question. They were highly popular, and sold incredibly well.
Stormtroop Troop Builder Set
Endor Troop Builder Set
2002 DELUXE AND SCREEN SCENES FIGURES
The deluxe figures for the Saga series seemed to take a step back in time. Simply said, they weren't as impressive as the prior Power of the Jedi deluxe sets.
Two exciting pieces are the Death Star Trash Compactor screen scenes. The two sets are designed to be combined together to make one large scene.
Anakin Skywalker with Force-Flipping Attack, Anakin Skywalker with Lightsaber Slashing Action, C-3PO with Droid Factory Assembly Line
Clone Trooper with Speeder Bike, Darth Tyranus with Force-Flipping Attack, Flying Geonosian with Sonic Blaster and Attack Pod
Jango Fett with Electronic Jetpack and Snap-On Armor, Mace Windu with Blast-Apart Battle Droid, Jango Fett (Kamino Showdown)
Nexu with Snapping Jaw and Attack Roar, Obi-Wan Kenobi with Force-Flipping Attack
Yoda with Force Powers, Spider Droid, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Kamino Showdown)
Death Star Trash Compactor - Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, Death Star Trash Compactor - Princess Leia and Chewbacca
2002 EXCLUSIVE FIGURES
A fair amount of exclusive figures were offered from various locations throughout the Saga series.
A special holiday edition two pack was also offered as sort of a nod of the hat to Christmas.
Walmart offered a unique line of exclusives which when combined created one long bar for the Mos Eisely Cantina.
Ponda Baba, Momaw Nadon, Greedo
Wuher, Kitik Keed'kak, Dr. Evazan
Commander Jorg Sacul (Rebel Pilot) (Celebration II), Silver Darth Vader (New York Toy Fair), Silver R2-D2 (Toys R' Us)
Holiday Edition (C-3PO and R2-D2) (Walmart)
Despite being such a large series, the vehicles didn't get as much attention as the figures. Most were repacks, with only a handful being new, some of which were made exclusives.
Anakin Skywalker's Speeder, Imperial Shuttle (FAO Schwartz), Obi-Wan Kenobi's Jedi Starfighter
Zam Wessell's Speeder, Jango Fett's Slave I, Republic Gunship
Luke Skywalker's Landspeeder (Toys R' Us), Obi-Wan Kenobi's Jedi Starfighter with Obi-Wan Kenobi (KB Toys), uke Skywalker's X-Wing Fighter (Toys R' Us
2002 CREATURES AND PLAYSETS
Geonosis Battle Arena
2003 BASIC FIGURES
In 2003 Hasbro released eight figures, then shifted to a new package design. Because of this sudden change in the packaging, several figures which had already been released were repacked.
Boba Fett was released in both a green and a blue armor variation.
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Acklay Battle), Mace Windu (Arena Confrontation), Darth Tyranus (Geonosian Escape), Padme Amidala (Droid Factory Chase)
SP-4 and JN-66 (Research Droids), Tusken Raider (Tatooine Camp Ambush), Anakin Skywalker (Secret Ceremony), Boba Fett (The Pit Of Carkoon)
Han Solo in Hoth Gear was produced in both a blue coat and green coat variation.
R2-D2 (Droid Factory Flight), Lama Su with Clone Youth, Aayla Secura (Jedi Knight), Barriss Offee (Luminara's Padawan)
Han Solo (Hoth Gear), Chewbacca (Mynock Hunt), Yoda and Chian, Ashla and Jempa
At this point, Hasbro introduced a different kind of packaging to the Saga line. An error was originally produced on the Luke Skywalker - Throne Room Duel where as the figure was first produced with a black glove on Luke's left hand. It was later corrected to be on the right.
Aayla Secura (Jedi Knight), Barriss Offee (Luminara's Padawan), Han Solo (Hoth Gear), Chewbacca (Mynock Hunt)
Yoda and Chian, Ashla and Jempa, Luke Skywalker (Throne Room Duel), Darth Vader (Throne Room Duel)
Snowtrooper (The Battle of Hoth), Jango Fett (Kamino Escape), C-3PO (Tatooine Ambush), Padmé Amidala (Secret Ceremony)
Wat Tambor (Geonosis War Room), Coleman Trebor (Battle of Geonosis), Darth Maul (Theed Hangar Duel), Princess Leia (Imperial Captive)
Han Solo (Flight to Alderaan), WA-7 (Dexter's Diner), Lt. Faytonni (Coruscant Outlander Club), Emperor (Throne Room)
Luke Skywalker (Tatooine Encounter), Darth Vader (Death Star Clash), Bail Organa (Alderaan Senator), McQuarrie Concept Stormtrooper
A variant of Elan Sleazebaggano was produced that has no ears.
Imperial Dignitary Janus Greejatus, Padmé Amidala (Lars Homestead), Achk Med-Beq (Outlander Club), Ayy Vida (Outlander Nightclub Patron)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Outlander Encounter), Elan Sleazebaggano (Outlander Encounter), Imperial Dignitary Klen Blista-Vanee
Technically at this point there is a Clone Wars line based off of Cartoon Networks short series, and which contained a fair amount of figures based in this era. For the purpose of staying in line with the Saga, this will be compiled in our next Star Wars post on September 12, 2011.
2003 EXCLUSIVE FIGURES
Boba Fett (Star Wars Fan Club), Clone Trooper (Toys R' Us)
Star Wars Holiday Edition (Yoda) (Star Wars Fan Club)
Sandtrooper Troop Builder Set (Star Wars Fan Club), Rebel Trooper Troop Builder Set (Star Wars Fan Club)
2003 SCREEN SCENES FIGURES
Once again Hasbro brought the Screen Scenes together to create larger sets as opposed to smaller individual ones.
Jedi High Council 1 of 2, Jedi High Council 2 of 2
Geonosian War Room 1 of 2, Genosian War Room 2 of 2
2003 MULTIPACK FIGURES
Toys R' Us got the opportunity to release some great multi packs for the Saga series. Each set was particular to a group of characters and/or specific scene from the films.
Battle of Hoth, Imperial Forces
Ultimate Bounty, Jedi Warriors
The vehicles once again drew on the side of repacks. Again a few were offered as exclusives to specific stores.
Darth Tyranus's Geonosian Speeder Bike with Darth Tyranus, Anakin Skywalker's Swoop Bike with Anakin Skywalker
TIE Fighter (Imperial Dogfight) (KB Toys Exclusive)
A-Wing Fighter with Rebel Pilot (Target Exclusive), TIE Bomber
2004 BASIC FIGURES
2004 was the final year for the Saga figures, and also was the first time for this particular line that the figures were broken down in mini waves.
Hoth Trooper (Hoth Evacuation), R-3PO (Hoth Evacuation), Luke Skywalker (Hoth Attack)
Luke Skywalker (Jabba's Palace), R2-D2 (Jabba's Sail Barge), R1-G4 (Tatooine Transaction)
Lando Calrissian (Jabba's Sail Barge), Rappertunie (Jabba's Palace), J'Quille (Jabba's Sail Barge)
Tanus Spijek (Jabba's Sail Barge), Holographic Luke (Jabba's Palace)
General Jan Dodonna (Battle of Yavin), Dutch Vander (Battle of Yavin), TIE Fighter Pilot (Battle of Yavin), Captain Antilles (Tantive IV Invasion)
Admiral Ozzel (Executor Assault), Bossk (Executor Meeting), Dengar (Executor Meeting
The Hall of Fame figures which rounded out the Saga line were just a fancy way of saying "repacks".
Han Solo (Endor Strike), General Madine (Imperial Shuttle Capture), Lando Calrissian (Death Star Attack), Anakin Skywalker (Geonosis Hangar Duel), C-3P0 (Death Star Rescue), Chewbacca (Escape from Hoth), Darth Maul (Theed Hangar Duel)
Darth Vader (Death Star Clash), Han Solo (Flight To Alderaan), Luke Skywalker (Tatooine Encounter), Obi-Wan Kenobi Coruscant Chase)
Princess Leia (Death Star Captive), R2-D2 (Tatooine Mission), Stormtrooper (Death Star Chase), Yoda (Battle of Geonosis)
Anakin Skywalker (Secret Ceremony), Boba Fett(The Pit Of Carkoon)
C-3PO with Escape Pod (Tatooine Escape), Ewok with Attack Glider (Assault on Endor), General Rieekan (Hoth Evacuation)
2004 ULTRA FIGURES
The Ultra figures were what the deluxe figures should have been. Returning back to the roots of the deluxe figures from the Power of the Jedi line, the Ultra figures offered so many detailed accessories with the figures.
Two deluxe figures were repacked with the Ultra figures.
Jabba the Hutt (Jabba's Palace), Jabba’s Palace Court Denizens, Wampa with Hoth Cave (Hoth Attack)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Kamino Showdown), Jango Fett (Kamino Showdown)
Skirmish At Carkoon (Toys R' Us)
Luke Skywalker - X-Wing Pilot (Target), Anakin Skywalker (Target)
Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi (Target), Darth Maul (Target)
Princess Leai (Target)
2004 EXCLUSIVES FIGURES
Companies came out of the woodwork to jump on the exclusive band wagon for the final figures in the Saga line.
Clone Troopers (Colors) (Entertainment Earth), Clone Troopers (Entertainment Earth)
Clone Troopers (Colors - Blast Marks) (Entertainment Earth) Clone Troopers (Blast Marks) (Entertainment Earth)
Silver Sandtrooper (Star Wars Fan Club), Silver Darth Vader (Toys R' Us)
Jedi-Con 2 Pack (Jedi Con), Scout Trooper (Battlefront II) (GameStop)
One final vehicle was produced in 2004 for the Saga series.
Red Leader X-Wing Fighter with Garven Dreis
Disney returned for another wave of exclusive Star Tours figures. This time they also included a Sneak Preview Starspeeder 1000, and a regular Starspeeder 3000.
G2-9T, R5-D2, SK-Z38
Starspeeder 1000 (Sneak Preview), Starspeeder 3000
The Saga series was large, contained several repacks, and a whole lot of wonderful toys in it. It's a cumbersome set to obtain, but exciting to chase down.
Join us September 12, 2011 for an in depth look at all the toys from Star Wars - Clone Wars!
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