Star Wars Retro Action Figure Collection arrives soon

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Star Wars Retro Figures

Who remembers enjoying those first Star Wars action figures from the late 70’s? Now, fans can relive those childhood memories with Hasbro’s retro action figures.

What’s old is new! It’s as if Kenner reached back in time, dusting off 40-year-old sculpts for its new, nostalgic line of Star Wars Retro action figures.

Star Wars Retro Action Figures Collection wave 1

A long time ago . . .

Just in time for Christmas season 1977, Early Bird action figure promo kits hit store shelves. Figures were not yet ready for release (those arrived between February and June 1978). Instead, in a clever marketing move, Kenner sold a cardboard backdrop and voucher for the first four legendary toys. Luke, Leia, Chewy, and R2 were joined by scores of Star Wars toys over the next several years.

Star Wars figures preorder packaging

Star Wars figures preorder packaging

Action figures have come a long way since Kenner introduced those first four famous Star Wars figures. In contrast to those first action figures, today’s toys boast realistic looking sculpts, detailed costumes and much more articulation.

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Star Wars Retro toys return fans to the Seventies

As announced at Toy Fair back in February, Hasbro made good on its promise. Hoping to tap into childhood memories of May 1977, Hasbro introduced six Star Wars Retro action figures. Currently, Luke, Leia, Han, Chewy, Darth, and a Stormtrooper make up the new Star Wars Retro Collection. Reaching back to molds from a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (Kenner company), these new retro toys deliver the same style of 1978’s original toys.  Instead of highly recognizable character face sculpts, Hasbro brought back original seventies style Star Wars toys.

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More Star Wars Retro fun

Not only have six Star Wars Retro action figures reemerged, but another classic from the seventies surfaced. The Star Wars Escape from the Death Star board game returns as well! Today’s version also includes an extra toy: an exclusive Gran Moff Tarkin figure. The new figure even has an original old school feel to it.

“Bring back memories with this retro edition of the Escape From Death Star board game. The game is based on the original board game from Kenner released in 1977 and includes an exclusive Retro Collection Grand Moff Tarkin action figure. Fans can re-live original Star Wars moments as they help their favorite characters escape the Death Star trash compactor and work their way to the Rebel Base. Players are challenged to help Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, and Chewbacca escape to freedom. The spinner spins out players’ moves, but they must decide what passageways to follow. Will they take shortcuts that risk encounters with the Force? The first player to fight their way through TIE Fighters and reach the Rebel Base wins!”  – Hasbro

Escape from the Death Star box Escape from the Deathstar board game

Star Wars Escape from the Death Star Board Game can be found at Target today ($19.99)

For fans lamenting the loss of their original action figure collection, the Star Wars Retro Collection is a perfect way to relive those magical memories form a more civilized era called childhood.  Action figures were exclusively released at Target sores. They should soon be making the jump to hyperspace and arrive at retailers later this fall.

Han in package

Vader in package

Are you excited for the return of Star Wars Retro action figures and toys? Which of these will you purchase first?

Source and images: Hasbro, Target, EW

3 Comments

  1. JOHN SCHWARTZ

    This is just dumb, not to mention a pointless money grab. The reason the originals were so great was that they were IT…there were no others, and the technology (action features, articulation, sculpting) was simply at that point in its evolution. NOW, we are MUCH further along and MUCH improved. The only reason to get the old figures now is for their collectibility. New RETRO figures do not possess that and have a merely false nostalgia about them.

    1. Richard

      With respect to your opinion I absolutely disagree. I’ve had my original figures many years before having to sell them off during hard times. To have the same toys in a fresh form again is exciting. We had great imagination as kids of the seventies. I’ll take a new copy of an old school toy that gave me such wonderful memories. And let’s face it, they are selling out everywhere so really it’s genius to bring them back. If you hate them just buy them.

  2. Star Wars Escape from the Death Star definitely has my attention

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