Rare Revenge of the Jedi promo and full-color catalog, Kenner Star Wars Empire Strikes Back


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Vintage Kenner Star Wars Empire Strikes Back Revenge of the Jedi promo and full-color catalog.

I don't know how they continue to fly under the radar. Everyone gets excited about Revenge of the Jedi movie posters, and why not, but to my knowledge the '82 Micro Collection was the only other place you could get an actual published reference by Kenner to Revenge of the Jedi as opposed to Return of the Jedi. Right here in SOME of these one year, one shot Micro Collections that everyone ignored then.

For some further backstory, here's what the SWCA.com (Star Wars Collector's Archive) explains about the short-lived history of the Kenner Micro Collection:

And here's the Star Wars Collector's Archive discussion on the background for the one-year only limited run of Micro Collection sets after the release of Empire, and hence, why they are so rare ... and the rarest of the production runs was this Falcon:

"Kenner's Micro Collection line of toys was both revolutionary and short-lived. Whereas today, nearly every major toy line has a micro-scale division, in 1982, when the Micro Collection was introduced, it received a rather tepid response at retail, and was cancelled after only one year. The Micro Collection playsets were based on key action sequences from Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. Each set came with a varying number of posed metal figures, as well as a sort of plastic stage, which served as a miniature 'environment' in which kids could play out their favorite Star Wars moments.

"The figures' lack of posability is often cited as a key factor in the demise of the line; but this is a somewhat simplistic explanation for why the Micro Collection never really took off. By 1982, the ESB line was fast drawing to a close; more importantly, kids' interests were increasingly being drawn away from Star Wars towards competing action figure brands, such as Masters of the Universe and the 33/4" incarnation of G.I. Joe. It was simply a poor time to introduce such an extensive and unfamiliar product line. Had it been launched more conservatively, and amidst the rush of hype surrounding the 1983 release of Return of the Jedi, the Micro Collection might have fared much better. But as it turned out, the line was cancelled, and Star Wars collectors had to wait until 1994, the year that Galoob introduced their popular line of Star Wars Micro Machines, before they could again buy micro-scale toy products.

"In all, 70 die-cast metal figures were released, each coming as part of either a retail playset or the one mail-away premium attached to the line, the so-called 'Build Your Armies' figure set."

And that's what this listing is, a Build Your Armies Set, minty and fresh, with the coveted Revenge of the Jedi promo. Be the ball, Noonan.

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