Action Collection
Formerly Collector Series

In 1997, Hasbro Direct (formerly Hasbro New Ventures) changed the large scale series name from Collector Series to Action Collection. Along with this change came new packaging from the flap box to the window box we first saw in 1997 with the release of the Target Exclusive Luke/Wampa two pack, even though the Luke/Wampa exclusive was still called Collector Series. This change appears to have been done mostly due to cost pressures, however I like the new boxes better than the flap boxes due to their better display capability.

Speeder Bike w/ Scout Trooper

Dewback and Sandtrooper

Darth Maul and Sith Speeder

Chancellor Valorum And Coruscant Guard

2000 Portrait Edition Amidala
Return To Naboo

Anakin Skywalker Naboo Pilot

Boss Nass

Sebulba

Qui-Gon Jinn Tatooine

Mace Windu

Battledroid Commander

TC-14 KB Toys Exclusive

C-3PO Electronic

Qui-Gon Jinn Electronic

Pit Droids

R2-A6

Anakin Skywalker

Darth Maul Electronic

Jar Jar Binks Electronic

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Battle Droid

Watto

Qui-Gon Jinn

Darth Maul

Jar Jar Binks

Obi-Wan, Luke From Trash Compactor & Ponda Baba

Target Han Solo With Carbonite Block

See detail figure photos below.

Target Electronic Emperor/Royal Guard

See detail figure photos below.

Toys "R" Us Two Pack

Kay-Bee Toys Three Pack

Snowtrooper

The first shipments of the Snowtrooper are known as the "Blue" Snowtrooper. It's easy to spot because of the blue area on the chest plate.

Blue Version No Blue 

Version
The Snowtrooper can also have differences in veil length and the blue one has two orange stripes on the the top of his feet and in this example is even more dirty than the other.

No Blue 

Version Blue Version Feet

Aurra Sing
Dawn Of The Bounty Hunters

by Josh Ling and Ryder Windham

C-3PO
Tales Of The Golden Droid

by Josh Ling and Daniel Wallace

Anakin Skywalker
The Story Of Darth Vader

by Stephen Sansweet

The 1998 Exclusives

FAO Schwarz - Slave Leia / R2-D2 Two Pack - Arrived October 29
FAO Schwarz - Biggs / Wedge Two Pack - Arrived August 24
Service Merchandise - Leia Hoth - Arrived October 15
Target - Royal Guard / Emperor Two Pack - Arrived November 22
Target - Han Carbonite
TRU - Electronic C-3PO / R2-D2 Two Pack - Arrived October 12
KayBee - Trilogy Three Pack - Luke Tatooine with Poncho
Han with Flight Jacket, Leia Boushh - Arrived October 28
KayBee - Electronic Boba Fett - Due December
J.C. Penney's - Hoth Four Pack, Luke, Han, Snowtrooper
and AT-AT Driver - Arrived August 31
Wal-Mart - R5-D4, R2-D2 with Scope, Wicket - Arrived October 30

FAO Schwarz Exclusive
Biggs / Wedge Two Pack

Biggs & 

Wedge
Box Open Figures Closeup

J.C. Penney's Exclusive
Hoth Four Pack

1997 Exclusives

The second half of 1997 was clearly the most exhaustive time ever for collectors of exclusive Star Wars toys. It is a very painful fact that there was more demand for each item than there were toys made, causing at least Target, Toys "R" Us and Wal-Mart to re-order their exclusives. FAO never re-ordered, making their two packs the most limited of all, at 15,000 each. It is important to note that some of the figures in the two packs were released individually in 1998, some single toys were released to other stores later, and some exclusive two packs were released in other countries besides the U.S. For example, the Han/Luke KB exclusive was available in the U.K. at Toys "R" Us.

The 1997 Exclusive List

Kay-Bee Toy Shops - Luke / Han Stormtroopers - Arrived 7/30/97
Comic Shops, Venture & Others - Sandtrooper - Arrived 9/10/97
FAO Schwarz - Imperial Gunner and Grand Moff Tarkin - Arrived 10/20/97
FAO Schwarz - Jedi Luke and Bib Fortuna - Arrived 11/18/97
J.C. Penneys - Greedo - Arrived 9/11/97
J.C. Penneys - Ben / Vader F/X Two Pack - Arrived 10/20/97
Service Merchandise - AT-AT Driver - Arrived 9/22/97
Target - Luke & Wampa - Arrived 9/24/97 (official date 10/14)
TRU - Han & Tauntaun - Arrived 10/6/97
Wal-Mart - Cantina Band Members (6) - Arrived 10/23/97

FAO Exclusive Slave Leia and R2-D2

While never shipped to stores, the initial Slave Leia heads were not only a different sculpt, they were also too big for the doll. Substantially all the heads were destroyed, but a few samples of them found their way to Hasbro U.S. and into the hands of collectors.

Big Head Slave Leia and R2-D2

Slave Leia Big 

Head Slave Leia Big 

Head Slave Leia Big 

Head

Normal Head Slave Leia and R2-D2

Slave Leia Regular 

Head Slave Leia Regular 

Head Slave Leia Regular Head Slave Leia Regular Head

FAO Schwarz Exclusive Bib Fortuna and Luke Jedi

Bib & Luke

Compare
Variation Comparison

[Box Cover] [Box Open] [Loose Preview Photo From FAO]

There were two distinct waves of this two pack to FAO from Hasbro New Ventures. The first Bib differed from the second in the following three ways: The first Bib did not have the blue glove painted on his hands, his chest plate was substantially lighter in color and his skin was less flesh toned than the second.

FAO Schwarz Exclusive Grand Moff Tarkin,
Death Star Gunner and Interrogator Droid

Tarkin/DSG

[Box Cover] [Box Open] [Catalog Photo] [Loose Photo]

Toys "R" Us Exclusive Han w/Taun Taun

Han/TaunTaun

Target Exclusive Luke Hoth w/Wampa

Luke/Wampa

[Wampa Head Closeup] [Luke Head Closeup] [Wampa] [Luke] [Kenner Photo]

JC Penney's Exclusive
F/X Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Darth Vader

Ben vs. Vader

Wal-Mart Exclusive Cantina Band Members
All figures will be identical, but each will have a different instrument.
They are shipping in even numbers with no short packs.


Photos from Wizard ToyFare magazine.

Kay-Bee Exclusive/Limited
Luke / Han Stormtrooper Two Pack

Limited Edition of 20,000 in the U.S.
Was also available in the UK and Australia, but not limited.

Luke & Han
Box Open Figures Closeup

1997 Hong Kong Commemorative Edition
Individual box photos below.

Hong Kong
Front
Closeup
Inside
Box Back
Back

Box Open

Admiral Ackbar
Box Closed
Box Open
Kenner Catalog Photo
Toy Fair Photo

AT-AT Driver - Service Merchandise Exclusive
Box Closed
Figure In Box
Catalog Photo

AT-AT Driver - General Release
Figure In Box
Catalog Photo

Barquin D'an
Box Front

Boba Fett
Box Closed
Box Open
Kenner Catalog Photo
Toy Fair Photo

Boba Fett Electronic
Box Front
Box Back

C-3PO
Box Closed
Box Open
Kenner Catalog Photo
Toy Fair Photo

C-3PO (TRU Exclusive Two Pack)
Box
Front
Back
Left
Right

Cantina Band Members - Wal-Mart Exclusive
Box Photos
Figrin D'an w/Kloo Horn
Doikk Na'ts w/Fizzz
Tech w/Ommni
Tedn w/Fanfar
Nalan w/Bandfill
Ickabel w/Fanfar
Flap Open Photos
Figrin D'an w/Kloo Horn
Doikk Na'ts w/Fizzz
Tech w/Ommni
Tedn w/Fanfar
Nalan w/Bandfill
Ickabel w/Fanfar

Chewbacca (Fur)
Box Closed
Box Open
Kenner Catalog Photo
Toy Fair Photo

Chewbacca (Plastic)
Box Front
Box Back

Chewbacca as Boushh's Prisoner
Box Front

Darth Vader
Box Closed
Box Open
Front
Right Side
Tri-Logo Vader Box (no flap package)
Kenner Catalog Photo

Darth Vader 14" Electronic
Box
Back Of Box

Emperor
Box Front

Emperor (Target Exclusive Two Pack)
Box
Box Back
Head
Front
Back
Left
Right

Grand Moff Tarkin
Box Front

Greedo - Penney's Exclusive
Box Closed
Box Open

Greedo
Box Front

Han Solo
Box Closed
Box Open
Front
Right Side
Tri-Logo Han Box (no flap package)
Kenner Catalog Photo

Han Solo Carbonite (Target Exclusive)
Box
Box Back
Head
Carbo Block Front
Carbo Block Back
Front
Back
Left
Right

Han Solo Endor
Box Front
Box Back

Han Solo Hoth
Box Front
Front
Right Side
Left Side
Back Side
Head Side

Han/Taun Taun (Toys "R" Us Exclusive)
Box
Head

Jawa
Box Front

Lando Calrissian
Box Closed
Box Open
Front
Left Side
Right Side
Kenner Preview Photo
Kenner Catalog Photo

Leia Organa
Box Closed
Box Open
Kenner Catalog Photo
Toy Fair Photo

Leia Hoth
Box Front

Luke Skywalker Bespin
Box Closed
Box Open
Front
Back
Left Side
Right Side
Kenner Catalog Photo

Luke Skywalker Hoth
Box Front
Box Back
Luke Skywalker Ceremonial
Box Front

Luke Skywalker Jedi
Box Front

Luke Skywalker Tatooine
Box Closed
Box Open Binoculars on Belt
Box Open Binoculars on Card Weird Hair
Closeup of Weird Hair
Front
Left Side
Right Side
Kenner Catalog Photo

Luke Skywalker X-Wing
Box Closed
Box Open
Kenner Catalog Photo
Toy Fair Photo

Obi-Wan Kenobi
Box Closed
Box Open
Front
Right Side
Kenner Catalog Photo

Obi-Wan Kenobi w/ Jedi Practice Ball
Box Front
Box Back

Ponda Baba
Box Front
Box Back

R2-D2
Box Front

R2-D2 with Tools
Box Front
Front
Front Tools Deployed
Back
Left
Right
Tool Detail

R2-D2 (TRU Exclusive Two Pack)
Box
Front
Back
Left
Right

R5-D4
Box Front
Front
Back
Left
Right

Royal Guard (Target Exclusive Two Pack)
Box
Box Back
Head
Front
Back
Left
Right

Sandtrooper - Diamond Distributor Exclusive
Box Closed
Box Open
Previews Magazine Photo

Sandtrooper
Box Front

Stormtrooper
Box Closed
Box Open
Kenner Catalog Photo
Toy Fair Photo

Tie Fighter Pilot
Box Closed
Kenner Catalog Photo
Toy Fair Photo

Tusken Raider
Box Closed
Box Open (Gaderffi Stick)
Box Open (Blaster)
Front with Blaster
Front with Gaderffii Stick
Head
Mistake Text On Inside Cover (Blaster Raider doesn't
come with a Gaderffii Stick

Kenner Preview Photo
Kenner Catalog Photo

Wicket The Ewok
Box Front
Front
Back
Left
Right

Yoda
Box Front

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