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Rebel Command Center
Lever activates figures for mock battles on ice-planet. Molded-plastic snow base with foot pegs and command base backdrop. Includes 3 action figures: AT-AT Commander, Luke Skywalker in Hoth Battle Gear and R2-D2 with Sensorscope. Plastic. 16 1/2 x 8 3/4 x 11 3/4 in. high.
49 C 59184--Shipping weight 2 pounds 4 ounces.........$11.99
Source: 1981 Sears Wishbook
The Rebel Command Center was the third in a series of "playsets" used by Sears to help sell new action figures, which at the time were exclusive to the retailer. This time, the exclusive figures were Luke Hoth, AT-AT Commander and R2-D2 with sensorscope. They came packed neatly inside of a white cardboard box labeled "Rebel Command Center," which the consumer discovered when he or she opened his or her playset. (Click here to see the box.) The playset itself consisted of the white plastic base previously used for the Hoth Ice Planet playset, which itself had been recycled from the Land of the Jawas toy, as well as a unique cardboard backdrop representing the interior of the Rebels' Echo Base. It was kind of cool considering its origin as a selling platform for figures.
Like the other Sears exclusive playsets, the Rebel Command Center is relatively scarce; it's certainly seen less frequently than its wide-release counterparts.
Interestingly, the three figures offered with this playset through Sears in the United States were also issued as exclusives by Sears Canada. They were not sold with a special playset, however. Rather, they were offered as parts of exclusive multi-figure packages, each coming individually wrapped on odd, mostly black blister cards. These Canadian figures are notable for their strange titles. Most famous is the name of the AT-AT Commander, which is referred to as "General Veers" on the Sears Canada blister card.
First Issued: 1981 (ESB Packaging)
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