Box Back and Side (click to enlarge)
New IG-88 (15"), a rough and steely Bounty Hunter Doid, gets his prey with his LASER WEAPONS. DARTH VADER (15") carries his LIGHT SABER ready for attack, dressed in authentically detailed black armor and removable cape. BEN (OBI-WAN) KENOBI (12") carries a LIGHT SABER and has a removable cape. BOBA FETT (13 1/4") carries a LASER RIFLE and has a molded backpack. STORMTROOPER (12") carries a LASER RIFLE and wears a white and black space suit. CHEWBACCA (15") carries a crossbow LASER RIFLE. LUKE SKYWALKER (11 3/4") carries a LIGHT SABER and a grappling hook. C-3PO (12") is finished in bright metallic gold. R2-D2 (7 1/2") rolls on wheels from his stationary legs; his silver metallic head makes a "clicking" sound when turned, and a special button opens his secret compartment. JAWA (8 1/4") comes with a hooded cape and carries a LASER RIFLE. HAN SOLO (12") comes with his own LASER RIFLE and holster with Rebel Alliance Medal of Honor around his neck. PRINCESS LEIA ORGANA (11 1/2") has hair that can be combed into other styles or reshaped into the "Star Puffs" hairdo. All large action figures are fully articulated for action poses. Ages 5 and up.
Image Source: 1980 Kenner Sweepstakes Ad
Description Source: 1980 Kenner Toy Fair Catalog
No Star Wars figure line, whether it be big or small, would be complete without an R2-D2. This was true of the large size line, even though the release of the large R2-D2 was rendered a little redundant by the presence of the similarly sized Radio Control R2-D2. So redundant, in fact, that Kenner felt the need to clarify on the non-electronic figure's package that it was "not a radio control toy."
Without the radio control feature, the large size R2 was....well, not incredibly exciting. It did come with a compartment in its back, into which two "Death Star plans" could be inserted. But these "plans" were really just plastic chips onto which weird looking stickers had been placed. The head also clicked when turned, allowing for endless hours spent making your large size astromech droid look around the room.
This and the C-3PO large size figure were issued in very late 1978, as exclusives of the JC Penney chain of stores. They were released widely in 1979.
First Issued: 1978 (SW packaging)
|2 white plastic "plans" with stickers