Box Back and Side (click to enlarge)
Box Side (click to enlarge)
STAR WARS MICRO COLLECTION
HOTH ION CANNON
The HOTH Ion Cannon is operated by remote lever and clicks to simulate firing! Other features include an observation tower which holds a figure and operates blast doors, a command post with two computer terminals and a "battle damage" feature activated by remote button. Set includes 8 unique die cast figures set in action poses. HOTH Ion Cannon Action Playset connects to other HOTH Playsets. Available Summer 1982. Ages 4 and up.
Source: 1982 Kenner Toy Fair Catalog
The Hoth Ion Cannon playset was the centerpiece of the Micro Collection's Hoth World ensemble. Not only that, it was the largest toy in the entire Micro line. It consisted primarily of a large plastic "snow" bunker, a round cannon piece and two gray plastic computer banks, which could be moved around independently. The eight figures it came packaged with were all representations of Rebels. They included the sole Micro rendition of Leia in her Hoth outfit, a neat TaunTaun-mounted Han Solo piece and a firing Luke Skywalker.
These days, the set is fairly common, though pristine, unopened examples can't be said to grow on trees. Collectors of loose items should be mindful that the two computer banks are sometimes missing, as are the several plastic pieces that comprise the sliding door entrance to the bunker.
To see the figures that came with this playset, click here.
First Issued: 1982