|Mini-Action Figure Collectors Case|
At the time of its release, the 24-figure capacity of the Mini-Action Figure Collector's Case was just peachy; with only 21 figures in the line, it was actually a bit excessive. In later years, of course, this situation would change as more and more figures were added to the line. But Kenner kept their vinyl case on the market through 1983, updating it every year or two with a new logo or fresh artwork.
In 1980, with the release of The Empire Strikes Back imminent, Kenner issued a modified version of their original vinyl case. It utilized the same artwork (derived, of course, from the first Star Wars film) but updated the logo to the new ESB version. Cases with entirely new frontal designs were issued in 1981, 1982 and 1983.
Although the original Star Wars-logo version of the vinyl case is quite common in used condition, it's downright hard to find an unused example. This is significant because, if the item has not remained sealed, it's extremely unlikely that it will have retained the colorful sticker that adorned its reverse. These stickers were placed on the clear strips of cellophane that were wrapped around the cases before they were shipped to stores.
Another important component to the vinyl storage case was its insert-- a piece of flimsy cardboard printed with a photo showing what the case's trays would look like when filled with figures. These inserts were updated regularly to include newly released figures. Interestingly, a significant variation occurs with respect to the first Star Wars case insert: it shows an early mock-up prototype of the Rocket Firing Boba Fett figure. It was quickly replaced with a photo showing the widely-released version of the toy.
First Issued: 1979 (SW graphics, SW logo)
|Description by:||Ron Salvatore|
|From the collection of:||Ron Salvatore|
|Film:||A New Hope|
|Category:||Toys / Action Figure Related / Action Figure Accessories|