Empire Strikes Back Complete 41A Back (Survival Kit Offer) Figure Run

Here is something I really love to see. Broc has assembled a complete run of all 41 Survival Kit Offer figures. Assembling a run of any specific cardback can be challenging task and if you ask Broc he'll tell you no different. In Broc's own words:

"The last piece I needed was the extremely elusive ESB 41A Survival Kit Offer Leia Organa (Bespin Gown) However, there were some a little more difficult to track down than others. Some that come to mind are:

  • R5-D4
  • Yoda
  • Walrus Man
  • Hoth Rebel Soldier
  • R2-D2

Hardest of all was the Leia Bespin, of course, and without the help of a few guys and some networking not sure it would have been possible. I would say about the easiest to track down was Imperial Commander (for me at least)."

Broc conitunes to add to his wonderful run and has supplied the SWCA with a new picture of his current arrangement. Here is a breakdown of all we see in this new picture.

Left Book Case

-Shelves 1,2, 4, & 5 are all production figures
-Shelf 3 is the cardback art

Middle Wall & Shelves

-Framed "Collect All 41" (Style B) & photo-art for the 1981 Toy Fair catalog figure spread
-1st Shelf is all of my Survival Proofs 7 standing up 7 laying down
-2nd Shelf--Standing up are QC Samples of 8 of the 9 characters that debuted on the 41 back
-2nd Shelf--Laying down are dutch clipper cardbacks w/ Survival Offer and one ESB 32 Back w/ Survival Offer Sticker
-3rd Shelf--Carded 32 Back Bespin Guard w/ Survival Sticker, Shipping Carton for Survival Figures, Production Leia Bespin w/ Survival Offer

Right Book Case

-Shelves 1,2,4 & 5 are all production figures
-Shelf 3 is the Survival Instructions art, item on right is the Survival Mailer MIB, and the card on the left is a customer service postcard mailed out by Kenner that says the following:

Dear Star Wars Fan:

We greatly appreciate your interest in our Star Wars Survival Kit.

Even though your request was received after the May 31, 1981 expiration date, we will be sending you a Survival Kit. However, please understand that due to the overwhelming response to this offer, all requests are being honored on a "first come-first serve" basis and you should expect a three to five month wait.

Thank you in advance for your patience as well as for your continued interest in our Star Wars products.

Sincerely,

KENNER PRODUCTS

These final few images were the way Broc originally had his figures arranged before newer additions. I've included them just for posterity's sake.

  • Original arrangement
  • Arrangement 2A
  • Arrangement 2B

    Broc's really taken the time to display this figure run in a top-notch way and I thank him for sharing these inspirational pictures with the readers of the Archive.

    For those interested in other "Survival Kit Offer" pieces might I suggest a look at Broc's proof cards.

    Another piece of interest might be this Canadian 41 back with Dutch Clipper "Survival Kit Offer" sticker.

  • Description by: John J. Alvarez, Broc Walker
    Photo: Broc Walker
    From the collection of: Broc Walker
    Country:United States
    Film:Empire Strikes Back
    Licensee:Kenner
    Year:1980
    Category:Toys / Action Figure Related / Small Action Figures (Licensed)


      


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