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History mystery - 1993/4-ish Galoob prototype figures?

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Collecting' started by Chairman Kaga, Jul 14, 2016.

  1. Chairman Kaga

    Chairman Kaga Rebel Official

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    Back in the 90s when Lucasfilm was relaunching their action figure line, I remember reading on Steve Sansweet's OLD website a review of Galoob's prototype figures. Of course the relaunched 1995 line ended up going to Kenner, which was later absorbed by Hasbro. All hail Monkeyface Leia. Galoob later launched the great Star Wars MicroMachines line.

    What I remember reading about the Galoob toys was really intriguing. If memory serves, they were larger, maybe 4.5". They also had multiple points of articulation, loads of accessories (Tatooine Luke had his floppy hat, rifle, and macrobinocs), and for the time at least, the sculpts were highly accurate.

    I never saw photos and I have no idea what became of them. Apparently, there were several figures floating around, although I only recall the description of Luke.

    Does anyone else recall this?
     
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    "Star Wars Micro Machines launched in 1994, one year before Kenner (Hasbro) released their new line of 3.75” action figures, and continued into 2002 four years after Hasbro bought Galoob Toys. Similar-looking toys were released after 2002, but they weren’t truly part of the Micro Machines line. One example was Kenner’sMicro Collection, a superbly-designed line of diecast figures and playsets that unfortunately got canceled after one year (in 1982). Let’s go back to when it started…"

    This mentioned here..

    http://www.starwars.com/news/think-big-play-small-the-history-of-star-wars-micro-machines-part-1

    But I haven't ever seen pictures of them.
     
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    I'm talking about something totally different, actually. Galoob had the Star Wars license in the 90s, and actually made a prototype line of action figures, in addition to the Micro Machines. Kenner ended up, for whatever reason, with the action figure deal while Galoob only got the Micros. But the prototypes they designed sounded awesome; sort of like the 3.75" Black Series, but larger scale.

    Anyway, I collected the Kenner Micro Collection. Loved them. We had a video camera in the 80s and I'd shoot stop-motion adventures on the playsets, since they offered so many scenarios and had so many figures. LOVED those toys.
     
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    Hmm if they did maybe photos never made it out or the ones that did just kind of got "lost to the internet" over that long a period of time. Sites getting taken down etc.
     
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    It seemed there were numerous examples, if Sansweet got his hands on some. Does that guy respond to email, FB or Twitter? I'll ask him directly!
     
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    Twitter usually works well in my experience.
     
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    Any luck? I'd like to see them as well
     
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    I once heard that in the 1990s Playmates was also considering getting the license for Star Wars action figures before it went back to Kenner/Hasbro. Hearing about that, I kind of assumed they would've been like their Star Trek figures of the era, 5-inch tall figures loaded with articulation and accessories, with maybe a faction logo display stand (Rebel Alliance for good guys, Galactic Empire for bad guys), but when I looked deeper into this, it turned out Playmates planned to make plastic figurine statues, akin to what Hasbro later developed in their Epic Force and Unleashed lines.
     
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    I am going to be a$$ and nitpick. Hasbro didn't get absorbed (if you mean bought) by Kenner later. Hasbro bought Tonka that own Kenner a few years before 1995. Ok, sorry....
     
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