DEATH STAR ESCAPE
Micro Collection Playset
One can argue that, when it was initially introduced in 1982, Kennerís Micro Collection was designed to push Return Of The Jedi toys in a direction not explored with the first two Star Wars films. The line, which included only twelve pint-sized playsets and four vehicles, looked past figure articulation in order to provide fans with interactive environments, and in a lot of ways paved the way for the modern high-end collector market. |
The Micro Collection was more the first legitimate Star Wars collectible and much less a toy, at least in the traditional sense. Even though most of the sets in the short-lived series featured special action features, it was truly designed as a display piece, and when introduced in 1982 the individual pieces sported a price much higher than comparable products in Kennerís action figure line.
Each set featured a plastic playset or vehicle and an assortment of painted 1 1/4" scaled diecast figures. These figures were easy to damage and kids learned quickly to take care of their new mini Star Wars collection. While commercially the line was a failure, it did appeal to a certain demographic within the Star Wars collecting community, and many of the fans for this line can be found buying up Sideshow Collectibles, Gentle Giant, & Attukus statues and eFX (& formerly Master Replicas) replicas. The seed for the high-end collectible was planted by Kenner with the Micro Collection.
The Death Star Escape set featured six diecast figures and interactive features that allowed collectors the ability to shuttle Stormtroopers up and down the separated elevator in a vain attempt to capture Luke & Leia, and help the Rebellion by blowing up one of the space station's many heavy duty laser cannons. This set was one of two sets released based on the scenes set on the Death Star. It was packaged individually and in the Death Star World Action Playsets collected boxed set. In addition, the Death Star Escape was made available through retail outlets in a printed box and through catalogues in a white mailer box with only "Death Star Escape" printed in a simple black all-caps font in the upper right corner.
Had the line not been cancelled early, the Death Star sets would have been accompanied by the Emperorís Throne Room as seen in Return Of The Jedi. In addition, the Bacta Chamber playset would have been produced for the Hoth World collection, the Torture Room would have been produced for the Bespin World collection, and Dagobah and Jabbaís Palace would have bridged the line to Return Of The Jedi.
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