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 World set collects the Death Star Escapes and Death Star Compactor sets and all the figures included in the two toys in one box. All the pieces are identical. Matter of fact, pretty much only the packaging and the instructions are different. The packaging does, however, list some of the figures with different names than those of the single sets. The Death Star Escapes' 'Princess Leia Organa (Firing Weapon)' was renamed simply 'Princess Leia Organa', 'Darth Vader (Commanding)' was renamed 'Darth Vader (Pointing)', 'Luke Skywalker (Firing Weapon)' was renamed 'Luke Skywalker (Firing)' and the Death Star Compactor's 'Princess Leia Organa' was renamed 'Princess Leia Organa (Firing)'.

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.

Year: 1982
Assortment #:93310
Whatís In The Box?
  • Death Star Compactor (10 pieces)
  • Death Star Compactor (10 pieces)
  • Princess Leia Organa
  • Chewbacca (Running)
  • Darth Vader (CPointing)
  • Stormtrooper (Stalking)
  • Stormtrooper (Kneeling)
  • Luke Skywalker (Firing)
  • Darth Vader (A Fighting)
  • Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi (A Fighting)
  • Stormtrooper (Firing)
  • Luke Skywalker (In Stormtrooper Outfit)
  • Princess Leia Organa (Firing)
  • Han Solo (In Stormtrooper Outfit)
  • Stormtrooper (Attacking)
  • Stormtrooper (Injured)
  • Sticker Sheet
  • Instruction Pamphlet
  • Star Wars Toys Booklet
  • Revenge Of The Jedi Ashcan

  • Photography & Text by D. Martin Myatt

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