HOTH ION CANNON
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 Hoth Ion Cannon was one of five sets produced based on the environments of the ice planet Hoth, making it the most completely explored worlds in the Micro Collection. This set came with eight figures including Han Solo (On Tauntaun), Luke Skywalker (Firing), Princess Leia Organa (with Gun And Commanding), Rebel Commander, and four Rebel Soldiers (In Various Battle Action poses). This set a blast away section of wall, an articulated clicking Ion Cannon, and a blast door that closes by pushing down the watchtower.
Had the line not been cancelled early, the Hoth World sets would have been accompanied by the Bacta Chamber action playset. In addition, the Emperorís Throne Room would have been produced for the Death Star 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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