Date Stamp: 1982
Release Date: 1983
Return of the Jedi
Assortment No. : 70310
Weapons and Accessories:
Point of Interest:
This figure became available as a send away on The Empire Strikes Back 48 back card, but made its first carded appearance on the Return Of The Jedi 66 back card. Interestingly, The offer on The Empire Strikes Back 48 back card was printed during the period where the sixth episode had another name, therefore the original offer read "Free! Revenge Of The Jedi".
Comments: In 1982, to many young Star Wars Afficionados, the vintage Admiral Ackbar action figure was the first glimpse at what the final film had in store for them. The card backs offering the Mon Calamari in exchange of a few small proof of purchases and a couple of dollars, also brought what everyone thought would be the title to the last chapter of the Star Wars Saga, until the bearded dude who made it all up changed his mind. So as a Jedi's 'Revenge' became his 'Return', the good Admiral lead us all into the final battle of good vs. evil.
Major Variations: Though all vintage figures have minor variations, the Admiral Ackbar figure did have one major variation worthy of mentioning. There are two distinctly different Mould variations, and hence spray op variations.
In theory, these mould/ spray op variations could exist mixed on some figures (red arms with tan torso, white arms on white torso) including mixed arm variations. To date, however, no such examples have ever appeared.
Even though one may have been more readily available on a regional scale, the Red Arms version of the Admiral Ackbar action figure is considered rarer than the White Arms version.
Text & Photography by D. Martin Myatt.
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