Star Wars Marvel Comics Figures!

Here's some proof that Hasbro could get away with ANYTHING ten years ago.


2007 was probably the best year to collect Star Wars action figures. The stuff Hasbro was willing to try was amazing, the prices were reasonable, the vehicles were works of art, and you could, y'know, actually find the product.

Around this timeframe, Hasbro began offering Comic Packs- two figures plus a reprint of either a Marvel or Dark Horse comic book, the figures featured in the package from the included book.The idea was incredibly appealing to me, since I read the comics as well as bought the toys. These pictured here are from probably my favorite series they ever released, based on the first six issues of the Marvel series that ran from 1977 to 1986.

What sets these apart, obviously, are the absurd colors they're painted in. The strange shading on the Stormtrooper armor not to mention the red lenses on the helmets, the far-from-final Imperial uniform on Grand Moff Tarkin, a Chewbacca who appeared to be related to the great apes, and a Rebel Trooper that looks like a polyester nightmare. Back then, you could only use four colors on a page in the comic printing process, so it led to some...interesting color combinations. I have to admit Darth Vader and R2-D2 look quite striking in this deco.

More Marvel figures followed later, including Dengar, Boba Fett, and a few others, but these are the most interesting/eclectic to me.

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