Well look at us, we made it through the main line of original vintage Star Wars figures. However, there is still a lot more to cover. We haven’t even touched on vehicles or playsets or beast or any of the other fun from the 1980’s like Ewoks and Droids cartoon figures. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Before we get into any of that, we need to touch on pieces that many consider to be figures but that were not issued on cards. Let’s take these film by film.
For “A New Hope” (which of course was just called Star Wars when it was released), we have 7 additional figures, 5 of which came from the Droid Factory Playset. We’ll cover that playset in much more detail in a later article. Today we’ll just look at the droids that were included in there. In addition to those, we had the Sears Blue Snaggletooth which we already covered in Catch a Wave: Star Wars Issue 2. Lastly, we have the Dianoga which was a pack-in inside the Death Star Playset. Let’s take a closer look…
This “Inaction Figure” came as a pack-in with the Death Star Playset. A more detailed writeup on the playset will come in a future article, but this rubber figure was an approximation of what the creature might have looked like. In the film, we never see anything other than his eyeball stalk and its tail (or back). It is very often missing from the playset and even when it is in there, it is often dirt-stained since the rubber material picks up dirt very easily. Also, these often show damage as the material is not as sturdy as plastic. The figure has no articulation. It is rather expensive on its own in the aftermarket when in good condition. See closing paragraph for pricing.
BLUE SNAGGLETOOTH (Sears)
For a write-up on this figure which came only with the Sears cardboard Cantina or in a white mailer box 2-Pack with Greedo, see Catch a Wave: Star Wars Issue 2. Note that there are two versions of the figure. One version has a dent in the boot and the other does not. There is little-to-no price difference in these even though sellers would have you believe that the dented boot is rarer. See closing paragraph for pricing.
The first droid figure from the Droid Factory Playset. Constructed by using 5 parts from the factory. Scroll down, below, and check out the blueprints for building this droid. See closing paragraph for pricing.
QUAD POD DROID
The next droid figure from the Droid Factory Playset. Sort of a version of a tiny AT-AT. Constructed by using 7 parts from the factory. Scroll down, below, and check out the blueprints for building this droid. See closing paragraph for pricing.
The next droid figure from the Droid Factory Playset. Sort of a version of the treadwell droid from A New Hope but without the tread wheels. Constructed by using 10 parts from the factory. Nothing to report that I haven’t already said. Scroll down, below, and check out the blueprints for building this droid. See closing paragraph for pricing.
The final droid figure from the Droid Factory Playset. Again, sort of a version of the treadwell droid from A New Hope with the correct tread wheels. Constructed by using 6 parts from the factory. Nothing to report that I haven’t already said. Scroll down, below, and check out the blueprints for building this droid. See closing paragraph for pricing.
R2-D2 (Droid Factory Version)
The biggest difference with this figure other than the fact that you actually build him out of separate interchangeable pieces from the playset is that this is the only R2-D2 figure with the center leg, As such, the playset itself is largely worthless if it doesn’t include all the pieces to make 3-legged R2. See closing paragraph for pricing.
[Blueprints from the Droid Factory Playset used for making all 5 droids from the set]
For this week’s figs, pricing is all over the place. A complete Droid Factory playset in the box and with instructions (since they are technically necessary to build the droids) will run $125-$175. Loose and complete, expect to pay $75-$100. Most of that value, honestly, is for the R2-D2 with the third leg. On his own, loose, complete and in good shape, he will cost approximately $50-$75. The Dianoga is a pricey little figure as you should expect to pay $50-$75 for one in decent shape. Blue Snaggletooth is by far the most expensive and will run an easy $250 in decent shape. He will be more like $400 if the boots have no paint loss. In the original baggie (be sure it is the General Mills baggie as there are a lot of re-seals out there in the incorrect baggie), expect to pay upwards of $600-$700. If Blue Snag is bagged and in his white mailer box along with a bagged Greedo, expect to drop a cool $1000 or more. Next week, we’ll hit on the Empire Strikes Back pack-in figures. Until then, be well, thanks for reading, play hard, but play nice.
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