Collector's guide to Hasbro Star Wars 30th Anniversary Collection action figures

2007 marked the 30th anniversary of the release of the original Star Wars, and Hasbro decided to do something special with their line of Star Wars toys and action figures. The line ran from late 2006 through mid-2008, and became one of the more popular series of figures ever released. The 30th Annversary Collection featured a unique mix of characters from the original and prequel trilogies, the "expanded universe," and the mind of Ralph McQuarrie.

Figures in the line were issued on a new style of card, which was diecut and featured artwork of the character, rather than a photo. Figures also included a coin with the character's likeness, much like Kenner did with "Power of the Force" figures in the 1980's. Many of the characters had not been made into figures before, and were a big hit with collectors. Many of the figures released in the 30th Anniversary Collection were reissues of previously released figures (under the Saga Legends brand as well as in Battle Packs) which were often repainted. Some figures were hard to find initially, like the Darktrooper.

Hasbro also released a number of characters from the "Expanded Universe" of books, comics, cartoons, and video games. This included the animated Boba Fett from the Star Wars Holiday Special, Darth Malak from the "Knights of the Old Republic" video game, and a tattooed Anakin from "Clone Wars." The video game "The Force Unleashed" also saw a number of their characters released as figures, including a battle-damaged Darth Vader, Juno Eclipse, and Maris Brood.

The 30th Anniversary Collection also featured a line of figures based on the movie conceptual drawings of artist Ralph McQuarrie. His early designs for the look for many Star Wars characters have become legend, and now they have been made into figures. Darth Vader, Boba Fett, Chewbacca, and even Luke Skywalker were among the figures made, and are the most popular in the line.

Figures in the 30th Anniversary Collection in 2007 were initially numbered, with figures released in 2008 starting the numbering over again. Hasbro later dropped that with the Saga Legends line, which consisted of reissues of popular figures, including the "Fan's Choice" of the Darktrooper. The initial numbered figures were released in "waves" which hit stores several months apart, with each wave usually representing characters from a particular film (figures #1 through #8 were from Revenge of the Sith, while #9 through #23 were from the original Star Wars, and so on). Hasbro also issued a number of "comic packs" which consisted of a comic book (either from the original Marvel series or the newer Dark Horse titles) and two figures based on characters from the comic.


A number of exclusive items were also released that collectors could find at certain retailers, websites, and events. This included figures exclusive to the San Diego Comic Con and the Star Wars Celebration, as well as online retailers like the Star Wars Shop and Entertainment Earth. The "Order 66" two-packs were available only at Target, the Cantina Band Members Commemorative Tin Set was exclusive to Wal-Mart, and assorted "Battle Packs" of multiple figure sets were available only at Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, and Target. A complete list of exclusive items and where they were available follows.

Included in the 30th Anniversary wave were 12 "Galactic Hunt" figures, which were specially selected figures from the line issued on gold-stamped cardbacks with a gold coin instead of silver. These "chase" figures were randomly inserted in figure cases and were sought after by collectors. A "vintage" line of figures, which were based on the 1980's figure sculpts and were released in 1980's style packaging, were also released.

During this time, Hasbro also released another wave of vintage style figures, which were crafted in the style of the original figures from the 70's and 80's as well as packed on original style cards.

By the summer of 2008, Hasbro ended the 30th Anniversary Collection, as new figures would then be issued on new "Legacy" cardbacks as well as packaging to coincide with the release of the new "Clone Wars" movie and TV show.

2007 30th ANNIVERSARY ACTION FIGURES

Figures were numbered with a "30" designation

01 Darth Vader (includes coin album)

02 Galactic Marine

03 Mustafar Lava Miner

04 R2D2

05 Obi Wan Kenobi (Ep.III)

06 Mace Windu

07 Airborne Trooper

08 Super Battle Droid

09 McQuarrie Stormtrooper

10 Rebel Honor Guard

11 Han Solo (Star Wars)

12 Luke Skywalker (SW Medal Ceremony)

13 Death Star Trooper

14 Biggs Darklighter (Rebel Pilot)

15 McQuarrie Boba Fett

16 Darth Vader

17 Biggs Darklighter (Tattooine)

18 Luke Skywalker (Moisture Farmer)

19 Jawa and LIN Droid

20 Stormtrooper

21 McQuarrie Chewbacca

22 M'iiyoom Onith

23 Elis Helrot

24 Boba Fett (Animated Debut/Holiday Special)

25 Luke Skywalker (Jedi - Rancor Battle)

26 CZ-4

27 Umpass Stay

28 McQuarrie Darth Vader

29 Hermi Odle

30 C-3PO and Salacious Crumb

31 Roron Corobb

32 Yoda and Kybuck

33 Anakin Skywalker (Clone Wars)

34 Darth Revan

35 Darth Malak

36 Pre-Cyborg Grievous

37 McQuarrie Starkiller Hero

38 Han Solo (Bespin Torture Rack)

39 Lando Calrissian (Smuggler's Gear)

40 General McQuarrie

41 4-LOM

42 McQuarrie Stormtrooper

43 Romba and Graak (Ewoks)

44 Tycho Celchu (A-Wing Pilot)

45 Anakin Skywalker's Spirit

46 R2-D2 with Cargo Net

47 McQuarrie Han Solo

48 Darth Vader Hologram

49 Clone Trooper (7th Legion)

50 Clone Trooper (Hawkbat Battalion)

51 R2-B1

52 Naboo Soldier

53 Rebel Vanguard Trooper

54 Pax Bonkik

55 Clone Trooper in Training Fatigues

56 Padme Amidala (Black Dress)

57 Jango Fett (Poncho)

58 Voolvif Monn

59 Destroyer Droid (Attack of the Clones)

60 McQuarrie Rebel Trooper

2008 30th ANNIVERSARY ACTION FIGURES

Figures were numbered with an "08" designation

01 Obi Wan Kenobi (Revenge of the Sith)

02 Darth Vader (Anakin Mustafar Duel)

03 Commander Gree

04 Kashyyyk Trooper

05 Tri-Droid

06 2-1B

07 Po Nudo

08 Mustafar Panning Droid

(Numbers 9-15 are from the Force Unleashed video game)

09 Imperial EVO Trooper

10 Imperial Jumptrooper

11 Maris Brood

12 Darth Vader (Battle Damage)

13 Rahm Kota

14 Shadow Guard

15 Juno Eclipse

2007 "SAGA LEGENDS" ACTION FIGURES

501st Legion Trooper I

501st Legion Trooper II (Super Articulated Body)

Battle Droids I (Phantom Menace, tan color, infantry and commander)

Battle Droids II (Attack of the Clones, maroon color, blaster and saber damage)

Battle Droids III (Phantom Menace, tan color, blaster and saber damage)

Battle Droids IV (Phantom Menace, tan color, clean and dirty)

Biker Scout

Boba Fett (Jedi version)

C-3PO (Battle Droid head)

Chewbacca (Revenge of the Sith)

Clone Commander

Clone Trooper (Attack of the Clones)

Clone Trooper (Revenge of the Sith)

Clone Trooper Officer (Yellow, Attack of the Clones)

Clone Trooper Officer (Red, Attack of the Clones)

Clone Trooper Officer (Green, Attack of the Clones)

Clone Trooper Officer (Blue, Attack of the Clones)

Darktrooper (Fan's Choice)

Darth Maul

Darth Vader (Revenge of the Sith)

Darth Vader (Anakin Dark Jedi, Revenge of the Sith)

Destroyer Droid

General Grievous (Four Arms)

Imperial Officer #1 (Brown Hair)

Imperial Officer #2 (Blond Hair)

Imperial Officer #3 (Light Brown Hair)

Obi Wan Kenobi Pilot (Attack of the Clones)

Pit Droids with generator (Orange)

Pit Droids with generator (White)

Pit Droids with generator (Brown)

Pit Droids with storage box (Orange)

Pit Droids with storage box (White)

Pit Droids with storage box (Brown)

Princess Leia in Boushh Disguise

R2D2 (Electronic lights and sounds)

R4-19

RA-7

Saesee Tiin

Sandtrooper (Sergeant, white shoulder pad, extra dirty)

Sandtrooper (Sergeant, white shoulder pad, lightly dirty)

Sandtrooper (Squad leader, orange shoulder pad, heavy gun)

Sandtrooper (Squad leader, orange shoulder pad, blaster)

Sandtrooper (Corporal, black shoulder pad, clean)

Shock Trooper

TC-14

Yoda

2008 "SAGA LEGENDS" ACTION FIGURES

Commander Neyo

Covert Ops Clone Trooper

Shadow Trooper

Utapau Shadow Trooper

Zev Senesca

COMIC BOOK 2-PACKS

01 Carnor Jax and Kir Kanos (Crimson Empire #6 comic book)

02 Darth Vader and Rebel Officer (Marvel comic #1)

03 Gov. Tarkin and Stormtrooper (Marvel comic #2)

04 Chewbacca and Han Solo Stormtrooper Disguise (Marvel comic #3)

05 Quinlan Vos and Vilmarh Grahrk (Dark Horse comic #19)

06 Luke Skywalker Stormtrooper Disguise and R2D2 (Marvel comic #4)

07 Obi Wan Kenobi and ARC Trooper (Republic #55 comic book)

08 Asharad Hett and Dark Woman (Hunt for Aurra Sing #31 comic book)

09 Princess Leia and Darth Vader (Infinities #4 comic book)

10 Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade (Heir to the Empire #5 comic book)

11 Anakin Skywalker and Assassin Droid (Republic #57 comic book)

12 Baron Fel and Hobbie Klivian (X-Wing Rogue Squadron #24 comic book)

13 Koffi Arana and Bultar Swan (Purge #1 comic book)

14 Lt. Jundland and Deena Shan (Empire #39 comic book)

15 Mouse and Basso in Stormtrooper Disguise (Empire #37 comic book)

16 Clone Commando and Super Battle Droid (Tales #22 comic book)

Wal-Mart Exclusives (not numbered)

Bail Organa, Obi-Wan Kenobi and the Skywalker Twins (Revenge of the Sith #4 comic book)

Kashyyk Trooper and Wookie Warrior (Revenge of the Sith #3 comic book)

Commander Keller and Galactic Marine (Republic #79 comic book)

Boba Fett and RA-7 Droid (Marvel #81 comic book)

Count Dooku and Anakin Skywalker (Revenge of the Sith #1 comic book)

Lando Calrissian and Stormtrooper (Marvel #44 comic book)

GALACTIC HUNT FIGURES

Galactic Marine

R2-D2

Mace WIndu (Revenge of the Sith)

Airborne Trooper

McQuarrie Stormtrooper

Han Solo (Star Wars)

Luke Skywalker (Medal Ceremony)

Biggs Darklighter (Pilot)

McQuarrie Boba Fett

Darth Vader

McQuarrie Chewbacca

Boba Fett (Animated Holiday Special)

VINTAGE 30TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION FIGURES

Bossk

Han Solo Hoth Outfit

IG-88

Luke Skywalker Bespin Fatigues

Princess Leia Organa in Combat Poncho

Hoth Stormtrooper

EXCLUSIVE FIGURES

Ickabel G'ont, Cantina Band Member (Disney World)

Doikk Na'ts, Cantina Band Member (Disney World)

Tech Mo'r, Cantina Band Member (Disney World)

Figrin D'an, Cantina Band Member (Disney World)

Nalan Cheel, Cantina Band Member (Disney World)

Concept Grievous (StarWarsShop.com)

Father's Day Two Pack (Wal-Mart)

McQuarrie R2-D2 and C-3PO (Celebration IV)

McQuarrie Luke Skywalker (Celebration IV)

McQuarrie Obi-Wan and Yoda (San Diego Comic Con)

R2-KT (Make-A-Wish Foundation)

Shadow Scout with Speeder Bike (San Diego Comic Con)

Shadow Troopers 2 Pack (2008 Jedi Con)

Stormtrooper Commander (Gamestop)

ORDER 66 TWO PACKS

Exclusive to Target

2007 Series

01 Emperor Palpatine and Commander Thire

02 Mace WIndu and Galactic Marine

03 Darth Vader and Commander Bow

04 Obi Wan Kenobi and AT-RT Driver

05 Anakin Skywalker and Airborne Trooper

06 Yoda and Kashyyyk Trooper

2008 Series

01 Obi Wan Kenobi and ARC Trooper Commander

02 Anakin Skywalker and ARC Trooper

03 Tsui Choi and BARC Trooper

04 Emperor Palpatine and Commander Vill

05 Luminara Unduli and AT-RT Driver

06 Master Sev and ARC Trooper

BATTLE AND MULTI PACKS

Ambush on Ilum (Target Exclusive)

ARC-170 Elite Squad (Target Exclusive)

AT-RT Assault Squad (Target Exclusive)

Attack on Kashyyyk - Force Unleashed (Target Exclusive)

Bantha with Tusken Raiders (Toys R Us Exclusive)

Battle of Endor (Target Exclusive)

Battle of Geonosis

Battle of Hoth (Target Exclusive)

Battle on Mygeeto

Battle Rancor with Felucian Rider and Saddle (Target Exclusive)

Battlefront II: Clone Pack (Previews Exclusive)

Battlefront II: Droid Pack (Previews Exclusive)

Betrayal on Bespin

Betrayal on Felucia (Target Exclusive)

Capture of the Tantive IV

Clone Attack on Coruscant

Clones and Commanders (Toys R Us Exclusive)

Droid Factory Capture

Force Unleashed Vader and Incinerator Troopers (Wal-Mart Exclusive)

Force Unleashed Emperor and Shadow Troopers (Wal-Mart Exclusive)

Hoth Patrol (Toys R Us Exclusives)

Hunt for Grievous

Jedi Training on Dagobah

Jedi Vs. Darth Sidious

Jedi Vs. Sith

Max Rebo Band Entertainers (Wal-Mart Exclusive)

Max Rebo Band Musicians (Wal-Mart Exclusive)

Republic Elite Forces: Mandalorians and Omega Squad Set (Entertainment Earth Exclusive)

Republic Elite Forces: Mandalorians and Clones Set (Entertainment Earth Exclusive)

STAP Attack (Toys R Us Exclusive)

Treachery on Saleucami (Wal-Mart Exclusive)

EVOLUTIONS THREE PACKS

Anakin Skywalker to Darth Vader

Clone Trooper to Stormtrooper

The Sith

The Sith Legacy

The Fett Legacy

The Jedi Legacy

Force Unleashed: Vader's Secret Apprentice

COMMEMORATIVE TIN COLLECTION

K-Mart versions feature different figures from regular retail

Episode I

Episode II

Episode III

Episode IV

Episode V

Episode VI

Cantina Band Members (Wal-Mart Exclusive)

Episode II (K-Mart Exclusive)

Episode III (K-Mart Exclusive)

Episode VI (K-Mart Exclusive)

UNLEASHED

Large Figures

Shadow Trooper

Obi Wan Kenobi

Small Figure Battle Packs

187th Legion Troopers

A New Empire

Aayla Secura's Star Corps

Battle Droids

Battle Droid Factory

Cantina Encounter

Force Unleashed Empire

Force Unleashed Imperial Troopers

Force Unleashed Warriors

Imperial and Rebel Pilots

Imperial Troops

Jawas and Droids

Jedi Masters

Mygeeto Clone Battalion

Rebel Blockade Troopers

Shock Trooper Battalion

Stormtrooper Boarding Party

Stormtrooper Search

Streets of Mos Eisley

Tantive IV Commanders

Tusken Raiders

Imperial and Rebel Commanders

Utapau Commanders

Vader's 501st Legion

Yoda's Elite Clone Troopers

VEHICLES

Aayla Secura's Jedi Starfighter

Anakin Skywalker's Starfighter

ARC 170 Fighter

AT-AP Walker

Darth Vader's Sith Starfighter

Darth Vader's TIE Advanced X1 Starfighter

Elite TIE Interceptor (includes 181st Squadron TIE Pilot)

General Grievous Starfighter

Hailfire Droid

Mace Windu's Jedi Starfighter

Obi Wan Kenobi's Starfighter

Obi Wan Kenobi's Starfighter with Hyperspace Ring

Saesee Tiin's Jedi Starfighter

Sith Infiltrator

TIE Bomber (with TIE Bomber Pilot)

TIE Fighter (White)

Trade Federation Armored Assault Tank

V Wing Starfighter

Y Wing Fighter (with Y Wing Pilot and R5-F7 Droid)

STAR WARS TRANSFORMERS

Anakin Skywalker / Jedi Starfighter

Clone Pilot / ARC 170 Starfighter

Darth Vader / Sith Starfighter

Jango Fett / Slave I

Boba Fett / Slave I

Obi Wan Kenobi / Jedi Starfighter

Luke Skywalker / X Wing Fighter

Darth Maul / Sith Starfighter

ROLE PLAY

Clone Trooper Blaster

Darth Maul's Lightsaber

Darth Vader's Force Action Lightsaber

Force Unleashed Lightsaber

General Grievous Blaster

Jedi Force Action Lightsaber

Luke Skywalker Force Action Lightsaber

Obi Wan Kenobi Force Action Lightsaber

Rebel Trooper Blaster

Stormtrooper Blaster

Victor Medina is a freelance writer based in Dallas. He is the editor of several websites, and his writing credits include The Dallas Morning News, Yahoo News, Cinelinx.com and SportsIllustrated.com. He has served as a Dallas County election judge and on the Board of Directors of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas. You can follow him on his blog, VictorMedina.com or on Twitter at @mrvictormedina. He can be reached by email at vic@victormedina.com.

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