Wednesday, March 07, 2012

The 10 Greatest Star Wars Micro Machines Playsets

10) Dagobah

From toplessrobot, After dominating toy aisles and coveted Saturday morning commercial time throughout the late '70s and mid-'80s, demand for Kenner's line of Star Wars action figures and vehicles ground to a screeching halt and quickly fell out of favor despite numerous attempts to jumpstart the toyline with new characters and background stories. However, with the coming of the '90s came a Star Wars renaissance of sorts with Kenner leading the charge with an all-new line of toys. But Kenner wasn't the only toy company reigniting the public's nostalgia with the legendary franchise. Galoob -- one of the largest toy companies during its '80s/'90s heyday -- combined the popularity of its Micro Machines line with the scope, diversity and epic nature of Star Wars, all of it culminating into the memorable (and incomparable) Star Wars Micro Machines Collection!

Highly reminiscent of Kenner's miniature die-cast Star Wars Micro Collection of the past, Galoob churned out a number of vehicles and miniature figurines in multi-packs, meaning that one could build an army or a fleet of battleships and starfighters in a short amount of time. But like the main Micro Machines line, the tiny vehicles were nothing without the playsets and, in standard fashion, Galoob pulled all the stops when it came to special features and details that bordered on the obsessive. There were plenty of playsets out there (enough to recreate an entire planet), but there were some that truly stand out from the rest in regards to creative design, mechanics and pure fun. Check out 10 of the greatest Star Wars Micro Machines playsets!

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1 comment:

Octopunk said...

I liked this: "In an ironic fashion, the fussy and well-mannered C-3PO opened up to reveal the drunken and cutthroat vice den he wasn't even allowed to enter: the Mos Eisley Cantina."

This list is funny because the total number of items they're drawing the top 10 from can't be more than two dozen or so. I wish they'd have chosen more of the heads; I have a soft spot for those.

The Rebel Transport is one of my faves because, unlike the Star Destroyer of the Millenium Falcon, the ship is pretty on-model and functions well as an Action Fleet version of that ship.

(I've always had a soft spot for the Rebel Transport. I'm looking at the die-cast one I bought at the Skywalker Ranch gift shop right now).

(Never got the Reb Trans carrying case because it wasn't on-model, although probably among the coolest carrying cases ever).