Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Retro Dark Horse: Shadows of the Empire Galoob Micro-Machines Mini-Comic

While Hasbro produced Star Wars action figures and other toys in the 1990s, Galoob also held a license to make small scale Star Wars toys.  Their Micro Machines brand was very popular with boys and included cars and other vehicles along with miniature playsets.  It made sense for Galoob to release Star Wars miniature vehicles, playsets, and even miniature figures under the Micro Machines brand.  Galoob at the time was the 3rd largest toymaker in the U.S. and was purchased by Hasbro in 1999.

In 1996, along with other Shadows of the Empire toys, Galoob release 3 Shadow of the Empire Micro Machine sets.  Some of these sets contain a 16 page full color mini-comic which measures 4" x 4 1/2".  All 3 comics have the same interior with a different cover.  The sets are specially marked on the package as containing the mini-comic.

Star Wars: Shadow of the Empire (mini-comic) - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (1996)
included in specially marked Galoob Micro Machine Shadow of the Empire I sets
Star Wars: Shadow of the Empire (mini-comic) - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (1996)
included in specially marked Galoob Micro Machine Shadow of the Empire II sets
Star Wars: Shadow of the Empire (mini-comic) - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (1996)
included in specially marked Galoob Micro Machine Shadow of the Empire III sets
The cover of the comic matches the set it comes with.  The Darth Vader cover is included in the set I containing Darth Vader, the Xizor cover is in set II with Xizor, and the Dash Rendar cover is in set III with Dash Rendar.

The sets without the comic are more common that the sets with the comic.  Even so, sealed sets with a comic can usually be found for $10 - 20.

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