Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Retro Dark Horse: Star Wars Comic Packs (Entertainment Earth Exclusives)

Kenner had shown an interest in expanding the Star Wars toy line beyond the movies with their original Ewoks and Droids toys based on the cartoons.  Kenner also had plans to introduce a new story line and characters after Return of the Jedi and developed a new villain, Atha Prime, and his Clone Warriors in the mid 1980s.  By this point, the Star Wars toy line was over 8 years old and Kenner knew they needed new characters to keep interest in the toys going.  Ultimately, those plans were rejected by Lucasfilm and Kenner's Star Wars toy line ended.  Hasbro (formerly Kenner) started the new Star Wars toy line in 1995.  By 2006, the Hasbro Star Wars toy line had been going strong for over 10 years and it made sense that Hasbro would want to keep that line fresh with new ideas too.  Unlike in the 1980s, Hasbro had the Expanded Universe, the books, comic books, and games that introduced new stories and characters to Star Wars, to choose from.  Hasbro turned to characters introduced in the comic books for ideas for new action figures and released them in pairs along with a comic featuring those characters called Star Wars Comic Packs.

The Star Wars Comic Packs were a welcome addition to the Star Wars toy line by long time Star Wars action figure collectors.  It gave these collectors a chance to add action figures of characters that were part of the Expanded Universe during a time when Hasbro had already produced several versions of action figures for the movie characters.  While these action figures sold well to older collectors, they did not sell as well to kids who did not necessarily have large collections of action figures based on the movie characters.  In November 2010, online retailer Entertain Earth sold the final 4 Star Wars Comic Packs as exclusives.

Star Wars Comic Pack #49 is packaged with Darth Nihl and Deliah Blue action figures.

Star Wars Comic Pack #49a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (November 2010)
reprints Star Wars: Legacy #7
Entertainment Earth exclusive
Star Wars Comic Pack #55 is packaged with Jarael and Rohlan Dyre action figures.

Star Wars Comic Pack #55a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (November 2010)
reprints Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic #6
Entertainment Earth exclusive
Star Wars Comic Pack #59 is packaged with Jaster Mereel and Montross action figures.

Star Wars Comic Pack #59a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (November 2010)
reprints Star Wars: Jango Fett - Open Seasons #2
Entertainment Earth exclusive
Star Wars Comic Pack #75 is packaged with Ysanne Isard and Baron Fel action figures.

Star Wars Comic Pack #75a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (November 2010)
reprints Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron #29
Entertainment Earth exclusive
The 4 comics from these Entertainment Earth exclusive Star Wars Comic Packs usually fetch slightly more than the average Star Wars Comic Pack issue.  It is reasonable to expect to pay $2 - 5 for one of these issues on eBay.

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