Friday, August 5, 2016

Retro Dark Horse: Star Wars Comic Packs

Hasbro released the first Star Wars Comic Pack as an internet retail exclusive in September 2006 and new waves of these toy packs were released every few months for four years.  Each Star Wars Comic Pack contains two Star Wars action figures and a reprint comic published by Dark Horse.  The final four Star Wars Comic Packs were exclusive to Entertainment Earth and began selling in November 2010.  Altogether there are 57 different Star Wars Comic Pack issues plus 1 variant for #11.  The issues released are #1 - 49, 51 - 56, 59, and 75.  Star Wars Comic Pack #50, 57, 58, and 60 - 74 do not exist, but it is clear Hasbro had plans for more of these packs.  This popular toy line was cancelled to make way for the Star Wars Vintage Collection, a line of action figures and accessories that contained packaging reminiscent of the original Kenner Star Wars action figure toys.

Star Wars Comic Pack #1 was an internet retailer exclusive initially, but became available to brick and mortar stores eventually; 18 other packs were distributed exclusively:
  • #14 - 16, 26 - 28, 36 - 38, 51 - 53 from Walmart
  • #47 at 2010 Star Wars Celebration V
  • #56 at 2010 San Diego Comic-Con
  • #49, 55, 59, 75 from Entertainment Earth

The first 19 packs retailed for $9.99, but in 2008 the packs increased in price to $12.99.  The Entertainment Earth exclusives retailed for $17.99 and both the Star Wars Celebration V and San Diego Comic-Con exclusives retailed for $14.99.  If you are trying to put together a set of these comics by buying them in the packaging with the figures, it would cost you over $700 at retail prices.  Most of the comics can be found individually for around $2 - 4 with the exception of #47, 49, 55, 56, 59, and 75.  I would think a set of all 58 issues would cost anywhere from $125 - 150 today, a fraction of the price it would have cost to put together a set at retail.

Star Wars Comic Pack #1a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (September 2006)
reprints Star Wars: Crimson Empire #6
internet retailer exclusive
Star Wars Comic Pack #2a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (December 2006)
reprints Star Wars #1 (1977)
Star Wars Comic Pack #3a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (December 2006)
reprints Star Wars #2 (1977)
Star Wars Comic Pack #4a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (December 2006)
reprints Star Wars #3 (1977)
Star Wars Comic Pack #5a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (March 2007)
reprints Star Wars #4 (1977)
Star Wars Comic Pack #6a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (March 2007)
reprints Star Wars: Republic #55
Star Wars Comic Pack #7a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (March 2007)
reprints Star Wars #19 (1998)
Star Wars Comic Pack #8a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (June 2007)
reprints Star Wars: Infinities - A New Hope #4
Star Wars Comic Pack #9a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (June 2007)
reprints Star Wars: Heir to the Empire #5
Star Wars Comic Pack #10a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (June 2007)
reprints Star Wars #31 (1998)
Star Wars Comic Pack #11a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (September 2007)
reprints Star Wars: Republic #57
contains 30th anniversary logo
Star Wars Comic Pack #11b - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (September 2008)
reprints Star Wars: Republic #57
does not contain 30th anniversary logo
Star Wars Comic Pack #12a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (September 2007)
reprints Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron #24
Star Wars Comic Pack #13a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (September 2007)
reprints Star Wars: Purge #1
Star Wars Comic Pack #14a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (December 2007)
reprints Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith #4
Walmart exclusive
Star Wars Comic Pack #15a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (December 2007)
reprints Star Wars: Republic #79
Walmart exclusive
Star Wars Comic Pack #16a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (December 2007)
reprints Star Wars #81 (1977)
Walmart exclusive
Star Wars Comic Pack #17a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (March 2008)
reprints Star Wars: Empire #37
Star Wars Comic Pack #18a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (March 2008)
reprints Star Wars: Empire #39
Star Wars Comic Pack #19a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (March 2008)
reprints Star Wars Tales #22
Star Wars Comic Pack #20a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (September 2008)
reprints Star Wars: Republic #69
Star Wars Comic Pack #21a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (September 2008)
reprints Star Wars: Obsession #3
Star Wars Comic Pack #22a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (September 2008)
reprints Star Wars: Legacy #2
Star Wars Comic Pack #23a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (December 2008)
reprints Star Wars: Empire #1
Star Wars Comic Pack #24a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (December 2008)
reprints Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire #5
Star Wars Comic Pack #25a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (December 2008)
reprints Star Wars: Heir to the Empire #1
Star Wars Comic Pack #26a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (June 2008)
reprints Star Wars #44 (1977)
Walmart exclusive
Star Wars Comic Pack #27a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (June 2008)
reprints Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith #1
Walmart exclusive
Star Wars Comic Pack #28a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (June 2008)
reprints Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith #3
Walmart exclusive
Star Wars Comic Pack #29a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (September 2008)
reprints Star Wars #68 (1977)
Star Wars Comic Pack #30a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (September 2008)
reprints Star Wars #69 (1977)
Star Wars Comic Pack #31a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (December 2008)
reprints Star Wars: Infinities - Return of the Jedi #4
Star Wars Comic Pack #32a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (September 2008)
reprints Star Wars: Legacy #6
Star Wars Comic Pack #33a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (December 2008)
reprints Star Wars: Dark Empire II #1
Star Wars Comic Pack #34a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (September 2008)
reprints Star Wars Tales #21
Star Wars Comic Pack #35a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (March 2009)
reprints Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron #32
Star Wars Comic Pack #36a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (March 2009)
reprints Star Wars #94 (1977)
Walmart exclusive
Star Wars Comic Pack #37a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (March 2009)
reprints Star Wars: Empire #16
Walmart exclusive
Star Wars Comic Pack #38a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (March 2009)
reprints Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron #19
Walmart exclusive
Star Wars Comic Pack #39a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (March 2009)
reprints Star Wars #11 (1998)
Star Wars Comic Pack #40a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (March 2009)
reprints Star Wars: Rebellion #3
Star Wars Comic Pack #41a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (December 2008)
reprints Star Wars: Republic #82
Star Wars Comic Pack #42a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (September 2009)
reprints Star Wars #96 (1977)
Star Wars Comic Pack #43a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (March 2010)
reprints Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi - Dark Lords of the Sith #6
Star Wars Comic Pack #44a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (September 2009)
reprints Star Wars: Legacy #22
Star Wars Comic Pack #45a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (March 2010)
reprints Classic Star Wars: The Early Adventures #1
Star Wars Comic Pack #46a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (March 2010)
reprints Star Wars: Republic #65
Star Wars Comic Pack #47a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (August 2010)
reprints Star Wars: Empire #8
2010 Star Wars Celebration V exclusive
Star Wars Comic Pack #48a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (March 2010)
reprints Star Wars: Republic #83
Star Wars Comic Pack #49a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (November 2010)
reprints Star Wars: Legacy #7
Entertainment Earth exclusive
Star Wars Comic Pack #51a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (March 2010)
reprints Star Wars Tales #4
Walmart exclusive
Star Wars Comic Pack #52a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (March 2010)
reprints Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Leader #2
Walmart exclusive
Star Wars Comic Pack #53a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (March 2010)
reprints Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron #13
Walmart exclusive
Star Wars Comic Pack #54a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (March 2010)
reprints Star Wars: Routine Valor (Free Comic Book Day 2006)
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 #56a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (July 2010)
reprints Darth Maul story from Visionaries TPB
2010 San Diego Comic-Con exclusive
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 #75a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (November 2010)
reprints Star Wars: X-Wing Rogue Squadron #29
Entertainment Earth exclusive

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