Monday, September 5, 2016

Retro Dark Horse: Star Wars: Hasbro/Toys 'R' Us Exclusive

In May 2002 Attack of the Clones opened in theaters and Hasbro released an assortment of toys based on the movie.  To promote the Attack of the Clone toys, Toys 'R' Us gave away 4 different comics with a purchase at their retail stores.  These comics were published by Dark Horse and contain a short story featuring characters and vehicles that have toy counterparts.

The first issue's story, Full of Surprises, pits Obi-Wan Kenobi against Jango Fett.

Star Wars: Hasbro/Toys 'R' Us Exclusive #1a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (2002)
Full of Surprises
The second issue's story, Most Precious Weapon, stars Count Dooku.

Star Wars: Hasbro/Toys 'R' Us Exclusive #2a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (2002)
Most Precious Weapon
Practice Makes Perfect is a story starring Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi battling droids.

Star Wars: Hasbro/Toys 'R' Us Exclusive #3a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (2002)
Practice Makes Perfect
The final issue's story, Machines of War, features Yoda and Clone Troopers aboard a Republic Gunship.
Star Wars: Hasbro/Toys 'R' Us Exclusive #4a - Dark Horse Comics, U.S. (2002)
Machines of War
These comics are very thin, only 10-pages, and smaller in size than a standard U.S. comic.  Because of the thin nature, they are flimsy and easily damaged.  From experience, the first issue is the hardest to find a high grade copy of, with many of the copies having considerable spine damage.

An individual issue usually fetches $5 to $10.  A set of all 4 will bring $15 to $20.  Many times, several copies of a single issue come up for sale, which can lower the cost.  These comics are not common, but they do come up for sale occasionally on eBay.

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