THINK BIG, PLAY SMALL: THE HISTORY OF STAR WARS MICRO MACHINES, PART 2
STARWARS.COM CONTINUES ITS LOOK BACK AT A CLASSIC TOY LINE THAT HEADED (PUN INTENDED) IN NEW DIRECTIONS IN THE LATE '90S.
Star Wars Micro Machines (1994 – 2002) were one of the top-selling Star Warstoys of the 1990s. Galoob (and Hasbro) included numerous little ships, figures, playsets, and other items in their Star Wars Micro Machines line, and after a long slumber, that line has returned with Star Wars: The Force Awakens! In this series of articles, we’ll take a closer look at some of the most memorable toys from the line. In part two of this look back, we’ll be revisiting four different sub lines from the classic trilogy. They will bridge the gap between the vehicles discussed in part one and the playsets to be featured in future installments.
The figure packs of Star Wars Micro Machines played an important part in the line. Although the playsets contained several figures, the amount wasn’t enough to fully populate all sets or even create your own micro armies. The figure packs were a simple and brilliant solution that solved that issue. Galoob released 15 figure packs, each containing nine small figures. Most of the packs contained four differently sculpted figures of which three were packed twice and one was packed three times, making a total of nine. All the packs were offered on blister cards, but several designs have been used throughout the years of production. The original four sets were decorated with art of the different figures, but a more generic package would be provided for the other sets. The last sets appeared on an orange card with a stormtrooper photo. The back of the cards showed the other available figure packs.