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A Look At Power Of The Force Full Photo Cards

3/1/2021 POTf2 The Power Of The Force 2

Hasbro periodically updates the packaging design for their Star Wars action figures to maintain freshness in their product lines. The most recent packaging revision occurred just a few months ago, in August 2020, for the Black Series 6" line.

Looking back to the mid to late 90s, we witnessed various packaging approaches for the 3 3/4" Power Of The Force toy line. Hasbro introduced several changes, transitioning from an orange/reddish color scheme to green. Alongside these color shifts, Hasbro also diversified pack-in offerings, including freeze frame slides, flashback pictures, and even Commtech chips. Furthermore, hologram picture variations were introduced for some orange and green card designs during this period.

During a brief period between 1997 and 1998, Hasbro implemented a unique packaging alteration exclusive to Europe: full-size photo cards. Reminiscent of vintage Kenner cards, these packages featured a large character photo adjacent to the small blister. Despite the distinctive packaging, the figures themselves remained identical to their regularly carded counterparts, complete with the same accessories. Notably, the character photo was directly printed onto the card, rather than being a removable sticker, distinguishing these figures primarily through their packaging.

Full Photo POTF2 Cards

The figures released include Admiral Ackbar, Governor Tarkin, the Emperor's Royal Guard, Weequay, Luke Skywalker (Bespin), Han Solo (Bespin), a  Wicket/Logray 2-pack, a Snowtrooper and the Endor Rebel Soldier. The hardest ones to track down are the Emperor's Royal Guard, the Ewok 2-pack and Snowtrooper. 

These figures offer a delightful journey back in time, particularly when you stumble upon ones adorned with their original price stickers. Take, for instance, the Bespin Luke Skywalker featured here, proudly bearing the label "DM" (German Deutsch Mark), a currency that transitioned to Euros in 2002. It's a charming reminder of bygone days and a testament to the enduring appeal of these collectibles.

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A mere nine figures were ever released, and while they remain scarce, they may not command exorbitant prices on the secondary market. To enhance your chances of acquiring them, aside from connecting with fellow enthusiasts and participating in toy shows or conventions, keep a vigilant eye on eBay Europe. This platform often serves as a fruitful hunting ground for these elusive Star Wars figures.

Thanks for reading, and have fun hunting for figures!