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Vintage Star Wars die cast toys


In Italy Harbert released the four Series 1 die cast ships under license from Kenner. The obvious difference from the SW12 cardbacks is the large Harbert logo on the front and back, as well as the 'Guerre Stellari' replacing 'Star Wars'.

The ships were released in two waves with the Land Speeder (Hovercraft Scooter), TIE Fighter (Caccia TIE) and X-Wing (Caccia Ala-X) released on SW12 backs, and Darth Vader TIE Fighter (Caccia TIE Di Lord Darth Fener) appearing later on a SW21 backs. The Land Speeder was also reissued on a 21 back and it's feasible the X-Wing and TIE Fighter were also reissued.

Interestingly the only other non-Kenner licensee to release all the Series 1 ships was Palitoy, which used the SW12 back for all four ships and never produced a 21 back.

The Harbert SW21 backs feature the Wave 2 ships on the rear of the card despite these not being available in Harbert packaging. The Millennium Falcon is the only ship that kept its English title, albeit with the misspelling of the Kenner 21 back. The Y-Wing is named Caccia Ala-Y and the Imperial Cruiser named Incrociatore Imperiale.

HarbDVTCaccia TIE Di Lord Darth Fener images courtesy of Tan Tze Ing.


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