Posted by Adam on April 9, 2019 at 05:43 PM CST
Since their debut in Celebration VI in 2012, the Star Tots giveaways at Collecting Track panels have been highly sought after, and with Star Wars Celebration Chicago merely days away, we wanted to take a quick look back at the series.

Based on Kenner's designs for a proposed pre-school line of Star Wars toys in the late 70s, the giveaway Star Tots were reimagined as diecast metal, two-dimensional character figural tokens that were packaged in resealable clamshells with individualized card backs that closely mirrored Kenner's original design. The inaugural set was based on the first twenty action figures released by Kenner. To complement the set, a special collectors display box, designed to reflect the original Kenner point of purchase store displays for their 3.75" action figure collection was also made available.

When it came to the 2013's Star Wars Celebration Europe II, the Collecting Track organizers didn't have to look very far for inspiration in terms of the focus of their second set of Star Tots panel premiums, basing them on the final fifteen figures released in the European assortments of the classic Kenner Star Wars action figure collection, complete with the Tri-Logo packaging design! Once again, a display box was also produced to add that final touch.

Characters from The Empire Strikes Back realized as vintage-styled Star Tots were the theme for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in 2015, each using original designs by the creative team that leaned heavily on the classic Kenner action figures for their colors and forms. As with the previous two Star Tots sets, an exclusive display bin was produced, this one taking its influence from the rare "Collect All 32" hanger display with its striking yellow background and full-colored action figures.

For 2017's Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, the twenty Star Tots were based on characters from Return Of The Jedi, and continued the trend of being accompanied by an exclusive display bin.

The set of Star Tots that will be given away during the Star Wars Celebration Chicago Collecting Track panels in room W474, predominantly features characters that never made it into the Kenner action figure line! Click on the thumbnail below to check them all out and view the schedules to see when they the panels are taking place.

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Back before the world wide web and social media ruled our shopping habits there was a long-established practice of driving around all the nearby toy stores to hunt down the latest releases. Obviously times have changed and online retail is far more important than it was twenty-five years ago - but has it killed the toy run? What was your shopping experience over the Triple Force Friday product launch weekend?
I managed to find everything I wanted in stores!
I found some but had to resort to big box websites to complete my haul.
I didn't bother stepping outside and ordered everything online.
I haven't bought any of the TFF product yet. Roll on clearance sales.
I'm waiting for the TV series/movie release before I commit.
I've so over it, no more Star Wars collecting for me.
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