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Post by ourchickenshack on Fri May 29, 2015 5:06 pm

Heritage / Archive Miniatures

Unlicensed - Made In USA

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Heritage Pewter Figure Set

It can be interesting looking at the hobby's past, at "old" collectors and what they collected. When doing so, one will find that what was considered highly valuable to the collector of 15 years ago is often of little consequence to those of today. This set of pewter figures, produced without a license by the Heritage company soon after the onset of the initial Star Wars craze, fits into this category of collectables that fell by the way side. Though few today are even aware of their existence, they represent perhaps the first Star Wars "figures" and were considered quite desirable during the early years.
They were produced by Heritage and apparently were distributed, both individually and as a set of 15, through Star Trek Galore. The set consists of Luke, Leia, Han (a late add-on that was not present in early sets), Chewie, Threepio, Artoo, Vader, Ben, a standing Tusken Raider, Bantha, two riding Tusken Raiders, Stormtrooper, Imperial "snitch" and a Jawa; and was available in both painted and unpainted versions. A set of similar style Cantina band members, once thought to also be Heritage figures, was produced. As time has passed, collectors now believe the Cantina band members were produced by a different company.

As Heritage never did obtain a license to produce these figures, Lucasfilm soon shut them down, an occurrence that perhaps accounts for some of the draw the set once seems to have had. Its notable for its inclusion of a Bantha and "snitch" figures and as a possible pre-cursor of Kenner's Micro Collection which also featured posed metal miniatures. As the close-up images show, while not technically precise, the sculpting of these things exhibits a kind of quirky charm that is easy to appreciate.

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Archive Miniatures
1111 S. Railroad Ave.
San Mateo, CA  94402

Archive Miniatures was formed in the late 1970's.  Most of the miniatures in the Archive collection were the work of the infamous Neville Stocken.  Somewhere near the end, Neville brought on another sculptor, the astounding Steve Lortz.
In many ways, Archive was a miniature company ahead of it's time.  While not everyone agrees to the technical quality of the miniatures, no one can deny that those figures had character!  Also, they were larger than the true 25mm figures that everyone else was sculpting at the time.  A few years later, a little British company (that was the sole importer of Archive Miniatures into the UK) would rise to the top of the industry with armies of larger, more characterful figures... but that's another story.
In 1977, Archive released an extensive range of unlicensed "Star Wars" miniatures, apparently hoping to make a killing before (if ever) the budding Lucasfilm found out.  The miniatures were only released at Origins, before the plug was pulled.  In the years that followed, Archive would frequently tempt legal action by releasing obviously "Star Wars" miniatures with easily removable details (Stormtroopers with rabbit ears, Darth Vader with bull's horns, etc.)
Fans of Archive miniatures need not dispair... although Archive is long gone, there are still miniatures by Neville Stocken and Steve Lortz still available in the gaming industry.  Lance & Laser (Columbus, OH) has a selection of excellent science fiction models by Neville Stocken, and several entire ranges by Steve Lortz.  Fortress Figures (Jonesburo, IN) also has an excellent miniature range by Steve Lortz.  Both small companies, and could use your support!

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Richard Meints writes : Archive miniatures has a rather colorful history of success and failure. Regardless, the sculpting of the miniatures was always noted for its artistic quality. Unfortunately, the molds deteriorated over time and the quality of the figures produced by Archive declined as the 1970's faded into the 1980's. Subsequently, the earlier castings tend to have a much better look to them, with more detail and less casting flaws, such as bubbles, excessive flash, cracks, and a general lack of fine detail. Ultimately, the company went bankrupt when some of its unlicensed miniatures fell pray to lawsuits, like the unlicensed Star Wars minis that George Lucas liked, but his licensed distributors did not. You have to admit that even if you change the name and add antlers, Darth Vader is still rather distinguishable to corporate attorneys. Even changing the company name to R'Kiiv only delayed the inevitable.

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These height of these figures range in size from 3/4 " (Jawa) to 2 1/4 " (Tusken Raider)

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C-3PO and R2-D2

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Chewbacca

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Darth Vader

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Garindan

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Han Solo
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Jawa

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Luke Skywalker
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Princess Leia
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Stormtrooper
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Tusken Raider

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Bantha w/ Tusken Raider Rider
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Here's a link with more info and pictures of additional unlicensed Archive miniatures …

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Post by ourchickenshack on Sun Jan 03, 2016 7:22 pm

Star Rovers

Archive Miniatures ( Made In USA )

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Star Rovers was a role playing game , similar to Dungeons and Dragons , that was created in 1981 and was not licensed by Lucas Films .

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Post by ourchickenshack on Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:53 pm

Star Wars West End Games Miniature Metal Figure Sets

LFL 1989 - 1990 Grenadier Models (Made In USA)

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Actual Box Size : 4 1/4 "  x  8 1/4 "

1989 Series

Mos Eisley Cantina Adventure Set

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The boxes were originally shrink wrapped :

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There was a folded paper insert on the backs of the box under the shrink wrap :

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Unfolded Insert ( Front / Back ) :

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The actual back of the boxes are just plain cardboard :

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Inside The Box :

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Empire Strikes Back - Collectors' Movie Set

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All the 1989 series figures are marked LFL 1989 on the bottoms :

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1990 Series

Rebel Troopers Set

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All the 1990 series figures are marked LFL 1990 and have a figure number on the bottoms :

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There are 13 different Boxed Sets in this series :

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Star Wars : A New Hope - Collectors' Movie Set
Empire Strikes Back - Collectors' Movie Set
Return Of The Jedi - Collectors' Movie Set
Bounty Hunters
Heroes Of The Rebellion
Imperial Forces
Imperial Troopers
Jabba's Palace
Mos Eisley Cantina Adventure
Rancor Pit
Rebel Characters
Rebel Troopers
Stormtroopers
Zero-G Assault Troopers
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Post by ourchickenshack on Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:56 pm

Reworked this thread and upgraded the photos . I have also tried to add as much info as I can find on the Heritage / Archive miniatures from a few different sources I found on the internet What a Face
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Post by grinchy on Mon Jan 27, 2020 10:41 pm

brilliant thread, those early heritage figures look great, very interesting clapping
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Post by ourchickenshack on Mon Feb 03, 2020 5:39 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:brilliant thread, those early heritage figures look great, very interesting clapping

Thanks Ian , glad you like them cheers

I would really love to pick up the rest of the Heritage / Archive miniatures but they don't turn up very often .

Here are some pics I found online of the rest ...

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I think this is the Cantina Band set that was mentioned one of the articles about Heritage / Archive shown above …

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Post by grinchy on Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:44 pm

the sculpting on some of them is garbage, but then you get little gems like the cantina band set, really detailed, they all have a charm to them though
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Post by ourchickenshack on Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:11 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:the sculpting on some of them is garbage, but then you get little gems like the cantina band set, really detailed, they all have a charm to them though

Oh yeah , the sculpt on the early figures is awful but that's what makes me like them so much lol!
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Post by ourchickenshack Yesterday at 5:42 pm

I picked up a lot of about 55 loose West End Games figures . They had all been painted poorly by a previous owner so I spent 6 hours stripping them down to their original unpainted finish . There were only 2 complete sets of 10 unfortunately but 3 of the other sets were only missing 1 or 2 figures so hopefully I can track them down .

I added the 2 sets that are complete to the library ...

Empire Strikes Back Movie Set

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Rebel Troopers

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