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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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Jawa

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Luke Skywalker
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Star Rovers

Archive Miniatures ( Made In USA )

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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 1987 - 1990 Grenadier Models (Made In USA)

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There were 14 different Boxed Sets released between 1987 and 1990 in this series .

Actual Box Size : 4 1/4 "  x  8 1/4 "

1987 Series

Heroes Of The Rebellion

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Imperial Forces

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All the 1987 series figures are marked LFL 1987 on the bottoms :

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1988 Series

A New Hope

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The boxes were originally shrink wrapped with a folded paper insert under the shrink wrap on the back of the boxes :

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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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Bounty Hunters

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All the 1988 series figures are marked LFL 1988 on the bottoms :

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1989 Series

The Empire Strikes Back

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Jabba's Palace

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Mos Eisley Cantina

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Rebel Characters

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Return Of The Jedi

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Stormtroopers

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

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1990 Series

Imperial Troopers Set

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The Rancor Pit

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Rebel Troopers

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Zero-G Assault Troopers

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Post by ourchickenshack on Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:56 pm

Star Wars West End Games Miniature Metal Figure Blister Packs

LFL 1992 - 1993 ? Grenadier Models ? (Made In USA)

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In 1992 West End Games started releasing the miniatures from the 1987 - 1990 boxed sets on individual blister cards . They can be found in several different package styles and number of figures per package . Most of the figures packaged for retail sale only had 3 figures per package . There are special "Miniature Battles" boxed game sets that came with blister packs of 6 figures . The 6 figure packs can be found with either a plain white blister packages or the typical color card but marked " Not for Resale ".

It seems that during the 1992 run the manufacturer switched from making the miniatures out of lead ( due to toxicity concerns ) to a different metal . The 1992 figure packages all have a "made of lead warning" on the back but can be found with or without a "Lead Free" sticker on the front bubble . The earlier lead figures are more of a dull grey and the newer metal is a brighter silver . It is likely that all the figures sets released in 1992 can be found made of either metal .

In 1993 the "Lead Warning" on the back of the packages was removed .

So far we have only been able to document a limited selection but there were many more available for purchase .

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1992 Series

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Miniature Battles Boxed Game Starter Set Figures

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1993 Series ( Blue Foam )

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1993 Series ( Grey Foam )

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Post by grinchy on Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:16 am

brilliant thread, those early heritage figures look great, very interesting clapping
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Post by ourchickenshack on Thu Apr 02, 2020 7:18 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 Commander Clint on Sat Apr 04, 2020 3:28 pm

Those look fantastic. Well done James. clapping
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Post by grinchy on Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:11 am

Those do look great mate, I particularly like the greedo, the others are cool too , clapping

Nice work on the paintjobs, must be very fiddley at that scale
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Post by ourchickenshack on Sun Apr 12, 2020 9:40 pm

Thanks guys What a Face

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Definitely very fiddley cyclops I went through a Dungeons and Dragons phase when I was young and painted a lot of the miniatures back then . My eyesight is terrible now and I have to wear magnifying glasses to do them cheeky They are so small - only 25 mm (about 1 inch) tall on average . I had a particularly hard time trying to do Luke and Leia's eyes . I used the tip of a toothpick for the whites and had to use a needle for the pupils buzzing

I've done a few more figures and will try to post pics in a day or 2 Very Happy
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Post by ourchickenshack on Tue Aug 18, 2020 10:05 pm

Added the insert and a set of loose figures for the WEG Imperial Troopers box set...

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Also picked up a 6 of the individual blister packs WEG released in 1992 / 1993 …

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see the post above for the rest of the additions and a little more info  What a Face
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Post by grinchy on Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:23 pm

very interesting pics and info, lots of great miniature sculpting there
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Post by Commander Clint on Thu Aug 20, 2020 1:30 am

That's a great new addition. cheers

The first lot look more like Rebel Fleet Troopers. The second bunch look like AT-ST Drivers. What a Face
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Post by ourchickenshack on Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:00 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:That's a great new addition. cheers

The first lot look more like Rebel Fleet Troopers.  The second bunch look like AT-ST Drivers. What a Face

Yeah the Death Star / Squad Troopers weren't the best sculpts that WEG did but they look a little better painted …

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I think there Rebel Fleet Troopers were a better sculpt …

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I don't think any of them were supposed to be Captain Antilles but I painted the one that I thought looked closest to look like him  What a Face

I love that there were 2 women included  clapping  and , as you can hopefully see , I like to include many skin colors to add the diversity that should have been represented more in the original films  nanny

I have been working on painting all the sets but still don't have most of the sets complete loose .
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Post by Commander Clint on Thu Aug 20, 2020 10:07 pm

That's awesome. They do look much better painted. But your eyes must be getting sore from working at that tiny scale.
Working with toothpicks for painting the eyes again?
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Post by ourchickenshack on Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:53 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:That's awesome.  They do look much better painted.  But your eyes must be getting sore from working at that tiny scale.
Working with toothpicks for painting the eyes again?

Thanks brother cheers

Yep , it's pretty tough on the eyes but I have found a couple things that help ...

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The magnifying thing helps a lot - got it for about $15 shipped on Ebay . [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

It has a light and lots of adjustment . I changed mine to the headband attachment rather then the glasses setup . I also took the nose bridge off so I can still wear my regular eyeglasses while using it .

I found a good paintbrush to use for the whites of the eyes and , instead of trying to paint the pupils , I use one of the metal pointy sculpting tools to do the dots for the pupils - just poke it in  What a Face

Here are the AT-ST Drivers from the Imperial troopers set after being painted …

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Now I have finally finished 1 complete set  lol!

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Post by Commander Clint on Fri Aug 28, 2020 1:07 am

That's a fantastic looking magnifying contraption. I might have to pick one up.

You did a fantastic job painting the figures. clapping And literally poking their eyes out (actually adding them in). lol!
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Post by grinchy on Sat Aug 29, 2020 12:38 pm

really brilliant job painting those figures mate, they look great, a lot better painted than raw
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Post by ourchickenshack on Mon Sep 28, 2020 1:50 am

Thanks Ian !!

Painted the other half of the Rebel Troopers set ...

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I really had no idea how to get a camouflage effect but I tried  lol!
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