With another Star Wars film upon us, AFJ is tackling a different subject which involves toys from the galaxy far far away. We thought it was the perfect time to look back at the short-lived Droids cartoon series. Yes, for the younger Junkies out there, there was a cartoon series that revolved around the adventures of C-3PO and R2-D2. The full title of the series was Star Wars: Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO which ran from September of 1985 to June of 1986. The series encompassed 13 episodes and was paired with Star Wars: Ewoks (more on that series at a later date).
I was a Star Wars nut when I was younger. However, by 1985, the movies were done and Star Wars was reduced to Saturday morning cartoons. The series was not about the further adventures of Luke, Leia, and Han but the aforementioned characters. With G.I. Joe being on five days a week, my focus quickly turned to the real American Hero. In short, I never bought, asked for, or received one single Droids toy. With them out of my mind, I knew next to nothing about them. Nor could I have ever picked them out of line up or a box of yard sale toys.
In the years that have past, I have really come to admire the Droids and Ewoks collections. There are some fine figures there and their collectibility is on par with many of the original Kenner Star Wars figures. So today, if I could go back and pick out 10 toys for that line, these would be them. #AFJ4LIFE
10. DROIDS: BOBA FETT
Why then: Picking up yet another Boba Fett would have been great, especially one in a different package and with a coin.
Why now: Who doesn’t want another Boba Fett figure, especially one on a Droids card.
9. DROIDS: A-WING PILOT
Why then: This was one of the last Star Wars figures released by Kenner for Return of the Jedi. The chance to pick him up on Droids card was probably far greater.
Why now: The A-Wing Pilot is one of those figures that always eluded me. I often wonder if I have a ROTJ figure or a Droids one now. Still, on this card, there is no question about getting one or not.
8. DROIDS: A-WING
Why then: The A-Wing never got a ROTJ packaging release. This was the only way to build your Rebel fleet.
Why now: Classic retro packaging. The 1997 re-release was perfect and identical to the Droids' mold. However, the 1997 release is weathered, the Droids is release is pristine white.
7. DROIDS: JESSICA MEADE
Why then: There weren’t many female characters in the Star Wars universe. It doesn’t hurt to have one that carries a blaster either.
Why now: This figure was never released. Jessica Meade was in the unproduced second wave of Droids figures. So to actually have one, you need to find one of those prototypes!
6. DROIDS: KEZ IBAN
Why then: Who doesn’t love a good alien character/ figure?
Why now: One of the easier figures to find and not that expensive loose.
5. DROIDS: THALL JOBEN
Why then: One of the principal characters in the series, outside of C-3PO and R2-D2. Plus, who would want to have a Star Wars character with a mohawk.
Why now: One of the essential characters in the collection. You probably also have the best chance of actually finding him.
4. DROIDS: GAFF
Why then: An insectoid type alien that supports a cape, sold!
Why now: Again we have an unproduced figure from Kenner’s second wave. There is just something about obtaining the unobtainable.
3. DROIDS: ATL INTERCEPTOR
Why then: Another ship for my Star Wars adventures? Gimme, gimme, gimme!
Why now: The ATL falls into that strange arena of Star Wars toys that is not quite a Mini-Rig or at the same price point as an X-Wing. Yet somehow has two seats!
2. DROIDS: ADMIRAL SCREED
Why then: There never seems to be enough bad guy commanders. After all, someone has to lead all those Stormtroopers.
Why now: Very similar to my reason above, the bad guy leaders are too few and far between. Yet, Admiral Screen also went unproduced in the second wave.
1. DROIDS: IMPERIAL SIDE GUNNER
Why then: Who wouldn’t want another Imperial vehicle? Let alone one that is designed for the Imperial Gunner (see box above).
Why now: This one has been a white whale of mine for years. I have gotten very close a few times but the price has either been too high or the Gunner has not been in great shape.
The full cast of figures for the Star Wars: Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO line can be seen below!
For more information on the Droids toy line check out StarWars.com. Special thanks to toyworth.com for additional info. To further fuel your Droids and Ewoks obsession join the Facebook Group “Star Wars Droids and Ewoks Animated Series".