Database Helps Identify Your Star Wars Action Figures

April 29, 2015 – Over a thousand Star Wars action figures have been released since 1978. (The official count was about 2,300 figures as of October, 2012). The figures have been packaged in over two dozen toy lines or series, from Kenner’s vintage line (1978-1985) through the 1990’s Power of the Force/Shadow of the Empire lines through today’s Saga Legends and Black Series. Graphic-CollectionSeries

Inevitably, a collector will end up with several loose figures that he/she cannot identify as to their character name, date of release, or the series toy line from which they came. So what’s a collector to do – besides tossing these nameless figures into a mystery tote box?

Well, help is on the way. If you have ever wondered:

● What’s the exact character name and series name of an action figure? (Hint: Enter the stamped production year into the database)

● How many variations of the 2-1B medical droid are there? (Answer: 4)

● How do I know which weapons and accessories originally came with the figure? (Answer: Look at the visual guide)

● Is there a way I can visually compare two figures online, side by side, before deciding to purchase one or both of them? (Answer: Yes)

● Can I apply a filter to refine my search, such as “only figures with creatures”; “figures with playsets”; “mail-in/exclusive figures”; “comtech figures”? (Answer: Yes)

● I know the character’s name, but would like more information (Answer: Enter character name for visual chart and details)

There is a free searchable database waiting for you. While there are several online sites and various databases (mostly visual) we like and use, our favorite is the Toolbox at JediBusiness.com.

If you already know the character's name, select the name in the Master List database to retrieve photos and figure information.

If you already know the character’s name, select the name in the Master List database to retrieve photos and figure information.

Clueless as to the figure you are holding? Simply look for the date stamp (usually hidden on a leg or backside of the figure), enter the year, and a visual database will pop up.

Clueless as to the figure you are holding? Simply look for the date stamp (usually hidden on a leg or backside of the figure), enter the year, and a visual database will pop up.

The Compare Tool is handy for visually contrasting two figures side-by-side, such as the 1980 2-1B (left) with his 2011 Vintage Collection version (right).

The Compare Tool is handy for visually contrasting two figures side-by-side, such as the 1980 2-1B (left) with his 2011 Vintage Collection version (right).

To find all the figures released in a particular series or toy line, click on the series icon.

To find all the figures released in a particular series or toy line, click on the series icon.

Are you curious to see all the action figures generated by one movie - even years or decades after the movie was released? Click on the movie icon.

Are you curious to see all the action figures generated by one movie – even years or decades after the movie was released? Click on the movie icon.

(Linked photo credits above: www.JediBusiness.com)

The visual guides at JediTempleArchives are another excellent source to help you analyze each series, look for missing figures in your collection or to read critiques of each action figure.

Whichever Star Wars action figure database you use, good luck organizing your collection and … Happy searching!

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