Star Wars Action Fleet Toy Archives
In the early 90s, the Galoob toy company began the Star Wars line of Micro Machines, an offshoot of the car and military MM lines. Due to their success, Galoob decided to release a new line of Star Wars toys called Action Fleet. These sets featured a vehicle (at roughly 15 cm) and two 3 cm figures. The vehicles were molded in a much stronger plastic than the MM counterparts and had several “action” features. The figures had poseable arms and legs and could fit in the cockpits of the ships.
Ironically, the first Star Wars Action Fleet set released was the Droids pack in ‘95, which featured 16 droids in a size slightly larger than what would become standard for Action Fleet. While not sporting the Action Fleet logo, these did feature moveable appendages and the attention to detail that the AF line would become known for.
Late ‘95 into ‘96 saw the first true wave of Star Wars Action Fleet vehicles. Galoob later released Battle Packs, (featuring smaller ships and multiple figures), as well as large transforming playsets. Continued success inspired Galoob to expand the AF line to other toy lines including Aliens/Predator, Military, and Starship Troopers.
In 1998, Hasbro bought out Galoob, but continued the Star Wars Action Fleet line until late ‘99, albeit eliminating one figure and focusing solely on the release of Episode I. Due to the overwhelming demand from fans, Hasbro, in 2002, repackaged the line by re-