The Micro Collection first debuted in 1982 in Canada. The line was not very successful, and was halted soon after. The line was very imaginative however, and it paved the way for the popular, current-day MicroMachines line of toys. The Micro Collection boxes had both English and French printing on both sides; a tell-tale sign that the item is Canadian.
Micro Collection Death Star Sets:
There were three different Death Star sets released in Canada in 1982 as part of the Micro Collection line. On the left is pictured the Death Star World set. The Death Star World consisted of two smaller Micro Death Star sets that were also sold individually as seen below. The two individual sets that made up the Death Star World set were the Death Star Compactor and the Death Star Escape.
Interestingly, the French translation of "Death Star" has changed from "Etoile de la Mort"; the literal translation as used on the Star Wars era packaging, to a softer term of "Etoile Noir" meaning "Dark Star" or "Black Star". The Canadian boxes were the same as the American releases other than the bilingual wording and lighter box colour.
Micro Collection Hoth Sets:
There were five different Hoth sets released in Canada in 1982 as part of the Micro Collection line. On the left is pictured the Hoth World set. The Hoth World consisted of three smaller Micro Hoth sets that were also sold individually as seen below. The three individual sets that made up the Hoth World set were the Hoth Wampa Cave, Hoth Generator Attack and the Hoth Ion Cannon (not pictured).
The Hoth Turret Defense set (pictured below right) was only sold individually, and not part of the Hoth World set. It is interesting to note that the Canadian version of the Hoth Wampa Cave came in a box with square corners on its header as opposed to the rounded corners that the American box header had. The Canadian boxes were the same as the American releases other than the bilingual wording and lighter box colour. An odd fact regarding the Hoth Ion Cannon set is that at least two sets have been found in Canada that were released in an English-only Kenner USA box, however, the instructions, sticker sheet and catalogue inside were all bilingual. A former Kenner Canada employee has confirmed that the initial bilingual box run would often be supplemented with the USA package in order to save Kenner Canada from an expensive small print run. To date, no bilingual versions of the Hoth Ion Cannon playset have surfaced.
Micro Collection Bespin Sets:
There were four different Bespin sets released in Canada in 1982 as part of the Micro Collection line. On the left is pictured the Bespin World set. The Bespin World consisted of three smaller Micro Bespin sets that were also sold individually as seen below.
The three individual sets that made up the Bespin World set were the Bespin Gantry, Bespin Control Room and the Bespin Freeze Chamber. The Bespin Gantry set has a white holdout area where the Canadian Kenner address was added in the bottom right corner. Other than that, the Canadian boxes were the same as the American releases other than the bilingual wording and lighter box colour.
Micro Collection Vehicles:
The X-Wing Fighter and the TIE Fighter were the only two Micro Collection vehicles that were sold in Canada in Canadian packaging. The vehicles were released late in 1982 after the previous modular playsets had been released. This was around the time that the decision was made at Kenner in the USA to cancel the line due to poor sales.
Canada never released bilingual versions of the Millennium Falcon (exclusive to Sears USA) and the Snowspeeder (exclusive to J.C. Penney). In addition, Kenner Canada never released the Special Offer versions of the X-Wing Fighter and TIE Fighter with the backdrops included.
Interestingly, the Canadian versions of the X-Wing Fighter and the TIE Fighter came with "punches" in the header portion of the boxes.
Micro Collection Mail-In Offer:
In 1982, the Micro Collection packaging carried an offer on the reverse side for a set of 6 die cast metal Micro Collection figures. For two proofs of purchase from any vehicle or playset (pictured below) or one proof of purchase from any of the Death Star World, Hoth World or Bespin World playsets, the redeemer would receive three Hoth Stormtroopers (Snowtroopers) and three (Hoth) Rebel Soldiers.
This was the only Kenner Canada Micro Collection mail-in offer. The bagged set of six figures can be seen at left as well as the mailer box that the figures were sealed in. The offer expired on January 31, 1983.
Unreleased Micro Collection Figures:
Although the Micro Collection line was designed in the USA, the Micro Collection figures were produced in Canada as well as several other countries. The Micro Collection line was unceremoniously halted with several other concepts making it to near completion, but never to production.
Among the unreleased items that were made in Canada are the figures that were to have been packaged with the Bespin Torture Chamber playset as well as the Hoth Bacta Chamber playset. The figures seen here were produced by several Canadian companies but are still unpainted.
The photo below shows the Bespin Torture Chamber figures that consisted of Han Solo, Bespin Guard (White), Chewbacca, Bespin Guard (Black), Ugnaught and C-3PO. The Hoth Bacta Chamber figures (pictured above left) consisted of Too-Onebee (2-1B), C-3PO, FX-7 and Luke Skywalker.