Japanese Star Wars Kubricks:
Exclusive Kubrick Box Sets
by Scott Pearson and Jeff Smentek
Early Bird Set
Released in 2003 as part of the Medicom Collectorís Club, the Early Bird Set is one of the most sought after and hard to obtain Kubrick sets on the market. As is the case with the entire Kubrick run, Medicom pays a great homage to the Vintage Kenner line of figures by producing a set of Kubricks to duplicate the Kenner Early Bird Set. Included in this set are figures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewbacca and R2-D2. These characters are only available in this box set and being that they are four of the main good guys, the demand and price has been high ever since the set hit the market.
Orders for the Early Bird set were taken in the summer of 2002 and the figures finally shipped in early 2003.
Luke is decked out in his Tatooine gear and comes with his fatherís trusty lightsaber. Luke was also released in carded form later in 2003 with different color hair, which is again a nod to the vintage line.
Leia is styled in her A New Hope dress complete with bun hairdo. Her robe is made of a cloth type material that is a little hit and miss. As you can see in the pictures, Leiaís robe seems to be cracking in spots. She is also one of the rare Kubricks to not come with any type of accessory.
The giant Wookiee Chewbacca makes for a wonderful Kubrick. Chewie is complete with his bowcaster and scaled to be taller than the standard Kubrick figure. He is also only available in this set.
R2-D2 is the highlight of the set, in my humble opinion. The details in the legs and dome are works of mini-figure art. And again, like the vintage line, R2ís body is applied with a sticker. One of the nicest Kubricks around and cute to boot!
The figures were shipped in a white plain mailer box. Also included with the set was a figure stand with the stylized likenesses of the Early Bird set along with the Series 1 Bounty Hunters on a classic black starred background. The details and vintage nods are what make the entire line one of the neatest collectibles to hit the Star Wars market in some time.
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