Shipping Cases

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An area not of huge interest to most but one I am truly fascinated by as they are so stupidly rare they have to be only available in Palitoy VCJ numbers.

Baggies & single figure mailers like most of the Star Wars toy line items were shipped overseas in cardboard outers, 99.9% of these were discarded & destroyed after the shops/factory removed the toys within, there are many size & shape variations to them (no not round ones) as well as a variation in numbers of figures/mailers included in the cases, many came with 200 figures like the Luke jedi (green saber) one & the known C-3p0 Removable Limb’s type, but there is word of 500 figure overstock baggie shipping cases, Kenner Darth Vader no text baggies to be precise, some of the single figure mailers like the Palitoy Emperor one only had 144 mailers in it, odd number though 😕 & further to that odd number point, a little tit bit of odd information I deem worthy of inclusion – I managed to obtain some sealed Palitoy emperor mailers as I had intended to try & make the shipping case full, to my dismay when I tried to fill it just the other day, I found that the others I just got are in fact 2mm wise than the ones I already had, so they will not bloody fit in the shipper as it was a very tight squeeze with the ones it came with (huge bummer), but this brings up the question – were there other size shipping cases for these mailers, either slightly large boxes to still sport 144 mailers, or maybe even larger outers with say 200 count in them, maybe smaller with 100, I guess this is a mute point as I can’t see more turning up, but if you hear of one, please do LMK so the info can be added to the guide.

Jabba the Hutt 24 piece case

Kenner Jabba the Hutt, technically a baggie as well even though not a sealed one, came in one with just 24 pieces obviously due to his waistline. Presumably the rest of the playset & parts came in separate shipping cases.

It is rumoured that some of the more readily available baggies came in these shipping cases like the At-St driver & B-Wing pilot & the ever present Jabba’s Pipe & bowl set/Salacious Crumb’s. Pipe & Bowl shipper located, but it’s just speculation to date as I have not been able to find any hard evidence to confirm nor disprove this theory.

Most readily available baggie shipping case known to my understanding, I have seen several of them including full ones.

Jabba the Hutt 24 piece case, most readily available baggie shipping case known to my understanding, I have seen several of them including full ones, note the baggies were always open one end (un sealed) with black “made in hong kong” font

Kenner Luke Jedi 200 figure case

Only known example to date, baggie type ROTJ-h

C-3p0 Removeable Limbs Baggie Shipping case

(ROTJ-c) 200 count, one of if not the most easy baggie to find as numerous examples of this shipping case have turned up, think I must have the worst one out there as its beat to hell, but I have one & am thankful I do, interestingly this one has a airline shipping sticker on it.

Palitoy Emperor single figure mailer shipping case

144 count with plain white box & no flyer for the figures like its Kenner counterpart, but the white box outer is the exact same dimensions as the Kenner one, Palitoy single figure mailers as I have said earlier in the guide are a bit of a missing link, until I was lucky enough to almost accidentally stumble across this shipping case, I had been chasing the seemingly non existent mythical Palitoy version for several years, never having seen one, its Kenner counterpart (the individual mailers that is) crop up week in week out on eBay, though I have never once seen a shipping case available for them.

Jabba the Hutt, pipe/bowl & slave Leia restraints sets Shipping case

(100 count) Oddly these came with no printed markings on the box outer like other shippers, just a hand written description, which leads me to wonder if they were shipped several boxes at a time in a larger box outer, which may have been printed with codes etc on, though I have never heard of one.


Palitoy Nien Numb single figure mailer shipping case


Same as the emperor one above, but 200 count & again with plain white overstock boxes, baggie confirmed to have been issued in these in these shippers was Palitoy-a, but some mailed out examples have been found with an alternate Palitoy baggie, same as the ones issued as standard in Holland for their version of the mailer.

Kenner Emperor single figure mailer shipping case

Photos courtesy of Chris Arbizzani

Kenner Emperor single figure mailer shipping case 144 count with plain white box & catalogue, it’s a pleasure to finally see & be able to share an example of this shipping case which I had hoped there would be an example of remaining, it’s interesting to see the count number is the same as my own Palitoy example shown above, from speaking with Chris regarding these, there were a LOT & I do mean a LOT of these available in overstock / dead stock form, with him having a clear memory of handling at least 50 complete cases of them back in 1991, no wonder the market is still as good as saturated with these, these like the Palitoy ones came with 2 different baggie types in them, those being ESB-c & ROTJ-c. Info & photos courtesy of Chris Arbizzani.

Kenner At-St Driver baggie shipping case (200 count)

Photo courtesy of Thomas Derby
Photo courtesy of Chris Arbirzzani

Kenner At-St Driver baggie shipping case (200 count) finally managed to confirm my suspicions about these, photo courtesy of Thomas Derby & Chris Arbirzzani, thanks to Chris is it now 100% confirmed the baggie type included was ROTJ-c as suspected.

R2 ESB-c sensorscope

Photo Courtesy of Todd G

R2 ESB-c Sensorscope 200 count shipper, note there is no mention of the word “bagged” anywhere on the box, but it is confirmed to be a baggie shipper, baggie included was the ESB-c Photo Courtesy of Todd G.

The figures were neatly packed in layers, 40 per layer and 5 layers. Small pieces of cardboard were placed between each layer. The above additional image (showing layer divider) & information Courtesy of Chris Arbizzani

Han Trench Coat Shipper

Photos Courtesy of Andy Raymond

Ok, so they are loose figures not baggies, but too cool not to include.

Prune Face Shipper

Photos Courtesy of Andy Raymond

It has now been confirmed this shipper as well as some others had no mention of the word “bagged”, but is confirmed to have contained ESB-a 2nd issue Prune face baggies. This conformation is courtesy of Chris Arbizzani.

B-Wing Pilot Shipper

B-Wing Pilot 200 count baggie shipping case (Kadar) with ROTJ-f baggie. Fantastic to be able to add another shipper to this section, as well as to my collection.

Luke Hoth Shipper

(Consumer Relation Parts)

Photos courtesy of Chris Arbizzani

It is with great pleasure I am finally able to add a shipping case for the ESB era figures, this one as you can see differs from the ROTJ era one somewhat, it also states “consumer relation parts” which may indicate it was intended for the replacement parts / we really do care program, obviously that is speculation, but it is interesting, baggie included was the ESB-d baggie, these suffer from yellowing on the white parts of the figure which is down to a chemical reaction with the 2 plastic types, the owner of this pack who had it from way back direct from Kenner as dead stock, has confirmed that even way back then as fairly new there was evidence on the figures of this reaction/yellow process,. Photos courtesy of Chris Arbizzani.


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Thanks, Chihuahua.