are designed to contain action figures and allow you to pretend to fly
them around in space. In the Palitoy catalogues they are listed under
vehicles. For the Star Wars line, Palitoy produced 3 spaceships
according to this definition, the X-Wing Fighter, Darth Vader Tie
Fighter and Tie Fighter.
The X-Wing Fighter was
the iconic rebel fighting ship. The box features a picture of the
X-Wing fighter on a sandy terrain. The Palitoy logo is in the bottom
right hand corner of the box. The back of the box is the same as the
front. The X-Wing Fighter came with 4 detachable laser cannons and a
clear plastic cockpit canopy. These are often missing so be sure to
check for them. The R2-D2 poking out of the top of the ship is an
integral part of the ship and does not detach.
the box, the X-Wing Fighter came in cardboard insert with a hole for
the body of the ship. Again, it is very common for this insert to be
missing. The 4 detachable laser cannons were taped to this insert.
Palitoy produced this vehicle using a mould that was
acquired from Kenner. You can see on the base of the vehicle that it
says '(c) Kenner Products Inc, Cincinnati Ohio, USA'. Although Palitoy
produced the vast majority of vehicles for the UK market, very few of
them have a Country of Origin (COO) stamp that originates from the UK.
They almost all have the Kenner COO that came on the moulds that were
There is a separate sticker sheet which will normally have
been applied unless the vehicle is mint in box. This sticker sheet
includes a diagram showing where to stick the stickers as an instruction
sheet was not included. This sticker sheet was unique to the Palitoy
version of the ship.
cut production costs, Palitoy simplified these Kenner moulds and often
left out the electronics that were available on the Kenner versions of
the vehicle. The 12A cardback was reprinted as the 12B cardback to
remove references to these electronics. In the case of the X-Wing
Fighter they left out the laser light and sound that featured on the
Kenner version of the ship. The back of the Kenner ship was moulded and
had 2 screws so that the back could be taken off revealing the
electronics underneath. On the Palitoy version there is just a sticker
with the same design pattern as the moulded Kenner version. This extra
sticker is on the sticker sheet which makes it unique to Palitoy. The
front of the Palitoy version of the ship is also missing the laser light
seen on the front of the Kenner version.
instruction sheet was included as the ship didn't really do very much
that need explaining. The packaging and ship was re-released twice for
the Empire Strikes back line, and again for the Return of the Jedi and
also in Tri-Logo packaging.
Vader Tie Fighter was one of two Tie Fighters released and came in a
dark grey colour. The regular Tie Fighter was white. In the movie both
fighters are light grey in colour so it is strange that they chose
different colours for the 2 ships. Maybe it was to make them look
different so kids would want both versions. The box features the ship
with Darth Vader's helmet to the top right of this. There are blue
circles emanating from the all important laser light on the front of the
ship showing that this ship had working electronics unlike the X-Wing
Fighter. The Palitoy logo is in the bottom right hand corner of the box.
The back of the box is the same as the front. The ship features 2
spring loaded detachable wings that pop off when a switch connecting
them to the main body of the ship is pressed. There is a hatch in the
top of the ship that opens up so that the Darth Vader action figure can
be inserted. The box says 'MINI ACTION FIGURES NOT INCLUDED' under the
picture of the ship to avoid disappointing any child expecting a free
Darth Vader action figure.
the box, the ship came with 2 separate cardboard inserts that had a
round hole to fit on the front of the ship and a rectangular hole to fit
on the back of the ship. One or both of these inserts are often
missing. You can see on the cover of the removal battery cover at the
back of the ship that it says '(c) Kenner Products Inc, Cincinnati Ohio,
USA', indicating that a Kenner mould was used.
included were 2 sticker sheets, one for each wing that would normally
be applied unless the ship is MIB. A Palitoy printed set of instructions
was also included that detailed how to put the batteries in and get the
all important laser light going and also how to attach the wings.
ship kept it's original Star Wars branding and was updated for the
Empire Strikes back to include 4 Boba Fett bounty offer tokens for a
unused Bounty Hunter promotion. These were placed under the ship
description on the top of the box. Most of this ships release cycle was
on Empire Strikes Back line making the box without the Bounty Hunter
offer on it the rarer of the 2 box variations. A Bounty Hunter capture
log was also included in the ESB version of the box.
second Tie Fighter is the iconic Empire fighter ship rendered in white.
Palitoy could not produce a reduced electronics version of this ship,
maybe because the moulds were not available from Kenner. They did plan
to do this as the 12A cardback was corrected to remove laser lights and
sound on the X-Wing Fighter and Tie Fighter and replaced with the 12B
cardback. Palitoy had no other choice than to just import the Kenner
version of this vehicle. The box features a picture of the ship with
circular lines emanating from the laser light on the front of the ship.
They placed a Palitoy sticker over the Kenner logo on the bottom right
hand corner of the box.The back of the box is the same as the front but
does not include the Palitoy sticker. The ship itself has spring loaded
detachable wings like the Darth Vader version and hatch at the top that
opens up so that a figure can be inserted. The correct figure, Imperial
TIE Fighter Pilot was only released on the ESB 45A cardback, so kids had
to make do with a Stormtrooper until then.
Palitoy sticker stuck over the Kenner logo on the box has the Palitoy
logo at the top, with the Palitoy catalogue number 33363 and battery
types for the UK on it.
the box, the ship came with one folded cardboard insert that contained
the body of the ship and the 2 detachable wings. This was possible as
the wings are flat, unlike the shaped wings on the Darth Vader version
of the Tie Fighter. You can see on the cover of the removal battery
cover at the back of the ship that it has a Kenner COO stamp on it.
included were 4 sticker sheets, one for each side of the 2 wings that
would normally be applied unless the ship is MIB. Palitoy made
their own Palitoy printed instructions that detail how to to put the
batteries in and get the all important laser light going and also how to
attach the wings.
This ship was imported
throughout the ESB line before getting rebranded in 2 different version
on the ROTJ line. Again, they varied the colours on these 2 versions
with blue for the Battle Damaged Tie Fighter and grey for the Tie