The Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire toy line was released by Hasbro, under its Kenner subsidiary name, in 1996, featuring a variety of characters and vehicles from the Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire multimedia project. A separate Micro Machines Shadows toy line was also released.
This small set of 5 action figures was released alongside the Power of the Force line for one year. They were based on characters from the Shadows of the Empire novel, video game and comic book series. This line included Chewbacca in a bounty hunter disguise, Princess Leia in Boushh disguise, Dash Rendar, Luke Skywalker in an Imperial Guard disguise, and Prince Xizor.
The images on the packaging of this line changed from the normal red lightsaber glow look of Power of the Force to a purple lightsaber glow. And like the Power of the Force line, these figures were also released on hologram cards. Following the conclusion of the line, some of the figures and vehicles were integrated into the regular line. The collection also included Hasbro's first original vehicle not based on a vintage Kenner mold in the form of the Outrider, Dash Rendar's ship of choice. A second original vehicle, Xizor's Virago, was planned but never produced.
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