In the original Star Wars movie, the one that when it was released was simply called Star Wars, and the one that, if I don’t call it Episode IV or A New Hope both my kids are really confused as to which movie I am referring to, Princess Leia Organa asks the now famous line:
“Aren’t you a little short for a Stormtrooper?”
That Stormtrooper, as I am sure Star Wars fans and even those who have seen the movie but couldn’t care less about the fuss surrounding the reboot of the series alike would know, is young Luke Skywalker disguises as an Imperial fighter in an attempt to rescue the princess from the evil Sith lord Darth Vader. His response?
To be honest, I didn’t know that there was a standard height for the men in white, but somehow, Leia seemed to know this fact, and could gauge that her brother (whom she didn’t know was her brother, hence why they kissed… eeewwww) was only 5’9″ or 175cm tall, exactly one inch shorter than the average height of a white male. According to sources online, the average or standard height for a Stormtrooper is exactly 6′ or 183cm tall. Strangely enough, using the prequel films as a source of Star Wars universe information, the Imperial Stormtroopers were originally formed from the last of the Clone Troopers and all of the clones created for the clone army were based on the New Zealand actor Temuera Morrison who played Jengo Fett. And Temuera Morrison’s height? Well, he was only a touch over 5’7″ or 171cm tall. Even shorter than Luke, and five inches shorter than the average Stormtrooper’s height.
I’m safe from the persecution of the likes of Ms Organa and any other woman who might suggest that I’m a little short for <insert whatever I may be too short for> knowing that the average height for a white male is 5’10” or 117cm as I stand exactly 6′ or 183cm tall making me the average height of a Stormtrooper. And really, the princess can hardly talk with her own height listed as 4’11” in the novels and the actress herself standing at 5’1″ or 155cms, well below the average height for a white female at 5’5″ or 165cms. But that’s not what this story is about.
Just like an episode of The Simpsons, my blog posts often start talking about one thing before a patented tangent sets in taking the post in the original intended direction that I had planned. So which of these things that I have already mentioned were the catalyst for the tangent?
- Stormtroopers? Yes
- Star Wars? Yes
- Height? Yes
But there’s more to it. I started thinking about this topic just before my eldest son had his seventh birthday back in November 2015. Leading up to that event, while I was looking at the range of toys that had been released in the lead up to the new movie, The Force Awakens.
When I was a kid the same age that my first born son is now, we didn’t have all the options of Star Wars toys that are available now. All we had back in 1981 were the 3.75″ figures released by Kenner. And that suited me fine. But these days there are many toy manufacturers and toylines produced by individual manufacturers to make collecting the complete set of that Star Wars toyline near impossible. That is, unless all your friends are on the same page as you when it comes to giving you something from that toyline only for your birthday.
This list may not be complete, and seeing that I am based in Australia, there might be toylines available in other countries that I might not know about, but I have taken the time to Google this to hopefully cover every toyline. And I will be using the Stormtroopers as my point of reference when it comes to the scaling of the figures.
Star Wars Micro Machines by Hasbro
The smallest toyline based on both the scaling of the vehicle and the figures is the Micro Machines from Hasbro. The average height of the figures in this toyline is 2.21cm or 0.87″ according to the website Rebel Scale. Of course, the scale of the figures is different to that of the vehicles with the suggested scale of the figures being 1/79 to real life while the vehicles can be anywhere from 1/68 scale for the Speeder Bike, 1/263 for an X-wing, 1/505 for the AT-AT, and the Micro Machine’s scaled down model of the Death Star II from Return of the Jedi using a scale of 1/18,903,591.
Interestingly enough, Hasbro who is the manufacturer and distributor of the Micro Machine range does not show the Stormtrooper Micro Machine pack on its website, and to show the size of this, I have taken a shot from their website showing a Flametrooper which comes with the Millenium Falcon play-set. This is the only figure that comes with that set. Of course, you’d think that maybe Han Solo, Chewbacca, Finn or Rey might have been a better choice, but who am I to argue with a billion dollar business?
Star Wars Lego Minifigures by Lego
As I mentioned in my post The Decision That Saved Lego From Going Out Of Business it was signing a licensing agreement with LucasFilm and producing a range of Star Wars sets when Episode I: The Phantom Menace was released that saved Lego from going broke. Until the Lego Company started producing licensed sets like the Star Wars range, the brand was heading towards the annals of history.
My first born son is obsessed with two things in his life; Star Wars and Lego, so to him, this is the toyline that he would love to have the complete collection of. Although the standard Lego minifigure comes in at 4cm or 1.57″, with their helmets on the Lego Stormtroopers come in at 4.2cm or 1.65″ making them the second smallest figure of all the Star Wars toylines.
Playskool Heroes Galactic Heroes Star Wars by Hasbro
The Playskool Heroes Galactic Heroes Star Wars range is designed for those younger fans of the movies, or those younger fans who are too young to see the movies but their parents have forced the “love” of Star Wars upon them. Coming in at 6.35cm or 2.5″ tall, the age range for these is 3+ and none of the parts are small enough for the little ones to swallow.
When I look at the bad guys in this series, with their big hands and big feet and rounded features, I can’t help but think they are way too cute for their own good. Dark Side guys? No. There’s still good in you little cuties…
Star Wars 3.75″ Figures by Hasbro
These days, due to the various sizes of Star Wars figures that Hasbro has released, the size of the range that we could call the “classic range” is actually marketed as ‘the 3.75″ action figures’. Even here in Australia where we use the metric system (hence my use of both centimetres and inches in the post), this toyline is referred to using the imperial measurements.
I always found it funny that the Stormtroopers were called Imperial Stormtroopers and wondered if the Dark Side would ever switch to the metric system. I made this meme as few weeks ago.
As I mentioned earlier, back in 1981 when I was the same age for eldest son is now, the only Star Wars toys that were released were the Kenner Star Wars figures. We had no need to call these the 3.75″ range, and no one really cared what the size of these figures were. We just bought them, took them out of their packets, played with them, and then waited about decade or so later to be full of regrets that we used this toy as a, um, toy, instead of keeping them in their original packets in mint condition.
itty bittys® Star Wars™ by Hallmark
As these are manufactured by Hallmark who are more well known for their often soppy and generally humorous greeting cards, this toyline is most often seen in newsagents but have made their way into at least one department store. Described as “Stuffed Animals” on their website, the itty bittys range covers other popular culture themes such as Peanuts and The Wizard of Oz. Possibly more for the market even younger than what the Playskool Heroes range is aimed at, these cute little plush collectables are perfect for the youngest padawans in your household. These come in at 4″ or 10cms tall.
Hero Mashers by Hasbro
The Hero Mashers is another toyline that includes other movie, cartoon, comic or television characters, and the arms, legs and heads of the Star Wars characters can easily be interchanged with the body parts of a super hero. Coming in at 6″ or 15cm tall or thereabouts, based on the individual character, this range includes vehicles for you creations to drive.
6″ Black Series by Hasbro
Standing taller than the classic size Hasbro figures allowing for greater detail and greater articulation, the 6″ or 150cm tall figures are known as the Black Series. The Black Series also encompasses the Titanium branding of the Micro Machine Star Wars vehicles as well as the top of the line lightsabers that I for one would not let me own children touch until they have an after school job and can lay down a security bond should they leave even the slightest fingerprint on it.
6.25″ Pop! Series by Funko
Although I normally see these in gaming shops and wherever you can get pop culture collectables from, these cute little Star Wars characters are now available in department stores as well. The Pop! toyline covers many other movies and television series so collectors can go beyond just collecting the Star Wars characters and become a full blown Pop! character junky. Standing atop a tabletop base, these figures come in at 6.25″ or 15.9cm tall, these are less of a play item and more of a collector’s item.
Ultrabuild Star Wars by Lego
Originally developed under the Technics branding and known as their Constraction toyline (a portmanteau of construction/action) these taller Lego figures come in at 9″ or 23cm tall. With their ball and socket connection and joints, these figures have many points of articulation and they can be pulled apart and you could turn these into a Lego version of the Hero Masher toyline.
12″ Range by Hasbro
Barbie stands 11.5″ tall and based on her supposed 1/6 scale, that makes her 5’9″ which is taller than the average white female as I mentioned above. Bored with the metro-sexual Ken, as portrayed in the Toy Story movies, Barbie has been seeking a man who is a bad boy (seriously, what’s with that whole bad boy thing)? It’s lucky that Barbie’s manufacturers Mattel’s biggest rival Hasbro has released their own 1/6 scale figures. Forget about Malibu Ken®, and get ready to meet his new alter-ego Rylo-Ken.
The 12″ or 30cm range is limited to eight 12″ figures being released in the first wave, with two of them coming with vehicles, but I’m sure that this is the perfect size to buy your son who is too much of a boy to play with actual Barbie dolls, or to buy your daughter who thinks that Poe would make a better boyfriend for Barbie… or even Ken.
And the Flametrooper looks awesome.
18-inch Big Figs Range by Jakks Pacific
Calling this the 18-inch range is a bit of a misnomer because while the Stormtrooper comes in at 18-inches or 45.7cms, the other character in the Big Figs range are 18″, 19″ and Chewbacca standing a whole 2″ taller at 20″ or 50.8cms. To show that they mean business, Jakks Pacific have called this range the Big Figs. Yes, yes they are. They are definitely big figures.
31-inch Big Figs Massive Range by Jakks Pacific
At 31″ these are starting to get in the range of a small puppy, albeit a lot cleaner and quieter to have around the house. Looking not dissimilar to their smaller range, the 31-inch or 79cm versions are, well, just bigger. And to make them sound all that more bit impressive, Jakks Pacific have called these Big Figs the Massive range. Massive indeed.
48-inch Big Figs Colossal Range by Jakks Pacific
The 48-inch or 4 foot (122cm) range has seven points of articulation and has sound effects and quotes programmed in, available at the touch of a button. These are probably going to be taller than the child that they are bought for. And for all the childless Star Wars geeks who have US $99.99 (recommended retail) or AUD $249.00 (yes, that’s seriously how much they retail for here) up their sleeves to burn, get one of these because they are way cheaper than actually having a child of your own. Especially one that wants ALL of these Star Wars toylines.
6″ Dress Up Costume
And if the 4-foot size is still not big enough for you; if you are a purest in the true sense of the word (WTF are you talking about?) then maybe, just maybe, this is the thing for you. There are plenty of costumes for adults available in stores and online ranging from a simply plastic one-sided mask held in place with elastic around the back of your head, and some more detailed but not exactly the costume you are looking for.
The website OfficialStarWarsCostumes.com has a range of Star Wars costumes ranging from cheap and budget looking costumes to wear for one night only to a fancy dress or Halloween party, and then they have some costumes that look like they were right off the set of any of the films. And of course, the prices for these can be well over a thousand dollars, but truly worth it for the true Star Wars fan.
Now, as for the size, well I guess that’s based on how tall YOU actually are. So I’ll base it on my own height which makes the last of the Star Wars collections coming in at 6″ or 183cm. The average height of a Stormtrooper. Yep, I ain’t too short to be one…
Which of these toylines are high on your own child’s list? How about your own list? Which of these toylines do you already have at least one character from?