This side of the box shows a different picture of Princess Leia than the back of the box.
This set was the first series of "Episode 1" characters and was included in the "Action Collection". Dolls were packaged in boxes with a red design on a black background. (Packaging for later series was changed to green designs on a black background.) Hasbro logo is used on all packaging from this point onward. This series from 1998 is the first time any of the Episode 1 characters were marketed as 12 inch dolls.
Jar Jar BinksQui-Gon Jinn
Hasbro and Lucasfilm thought that Jar Jar was going to be a huge hit with kids so the character was marketed heavily, but as we all now know, he was not as big a hit as they hoped! In fact it was almost the opposite, with many fans hating the character. Jumbo sized plush Jarr Jarr Binks dolls, interactive toys, and other Jar Jar products, including this 12 inch doll, lingered on toy store shelves well after the movie was out of theatres. I eventually bought this one on clearance. Some other characters that were later released - such as Watto and various droids (robots) - had the same problem, but Darth Maul, Qui-Gon Jinn, and Ben Kenobi (McGregor) items sold quickly.
Here is the back view of the Jar Jar 12 inch doll. Even though I don't care much for this character, I find Hasbro did an excellent job on this doll. I like the detail of the costume and Jar Jar's ears. The painted detail of the face and arms are also well done.
Second series of "Episode 1" characters in the "Action Collection", made in 1998. Dolls were packaged in smaller boxes with a red design on a black background.
Here is Anakin Skywalker shown next to the 12 inch Jar jar binks for size comparison. This Anakin doll uses a new doll body. A variation of this doll was later sold with racing gear, and was packaged in the larger 12 inch box.
This was the first "Power of the Force" set for the 12 inch dolls. Boxes have green designs on a black background, made in 1998.
Here is the arm with the doll joint attachment at the end. The jacket sleeve attaches with Velcro. The gun is removable from the doll's hand but I've left the cellophane wrapped around it (so that it doesn't get lost).
In 1999 Hasbro did a special series of Princess Leia dolls aimed at Barbie doll collectors. The box for the doll below says that there are three dolls in the series but I only know of two of them. The triangular shaped boxes were specially designed for this series with a flap on the cover.
Leia in Ceremonial outfit, special edition box, Barbie doll body type
Leia in Slave outfit with R2-D2, special edition box, Barbie doll type body, R2-D2 has serving tray accessory
This doll also came with a doll stand, unlike any of the other dolls from the 12 inch series that were previously offered. I left the stand in the package, shown above.
Third series of "Episode 1" characters in the "Action Collection", made in 1999. Dolls were packaged in boxes with a red design on a black background.
Here is Obi-Wan out of the box.
This doll has a ponytail made from rooted doll hair, as well as a long section of braided hair on the right side of the doll's head.
Forth series of "Episode 1" characters in the "Action Collection", made in 1999. Dolls were packaged in boxes with a red design on a black background.
Qui-Gon Jinn with screaming face
Battle Droid Commander
This is an awesome doll of Mace Windu. Hasbro got this one perfect!