Star Wars Early Bird Certificate Package 1977

Star Wars Early Bird Package

Kenner toy company had scored big time when they won the rights to produce Star Wars related toys. Unfortunately, at the time, they didn’t realize it. It wasn’t until after the contract was signed and the movie came out that everyone realized how big a hit Star Wars going to be. Kenner may not have even planned to create an action figure line based upon the movie but once it started selling out at theaters across the nation Kenner made the decision to create one. The downside was that the company did not have enough time to design, test, and manufacture the figures before the Christmas selling season. They could have just waited and released the toy line later but someone at Kenner came up with the idea to sell the figures before they were actually made.

Star Wars Early Bird Package Back

Kenner designed what was essentially a cardboard envelope that contained nothing but a cardboard display stand, a few stickers, and the all-important certificate which kids could mail in to later receive the actual action figures. So, now parents had something to put under the Christmas tree for their kids. Even though the figures weren’t actually included the excitement for most kids must have been palpable.

Star Wars Early Bird Stand

Once the certificate was mailed in Kenner would, when the figures were ready, send out the Early Bird Kit which included Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, Princess Leia and Artoo-Detoo. The figures were sealed in plastic and placed in a plastic tray.

Star Wars Early Bird Package Inside

There was also a small plastic bag of plastic pegs which could be used to affix the action figures to the cardboard display from the original envelope, a catalog and a card you could mail in to get the 12 figure display stand.

Here is the catalog that was included:

Star Wars Early Bird Package Insert

Here are the stickers that were included in the package:


Here is the mail in postcard:

Star Wars Early Bird Package Instructions

Obviously, most children would damage the early bird envelope when opening it or waiting for their figures to arrive. They would also most likely open the figures and place them on the stand when received. So, to find the early bird set unopened is very difficult. Early sets included the Luke Skywalker with double telescoping light saber while later versions switched to the one piece light saber.

This set is a must for the serious Star Wars collector because these figures were the first Star Wars action figures ever produced. Some call it the Holy Grail of Star Wars collectibles. Demand for the set is high and so are the prices. Recently an unopened set sold for $3500 and they consistently sell for $2000 to $3000.

Right Now on eBay 
Clicking a link to eBay may result in a referral commission being paid if a purchase is made.

One thought on “Star Wars Early Bird Certificate Package 1977

  1. Can you give me the link to one of these? But not above 3,000 dollars. Also, I’m new in the toy collecting biz, so please tell me-where should I start?And why is it that when you go in person to a toy collector’s house they sell you items way cheaper than the same item on eBay or something. For example, I once got a Han Solo 3 1/2 inch figure for 40$ at a collector’s house but saw the same thing selling for thousands on eBay. Where should I buy vintage figures but for cheap prices? Thanks!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.