Polish 1st gen.


 In 1985 the company "Elektrospóldzielnia" in Gdynia, Poland began to produce their line of articulated Star Wars figures. Unlike other Polish offerings that consisted of loose or bagged figures directly cast from licensed Kenner figures, theirs while still true to the scale of Kenner figures were unique sculpts and were offered carded. The cards are generic (as in uniform and not character specific) and listed all 3 movies in Polish:GWIEZDNE WOJNY, IMPERIUM , POWRÓT JEDI, along with a Y wing blasting thru an explosion in space.The bubbles were stapled to the card which came in 3 main color variants : Style 1: Logo in blue,orange and white w. blue space scene, 2:Blue,yellow and white, also w. a blue space scene, and 3 Red, yellow and white with a red space scene.
20 different characters were made and 3 different limb styles were used between them: Biker Scout limbs, Tie Pilot limbs, and a mix of AtAt Driver arms, with a unique leg sculpt for the 3rd style.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Private companies in Soviet controled Poland in the 80s in order to do business had to hide their intent by labeling themselves as craftwork cooperatives in fact the word "'spóldzielnia' " translates into cooperative which they used in their name to show a connection to the communist and government owned companies so they could avoid problems that could arise from a running a private business  in such a system.

This line is not only rich in history as they went against the Communist government by making them,they went against copyright laws and trade restrictions that kept Kenner items imported illegally and thus very expensive, keeping them out of the hands of most Polish children who only knew the bootleg figures as part of their Star Wars experience growing up. This line of Polish figures is also a rich and colorful line to collect, full of variations of most figures to keep it interesting. 

We know the year that production started on these thanks to a stamp found on the back of the cards:

Not all 1st gens had this larger stamp on the back. many had this smaller stamp instead:



Here is a look at each figure carded as well as a few loose variations of  every figure:

AT-AT Commander:
Carded


Loose


AT-AT Driver:
Carded


Loose


AT-ST Driver:
Carded


Loose


Barada:
Carded


Loose


Biker Scout:
Carded


Loose


Boba Fett:
Carded


Loose


Darth Vader:
Carded



Gen. Lando:
Carded


Loose


Han Hoth:
Carded


Loose


Hoth Rebel Soldier
Carded:


Loose


Hoth Stormtrooper
Carded:


Loose


Imperial Gunner:
Carded


Loose


Luke X-Wing:
Carded


Loose



Nien Nunb:
Carded


Loose



Princess Leia:
Carded


Loose


Prune Face:
Carded


Loose


Stormtrooper:
Carded


Loose


Tie Pilot:
Carded


Loose


Weequay:
Carded


Loose


Zuckuss:
Carded


Loose
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