Star Wars Buddies Plush Characters, 1997-1999

Star Wars Buddies Plush Line Prototypes

Power of the Force 2

In 1997, Kenner released a line of beanie baby like toys called "Buddies".  These small plush characters were filled with plastic pellets (beans) rather than conventional soft stuffing.

  • C-3PO

  • R2-D2

  • Chewbacca

  • Yoda

  • Jawa

  • Cantina Band Member

  • Wampa

  • Jabba the Hutt

  • Salacious Crumb

  • Max Rebo

  • Wicket

Star Wars POTF2 Plush Buddies

Early Conceptual Designs

Star Wars POTF2 Jawa Buddies Prototype

Jawa

Star Wars POTF2 Yoda Buddies Prototype

Yoda

Star Wars POTF2 Wicket Ewok Buddies Prototype

Wicket (Ewok)

wicket3.jpg

Conceptual items were developed to pitch the idea within Kenner.  These early designs included a plastic tag, which was later replaced by a cardboard tag.

Unreleased Characters

The production release of the Power of the Force "Buddies" line only included droids and creatures.  There were early designs of humans created for this line, however they never made it to production.  The following samples represent the various developmental changes including face and clothing designs.

Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars Unreleased Buddies Prototype
Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars Unreleased Buddies Prototype

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Han Solo Star Wars Unreleased Buddies Prototype

Han Solo

Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot Star Wars Unreleased Buddies Prototype

Luke Skywalker

X-Wing Pilot

Princess Leia Organa Star Wars Unreleased Buddies Prototype

Princess Leia

Organa

Sy Snootles Star Wars Unreleased Buddies Prototype

Sy Snootles

Tusken Raider Star Wars Unreleased Buddies Prototype

Tusken Raider

Wave 2

There were plans for a second wave of classic characters to be released at the same time as the Episode I release.  This concept board offered a glimpse of these new characters including a sneak preview of the pod racer Ratts Tyerell from the upcoming film "Episode I - The Phantom's Menace".  While some sample characters were created, this wave was cancelled and never made it into production.

Star Wars POTF2 Buddies Presentation Board

Wave 2 Unreleased Characters

Star Wars POTF2 Unreleased Buddies Dewback Prototype

Dewback

Star Wars POTF2 Unreleased Buddies Stormtrooper Prototype

Stormtrooper

Star Wars POTF2 Unreleased Buddies Darth Vader Prototype

Darth Vader

Conceptual Development

Conceptual development often begins in the form of a design presentation board.  This is an example of the conceptual design board for the Stormtrooper.  During the development process, the character begins to transform into the final product.  While this character was never actually released for production, you can see some of the design changes along it's short journey.

Star Wars POTF2 Stormtrooper Buddies Conceptual Board
Star Wars POTF2 Unreleased Stormtrooper Buddies Prototype Plush
Star Wars POTF2 Unreleased Stormtrooper Buddies Prototype Plush
Star Wars POTF2 Unreleased Stormtrooper Buddies Prototype Plush

Episode I

In 1999, Hasbro continued the release of the Buddies line including the following Episode I characters:

  • Watto

  • Darth Maul

  • Jar Jar Binks

  • Obi-Wan Kenobi

  • Qui-Gon Jinn

  • Padme

Star Wars Episode I Buddies
Star Wars Episode I Buddies Presentation Board

There were plans to continue additional wave of Episode I Buddies.  However, this line was cut short.

Unreleased Episode I Buddies

Opee Buddies Artwork
Star Wars Episode I Opee Unreleased Buddies

Opee

Star Wars Episode I Eopie Unreleased Buddies

Eopie

Eopie Buddies Artwork