Owen: “Do you speak  Bocce?”

Threepio: “Of course I can, sir.  Its like a second language for me…I’m fluent in…”

Owen: “All right shut up!”

Star Wars action figure collecting can be a lot like speaking another language.  Whether you are a lifelong collector, getting back into the hobby or new to the world of Star Wars action figure collecting, From4-LOMtoZuckuss.com wants to help with your fluency.  We have put together a glossary of common Star Wars and action figure collecting terms that should hopefully assist with all of your common cantina discussions.


3 3/4″ = nickname given to Star Wars action figures derived from their average height

6″ = nickname given to The Black Series figures

5POA = 5 Points of Articulation (i.e. Kenner’s vintage lines, POTF2 and 2013’s Saga Legends

12″ = nickname given to Large Size Action Figures

12 Back = the number of figures listed on the back of the first vintage carded figures


ANH = Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

AOTC = Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

Accessory = all items that come packaged for use with an action figure (i.e. weapons, helmets, backpacks)

Army Builder = generic figures without a specific identity whom many collectors purchase multiples of

Articulation = refers to the movable joints and parts on an action figure


BAD = Build-a-Droid; a Droid that is built (completed) by purchasing various different figures which contain its parts

BAW = Build-a-Weapon; a weapon that is built (completed) by purchasing various different figures which contain its parts

Blister = the transparent plastic piece of a carded figure containing the toy

Bio = the text and/or description on a figure’s packaging

Bootleg = unofficial Star Wars figures created by typically foreign companies based on Kenner/Hasbro molds

Boxed = a toy that is still in its original box

Bubble = the transparent plastic piece of a carded figure containing the toy


Carded = an action figure that is still in its original package; intended to hang on a peg

Case = the cardboard box that figures are shipped to retailers in; typically includes 12 figures

Case Assortment = the quantities of each unique figure included in a case

COO = Country of Origin typically molded on a figures legs

COTW = Collection of the Week

Custom = a figure that  has been modified from its original state

CW = 2004’s animated Clone Wars series and television show


Deco = Decoration; an figure’s paint job or application


E1 = Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace

ESB = Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Exclusive = a figure available at only one retailer or event


Fair = an item that is in average condition


GFFA = Galaxy Far, Far Away; nickname for anything from Star Wars

Green Card = refers to the green lightsaber packaging design of 1997’s POTF2 series


Hologram = Figures that were cast mostly in transparent blue; the type of sticker that came on many POTF2 cardfronts


Kitbash = a figure that uses various parts (head, arms, legs, torso, etc.) from previously released figures


Loose = refers to a toy that is out of its original packaging


MIB = Mint in Box

Mint = an item that is in perfect condition

MIP = Mint in Package

MOC = Mint on Card

Modern = Refers to all figures/series released since 1995

Mold = the physical sculpting of a figure/item

MSRP = Manufacture’s Suggested Retail Price; price set by manufactures for retail stores


NMOC = Near Mint on Card; slightly imperfect


OT = The Original Trilogy; Star Wars Episodes IV-VI

OTC – Original Trilogy Collection


Pack-in = additional items included with a figure outside of basic accessories (i.e. coins, stands, cards etc.)

Pegwarmer = a figure who is over-produced and/or unpopular that doesn’t sell well

POA = Points of Articulation; the number of movable joints and parts on a figure

POP = Proof of Purchase; a package’s barcode

POTF = The Power of the Force (1985)

POTF2 = nickname for 1995’s The Power of the Force series to differentiate from the 1985 series of the same name

POTJ = 2000’s Power of the Jedi series

PT = The Prequel Trilogy; Star Wars Episodes I-III


Red Card = refers to the red lightsaber packaging design from 1995’s POTF2 series

Repro = Reproduction; when an outside company recreates an item

Reissue = when an unchanged figure is released again in different packaging

Repaint = a figure whose mold has not changed but its paint deco has

RO = Star Wars: Rogue One

ROTJ = Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

ROTS = Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith


SA = Super Articulated

Saga = nickname for 2002’s Star Wars series

Secondary Market = refers to the selling and cost of toys outside of its original retail

Scalper = refers to a person who buys toys in order to just resale them for an inflated price

Shortpack = a figure that is packed in lesser quantities than other figures in it’s case

Softgoods = any fabrics that are included with or on a figure

SOTDS = Shadows of the Dark Side; nickname of 2010 ‘s Star Wars series


TAC = The 30th Anniversary Collection series

TBS = The Black Series

TCW = The Clone Wars

TESB = Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

TFA = Star Wars: The Force Awakens

TLC = The Legacy Collection

TPM = Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace

Tri-Logo = Vintage packaging that includes multiple languages commonly released outside of the United States

TSC = The Saga Collection

TVC = The Vintage Collection


Variant = when a change is made to a figure with purposeful intention to change it

Variation = when a change is made to a figure’s paint job, packaging or mold yet intended to still be the same product

Vintage = refers to Star Wars toys and figures from 1977-1986


Wave = refers to figures that are released together at the same time, typically in the same case assortment