4-inch Fisher-Price Adventure People line). In any event, while Star Wars will forever be inextricably linked to the small figures, Kenner also produced what it called "Large Size Action Figures" or as most would call them, "DOLLS".
Boba came in Star Wars or ESB branded packaging. The loose example shown here took me some time and expense to assemble, as it originally came with many (easily lost) accessories.
This picture also clearly shows the small opening in the back of his helmet that contains a tiny lens. You can look through this lens and see a "Boba's eye view" of the bounty hunter's target. Pretty cool!
You can clearly also see the arrangement with the string and how it loops around the backpack hooks.
Although more 12" figure prototypes were designed by Kenner, the relative unpopularity of the large figures doomed the range, as it made much more sense for the manufacturer to concentrate on the smaller line and its profitable ships and playsets. The large figures were obviously too big to justify making ships etc. to scale, so the range was limited at the end to Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca, Threepio, Artoo, Ben, Jawa, Darth Vader, Stormtrooper, Boba Fett and IG-88.
A regularly updated blog about my vintage Kenner Star Wars toy collection. Some stuff that I've recently acquired; some stuff that I've had since I was a kid. Some rare, some common, but all sharing the warmth, charm and character of the "first generation" of Star Wars toys - the ones we played with as kids in the late '70s and early '80s.
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The Star Wars movies are chock-full of exotic and evocative alien environments, but perhaps none moreso than The Empire Strikes Back. We're taken from a freezing ice planet, to a deadly asteroid field, to the steaming jungles of Dagobah, home of the diminutive Jedi master, Yoda.
Kenner, for its part, immortalized Dagobah in plastic with the "Dagobah Action Playset", released in 1981. The playset incorporates multiple environments into its compact footprint. Let's explore them...
Well, that's the Dagobah playset! Stay tuned for another exciting installment coming soon - in the meantime feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts - did you have this set as a kid?
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
|The first twelve, owned since 1978 ;-)|
Thanks for visiting my blog, "Vintage Kenner Star Wars Toys"!
For those men (and selected women) of a certain age, Star Wars toys evoke fond memories of childhood. The toys themselves are simple, but not simplistic. The figurines and playsets are essentially inert pieces of plastic, devoid of sophisticated electronics or technological features. But the hours upon hours of imaginative play invested in them by us as children made, in many cases, an indelible mark on our psyches.
These toys - manufactured and sold between 1977 and 1985 - were never made or marketed as "collectibles", like many Star Wars toys are today. They were merely toys, meant to be played with by children. But the design, manufacture and marketing of these toys was anything but childlike in its execution. Even today, the packaging and marketing materials associated with Kenner's Star Wars line are striking. The design of the packaging is so evocative that even modern toys are packaged in boxes and on blister cards intended as an homage to the vintage line. The quality invested in the manufacture of the vintage line is obvious, too - that so many of these toys survived over 30 years of play, much less that some retain their original boxes, is nothing short of remarkable. Not to mention the passion (and money!) often expended by modern collectors on these vintage toys...
What I hope to present with each blog post is an in-depth study of a particular figure, vehicle or playset, in many cases along with photos of its original box and packaging. The items in my own collection are generally in "played-with" condition (as opposed to mint-in-mint-package stuff) but I hope that this only adds to their charm.
So this is why I have made this blog, and this is why you're here. We both feel some affinity for vintage Kenner Star Wars toys and derive pleasure from them. Whether this is a Proustian association with childhood, or an aesthetic appreciation of their design as industrial objects and the visual presentation of their packaging - or a bit of both - doesn't matter that much. I hope you enjoy the blog, and please feel free to leave comments!
|This should keep us going for awhile!|