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.
Monday, February 22, 2016
Patrol Dewback Figure (Collector Series)
Now that winter has fully arrived here on the Prairies, it's nice to revisit a nice warm desert planet... and the Patrol Dewback is certainly one of the best ways to evoke that dry heat of Tatooine.
Usual Kenner box packaging with a great movie still of the Dewback lizard and Stormtrooper rider.
This example was part of the 1983 "Collector Series" reissue, and clearly was a peg-warmer even back then, judging from the "Super Savings" sticker marring the box front :-(
Some helpful play tips here: "All four legs articulated for action poses." A bit optimistic, perhaps, since the legs only swivel on their hip joints.
Look at this kid's eyes as he's playing with the Dewback. Talk about intense!!
Tableau replicating the box cover, as we love to do around here.
"Ain't nobody here but us Rebels!"
I have to hand it to the Kenner designers once again for the clever "trapdoor" feature they incorporated on the riding beast toys. Such an elegant design solution to the problem posed by the straight legs of the mini-action figures.
Stormtrooper on "Dewback tack repair" detail. It's getting harder to find loose examples with complete and intact reins and saddle.
Copyright notice on the bottom of the toy. Not that I've checked, but it seems to me that this is one of the few shout-outs "Kenner" gets on action figures - especially in "by its div." nomenclature. It's usual to see GMFG (General Mills Fun Group), CPG (Consumer Products Group) or even LFL (Lucasfilm Ltd.)... I'll have to check on the Tauntaun and Rancor to see if they have similar markings.