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.
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Die Cast Series II
Four vehicles appeared in Series II of the diecast range: the Millennium Falcon, TIE Bomber, Imperial Cruiser/Star Destroyer, and Y-Wing. Let's get at 'em!
First up is the Falcon, another item from my childhood collection. A really cool little vehicle, although owning it didn't lessen my pain over never having the full-size Kenner version...
Super-detailed hull is made of diecast metal, with plastic parts (including lower hull) visible in this shot. Nice paintwork on the upper hull as well.
The radar dish and quad laser cannon are plastic and rotate freely.
Landing gear is retractable and even 40 years later, still stiffly sprung.
Copyright info on the bottom with a 1978 date.
Here's the rarest of the bunch - the TIE Bomber. I won't go into a ton of detail on this one as you can read all about it here.
Just some slight yellowing on this example, but not nearly as bad as on others I've seen.
The "snowtrooper" pilot is somewhat visible in this shot. Unfortunately, unlike the other diecast TIE variants, the pilot is not removable. Not so bad I guess as it's one less thing for a child to lose.
Copyright info on the wings; both are identical.
Here's another from my childhood toy bin - the Imperial Cruiser. Obviously this was the "smallest scale" vehicle in a range where vehicles were rarely made in scale to one another.
Later renamed the "Star Destroyer" on its packaging, the toy was a combination of diecast metal and plastic - the upper hull being diecast.
The ship only starts to get really cool when you turn it over...
There we go. Sliding hatch showing 1979 copyright date opens to reveal the ventral docking bay...
...and a small but perfectly formed representation of Princess Leia's "consular ship", the Tantive IV or Blockade Runner.
Gotta be top 5 of all time in easily-lost ship parts!? Here's the Blockade Runner, only about the size of your fingernail and clinging to the docking bay by its dorsal fin. I'm sure that 3D printers the world over are cranking these out nowadays, but amazingly this one is original to my childhood toy.
Lastly in this review of Series II, we have the Y-Wing. Lots of plastic parts on this one, with diecast being limited to the main fuselage.
The detachable engine nacelles are plastic.
Underside view shows the retractable nose landing strut and pylons on the nacelles, as well as the red bomb.
Here's the ship in its component parts, showing the rotating guns and shiny droid dome. The latter is the bomb release - just push it down. Nacelles are a friction fit into the fuselage.
Copyright info. The bomb slips into the slot and is friction-gripped.
The little bomb! Also frequently lost, and now seen in the repro market, no diecast Y-Wing is complete without the little red bomb. Note also that the diecast bomb is one piece, unlike the two-piece bomb that comes with the full-size Kenner Y-Wing.