Monday, July 13, 2020

The Empire Strikes Back Again!

Seeing as it's #1 at the box office again, let's relive when it was #1 in the toy aisle as well. It's hard to believe but prior to the release of Empire, the sales dip of SF toys had many publications asking is it all just a fad

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Sean said...

I don't recall ever seeing the Rebel Transport. Our neighbor had the AT-AT. And my brother had the Imperial Cruiser. But the transport is pretty cool.

benestro138 said...

Glorious. I'll never forget christmas that year Hoth Han Solp vs snowtroopers in actual snow.

Alphacentaurian said...

I love that they have the Imperial Troop Transport (ITT) listed there. I had that toy. It wasn't featured in any of the movies, and only appeared in one comic book at the time.
Ever since SW: Rebels, it's appearing all over :) It was in the Mandalorian and in Fallen Order. Awesomesauce.

Seventiesfan said...

My Imperial Troop Transport still works: "R2-D2, where are you?"
My mother got me the Slave I on clearance in 1981, and it's still in great shape. The Space Case and AT-AT model kit I have are different from the ones in the ad. The Empire Strikes Back is the Star Wars movie of which I have the most toys. Christmas 1980 covered that.

Alphacentaurian said...

I dissected my Troop Transport. I wanted to see how it worked, and basically it used a stylus/plastic disk mechanism, similar to those in the talking View Master.

Like most things I take apart, I never got it put back together (due to lack of interest/lack of skill/distraction).


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