Vintage Star Wars (1977–1989)

Meet a ‘Return of the Jedi’ Hero – Nien Nunb!

December 10, 2013
Nien Nunb

When Kenner started out on its 3 ¾ inch Star Wars action figure adventure in 1977 the popularity of the movie caught the toy company by surprise. It would be unthinkable today, where a marketing frenzy surrounds every film released with a potential toy franchise, but back then Kenner were so unprepared that they were […]

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Princess Leia in combat poncho on Endor

September 13, 2013
Princess Leia Organa

This blog has been running a little low on girl power recently, so let’s fix that right away with a truly wonderful vintage figure from Kenner’s legendary 3 ¾ Star Wars line – Princess Leia Organa sporting her Endor combat poncho. It’s a staggering thought today, but of the entire list of 93 characters immortalised […]

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The Palace Guard formally known as Klaatu!

July 17, 2013
Klaatu

I seem to have added quite a few aliens from the original Star Wars trilogy to my vintage action figure collection this year, particularly henchmen of Jabba the Hutt seen fleetingly in the palace scene and the various guards riding the desert skiffs in the Sarlacc Pit Battle scene in Return of the Jedi. Whilst […]

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Weequay aka Queequeg – Skiff Guard from ‘Return of the Jedi’

May 29, 2013
Weequay

One of the most well-loved of the minor characters in Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick is surely that of the cannibal Queequeg, the archetypal “noble savage”, and dab hand with a harpoon. It’s no surprise, therefore, that during pre-production of Return of the Jedi the crew nicknamed this Weequay skiff guard “Queequeg”. After all, he brandishes a […]

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Logray, the Ewok Medicine Man

March 24, 2013
Logray the Ewok Medicine man

Few characters in the original Star Wars trilogy have divided fans more than the Ewoks, with those that love ‘em on one side, and the rest of us, who would happily throttle the flea-bitten teddy bears, on the other! Unfortunately, they’re rather hard to avoid in Return of the Jedi. I do confess, however, to […]

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Han Solo wraps up warm on Hoth!

January 25, 2013
Han Solo Hoth Outfit

One of the things you’ll notice when flicking through the recent (and highly recommended) Star Wars: The Ultimate Action Figure Collection* coffee table guide is just how many pages are dedicated to everybody’s favourite Star Wars rebel Han Solo. A whopping nine pages feature the man himself in all his various costume changes, including this […]

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Don’t call me Prune Face!

January 2, 2013
Prune Face

Many of the minor characters in the original Star Wars trilogy suddenly found themselves labelled with brand new politically-correct fancy names in the extended Star Wars Universe when complicated back stories were invented for even the smallest characters with only split-second screen time. Take good ole Prune Face here, for example, who we are now […]

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Nikto – Skiff Guard from ‘Return of the Jedi’

November 19, 2012
Nikto by Kenner

One of the things that has made Kenner’s ground breaking 3 ¾ inch Star Wars action figures so popular with fans of both the original movie trilogy and also vintage action figure collectors today is the company’s unstinting attention to detail even with the most minor of characters in the Star Wars universe, some with […]

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