Star Wars Toys I Never Got
I'm the only one on the block who actually owned the troop transport that escaped Hoth.
Yeah, it was pretty lame.
But I had most of the figures, and only half of them were ruined by playing with them outside.
But every once in a while, you hear about the prototypes of the figures that didn't make the cut, or were just to expensive to build. Luckily, because of the inter-net-tubes I've just found some other Classic Star Wars toys that weren't released by Kenner.
Let's start with the playsets:
The Planet Alderaan Playset
Sure it's just a box of rocks.... but, it's the Planet Alderaan! You could throw pieces of it at the Millennium Falcon as it came out of hyperspace!
And had it gone into production, they could have re-packaged it as the Asteroid Belt from the chase sequence in Empire - again, throwing rocks at your Millennium Falcon!
Smoldering Skywalker Ranch
This is playset catapults two different journeys in the Saga - but we see this 'battle damaged' version showcases the only time Imperial Stormtroopers ever hit anything. Two elderly civilians! Speaking of....
Leave it to the profiteering of George Lucas - Aunt Beru and Uncle Owen's corpses could have easily fit into one package, however, instead were to be sold as a two pack. I guess when it came down to these two or two versions of Snagletooth, the fun and excitement of a loitering alcoholic possum-face action figure was just tipped the scales?
Now, I would have asked for about 100 of these dead Ewok figures in 1983! Apparently, this figure would have represented the only casualty that the Rebels even had in the Battle of Endor? Well, we can't have that. So, this figure was never made.
This one got nixed because I guess George had that whole midichlorian nonsense figured out back in 1978? He sure didn't want to spoil the surprise of how the Force is actually:
...microscopic life-forms that reside within the cells of almost all living things and communicate with the Force. Midi-chlorians compose a collective consciousness and intelligence, forming links between everything living and the Force. They are symbionts with all other living things; that is, without them, life could not exist. The Jedi have learned how to listen to and coordinate the midi-chlorians. If they quiet their minds, they can hear the midi-chlorians speaking to them, telling them the will of the Force.No, thankfully he waited 20 years for that nugget. Still - the could have re-used the mold for the Holy Spirit action figure for Kenner's less successful Deity line. The Mohammad figure really caused a stir!
Thanks to http://www.mcmorran.org/pages.php?page_id=15 for the pictures.
Labels: Star Wars. Product placement