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Rebels on Ice.

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Rebels on Ice. (Vintage Snowspeeder, Vintage Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot, Vintage R2-D2, Vintage Han Solo (in Hoth Battle Gear))

Rebels on Ice.
(Vintage Snowspeeder, Vintage Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot,
Vintage R2-D2, Vintage Han Solo (in Hoth Battle Gear))

The vintage Snowspeeder easily makes it among my top three vehicles that Kenner made for its 1977-1985 vintage line of Star Wars toys.

The Snowspeeder picks up points over it’s hottest competition (Millennium Falcon and the X-Wing Fighter) in its winning light & sound action. When you press the secret button beneath the Snowspeeder’s chassis, the long front cannons pulse with what appears to be moving light bursts, advancing from base to tip. And the accompanying sound is spot on with its own gyrating rhythm.

It’s a charming truth that the instructions included with the long-ago Kenner Star Wars toys boasted in large, bold, all-caps type this motto: WE REALLY DO CARE. And you know something? Judging by their Snowspeeder’s awesome design and construction, I really believe they did.

Buying Notes on the Vintage Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot

Check out the current vintage Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot listings here.

Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot was a toy sold by Kenner from 1978 to about 1985. So there were (and still are) great numbers in circulation, and a fair number of these are still in excellent shape. But keep a few things in mind when tracking one down on eBay.

The Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot action figure probably had more paint applied to it in the production process than any other vintage Star Wars action figure. Face color, facial features, helmet details, vest, chest panel, hands, leg straps, boots. The guy has paint details everywhere. Be sure to see plenty of photos showing that the paint all looks good.

This was an action figure in the true sense of the word. Luke Skwyalker X-Wing Pilot was played with extensively by little kids in the 70s and 80s. If the seller hasn’t already declared that the joints are tight in the auction description, you definitely want to ask before bidding.

Lastly, the figure’s weapon is the Han Solo pistol type of Kenner blaster. Don’t forget: repro accessories suck. Make certain that it’s authentic if possible. You can check out the Imperial Gunnery for some excellent reference on the topic.

Feel free to add any more thoughts on this in the comments section and drop me a line if you get into trouble!

Check out the current vintage Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot listings here.

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Written by ratherchildish

April 22, 2012 at 4:57 PM

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  1. Your work is fantastic! What wonderful pictures! The detail is fantastic and I love the way you capture/create a mood with each shot. Awesome. I’ve made some little video clips with some of my vintage figures that you may get a kick out of. Check them out here if you’re interested http://www.youtube.com/user/BoochieDaddykins/videos Looking forward to seeing more photos! :)

    boochiedaddykins

    April 23, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    • R2-D2 Love Robot is one twisted way to start a Monday morning. I like it!!

      ratherchildish

      April 23, 2012 at 6:10 AM

      • Ha ha. Yes, I can realte. It sort of turned out a touch more abstract than intended (!)

        boochiedaddykins

        April 24, 2012 at 12:41 AM

  2. This is my FAVORITE ship. I liked the simplicity of the Cloud Car, too.

    With the re-releases, I bought all three you mention above from the original run…and it is the only one I have yet to open!!

    MOCK!

    April 23, 2012 at 6:55 AM

  3. Very nice stuff. Thumbs up!

    lpdot

    April 25, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    • Many thanks.

      ratherchildish

      April 25, 2012 at 6:48 AM

      • I still have some of the SW Kenner vintage figures and vehicles and I think Kenner’s was the best lineup – despite the more advanced joints and accessories in the later production.

        And I myself have thought more than once about staging photos with them :) Alas, mine are a few and in pretty bad shape.

        Anyway your photographs and the stories behind the scenes are great!

        lpdot

        April 25, 2012 at 7:13 AM

      • Yeah, I’ve dabbled here and there in the modern figures. (Some of them are even on these pages!) Ultimately there’s just no substitute for the original items. Don’t count yourself out on the photos… I hold an annual contest and I’ll expect your entry!

        ratherchildish

        April 25, 2012 at 10:50 AM

  4. Ok, I’ll try working out something.

    lpdot

    April 26, 2012 at 1:50 AM


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