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High and Low.

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High and Low. (Vintage Princess Leia Organa in Combat Poncho, Vintage Romba)

High and Low.
(Vintage Princess Leia Organa in Combat Poncho, Vintage Romba)

My childhood toy collecting days were all but done by the time Return of the Jedi was released (I bought only one figure: the awesome Biker Scout) so it smarts a bit to look back now and see all that I missed. Why? For Return of the Jedi, Kenner went into overdrive and released nearly 50 action figures, almost as many as they released for the first two Star Wars films combined. And with their craft honed over the course of the previous five years, Kenner was designing and producing some of their best and most ambitious work.

For the film’s main cast there was the stunning Luke Skywalker Jedi Knight, Princess Leia in Boushh Disguise, and a convertible Han Solo with his very own semi-translucent Carbon Freeze unit. For background characters there was an army of Jabba’s flunkies including the otherworldly Amanaman, the all-business Squidhead, and the under appreciated Ree-Yees to name a few. Naturally the Empire had their share of smash hits with the Biker Scout, the Emperor’s Royal Guard, and mean ol’ The Emperor himself.

The only missteps were arguably in Anakin Skywalker, General Madine, and Nien Nunb. But hey, 3 or 4 stinkers out of over 40. That’s not a bad batting average.

Anyway, we’re rapidly approaching the 30th anniversary of the release of Return of the Jedi. So crack open a cold one and crank up “Lapti Nek”, it’s time to celebrate!

Buying Notes on Vintage Princess Leia in Combat Poncho

Check out the current vintage Princess Leia in Combat Poncho listings here.

The Princess Leia Organa in Combat Poncho is easily one of the better efforts by Kenner during the Return of the Jedi push. Be careful when scoping one out on eBay to account for all accessories before committing to a bid or purchase. There are four cool accessories: the soft-goods camouflage cape, a black utility belt, a tiny Endor blaster, and an unattached helmet. Full coverage on each is here. As always try to ensure tight joints and minimal or no paint loss/scratches.

Buying Notes on Vintage Romba

Check out the current vintage Romba listings here.

If you’re into Ewoks (hey, I am), Romba is a great choice to invest in. As one of the Last 17 released by Kenner in 1984-85, Romba’s considered to be more scarce in numbers and tends to fetch somewhat elevated prices. Two accessories to be concerned with: an Ewok hood and pointed Ewok spear. Some sellers will interchange Ewok hoods just to give the appearance of a complete figure, so keep a sharp eye out. Romba’s hood is the only one that’s meant to appear ‘tied’ under the chin. As always try to ensure tight joints and minimal or no paint loss/scratches.

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January 20, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Exit the Falcon.

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Exit the Falcon. (Vintage Princess Leia Organa, Vintage Luke Skywalker, Vintage Han Solo, Vintage Millennium Falcon)

Exit the Falcon.
(Vintage Princess Leia Organa, Vintage Luke Skywalker, Vintage Han Solo, Vintage Millennium Falcon)

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October 31, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Leia’s Midnight Ride.

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Leia's Midnight Ride. (Vintage Luke Skywalker in Battle Poncho, Vintage Princess Leia in Combat Poncho, Vintage Han Solo in Trench Coat, Vintage Paploo, Vintage Wicket W. Warrick, Vintage Speeder Bike))

Leia's Midnight Ride.
(Vintage Luke Skywalker in Battle Poncho, Vintage Princess Leia in Combat Poncho, Vintage Han Solo in Trench Coat, Vintage Paploo, Vintage Wicket W. Warrick, Vintage Speeder Bike))

This marks the first time I’ve photographed the vintage Speeder Bike.

As toys go it’s a fairly genius design that features a tension bar for holding the action figure’s legs into place, steering flaps on the rear that articulate in conjunction with the bottom struts, and of course the best – a secret button that explodes the whole shebang.

Those Biker Scouts never see it coming!

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December 19, 2011 at 10:54 AM

The Rescue Plan, Step 2.

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The Rescue Plan, Step 2. (Vintage Bib Fortuna, Vintage Leia in Boushh Disguise, Vintage Chewbacca)

The Rescue Plan, Step 2. (Vintage Bib Fortuna, Vintage Leia in Boushh Disguise, Vintage Chewbacca)

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November 4, 2011 at 5:32 PM

The Princess and the Pilots.

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The Princess and the Pilots. (Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot, Princess Leia Organa)

The Princess and the Pilots. (Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot, Princess Leia Organa)

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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May 12, 2011 at 8:29 AM

Aux Transportes! Redux Pt. 2

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Aux Transportes! Redux Pt. 2 (Vintage Rebel Transport, Vintage Snowspeeder, Vintage C-3PO, Vintage R2-D2, Vintage Rebel Commander, Vintage Princess Leia, Vintage Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot, Vintage Rebel Soldiers)

Aux Transportes! Redux Pt. 2 (Vintage Rebel Transport, Vintage Snowspeeder, Vintage C-3PO,
Vintage R2-D2, Vintage Rebel Commander, Vintage Princess Leia, Vintage Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot, Vintage Rebel Soldiers)

This is a Part 2 in a rethink of an earlier post. Second of two shots in the installment.

Buying Notes on the Vintage Snowspeeder

Check out the current vintage Snowspeeder listings here.

If you’re a collector of loose Kenner vehicles from the vintage Star Wars run and you don’t own the vintage Snowspeeder yet, it’s time to turn that ship around. Ounce for ounce, this is my favorite vehicle for the whole ’78 to ’85 period.

For overall look the Snowspeeder’s got it where it counts. Add on the awesome lights and sound and you can see why we’ve got gold medal material. The harpoon and cool kickstand are icing on the cake.

Ready to climb aboard? Just keep in mind this checklist before going off half cocked on eBay:

1. The Snowspeeder’s lights and sounds are integral to your enjoyment factor. Make sure they both work before bidding. Sure you could take it apart and horse around with fixing the electronics, but that’s something to avoid unless you’ve really got the feel for it.

2. This vehicle has a ton of stickers applied to it. Something like 27 to be exact. Try to get a good feel that they’re all there and not peeling up. For this reason you might want to focus on the Snowspeeders that have clearly been kept over the years with their original box. I’ve seen a strong correlation between a present original box and nice looking stickers.

3. The rear harpoon with its black tether are a MUST. Make sure its there!

Best of luck, and if you have any other thoughts feel free to add them in the comments below.

Check out the current vintage Snowspeeder listings here.

Rebel Scum.

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Rebel Scum. (Vintage General Lando Calrissian, Vintage C-3PO, Vintage Leia Organa (Bespin Gown))

Rebel Scum. (Vintage General Lando Calrissian, Vintage C-3PO, Vintage Leia Organa (Bespin Gown))

Luke and Leia.

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Luke and Leia.  (Vintage Luke Skywalker Hoth Battle Gear, Vintage Princess Leia Hoth Outfit, Vintage Snowspeeder)

Luke and Leia.
(Vintage Luke Skywalker Hoth Battle Gear, Vintage Princess Leia Hoth Outfit, Vintage Snowspeeder)

Buying Notes on the Vintage Snowspeeder

Check out the current vintage Snowspeeder listings here.

If you’re a collector of loose Kenner vehicles from the vintage Star Wars run and you don’t own the vintage Snowspeeder yet, it’s time to turn that ship around. Ounce for ounce, this is my favorite vehicle for the whole ’78 to ’85 period.

For overall look the Snowspeeder’s got it where it counts. Add on the awesome lights and sound and you can see why we’ve got gold medal material. The harpoon and cool kickstand are icing on the cake.

Ready to climb aboard? Just keep in mind this checklist before going off half cocked on eBay:

1. The Snowspeeder’s lights and sounds are integral to your enjoyment factor. Make sure they both work before bidding. Sure you could take it apart and horse around with fixing the electronics, but that’s something to avoid unless you’ve really got the feel for it.

2. This vehicle has a ton of stickers applied to it. Something like 27 to be exact. Try to get a good feel that they’re all there and not peeling up. For this reason you might want to focus on the Snowspeeders that have clearly been kept over the years with their original box. I’ve seen a strong correlation between a present original box and nice looking stickers.

3. The rear harpoon with its black tether are a MUST. Make sure its there!

Best of luck, and if you have any other thoughts feel free to add them in the comments below.

Check out the current vintage Snowspeeder listings here.

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June 18, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Scourge of the Jedi.

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Scourge of the Jedi. (Vintage Boba Fett, Vintage Princess Leia in Boussh Disguise)

Scourge of the Jedi (Vintage Boba Fett, Vintage Princess Leia in Boussh Disguise)

I will say this: it’s good to be back.

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May 19, 2010 at 6:17 PM

One Step Ahead.

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One Step Ahead. (Vintage Princess Leia Organa, Vintage R2-D2)

One Step Ahead. (Vintage Princess Leia Organa, Vintage R2-D2)

This one’s collaborative. Many thanks to r2witco of DBSW for contributing the excellent handcrafted backdrop. West Coast loves Star Wars!

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March 4, 2010 at 9:22 AM

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